The Treasury of Tuvalu has released new silver one-ounce bullion and collector coins which salute one of the most successful film franchises in the world.
The Blockbuster Casino Royale tells the story of how Bond’s actions cause Le Chiffre, a terrorist financier whose damaged left eye weeps blood, to lose $100 million belonging to a rebel group. As the story progresses, 007 enters a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro where the arch-villain intends to recoup his losses. Frustrating Le Chiffre’s plan by winning the $115 million pot, Bond’s victory has vicious consequences. The atmosphere is tense, and the audience is transfixed. Just two players remain in a high-stakes game of poker at the Casino Royale. With $115 million at stake, Bond eyes up his opponent intently. Can he beat arch-villain Le Chiffre’s full house? The observers gasp; it’s a straight flush for Bond as he is declared the winner by the game’s overseer. Bond seizes the day, but the battle is only set to intensify with a surprising and action-packed climax. Casino Royale was the 21st instalment in the franchise, released in 2006, and was Daniel Craig’s debut as the super-agent. Before Daniel Craig’s critically acclaimed adaptation, two versions of Casino Royale had already been made, albeit outside the main film series. He would go on to star in five Bond films which were Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015) and the last instalment, No Time to Die (2021).
Both versions of the silver one-ounce collector coins are produced by the Perth Mint at their facilities in Western Australia on behalf of the Treasury of Tuvalu. Designed by Sean Rogers, the reverse side replicates the $100,000 poker chips shown in Casino Royale and features the inscription CASINO ROYALE and the famous 007 gun logo. The oxidised versions are expertly coloured with red and gold highlighting the design of the pattern around the chips, and Antiqued on the surface, making it a unique tribute to the film and worldwide celebration.
Both versions include the memorial obverse of Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, created by Ian Rank-Broadley and is supplemented with the dates of her reign 1952 – 2022, as well as the coin’s weight, purity, monetary denomination of 1 DOLLAR, and year of release, 2023.
|31.1 g||40.9 mm||Brilliant Unc.||
|31.1 g||40.9 mm||Antique with applied colour||
Available from the 4th October, the Antiqued versions are presented in a custom Perspex case with a clear lid and back panel for ease of viewing and display and are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. The Brilliant Uncirculated versions are encapsulated and presented in a coin-card format. For additional information, please click here for the Antique coin or here for the Brilliant Uncirculated coins.