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This wonderful 1 Oz Silver coin is the third issue of the “DC Comics Originals” series, dedicated to some of the most loved comics characters. In this edition – Batman. The coin has a slightly retro style, recalling the look most comic book fans grew up with, has a Proof quality and comes in a themed case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 10.000 pieces worldwide.
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Availability date: 04/20/2017
DC Comics, Inc. is an American comic book publisher. It is the publishing unit of DC Entertainment, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., a division of Time Warner. DC Comics is one of the largest and oldest American comic book companies, and produces material featuring numerous well-known heroic characters including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Shazam, Hawkman, Hawkgirl and Green Arrow. Most of their material takes place in the fictional DC Universe, which also features teams such as the Justice League, the Justice Society of America, the Suicide Squad, and the Teen Titans, and well-known villains such as Joker, Lex Luthor, Darkseid, Catwoman, Ra's al Ghul, Deathstroke, Professor Zoom, Sinestro, Black Adam and Brainiac. The company has also published non-DC Universe-related material, including Watchmen, V for Vendetta and many titles under their alternative imprint Vertigo. The initials “DC” came from the company's popular series Detective Comics, which featured Batman's debut and subsequently became part of the company's name. Originally in Manhattan at 432 Fourth Avenue, the DC Comics offices have been located at 480 and later 575 Lexington Avenue; 909 Third Avenue; 75 Rockefeller Plaza; 666 Fifth Avenue; and 1325 Avenue of the Americas. DC had its headquarters at 1700 Broadway, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, but it was announced in October 2013 that DC Entertainment would relocate its headquarters from New York to Burbank, California in 2015. Random House distributes DC Comics' books to the bookstore market, while Diamond Comic Distributors supplies the comics shop specialty market. DC Comics and its major, longtime competitor Marvel Comics (acquired in 2009 by The Walt Disney Company, Time Warner's main rival) together shared 70% of the American comic book market in 2016.
The reverse of the coin mimics a comic book splash page with its engraved rendition of Batman. With arms outstretched and knees bent, Batman fearlessly soars into action against the Gotham City skyline. The application of blue, grey and yellow colouring over the detailed engraving recreate his iconic costume and symbol, while the alternating shades of blue and black add shadowing to his bat-like webbed cape. To the far right, the classic Batman logo is engraved just above the skyscrapers, while a laser halftone pattern adds a modern graphic element in the background that infuses the entirety of the design with a classic comic book feel. On top of the reverse, the inscriptions: “20 DOLLARS” – the face value and “2016” – the year of issue. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen, “CANADA” – the issue country and “D · G · Regina” – Dei Gratia Regina.