ABC News reported last week on the US Mint's reaction to 20th Century Fox and the Franklin Mint's collectible "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" quarters: they're illegal. Altering a coin for the purposes of advertising is against the law and is punishable by a fine.
"The promotion is in no way approved, authorized, endorsed, or sponsored by the United States Mint, nor is it in any way associated or affiliated with the United States Mint," said the US Mint in a press release. The Silver Surfer coins feature George Washington on one side and a colorized image of the Surfer on the other, complete with the film's official website address.
Founded by QVC creator Joseph Segal, the Franklin Mint produces collectibles primarily, and unlike their other commemorative coins, the forty thousand Silver Surfer quarters aren't being sold. According to Franklin Mint chairman Moshe Malamud, the company's intention was to "enhance the coin."
20th Century Fox spokesperson Chris Petrikin told ABC News, "These are commemorative coins like many the Franklin Mint creates on a regular basis for various properties. We were confident this coin followed the same procedures and guidelines but will certainly take any necessary steps if advised otherwise."
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