Dark Knight. Caped Crusader. World’s Greatest Detective. Whatever you know him as, wherever you know him from — the blockbuster movies, TV shows, video games, cartoons or millions of comics — Batman is an iconic symbol of what a hero is to so many.
Now everyone’s favorite DC Comics superhero is legal tender currency. To celebrate 2014 as the 75th anniversary of Batman, the island of Niue has authorized a series of legal tender, Precious Metal collectible coins featuring the Caped Crusader.
There are two different strikes available: a 1/4 oz Gold piece with a face value of $25 and a 2 oz Silver coin with a face value of $5. Mintages are limited to 7,500 for the Silver coin and 750 for the Gold coin, positioning the series for a high collector value.
“APMEX is proud to be the exclusive dealer of these coins featuring such an iconic superhero,” APMEX Vice President of Merchandising Andrew Martineau said. “We’re committed to giving our customers variety and options they can’t get anywhere else and these coins are just one example.”
Each coin comes complete with limited edition Batman utility belt packaging and a lineup of one-of-a-kind bonus features designed to wow even the casual Batman fan. The first special bonus is a 3-D, augmented reality experience. For the first time ever, users with an Apple or Android tablet or mobile phone can launch an incredible 3-D image of Batman alongside the legal tender coin.
The 3-D experience is launched through a free 75 YEARS of BATMAN™ application available from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. After downloading the app, a user can hold their device’s camera over the coin as it nests inside a specially created game board (included free with each coin and also available as a free download alongside the app). Within moments, the Caped Crusader appears right before your eyes, ready to fight crime. There is also an amazing “selfie” mode where purchasers and their friends can snap a close-up picture standing alongside the Dark Knight.
The app uses “augmented reality,” a technology that supplements the view of a real world object with computer-generated graphics and sound when viewed through a digital device. In this case, the results are nothing short of amazing.
The next bonus is a numbered, die-cut, stainless steel Certificate of Authenticity featuring a copy of the autograph of none other than noted cartoonist, filmmaker and creator of The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller. Also included in the set is a limited edition 75 YEARS of BATMAN™ lapel pin.