The Phantom Bangalla Coin Collection was produced by The Bradford Exchange in Australia in 2016. Fully licensed by King Features Syndicate, the Coin Collection was exclusively marketed and sold in Australia and New Zealand.
The Bradford Exchange was established by J. Roderick MacArthur in 1973, a Chicago, USA based businessman and philanthropist. Initially focusing on providing limited-edition collector plates in the 1970’s, The Bradford Exchange quickly expanded it’s offering and not only provide limited-edition collectables, but a vast array of merchandise including dolls, figurines, home décor, fine Jewellery and even apparel. Today, The Bradford Exchange operates in 15 countries across Europe, New Zealand and Australia.
The Phantom Bangalla Coin Collection contain the art of Glenn Ford and were released one Medallion at a time, approximately one month apart. Color is found on the front of the Coin, with the rest of the Coin finished in a layer of pure silver. Each Coin is titled and contains a character found in Phantom comic strips. On the reverse of the coin, we see ‘Republic of Bengalla’ and ‘One Pound’, designed to reflect an actual coin from Bengalla.
The first coin to be released can be seen below and is titled ‘The Phantom And Devil’.
A timber crafted presentation case was produced and issued with the second Coin in the set, titled ‘The Phantom And Diana’.
Each Collection Coin was also accompanied by a ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ card, with an image of the Coin found on one side and commentary found on the reverse by Glenn Ford, explaining the character featured on the Coin.
A small sample of the Coins found in the Phantom Bangalla Coin Collection set can be seen below.