New Issues: Perth Mint issues Phantom comic medallion

The Perth Mint recently issued a silver medallion marking the 80th anniversary of one of the world’s longest-running adventure comic strips, The Phantom.

The Phantom is an immensely popular comic strip about a costumed crime-fighter living deep in the African jungle. Created by Lee Falk in 1936, what began as a daily newspaper comic strip was quickly included as a Sunday strip and later adapted for TV, film, and video games. It remains in print and is read by millions of people all over the world each day.

The medallion’s reverse features a colour representation of The Phantom in action in the jungle with his wolf Devil and Skull Cave in the background. The design includes the inscription “The PHANTOM”. Each 99.9 per cent silver medallion has a weight of 31.135 grams, a 40.6-mm diameter, a four-mm thickness, and a maximum mintage of 3,000.

The Phantom medallion was designed by

The Phantom medallion was designed by artist Michael Berman.

Designed by artist Michael Berman, the coin depicts The Phantom with his arms crossed alongside the hero’s logo and a skull on the obverse. The design includes the inscriptions “THE PHANTOM 2016 80TH ANNIVERSARY, NEMESIS OF PIRATES & EVIL DOERS RULER OF THE JUNGLE” and the fictional denomination of “100 BENGALLA DOLLARS”.

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