How do you catch a ghost? You call the Ghostbusters, of course!
Released in 1984, Ghostbusters™ the movie followed three oddball doctors – Ray Stantz (l), Peter Venkman (c), and Egon Spengler (r) – who began their own business specialising in the elimination of ‘ectoplasmic’ entities.
A bit of a nerd, Spengler was responsible for developing the technology behind some of their famous equipment – including the positron collider, better known as a proton pack.
With Venkman, their laid back leader, and the eager and excitable Stantz, the team’s services were in huge demand from citizens of New York terrified at an alarming increase in paranormal activity.
The most powerful tool in the Ghostbusters’ mobile armoury, proton packs were particle accelerating devices comprising a hand held wand, or particle thrower, connected to a back pack sized ‘cyclotron’. Basically, they incapacitated negatively charged ghosts by entrapping them within their positively charged proton beams.
In an era before advanced digital techniques, the movie’s ghouls were created with puppets, maquettes, animation, overlays, and a great deal of ingenuity besides. The visual effects crew was equally inventive when it came to the proton ray. The tip of the prop’s wand featured fluorescent bargraphs, incandescent bulbs, and strobing flashes to which they synchronized the dazzling neon-coloured ‘streams’.
An unprecedented mix of fantasy, horror and comedy featuring special effects destined to hold up remarkably over time, Ghostbusters™ was a huge critical and commercial success. A brilliant theme song and its famous ‘no ghost’ symbol, which encapsulated the notion that evil apparitions could be confined and even ridiculed, added further to its unique and enduring appeal.
Ghostbusters™ 1oz Silver Coin Series
For the movie’s many fans worldwide, The Perth Mint is delighted to unveil the first of three special commemorative coin releases, each struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver. The 2017 Ghostbusters™ coin portrays Spengler, Venkman, and Stantz against a representation of New York under a slime green sky. As any genuine admirer would expect, the design also includes the ‘no ghost’ icon.
In coming months, further coins portraying Slimer, and Stay Puft, will be released in complementary presentation packaging. Subject to a limited mintage of 5,000 worldwide, together they’ll form a superb trio of rare numismatic tributes.
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