Science Fiction and Fantasy Artist Frank Frazetta Lives On

Frank Frazetta, American Science Fiction and Fantasy artist, is considered one of the most influential and successful artists of the 20th century. Some of his works include The Hobbit, Conan the Barbarian and Tarzan, and he has worked with George Lucas and many other producers in Hollywood. Frazetta passed in 2010, and Heads or Tales Coin Co. was created to preserve his inspiring legacy.

The Frank Frazetta Legacy Collection features 1 oz and 5 oz rounds and unique Silver statues. These rounds and statues feature famous paintings illustrated by Frank Frazetta. The rounds and statues can be used in table-top games like Dungeons and Dragons and Warhammer 40,000. The statues are also designed to World Chess Federation tournament size standards.

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The Death Dealer III was first painted in 1973 and appeared in numerous comics and statues over the years. This antique-finish statue depicts an iron-clad warrior with facial features obscured by shadows, giving the supernatural effect of foreboding terror and finality. There is a full-size steel replica outside the III Corps Army headquarters in Fort Hood, Texas.

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The Silver Warrior is covered in armor with intricate detail, with the same detail on his sled. With ice caps in the background and polar bears pulling his sled, the Silver Warrior is one of Frazetta’s most famous works. This 1 oz Proof Silver Round also comes in 1 oz Antique Silver, 5 oz Proof Silver, 5 oz Antique Silver and 1 oz Copper.

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The Egyptian Queen was originally completed in 1969 and features the young queen resting against a marble pillar. The painting was an enigmatic work with the female form as a focal point. This 6 oz Silver Antique statue shows the queen with a beautifully adorned headdress and brocade. The statue also features a laser-engraved serial number – like the rest of the statues – along with purity and weight.

You can see the entire Frank Frazetta Legacy Collection on our website now. In celebration of this exquisite collection, APMEX is giving away a complete set of statues to one lucky winner! You can enter through June 26 and the purchase of any Frank Frazetta item automatically qualifies you to win. To find more information and other ways to enter, visit our website to read the full details.

Treasures to Commemorate The Queen’s 90th Birthday

Today marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday and for many around the world, she is the most popular U.K. monarch of all time. To commemorate her birthday, she will be in Windsor with the Duke of Edinburgh. Her Majesty will then light a beacon and will view two further beacons being lit. There will be more than 900 beacons lit across the country and around the world to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday.

The Queen’s effigy is featured on Precious Metal coins from all around the world and special coins have been minted to honor her throughout her reign. To celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday, this notable selection of coins pays tribute to this wonderful time in history.

Silver Britannia2016 1 oz Silver Britannia Coin  – Minted with precision by The Royal Mint, this beautiful Silver coin features two well-known images in Britain’s history, Britannia and Queen Elizabeth II, gracing the opposing sides. The obverse depicts the fifth effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II rendered by talented designer Jody Clark.

Proof Gold2016 £5 Proof Gold Queen’s 90th Birthday Coin – Celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday with this beautiful Gold coin minted by The Royal Mint. The coin was designed by Christopher Hobbs, a well-respected painter, sculptor and illustrator. Hobbs’ design was inspired by the heraldic rose of England and The Queen’s love of flowers.

HR Proof Gold2016 1/4 oz Gold Queen’s 90th Birthday High Relief Proof Coin – The Perth Mint is honored to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as the longest reigning British Monarch and designed this lovely Gold coin to honor her historic reign. The coin is a depiction of St. Edward’s Crown surrounded by wattle branches. The design includes inscriptions paying tribute to The Queen’s 90th birthday.

Silver with Diamonds2016 Silver 1 Crown Queen’s 90th Birthday with Diamonds Coin – The Pobjoy Mint is pleased to honor this milestone with The Queen. This stunning Silver coin, with a limited mintage of
just 600, features a two-tone design with three glistening diamonds that add attention-demanding detail.

These are just a few of the many Precious Metal coin selections from APMEX that feature and honor Queen Elizabeth II. Shop now and add a stunning piece of history to your collection.

The Ultimate Canadian Getaway is Back!

For the second year in a row, APMEX invites you to enter for a chance to win and explore Ottawa in the annual Ultimate Canadian Getaway Sweepstakes, a four-day trip for two where you will get to visit the Royal Canadian Mint and be blown away by everything its home city has to offer.

OttawaOttawa may be primarily known as the capital of Canada, but this fair city is like an undiscovered gem (or Gold mine). Marked with picturesque architecture, a host of seasonal activities, delicious international cuisine and cultural attractions unique to a bilingual community, it draws people from around the globe. It has also been rated the third-cleanest city in the world!

If you are ready for a getaway that wows you, simply buy any eligible Royal Canadian Mint product between March 7 and April 4 and be automatically entered to win!*

The sweepstakes winner and one guest will receive:

  • Airfare to and from Ottawa
  • Hotel accommodations at the four-star Westin Ottawa Hotel
  • VIP Package Tour of the Royal Canadian Mint
  • Full-day pass at Le Nordik Spa, with chauffeured service to and from
  • Tickets to the National Gallery of Canada

When visiting the Royal Canadian Mint, you and your guest will enjoy all kinds of perks, including a private VIP tour and assisting in the minting of a production coin. Lunch with the mint’s friendly executives will be provided, along with a gift of one numismatic coin and a photo holding a 400 oz Gold bar!

RCMAfter touring the mint, you’ll be able to relax in luxury at Le Nordik Spa. Winning awards like “People’s Favorite” and “Best Nordic Spa in Canada,” this chic escape is just the place to recharge before returning home. As guests of APMEX, you and your companion will each receive a full-day pass for the “Thermal Experience” package.

* No purchase necessary. See full rules for details.

New Cast of Coins for Epic New Movie: Batman vs. Superman

Have you marked your calendar? March 19, 2016, is the day Gotham’s billionaire industrialist takes on Metropolis’ man of steel in “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice™,” the film highly anticipated by comic book enthusiasts and moviegoers alike.

Clark Kent caught the attention of Bruce Wayne when he revealed his alien powers to the world in 2013’s “Man of Steel.” Now the Dark Knight vigilante is coming to ensure that Superman remains a non-threat to humanity and possibly settle the long and hotly debated question: which superhero would be able to defeat the other?

Maybe the answer is neither. The Amazonian warrior Wonder Woman makes an appearance in this epic film, too. Could she be Earth’s greatest defender? It’s all so exciting that the Royal Canadian Mint is issuing several exclusive coins to commemorate this epic meeting of strength and heroism.

With remarkable coloring, high-definition design and details that DC Comics buffs will recognize (like Kryptonian syllabic writing), these coins are authentic movie memorabilia. From cupronickel lenticular coins to a .9999 fine Gold issue, there is a Batman vs. Superman coin for every fan’s price range.

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Cupronickel lenticular Coin
As you tilt the coin, the silhouette of Superman transitions into a shadowy figure of Batman. This stunning coin comes with superhero trading cards to relive fond memories.

 

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1/4 oz Silver Dawn of Justice Coin
Depicts the epic superhero battle that comic book and movie fans have longed to see! This .999 fine Silver coin comes complete with a certificate booklet.

 

 

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1/2 oz Silver Logo Coin
Featuring the blockbuster film’s clever logo, superimposing the s-shield logo over the iconic bat symbol, this vibrantly colored .999 fine Silver coin is a perfect representation of the battle between superheroes.

 

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1 oz Proof Silver Trinity Coin
The Trinity, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, all present and ready to serve justice on this .999 fine Silver coin, depicting each hero in exceptional color.

 

 

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2 oz Silver Coin
Heroes in action! This coin comes with premium packaging. The obverse also features a unique net-style background, adding even further interest to the .999 fine Silver beauty.

 

 

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Proof Gold Dawn of Justice Coin
Destined to be a top seller, the back-to-back design of this Gold coin shows Superman looking up for strength as Batman looks only to himself.

 

 

The best part of all? They are available now at APMEX.com! You can wow your movie and numismatic circles with one (or several) just in time for the film. Take a look and place your bets: Batman or Superman. Either way, you’ll be picking a winner with these stunning coins!

The Largest Silver Coin in the World is Exclusively at APMEX!

Talk about an exclusive opportunity for APMEX customers! The German Silver manufacturer Geiger Edelmetalle has created a 15-coin minting of the largest Silver coins in the world and APMEX gets the first!

Elephant The Silver Ivory Coast Elephant coin weighs in at an astonishing 1,750 oz, or 120 pounds. Roughly the size of a manhole, it measures 650 mm (two feet) in diameter and is made of .999 fine Silver. By comparison, the previous record-holding Silver coin was a now-paltry 22 pounds. Issued by the authority of the Ivory Coast, the coin has a face value of 1,000,000 Francs CFA (Communauté Financière d’Afrique or “Financial Community of Africa”).

The obverse of this larger-than-life coin depicts something equally massive: the African elephant. Images of the majestic creature are hand-carved, rendering each of the 15 coins distinct. The French inscription above reads “Le Monde Animal en Peril,” or “The Animal World in Peril.”

Agricultural and human population gains have reduced the animal’s once expansive habitat, while poachers kill tens of thousands each year for tusks. Collectively, threats have reduced elephant numbers from millions to less than 500,000 across the continent. With only 15 Silver Ivory Coast Elephant coins minted, they will disappear to private collections as quickly as the vulnerable elephant itself.

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Marketed as an investor’s “dream conversation piece,” the enormous coin comes with a mounted stand for display. Whether those conversations center around conservation, wildlife, travel, Silver or numismatics, this unique collector’s piece will definitely provide its steward a lifetime of bragging rights, security and eye-catching beauty.

 

Coin 001/015 is available only through APMEX. Marvel at this world-record breaker and tell us what you think!

Bread & Betrayal: The Last Supper, Second 2016 Coin in Biblical Series, Released

The Last Supper introduced as the second installment for 2016 in Scottsdale Mint’s Coin Series.709x300-biblical-series-Last-Supper-PR-image

The Scottsdale Mint’s Biblical Coin Series pays tribute to the remarkable stories that have captured hearts and souls for centuries. As the second coin of a six-part series coming out in 2016, The Last Supper coin foreshadows one of the most agonizing stories of all — breaking bread with those who break your trust.

Cast in 2 oz of .999 fine Silver, the scene depicts Jesus’ final meal with his 12 disciples, as inspired by Gustave Doré’s illustration. Though among his friends and believers, Jesus reveals one of them has betrayed him and another will deny him. Jesus accepts his disciples’ actions as a means to his inevitable sacrifice, offering his body and blood both at the meal and for eternity.

Held just before Christ’s arrest, trial, crucifixion and death, the event is one of the most pivotal and recognized moments in the Bible.

The Last Supper coin is crucial to the series,” APMEX Vice President of Merchandising Andrew Martineau said. “Without the betrayal, there would be no stories of resurrection and redemption. This coin brings guilt, forgiveness and the promise of a better future to the surface. Who can’t identify with those themes?”

CaptureWith a limited mintage of 1,499 coins, the Passover-related coin is not one for collectors to pass over. Each coin comes with a certificate of authenticity telling the story of the coin, its minting specifications and listing a unique serial number that matches the laser-etched number on the coin. The certificate also features Doré’s artwork the design was based off. The Scottsdale Mint issues the coin by the authority of the island of Niue, where it is legal tender.

This exquisite new coin is available for pre-sale at APMEX and will be available to ship March 7.

Rollin’ down the line: 2016 Series of Hobo Nickel Replicas

“They were hobos, and with every word they uttered… it spelled adventure.” – Jack London

So it is, the wandering workers of the 18th and 19th century, romanticized for a life of open road, or open rails. Many songs and book characters have been inspired by the lifestyle over the years, and a special coin series is now paying tribute to the ramblin’ men of early America: five Silver Hobo Nickel replicas designed by artist Paolo Curcio.

Altering coins has been a longstanding form of art and cultural critique, but hobo nickels really took off when the U.S. Mint introduced the Buffalo Nickel in 1913. The coin’s size and the Indian’s larger portrait made it a perfect canvas for traveling workers to pass time whittling away new images. The handcrafted, sculpted designs often reflected the political and economic times, with thousands of unique variations. Now a rarity, hobo nickels have gone from the poor man’s bindle to numismatic auctions and dealers as one-of-a-kind collector’s pieces.

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The Silver Hobo Nickel replica series honors this distinct bit of Americana tradition. Each round is crafted from .999 fine Silver, edge-marked with a unique production number and encapsulated for long-term preservation. The designs feature both classic hobo and modern imagery, a reflection of the hundred years of change since hobo nickels gained momentum.

Hobo Nickel replicaThe series includes:
1. The Fisherman
2. The Train
3. Skulls & Scrolls
4. Green Fairy & Fish Bones
5. Jefferson Skull Scroll

 

The Fisherman was released January 26 and a new round will be released every two months. With only 10,000 rounds minted for each fascinating design, they will be rollin’ down the line and into collections quickly.

The artist behind these exquisite designs, a man known as Mr. The, created his original carving over two days at the Original Hobo Nickel Society’s booth during the Florida United Numismatists convention in Orlando. The original carvings included an inlaid 24k Gold cigarette and a copper fishing rod.

Mr. The is based in Spain and is known throughout the carving world for his intricate designs, including 40 to 70 Hobo Nickel carvings each year. On his Silver Hobo Nickel website, you can watch videos of his engraving process of The Fisherman. This unique design is now available at APMEX!