The Royal Mint has launched an entire James Bond commemorative coin and gold bar collection ahead of the release of the 25th James Bond film, No Time To Die. The Perth Mint has created a collector coin featuring the iconic 007 gun logo.
Perth Mint Chooses Iconic 007 Gun Logo
The 007 gun logo was designed by Joseph Caroff under Creative Director David Chasman of United Artists. Together with the franchise’s signature opening sequence, which portrays Bond at the centre of a stylised gun barrel at the beginning of every film, the 007 gun logo has become synonymous with the character.
Struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.99% pure gold, the coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu. The Perth Mint will release no more than 500 of the James Bond 007 2020 1oz Gold Coin in card packaging from a maximum mintage of 5,000. The Perth Mint also strucks a silver edition and a silver high relief coin.
The coin’s reverse portrays iconic imagery of the Bond 007 gun logo within a gun barrel.
The obverse of the coin bears the Ian-Rank Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2020-year date, weight and purity, and monetary denomination.
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The Royal Mint’ James Bond Collection Has a First – a 7 Kilo Gold Coin
The release of the 25th James Bond film, No Time To Die, was scheduled for April. The Royal Mint has produced a commemorative coin and gold bar collection including a 7 kilo gold coin that would have been in line with this date but is now far ahead of the film release postponed to November 2020.
Just one 7 kilo gold coin will be created and it has been designed by Royal Mint designer Laura Clancy, as part of the James Bond Special Issue range, which also includes 2 kilo gold, 1 kilo gold and 5oz gold and silver coins. Laura has placed the Aston Martin DB5 centre stage, with its famous BMT 216A number plate and gun barrel surround.
A combination of traditional engraving methods and modern techniques are applied when producing the 7 kilo gold coin. CNC engraving machines are used to carefully cut the design onto the coin and finally, the coin is then hand polished to ensure the finish is elevated to the highest possible standard, and finally areas of the design are frosted (given a matt finish) using laser cutters.
In addition to the James Bond commemorative coin collection, The Royal Mint is also launching the world’s first James Bond precious metal bar available in gold and silver. The bar will contain every official James Bond film title on the background including No Time To Die. The precious metal bar will be available to purchase from mid-March.
Laura Clancy said of her design, “I am a huge James Bond fan. I love the excitement of the stories, the twists and turns, the style, the exotic places and knowing that Bond will win the day. When the opportunity to design a Bond coin came along, I had to take on the challenge. I’ve found it an incredible privilege – my career high to date and my most successful project.”
As well as the larger coins, the Bond collection also features three additional coin designs which when placed together reveal the famous 007 motif. The first coin from the series has the profile of the classic Bond Car, the Aston Martin DB5. The two remaining coins feature the famous submarine car that appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me and James Bond’s iconic jacket and bow tie.
Designers Christian Davies and Matt Dent said, “As Bond fans ourselves, we’ve enjoyed re-watching some of our favourite films. The design series focuses on iconic imagery from the Bond films. Finding the balance between design detail and what can be accomplished in production was a challenge, nowhere more so than the intricate spokes of the DB5’s wheel.”
Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said, “We are thrilled to be unveiling our James Bond commemorative coin collection launching in line with No Time To Die.
The three coins are available in several editions, from a Brilliant Uncirculated version to precious metal coins in silver and gold proof. Furthermore, the Inspired Innovation editions include micro-text of the twenty-five film titles which require a magnifying glass to read.
The Royal Mint Experience, based in South Wales, is launching a new exhibition called ‘Currency Undercover’ which tells the story of how gold, sovereigns and currency from around the globe have been used in undercover operations throughout history. The exhibition also features rarely seen objects including a briefcase to transport Sovereigns in the 1963 James Bond film ‘From Russia With Love’.
To view the full James Bond collection visit The Royal Mint website.
If you think you are a true 007 fan you can test how thorough your knowledge on the subject is really with the Royal Mint’s James Bond quiz.
For further details on the Perth Mint’s 007 coin, go to the mint’s website.
Although the films are full of suspense, for information on coins and precious metals you should better trust CoinsWeekly. Why? Read Simon Bytheway’s article on “Goldfinger and Gold”.
All information on the 25th Bond film No Time To Die is available on the official 007 website.
Many film sequences are online in the James Bond 007 Youtube channel.