|Coin||Gold Ounce 2023 Justice League - Aquaman|
The currency of Samoa is the Tālā, the name of which is a transliteration of the English words Dollar; it was introduced in 1967. On coinage sometimes the English word is inscribed, especially on commemorative and bullion coins not intended to circulate within the country.
Samoa has authorised some private mints to issue coins under its jurisdiction, which come in a variety of sizes - including in the popular gold ounce (1 oz gold) format, such as this one.
This premium bullion coin distributed by APMEX features the famous cartoon and film character Batman.
APMEX says about it:
DC Comics writer Gardner Fox based the Justice League off of the Justice Society of America. The group first appeared in the March 1960 DC Comics issue 28, The Brave and the Bold. The initial team members included Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter. While other superheroes have come and gone since then, the first members of the Justice League are iconic and beloved. In November of 1960, the new superhero team got their own comic book, titled "Justice League of America".
||Mint Mark||No mint mark
The obverse of the coin features the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait", by Ian Rank-Broadley). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits. Below the neck truncation, the designer's initials IRB.
Given that Samoa has been a republic since it gained independence in 1962, it is unclear why the Queen's effigy is displayed on the coin (not to mention that she died in 2022).
Below the portrait, a small Coat of Arms of Samoa. It consists of a shield, the lower two-thirds of which have five stars representing the constellation of the Southern Cross; the upper third depicts a beach and a coconut palm. The shield is surmounted by a cross with rays radiating from its centre, and is superimposed on two concentric circles representing the world, and an olive branch wreath - as in the United Nations Badge. On a ribbon below, the motto FA'AVAE I LE ATUA SAMOA, meaning "God be the Foundation of Samoa".
Around above, the name of the country and the date of issue: SAMOA 2023. The precious metal content 1 oz Au 999 is inscribed around below left; it means "one troy ounce of 99.9% gold" - Au is abbreviated from Aurum, the Latin word for gold. Around below right, the face value 25 DOLLARS.
The reverse of the coin features cartoon character Aquaman with his trident in one hand with the waves of the ocean and flying fish behind him. At his feet, the AQUAMAN logo.
In small letters around right, the copyright acknowledgement © & TM DC (S22).
Around below left, the precious metal content 1 OZ FINE GOLD .999 (one troy ounce of 99.9% gold).
||AQUAMAN 1 OZ FINE GOLD .999
Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: in capsule and presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Date of issue: March 2023.
Issue price: US$ 2,179.19.
Coins featuring Justice League characters and issued for Samoa:
- 1/10 oz Gold Proof, Justice League, 2022
- 1/2 oz Silver Coloured Proof, Justice League, 2022
- 1/2 oz Silver Coloured Proof, Aquaman, 2022
- 1/2 oz Silver Coloured Proof, Aquaman vs Black Manta, 2022
- 1/2 oz Silver Coloured Proof, Batman, 2022
- 1/2 oz Silver Coloured Proof, Batman vs Joker, 2022
- 1/2 oz Silver Coloured Proof, Cyborg, 2022
- 1/2 oz Silver Coloured Proof, Green Lantern, 2022
- 1/2 oz Silver Coloured Proof, Shazam, 2022
- 1/2 oz Silver Coloured Proof, Superman, 2022
- 1/2 oz Silver Coloured Proof, Superman vs Darkseid, 2022
- 1/2 oz Silver Coloured Proof, The Flash, 2022
- 1/2 oz Silver Coloured Proof, Wonder Woman, 2022
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, Batman, 2023
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Batman, 2023
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, Aquaman, 2023
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Aquaman, 2023