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February 13, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

This Space Invaders commemorative 40th Anniversary Silver Coin is pretty nifty and Taito licensed

Space Invaders 40th Anniversary Coin
This coin is a nice throwback to the arcade era of Space Invaders and it's impact on the future of video games.
The New Zealand Mint is issuing a 1 oz silver coin to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Taito's Space Invaders arcade game. This coincides with the game's June 1978 release.

Space Invaders 40th Anniversary Coin The Space Invaders name is engraved and lenticular printing allows the aliens to move as the coin is tilted. The two-dollar coin is 40mm with a milled edge and bares a 2018 year of issue.

My favorite part is the box! The coin is nestled in a black felt stand that acts as the base for a specially designed box that fits over it. This packaging makes it look like the original arcade cabinet!

It comes with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity on the base. Limited to 3,000 pieces worldwide, you may want to pounce sooner rather than later. I really like the arcade-packaging, but I know very little about collectible coins. It seems pretty cool, but it's priced at $85, and I'd be curious to know if such collectibles rise in value beyond the 1 oz of silver in the coin itself.

As I said, I love this packaging and would be far more interested in the box than the coin. I was always one of those kids that played more with the box than the toy. However, I think Id be justified with this one!

Space Invaders 40th Anniversary Coin From the New Zealand Mint description:
Space Invaders was produced by Japanese electronic game manufacturer Taito Corporation, and launched in June 1978. Created by Tomohiro Nishikado, it is one of the earliest video games released and viewed as a pioneer of modern gaming. The objective of Space Invaders is for the player to earn as many points as possible by using a laser cannon to shoot aliens and prevent them from "invading". It has been remade on numerous platforms and spawned many sequels, and is considered one of the most successful games of all time.

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