Description of the Coin
One side features the cover of the ninth studio album of the English heavy metal group Iron Maiden with the title Fear of the Dark.
The other side features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley (initials: IRB); around it, ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2022.
On 11 May 1992, Iron Maiden released their ninth studio album. Its title was Fear of the Dark, and it included hits such as “Be Quick or Be Dead” and the name-giving song “Fear of the Dark.” The cover, which is picked up by CIT for its fifth issue of the Iron Maiden series, was the first not to be designed by Derek Riggs. His suggestions were rejected in favor of the ideas of then-unknown illustrator Melvyn Grant.
Grant had a completely different background. He created large-scale oil paintings that were mainly used as book covers for science fiction and fantasy novels. In fact, Grant’s cover is strongly reminiscent of the cover of a horror novel despite the use of the group’s mascot Eddie. Mick Wall, the group’s biographer, described the depiction “as some sort of Nosferatu tree figure leering at the moon.”
The group liked the new design. Melvyn Grant would go on to create numerous other covers for Iron Maiden. After Derek Riggs, he is the artist who designed the second-highest number of covers. With the help of state-of-the-art color technology, CIT succeeded in captivating the threatening atmosphere of the Iron Maiden cover. In combination with Obsidian Black, the yellow moon against the dark backdrop illustrates exactly what the text of the name-giving song describes: Watching horror films the night before / Debating witches and folklore / The unknown troubles on your mind / Maybe your mind is playing tricks / You sense and suddenly eyes fix / On dancing shadows from behind.
Although critics were not enthusiastic about the cover, the fans loved it. Fear of the Dark became the third Iron Maiden album that made it to the top of the UK album charts. And it became the group’s most successful album in North America.
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