[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Collectible Silver Coins

December 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Promotional image of the New Zealand Mint Yami Yugi collectible coin and case from YUGIOH.com

Yu-Gi-Oh! breeds collectors. Whether it’s Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards, anime, manga, or merch, if you aren’t collecting something now, you probably will as you delve into the franchise. Today’s Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry looks at two products for numismatists — coin collectors. The New Zealand Mint, a privately-owned mint in Auckland known for its gold and silver coins inspired by popular TV shows, movies, and brands, released Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba silver coins earlier this year. Minted in .999 fine silver, the coins have a limited run of 5,000 each.

The coins are each housed in a chipboard case. The material is not unlike the boxes that are often included with high-quality collectors sets of anime DVDs and Blu-rays. Yugi, Kaiba, and the Yu-Gi-Oh! logo have a glossy finish to them.

Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba coin cases

Front and back of the New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! coin cases

Spine of the New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! coin cases

The back and spines of each box have a pattern of Egyptian hieroglyphs that is visible from certain angles.

Close-up of the New Zealand Mint logo on the back of the Yu-Gi-Oh! coin case

The case is held shut by magnets in the flap and on the sides.

Closed and open views of the side of the New Zealand Mint Yami Yugi coin case

The inside of each case has an insert and a pocket to hold the Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba coins.

New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! Yami Yugi coin display case

New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! Seto Kaiba coin display case

The recess where the coin sits is lined with felt. Its bottom isn’t flat, which makes it easy to push down on the coin and take it out.

The felt-lined nook where the Yu-Gi-Oh! coin sits

Taking the Yami Yugi coin out of the case

Each coin comes enclosed in a protective plastic case. The coin is a little less than 1.6 inches in diameter and an eighth of an inch thick, while the case measures about 1.75 inches in diameter and a quarter of an inch thick.

Side of the Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba coins in their plastic protective case

Close-up of the Yami Yugi coin in its plastic case

Close-up of the Seto Kaiba coin in its plastic case

The obverse side of the coins features an image of Queen Elizabeth II.

Close-up of the observe design of the New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! coins featuring Queen Elizabeth II

The surface of the coins is highly polished. It was impossible for me to shoot the coins straight on without seeing a clear reflection of the camera. The edges of the coins are grooved.

The insert is a numbered certificate of authenticity with a brief biography of Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba and the specs of the coins.

Description of Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba on the certificate of authenticity insert

Back of the Yu-Gi-Oh! coins certificate of authenticity insert

Amusingly, each coin has a value of $2 and is legal tender on the island of Niue located in the Pacific. But why would you ever spend it when the silver it contains is worth far more than that? Unless, of course, you are Seto Kaiba and you enjoy spending money that has your face on it.

Where To Buy

The Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba silver coins can be purchased directly from the New Zealand Mint for $85 each or $160 for both.

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