For every Superhero there is a story to be told. You might say, there are two stories, the personal history and the professional exploits. The two begin to merge into one in the unfolding of each episode. From the earliest comic books, to the larger graphic novels, and then the blockbuster movies, we have continued to return for each new release. We connect with their determination to use their powers for good, even while continually tripping over their own personal shortcomings.
Perhaps no modern storytellers of the lives and exploits of superheroes have captured this better than Marvel. Our connection with these characters and their stories, intrigue, entertain, challenge and actually inspire us. Tell the truth, how many of us growing up were captured by the idea that one day we could make a difference like these amazing men and women?
Superheroes not only fill the pages of comics and graphic novels. They also abound in the real history of the peoples and nations of the world. Throughout the ages, mighty, yet complicated men and women who have made their mark on history have had their legacies preserved. As a memorial of their heroic contributions and exploits, their images were chiseled, stamped, or engraved upon stone and metal. This practice continues today in the production of fine bullion coinage.
The small island nation of Tuvalu, a member of the British Commonwealth, has contracted with the illustrious Perth Mint to produce a fantastic Silver coin series based on popular Marvel characters. The quality of these coins are excellent and the premiums are reasonable considering the limited mintages (50,000) and popularity of the theme. The first release in 2017, Spider-Man, was a huge success. Since then, the series has continued with Thor, Black Panther, Iron Man, Deadpool and the Incredible Hulk with more to come!
A Rich History
There is a rich history that precedes the modern practice of coin collecting. Many trace the rise of interest in compiling sets of coins back to the Renaissance period of the fourteenth century. These consisted primarily of ancient coins bearing the images of kings and rulers and was the pursuit of the rich and noble class. It wasn’t until much later that what we might consider a middle class interest began to evolve.
The interest often fell along the lines of the personal preferences of these early coin collectors. Some sought ancient specimens for both their beauty and the historical aspect of the person, whose image graced the coin. Others found great interest in collecting a wide variety of foreign coins. Perhaps they were seeking to open their minds to the vastly different and amazing cultures and natural beauty of this wide-world.
Whether those of ages past, or current, collectors seldom choose items simply on the basis that they might someday increase in value. No, we collect items because of the connection we feel to the story, place, or character they represent. However, when it comes to precious metals, and bullion coin series based on superheroes, we enter into a realm where value appreciation often does follow personal appreciation. With the lower mintages usually associated with series such as these, there is even greater opportunity for premiums (and value) to increase as the availability declines.
Our investments and collections of bullion coins include those marked with images of real men and women who have stood against the tide in history. They also include depictions of the fierce and beautiful examples of wildlife species that amaze us. Also, coins bearing the beauty of special places throughout the world, whether natural or man-made, delight us. And, yes, we also include those emblazoned with fictional characters that exemplify many of the same traits of historical examples that inspire us.
So, is it really OK for me to invest not only in Eagles, Maples, Libertads, Britannias, Philharmonics, Kangaroos, and Pandas, but also series like Marvel’s Tuvalu Superheroes? We certainly believe so, especially if you enjoy it! If you are only into precious metals as a cold, hard investment (which is also OK), you are missing out on a lot of the fun and excitement.
Don’t be afraid to follow your personal interests. Also, this is a great way to interest your children to join you in coin collecting. As we at BOLD Precious Metals always say, “Never miss an opportunity to get your children involved!”