Superman, the original superhero, made his first appearance in the pages of Action comics in 1938, and rapidly went on to become so popular that fans were demanding that he have an entire comic book devoted exclusively to his adventures. The first issue of his solo title, Superman #1, came out in 1939 and kicked off the multi-decade career of one of the most famous characters in all of popular culture. That historic turning point in comics is commemorated by the latest issue in the COMIX collection, the 2022 Niue COMIX Superman #1 1 oz Silver Coin.
The cover of the first issue ofSupermanappears in miniature on the 2022 Niue COMIX Superman #1 Silver Coin, whose rectangular design evokes the comic. It ships in themed box packaging along with a Certificate of Authenticity, protected by an acrylic capsule.
The obverse side of the coin features an official effigy of the late Queen Elizabeth II that verifies it as legal tender. This is accompanied by the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II,” “NIUE,” “2022” and “2 DOLLARS,” with a turning page leaf engraved at the bottom left.
The reverse side of this coin shows a full-color mini-replica of the cover of Superman #1. It’s colored on all four sides in order to mimic a comic book’s spine and pages.
The first solo run of the archetypal first superhero was a landmark entry in comic the history of comic books. It revealed never-before-seen details in the iconic backstory of the Man of Steel, telling the story of the explosion of Krypton and the sending of an exiled infant to Earth on a rocket. It introduced Pa and Ma Kent, as well as the hero’s secret identity as Clark Kent, a mild-mannered investigative reporter, and it provided a platform for Superman’s adventures for decades to come. Superman #1 comics have become collectibles in their own right, making it a milestone worthy of celebration by the New Zealand Mint’s COMIX collection.
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|Mint Mark||Not Shown|
|Producer||New Zealand Mint|
|Designer (Obverse)||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Certificate of Authenticity||Yes|
|Packaging Dimensions||4 x 3 x 1|
|Metal Content||1 Troy Ounce|
|Shipping||Orders over $199 Ship Free|
|Dimensions||45 x 31.5 mm|