Sunday, May 27, 2007

Silver Surfer quarters

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I've been getting Silver Surfer quarters lately. The decals seem to be machine-installed. I was thinking the gubment can't be too pleased about that, and sure enough, they're not:

    A Marvel Comics hero is giving George Washington some company on the quarter, but the U.S. Mint doesn't think the stunt is so super.

    To promote the upcoming film “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” 20th Century Fox and The Franklin Mint altered 40,000 U.S. quarters to feature the character.

    The U.S. Mint said in a news release Friday that it learned of the promotional quarter this week and advised the studio and The Franklin Mint they were breaking the law. It is illegal to turn a coin into an advertising vehicle, and violators can face a fine.

This is similar to the Boston bomb scare involving the light boards. Publicity is worth the fines, I guess.

1 comment:

mark said...

Thanks for the photos that show S.S. is a decal and not engraved. I've been looking for a good photo because i was worried the one I had was a fake.