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New 7-kilo gold coin unveiled to celebrate James Bond film

LONDON: Royal Mint designer Laura Clancy poses with a special edition James Bond themed seven-kilogram gold coin to celebrate the upcoming release of the 25th James Bond film yesterday. – AFP

LONDON: Britain’s Royal Mint yesterday unveiled a seven-kilogram gold coin with the highest face value in its 1,100-year history in honor of the latest James Bond film. The one-of-a-kind new coin celebrating the release next month of the 25th movie in the legendary franchise, “No Time To Die”, has a face value of £7,000 ($9,000). At 185 mm in diameter, it is also the largest coin ever made by the Royal Mint, Britain’s official coin-maker.

The piece is engraved with an image of the fictional British spy’s favorite car – an Aston Martin DB5 – and its famous BMT 216A number plate surrounded by a gun barrel. It is part of a collection of several coins and metal bars launched to mark the release of “No Time To Die”, which premieres in London later this month.

The ensemble includes gold coins weighing two kilograms, one kilogram and five ounces – with face values ranging from £10 to £2,000 – as well as a number of silver and other coins. The mint did not release the price tag for the seven-kilo gold piece, but the recommended retail price of the two-kilo coin is an eye-watering £129,990.

Meanwhile the metal bars, which will be available in gold and silver, are set to have all of the 25 official James Bond film titles engraved on them. “The design series focuses on iconic imagery from the Bond films,” designers Christian Davies and Matt Dent said in a statement. “Finding the balance between design detail and what can be accomplished in production was a challenge, nowhere more so than the intricate spokes of the DB5’s wheel,” they added.

The latest installment of the British spy saga, due to start hitting cinemas around the world in early April, sees Bond drawn out of retirement in Jamaica by his old friend and CIA agent Felix Leiter. It is expected to be actor Daniel Craig’s last outing as 007, after starring in four previous films. – AFP

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