The Government & Treasury of Niue have unveiled a new series of coins which will be as familiar and endearing to many of us as our favorite cartoon while growing up. That’s because the new series includes those very characters who have kept the world laughing and smiling for over eight decades. Mickey Mouse and his chums are the most famous cartoon characters in the world, loved by millions globally – and not only kids!
Mickey & friends – the beloved Disney cartoon characters immortalized in animation since Mickey first appeared in “Steamboat Willie” in 1928 feature prominently on six coins, and in true form and color. Following up from the immensely successful launch of the Steamboat Willie and Donald Duck coins released in April and June of 2014, this is the third issue from the New Zealand Mint to include the Disney cartoon figures. International demand from coin and Disney collectors alike saw the first two coin releases sell out their entire mintages in record time.
As well as the world’s favorite cartoon mouse, a further five of Disney’s best-loved characters are portrayed in the 1 ounce silver coin series – Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto. Mickey Mouse and his chums are the first contemporary style and full colored coins in the Disney Collectible Coin series officially licensed by Disney.
Mickey Mouse is one of the most famous cartoon characters in the world. His shoes and white gloves have become recognizable around the globe. Soon after Walt Disney first imagined the character on a train ride from New York to Los Angeles, Mickey officially debuted in the historic 1928 short film Steamboat Willie. Going on to appear in over 120 cartoons, Mickey became the first animated character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Mickey’s famously shy, falsetto voice, was originally performed by Walt Disney himself. Mickey Mouse has played almost every role imaginable, from fireman, cowboy, and inventor, through to a plumber. His endearing personality has captured the imagination of cultures and generations around the world.
Minnie Mouse: The stylish, lifelong sweetheart of Mickey Mouse. Wearing her iconic red polka dot dress, Minnie’s personality has delighted generations of fans across all cultures. Mickey’s leading lady first appeared in the ground breaking 1928 short film Steamboat Willie. When a goat inconveniently eats her sheet music, Minnie resourcefully turns the goat’s tail to generate music, demonstrating her spirited and lovable nature. Minnie has appeared in over 70 cartoons, many of which also feature Mickey Mouse, Pluto and her close friend Daisy Duck. She has two nieces, Millie and Melody. With a history spanning over 85 years, Minnie shines as a star in her own right.
Donald Duck: In full, “Donald Fauntleroy Duck” is the most prolific of all the Disney characters in terms of his number of appearances, total screen time, and comic book career. An anthropomorphic white duck, Donald wears a sailor suit with a bow tie, and is known for his short temper. He is a loveable show-off – however, Donald’s love of bragging often takes him over his head, usually to hilarious effect. “Who? Me? Oh, no, I’ve got a bellyache”, are eight words from The Wise Little Hen (1934) that introduced one of the most popular Disney cartoon characters. Donald’s distinctive voice was created by Clarence Nash, who performed the role for 50 years. In 2004, Donald was himself recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Daisy Duck: A rather sophisticated cartoon character introduced by Disney in the 1940 short film Mr. Duck Steps Out. Like Donald Duck, Daisy is an anthropomorphic white duck, however, she is more feminine with long eyelashes and ruffled tail feathers. She is often seen wearing a blouse with puffed short sleeves, a matching hair bow, and heeled shoes. Daisy is the graceful, glamorous and loyal best friend of Minnie Mouse. She also shows a strong affinity towards Donald Duck and is very devoted to him. Daisy has appeared in a total of fourteen films, multiple television series, comic stories, and games.
Goofy: What can be said about Goofy, he’s a comical cartoon character created by Disney and debuted in the 1932 film Mickey’s Revue. A tall, anthropomorphic dog, Goofy typically wears a turtle neck, waistcoat, white gloves, and a tall hat originally designed as a rumpled fedora. A close friend of Mickey Mouse, Goofy is one of Disney’s most popular characters. Portrayed as being extremely clumsy, he at times shows surprising intuition and knowledge, albeit in his own unique and eccentric way. Goofy’s catchphrase is ‘gawrsh!’ his usual exclamation of surprise, along with a distinctive chuckle. Having featured in television shows and comic books, Goofy was given his own series of shorts during the 1940’s, two of which were nominated for Academy Awards.
Pluto: An endearing iconic cartoon character, Pluto first appeared in Disney’s 1930 release The Chain Gang. His nature and personality as a tracker dog in this early film was quite different to the friendly pup we know today. However, six months later this all changed as Pluto was presented as Mickey’s pet, forging the famous friendship between these characters. Modeled on the English Pointer breed, Pluto is a mustard-colored, medium-sized dog with black ears. His cheerful and adventurous temperament has warmed the hearts of many. As he does not speak, Pluto’s performance relies on physical humor. This has made him a pioneering figure in character animation, by expressing personality through movement, facial expressions and vocalization. Cast in his own television series in 1937, Pluto went on to appear in 48 cartoons over the following decades. One of these, Lend a Paw, won an Academy Award in 1942.
|Two Dollars X 6||.999 silver||31.1 grams||40 mm.||Proof & color||10,000 pieces each|
Each coin features an iconic image of each of the ‘Mickey & Friends’ Characters, set against a relief engraved background. The Obverse Design features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II along with the year of issue below the portrait and the country of issue, “NIUE” above. The coin’s denomination also appears on the obverse in the legend.
The coins which are available separately, are individually presented in a Perspex frame/case allowing 360 degree presentation. The coin case is surrounded by film-themed outer packaging illustrating the history of each character. All six outer packages illustrations align to one continuous background image, when displayed. The Certificate of Authenticity is displayed on top of the Perspex case, within the outer packaging.
For more information on these and other products offered by the New Zealand mint, please visit their website at: http://www.nzmint.com/ Pre-orders are being accepted now for dispatch commencing from the 15th September 2014 – International orders dispatched.