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There are countless examples of popular gold coin programs available today from mints around the globe. Among the most popular with collectors are Gold Disney Coins. Struck at the moment by only two mints globally, Gold Disney Coins feature impressive purity, beautiful designs, and low mintage figures that make them the perfect addition to any personal collection.
Two major mints in the global market have chosen to focus on the prominence of Disney. Founded on the back of a single mouse and the vision of Walt Disney and his brother Roy, the Disney Corporation is one of the largest and most profitable businesses in the world today. Its variety of products and characters range from the lovable couple of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, to its theme parks of Disneyland in California, and the massive Disney World facility in Orlando, Florida. It was only a matter of time before these beloved characters who have dominated popular culture for more than 80 years came to the precious metals industry.
Gold Disney Coins are available in a variety of different sets. For example, the New Zealand Mint has a portfolio of options ranging from the Disney Princesses collection to the Disney Classics collection. The latter of these two collections features an exciting coin set that any serious Mickey Mouse fan has to own. The Disney Classics collection contains a sub-category of coins known as Mickey Through the Ages, which follows the evolution of Mickey Mouse throughout the course of nearly 90 years of feature films and animated shorts.
More recently, the Monnaie de Paris, has jumped into the market with its own collection of Gold Disney Coins. The variety of designs from both mints makes it possible to find the perfect Disney coin and add to your growing Gold Disney Coin collection today!
For the Mickey Through the Ages collection, the New Zealand Mint has followed a popular design motif in its catalog that focuses on the many characters made popular by the Walt Disney Company over the course of nearly 90 years. Of course, chief among those characters is the mascot for the entire company, Mickey Mouse.
Mickey Mouse made his debut in a brief pre-screening of the animated short Plane Crazy in 1928, but he would later become a national phenomenon in the United States in 1928 with the release of Steamboat Willie. That latter animated short was the first ever created that synced the voices and sounds of Mickey Mouse with the actions on the screen, and also introduced the world to his girlfriend, Minnie Mouse.
From there, Mickey Mouse has exploded into a global cultural icon that is recognized easily by children and adults around the globe. The Mickey Through the Ages collection from the New Zealand Mint chronicles the maturation and appearances of Mickey Mouse over the course of his early animated shorts and, eventually, more recent films. The following paragraphs explore the Niue Gold Coins from the Mickey Through the Ages collection currently available from Silver.com, and feature in order of release.
Each of the Gold Disney Coins from the New Zealand Mint’s Mickey Through the Ages collection shares common features in design on the reverse, and limited mintage figures. However, there are minimal differences between the weight and specific face values and mintage levels for each coin dependent upon size. The following is an easy breakdown of those highlights for all Gold Disney Coins from this collection:
Additionally, the coins in this collection share a common obverse design. On the obverse of each Gold Disney Coin is the image of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s right-profile portrait was created by Ian Rank-Broadley in 1998, and serves as the official obverse design for the majority of commonwealth coins.
The first release of the Mickey Through the Ages program is the Mickey Mouse The Band Concert Series. This coin depiction is based upon the animated short The Band Concert, which was released in 1935 and featured Mickey Mouse as the leader of a band that struggles to complete a public performance of the William Tell overture through the repeated interruptions of Donald Duck. A member of the concessions crew, Donald is intent on performing with the small music band, but consistently interrupts with his own rendition of “Turkey in the Straw.”
What set The Band Concert apart even from Steamboat Willie was the use of color. This was the first-ever Mickey Mouse film to feature brilliant full color, and was produced in 3-strip Technicolor by Walt Disney Productions and released with United Artists. The film was largely a musical display, with the few speaking lines in the film going to Donald Duck.
Design features of the reverse side of this release include:
Walt Disney Productions and RKO Radio Pictures released the animated film Brave Little Tailor in 1938, featuring Mickey Mouse in the titular role of the humble tailor. The film is based upon the fairy tale “The Valiant Little Tailor” from the Grimm Brothers.
In the film, Mickey plays the role of the tailor who takes on the monumental task offered by a king to kill a giant that has been terrorizing his small kingdom. Mickey steps forward inadvertently to become the town’s chosen warrior, bragging that he “killed seven with one blow,” not realizing the peasants were discussing warriors who have killed giants and not the flies he killed in his workshop.
The film was nominated for the 1939 Academy Award for the Best Animated Short Film, but actually lost out to another Disney film in the form of Ferdinand the Bull. To this day, the Brave Little Tailor film remains one of the most expensive ever produced by Disney.
Design features of the 2nd release in the Mickey Through the Ages collection include the following details on the reverse imagery:
Plane Crazy was released in 1928 as an animated short featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. In the film, Mickey attempts to build his own airplane using scrap car parts and farm equipment on a farm with the help of some of his friends. The film marks one of the first appearances of Mikey together with his girlfriend Minnie, who gives him a horseshoe for good luck before his flight.
Design features of this 3rd coin released in the Niue Gold Coins collection of Mickey Through the Ages coins include:
As hard as it may be to imagine today, Mickey Mouse was actually experiencing a dip in popularity during the late 1930s and into the early 1940s. Walt Disney released Fantasia starting in November 1940 with a storyline originally planned for an animated short as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. It was written into the storyline of Fantasia as Disney’s third-ever feature film. Each new design features Mickey Mouse from a different iconic role, with this release inspired by his role as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice in the film Fantasia.
Design features of this release include:
The New Zealand Mint was founded in 1967 as a privately-owned company. It not only olds the distinction of being the only private mint in New Zealand, it is also the only precious metals mint in the country, period. The government of New Zealand receives all of its coinage and paper banknotes overseas. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand authorizes the production of national currency by the Royal Mint in London and the Royal Canadian Mint.
Since its founding, the New Zealand Mint has established a track record as one of the finest producers of gold and silver bullion, proof, and commemorative pieces, as well as medallions and other precious metal products. Operating under the motto of “Minters of the South Pacific,” the New Zealand Mint also produces a variety of coinage for numerous smaller island nations throughout the South Pacific, including Fiji, the Cook Islands, Tuvalu, and Niue.
The official sovereign mint of France, the Monnaie de Paris (or Paris Mint), has recently introduced its own Mickey Through the Ages collection of coins. Featuring silver and gold options, this new series is enticing for collectors on the European continent. These coins are available in gold with three weights, including ¼ oz, 1 oz, and 5 oz.
Highlights for each of these coins differ due to their weight, but we’ve provided you with an easy breakdown of the coins right here:
Design features for each of the releases in this collection are slightly different on the obverse field, paying homage to Mickey Mouse in their own special way. All of the coins in the series feature the same reverse design, that of the iconic right-profile portrait of Mickey Mouse is captured in brilliant gold relief, with engravings of the face value, year of issue, and Mickey’s name.
For the obverse fields, you’ll find the following designs available:
The Monnaie de Paris is the official sovereign mint of the French government. Created in 864, it is the oldest continually operating institution in the world and originally shared the duty of French coining with smaller, provincial mints in France. Today it is the primary issuer of French currency.
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