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The Adventures of Tintin is a series of comic strips created by the Belgian artist Georges Rémi (1907–1983), who wrote under the pen name of Hergé. The series first appeared in French in Le Petit Vingtième on 10 January 1929. The success of the series saw the strips collected into a series of twenty-four albums, spun into a successful magazine and adapted for film and theatre. The series is one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century, with translations published in over 50 languages and more than 200 million copies of the books sold to date.
Set during the 20th century, the hero of the series is Tintin, a young Belgian reporter. He is aided in his adventures from the beginning by his faithful dog Snowy. Later, popular additions to the cast included Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus and other supporting characters such as the incompetent detectives Thomson and Thompson. Hergé himself features in several of the comics as a background character.
The images on each face of this coin have been taken from the original artworks created by Georges Rémi (Hergé). New Zealand Mint is proud to bring you this coin direct from France as work on a new Tintin movie commences here in New Zealand.
The obverse of this coin features an artwork and the engraved words Centenaire D'herge, along with the denomination (1 ½ Euro) and the year of issue (2007).
The reverse of this coin features a high quality colour image of Tintin and Professor Calculus, set against the engraved face of their creator Georges Rémi and the signature of his iconic pen name Hergé.
Each coin comes complete with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity and has a strictly limited mintage.
This silver proof coin comes in a leatherette presentation case.