The time-travelling adventure Back to the Future was the most successful movie of 1985. Starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, a high school student who accidentally travelled back 30 years to 1955, it launched one of the most popular film franchises in history.
Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the original release, which is being celebrated by fans throughout the world, we’re delighted to present the official Back to the Future commemorative coin program. Each of the three coins are housed in stunning presentation packaging, including this remarkable model of the DeLorean DMC-12 time-machine specially created to house the 1oz silver release!
DeLorean DMC-12 Time Machine
When Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale first wrote the script for Back to the Future in 1981, their concept for the time machine was originally set to be a refrigerator. Fearing that children would imitate the film and get trapped inside, they decided that not only should the time machine be mobile, but it should be a car.
It was during the writing process that the DeLorean DMC-12 was gaining worldwide media attention, being one of the most anticipated new vehicles of the decade. Zemeckis and Gale soon decided on the DeLorean for its futuristic look, notably for the scene where Marty McFly crashes the DeLorean into the Peabody barn in 1955. The gullwing doors made the car look like a UFO!
The DMC-12 was the brainchild of automotive engineer John Z. DeLorean, a former executive at General Motors. Styled by Italian automobile designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and engineered by Lotus Cars of England, it consisted of stainless steel body panels, a rear-mounted 2.85 litre V-6 PRV (Peugeot, Renault, Volvo) engine, and gullwing doors, which only needed 14-inches (35.5cm) of side clearance to open.
For the 1985 film, three DeLorean automobiles were purchased for modification into the now-famous time-machine. An additional three vehicles were purchased for the two sequels, and a full-sized fiberglass DeLorean replica was built for the flying scenes in Back to the Future Part II.
The time-machine was designed by Ron Cobb, Andrew Probert, and Michael Scheffe, who emphasized a homemade look so that viewers could believe that Doc Brown actually built the car in his garage. Kevin Pike’s special effects company Filmtrix constructed the first three DeLorean time-machines in just ten weeks.
In the movie, the Flux Capacitor was its core component. Thanks to the DeLorean’s stainless steel construction, flux dispersal was generated at an optimum level, providing the entire vehicle and its passengers with a smooth passage through the space-time continuum during temporal displacement.
Many of the props on the time-machines were electrical industrial surplus. However, two iconic props were off-the-shelf items: the nuclear reactor was made from a Dodge Polaris hubcap, and the “Mr. Fusion” unit was created from a Krups coffee grinder.
DeLoreans used in Back to the Future retained the original V6 motor. The sound effects artists changed the sound of the engine to a Porsche 928 V8. The sound of the DeLorean gullwing door opening was created from a car window regulator. It is the same sound used at the beginning of the film with Doc’s automatic dog feeder.
The 1oz silver proof coin portrays the DeLorean DMC-12 time-machine surrounded by lightning bolts, with the Hill Valley Courthouse in the background. No more than 7,500 of these coins, housed under the bonnet (hood) of a model DeLorean, will be released.
With an exceptionally limited mintage of just 1,000, the 1/4oz gold proof coin portrays the DeLorean DMC-12 time-machine against a representation of the Hill Valley Courthouse clock.
With a special mintage of just 2,015, this unique coin is struck in the shape of Marty McFly’s hover board from the sequels Back to the Future II and III. The coin literally hovers due to the effect of opposing magnets concealed in the coin capsule and stand base.