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Normally I don’t give these things much thought, but when I saw what they did with the coins, I had to take a closer look.

The Canadian Mint has released two coins based on the G1 version of Optimus Prime.

The First Coin May Be Purchased Here:

Marketing blurb:

“Watch Optimus Prime go from robot to vehicle mode! And the packaging changes too! Order today!
He is the voice of reason, compassion, and courage—a superhero in robot form. As the charismatic leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime is dedicated to doing what’s right while protecting all sentient beings. In fact, his belief in freedom and justice never wavers, even as he battles the villainous Decepticons and his arch-nemesis, Megatron. Packaged in a card that changes into an easel, your coin is one of our most affordable pieces. This Transformers collectible shows Optimus Prime in action: just tilt the coin from side to side, and you’ll see the Autobot leader instantly switch from robot to a robots in disguise mode.
Ideally priced as a gift for a Transformers fan and as a starter piece for a would-be coin collector! Order today!
Special Features:
  • TWO DESIGNS ON ONE COIN! See OPTIMUS PRIME in action on this 3D (lenticular) coin, which combines two different images in one design.
  • A HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE! Tilt the coin from side to side to see OPTIMUS PRIME go from robot to vehicle mode, and back again.
  • THE PACKAGING CHANGES INTO AN EASEL! Your coin comes in a presentation card that features colourful concept art and a special backing—just pop out the inserts and the whole thing transforms into an easel for an instant display!
  • ACTION-PACKED SCENE! Vivid colours capture the TRANSFORMERS look in this action-packed scene.
  • AN AFFORDABLE PIECE! This coin is ideally priced as a gift for TRANSFORMERS fans. It is also an ideal starter piece for a would-be coin collector!
The reverse design features lenticular technology, which seamlessly fuses two colourful images of the iconic Transformers character, Optimus Prime. In the first image, the leader of the Autobots is shown in robot mode against a fiery backdrop. In the second image, Optimus Prime has assumed a vehicle form. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.”

The .25¢ coin will set you back $34.95 CDN

The Pricier Coin Can Be Found Here:

More marketing:

“Ultra-high relief engraving allows the face to rise up from the coin’s surface! Order today!
Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee, Starscream, Jazz and more—they’re the Transformers, an alien race of mechanical beings that can instantly change into alternate forms. These robots in disguise crash-landed on Earth millions of years ago after their home planet of Cybertron had been devastated by war. Re-animated in a modern world, the two warring factions continue to clash, with the heroic Autobots fighting for freedom and justice against the evil Decepticons.
Our salute to Transformers—and the homegrown talent behind the scenes—features the legendary hero and champion of peace, Optimus Prime. Through ultra high relief engraving, the face of the Autobots pushes out from the coin’s surface, where the character’s name is inscribed in Cybertronian lettering. We’ve also added a special feature for the fans: photo-luminescent technology to ensure the colourful eyes will glow.
A stunning gift for a Transformers fan! A pure silver Optimus Prime coin! Order today!
Special features:
  • A 3-D LIKE VIEW! OPTIMUS PRIME practically pops out of the coin! The effect is made possible by ultra-high relief engraving, which gives the engraving a more pushed-out appearance.
  • MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE! Paint technology re-creates the character’s appearance in the 1980s, but glow paint brings the eyes to life.
  • INCLUDES THE ALPHABET OF CYBERTRON! The character’s name (OPTIMUS PRIME) is engraved in CYBERTRONIAN lettering—a nod to the character’s fictional home planet.
  • A SALUTE TO THE TOYS THAT LAUNCHED SEVERAL ANIMATED SERIES! Includes those with a behind-the-scenes Canadian connection.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
Your coin features the engraved Transformers insignia of the Autobots on both sides of the portrait head of Optimus Prime. The legendary leader and champion of peace appear to emerge from the coin’s surface thanks to ultra-high relief engraving. The deep colours are in keeping with the original toys and animated series from the 1980s, while glow paint hints at optic weaponry. The reverse includes the character’s name (Optimus Prime) engraved in Cybertronian lettering, the word “CANADA” and the face value, “25 DOLLARS”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.”

This 99.9% pure silver coin currently sells for $159.95 CDN

Of course, this is the same group that released this monstrosity:

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