|Official name:||Scarred Silver Dollar|
|First Appearance:||Detective Comics #66|
The double-headed coin is Two-Face's favored possession and the tool that aids his weapon of choice, making descisions.
After Harvey Dent, the lawyer prosecuting mobster Sal Maroni, is splashed in the face with acid he becomes Two-Face. He then takes Maroni's lucky double-headed coin. Most famously, Two-Face uses the two-headed silver dollar, one side of which is scarred, the other side clean. Flipping the coin dictates Dent when making any significant life decisions. If the coin lands on the scarred side, Two-Face will pursue acts of evil. If the coin lands on the unmarked side, he is compelled to commit acts of good. Two-Face often defers to his coin in choices of life and death. At one point, Two-Face was so dependent on the coin for any of his criminal acts that he could be easily defeated by taking the coin away from him or preventing him from seeing the result of the flip. Harvey Kent (Earth-Two) was usually shown at this level of dependency. Dent has since lessened his dependency on the coin flip to whether a situation should be implemented, rather than each individual act.
Two-Face's signature coin appears in Batman Forever. Batman easily defeated Two-Face by throwing up multiple quarters and silver dollars while the villain was in the middle of flipping his coin. Instead of being totally dependent on the coin for what he should do next, on at least one occasion- faced with an opportunity to shoot Bruce Wayne after learning that Bruce was Batman and rendering him unconscious in an attack on Wayne Manor- he decided what he wanted to do himself and just kept flipping the coin until he achieved his desired result (Although the Riddler stopped him from actually shooting Wayne, preferring to defeat their foe more directly rather than just catching him by surprise).
Two-Face flipped his own two-headed coin whenever he had to make a decision. Before his accident, Harvey Dent uses the coin to trick criminals into confessing, such as when he kidnapped Thomas Schiff and informed him, "Heads, you get to keep your head. Tails, not so lucky". But because both sides were head, Dent would never kill. After his accident that turned him into Two-Face, one side of the coin was badly burnt while the other side was fine. He then used the coin to actually decide whether his target would live or die. Harvey Dent stated that the coin was a keepsake from his deceased father, which he implied was also the reason he managed to ask Rachel Dawes out.
The Novelization expands a bit on the coin's backstory, where it was revealed to have been used in a manner similar to the comics' rendition of Harvey Dent's childhood as a means for his father to give his son a beating (with the coin always choosing in favor of having him beaten due to its double-headed nature). His father's status as a former cop also prevented anyone from reporting to the authorities of his evident child abuse, which consequentially led to Dent's severe hatred for corrupt cops, especially the ones in Lieutenant Gordon's employ.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Some viewers have stated that in The Dark Knight, Two-Face wasn't dependent on the coin to make his decisions, and if the coin dictated that he couldn't kill his target, then he'd find a way around that. For example, when he met Sal Maroni in his car and the coin dictated that Maroni couldn't be shot, Two-Face shot his driver instead, causing Maroni to possibly die in the following car crash. Two-Face may have already thought ahead, however, and ensured that Maroni would live but would be severely injured and possibly unable to inform anyone of Harvey's actions.
- While previous versions of Two-Face's Coin were based on silver dollars, the coin used in The Dark Knight was a replica of an actual 1922 Liberty head silver dollar. This is in keeping with the theme of realism in the film series.