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Tuvalu 2018-P Planet of the Apes 50th Anniversary $2 2 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Ultra High Relief Medallic Rimless Antiqued Piedfort Proof P03

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Who can forget Charlton Heston's disturbing trip the the Planet of the Apes? Celebrate 50 years of Planet of the Apes on this ultra high relief, two troy ounce, pure silver, rimless medallic antiqued proof! "Get your stinking paws off of me, you damn dirty ape!"

Talisman Coins and the Perth Mint are excited to present the 50 Years of Planet of the Apes 2 Troy Ounce Pure Silver High Relief Antiqued Coin. Released in 1968, Planet of the Apes is a ground-breaking movie which, in the tradition of great science fiction, reflects conflicts and questions in our own society.

The film tells the story of an astronaut crew which crash-lands on a dystopian planet in the year 3978, about two millennia after their departure on a near light-speed voyage. In a desolate landscape, the surviving crew members, led by Taylor (played by Hollywood movie star Charlton Heston), discover a society in which apes are the dominant species with human-like intelligence and speech. Organized in a strict caste system, the apes treat humans like vermin who are hunted to be killed, enslaved or used for experiments.

A critical and commercial success, the film also won an Oscar for outstanding makeup.

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The obverse depicts the intelligent ape Dr. Zira in the foreground, with Dr. Zaius in the mid-ground, and a hunt leader in the background. The design also includes a depiction of the adobe-like structures of the arid Ape Cit, as well as the legend 50 YEARS OF PLANET OF THE APES in the original Planet of the Apes logotype.

The ultra high relief is absolutely spectacular. When combined with the antique finish, which outlines and highlights all the different design elements to incredible effect, a tremendous sensation of depth and perspective is created, in the best tradition of medallic art. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark can be found at the 9:00 position near the edge.

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Greek Corinthian Helmet and the skull reportedly found inside it from the Battle of Marathon, now residing in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.What is a Piedfort?
Hard to find and popular with collectors for more than a century, piedforts are highly sought after. We get asked all the time, "What is a piedfort?" There are two different, but related, stories of the origin of the word "piedfort". The first says that it literally means "strong foot" in French (from pied, foot and fort, strong). The second says this word was appropriated by the mint centuries ago to mean "heavy measure" or "heavy weight". In both cases, the sense of serious heft to the coin is obvious.

Often the word "piedfort" is translated as "double-thick", but this is neither a literal translation nor a precisely accurate definition. Numismatically speaking, any coin that is 50% or more thicker than a standard version qualifies as a piedfort, although some piedforts are, indeed, twice as thick as normal.

Finally, the age-old question, "How is the word pronounced?" Coming from French, it is not pronounced as it is spelled; that is, don't say, "pide - fort". Rather, "pee - ay - four" (three syllables) is a good approximation.

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Obverse
The obverse depicts the intelligent ape Dr. Zira in the foreground, with Dr. Zaius in the mid-ground, and a hunt leader in the background. The design also includes a depiction of the adobe-like structures of the arid Ape Cit, as well as the legend 50 YEARS OF PLANET OF THE APES in the original Planet of the Apes logotype.

The ultra high relief is absolutely spectacular. When combined with the antique finish, which outlines and highlights all the different design elements to incredible effect, a tremendous sensation of depth and perspective is created, in the best tradition of medallic art. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark can be found at the 9:00 position near the edge.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear. The legend 2 OZ 9999 AG guarantees the weight and purity.

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Packaging
Each coin is presented inside a clear acrylic case, allowing both sides of the coin to be displayed, protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Planet of the Apes TM and © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Specifications
Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value Two Dollars
Weight 62.213 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   4.58 mm
Mintage Limit    2,000
   
Finish Antique with Ultra High Relief
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain
   
Artist Ing Ing Jong (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

The Island Nation of Tuvalu
Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbors are Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji. It is comprised of four reef islands and five true atolls. Its population of 11,992 makes it the third-least populated independent country in the world, with only Vatican City and Nauru having fewer inhabitants. It is also the second-smallest member by population of the United Nations. In terms of physical land size, at just 10 square miles Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, larger only than the Vatican City, Monaco and Nauru.

The first inhabitants of Tuvalu were Polynesian people, who arrived about 3000 years go. The islands came under Great Britain's sphere of influence in the late 19th century. The Ellice Islands were administered by Britain as part of a protectorate from 1892 to 1916 and as part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony from 1916 to 1974. In 1974 the Ellice Islanders voted for separate British dependency status as Tuvalu, separating from the Gilbert Islands which became Kiribati upon independence. Tuvalu became fully independent within The Commonwealth in 1978. with Queen Elizabeth II as titular head of state.

Because Tuvalu has few natural resources it has been dependent in recent years upon aid from larger, more developed nations, including Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The Perth Mint of Australia is officially commissioned by the government of Tuvalu to produce legal tender coinage for the island nation.



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