Celebrate 80 Years of SUPERMAN With Silver Commemorative Statue

Superman silver statue
Credit: New Zealand Mint/DC Comics

Press Release

One of the most recognizable mainstays of American pop culture, DC’s Superman, will be commemorated with a range of limited edition pure silver collectables to celebrate his 80th-anniversary milestone.

Making his debut in 1938, Superman became an instant hit and has been thrilling fans with his adventures and extraordinary powers ever since. Known to many as “The Man of Steel,” he has become a universal icon. Superman is the people’s hero, fighting the never-ending battle for truth and justice.

The first DC Comics Super Hero Pure Silver Miniature has just been released to celebrate Superman’s 80th Anniversary, along with a Silver Coin Note collection. The collectables are produced by Auckland based company New Zealand Mint in partnership with Warner Bros Consumer Products on behalf of DC Entertainment.

Credit: New Zealand Mint/DC Comics

Designed by 3D master sculptor Alejandro Pereira Ezcurra, with a limited worldwide production of only 1,000 casts, the miniature of Superman has a guaranteed minimum 150g pure silver and is finished with an antique silver polish. The miniature is approx. 10cm tall and the silver purity, DC Comic copyright, and unique production number are detailed on the base.

The miniature stands proudly on an additional stand which features a metal plate confirming the name, series number, unique production number and New Zealand Mint authentication. It is encased in black velvet inside a high-quality Superman 80th Anniversary themed case – making this a striking memento for Superman fans.

The Silver Coin Note collection comes in an album that includes six 5g pure silver coin notes featuring amazing images of iconic Superman comic book covers through the ages.

Inside a protective cover, the hardcover album includes a page for each of the six coin notes in the collection. The album is Superman-themed with every page specifically designed to complement each comic book cover, detailing Superman’s evolution through the years from 1939 to 2017.

Each silver coin note design is brought to life through a combination of engraving and colour printing. The obverse of the coin notes features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and they are legal tender in Niue. Details of the notes’ authenticity are printed on the reverse of the album’s protective cover.

“Empire magazine named him the greatest comic book hero of all time, he has sold millions of comics and become a household name. Such is his popularity it is no wonder he is now considered one of the world’s most popular Super Heroes and we are thrilled to bring this monumental anniversary collection to fans,” said Simon Harding, Chief Executive of NZ Mint.

NZ Mint have previously released a Justice League Silver Coin Note Collection, including Superman, and a Pure Silver Foil collection of sought-after DC comic book covers. Made from 35g fine silver, the first foil release was for Action Comics #1 from 1938 which featured the first appearance of Superman – making it one of the most valuable comic books of all time.

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