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The tiny island nation of Niue, situated in the South Pacific Ocean, is the perfect example of a small nation with big ambitions on the precious metals stage. Gold Niue Coins are available from a vast array of coin programs, most of which are struck by the New Zealand Mint out of Auckland, New Zealand. The New Zealand Mint may not be a sovereign minting facility, but it does plenty of work minting sovereign coins for other nations in the South Pacific.
Among the collection of Gold Niue Coins you’ll find some stunning offerings, all of which are available in a variety of sizes that make them attractive to and affordable for any investor. Take some time to peruse the paragraphs below and learn a little more about Gold Niue Coin programs, you might be surprised by what you find!
The New Zealand Mint is famous for the production of numerous character coin programs, but there are few more popular than its Disney-themed coin collections. Among them, the Mickey Mouse Through the Ages collection is one of the hottest sellers at the moment.
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.
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 Gold Niue Coins from the Mickey Through the Ages collection currently available online from Silver.com.
The first release in the Mickey Through the Ages series was The Band Concert coin design. Released in 1935, the animated short The Band Concert was the first Disney cartoon released in color. In the short, Mikey features as the leader of a band that struggles to perform the William Tell Overture as Donald Duck, who features as a concessions vendor desperate to join the band, interferes with the playing of “Turkey in the Straw.”
Design features of this particular 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 Gold Niue 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:
Among the Gold Niue Coins covered above in the Mickey Mouse Through the Ages collection, you’ll find a number of commonalities. First and foremost, each new design release comes with three gold products and one silver coin. Focusing on the gold coins, each release is available in ½ Gram, ¼ Troy oz, and 1 Troy oz weights. Each one features a face value in New Zealand dollars and .9999 pure gold content. The coins have different mintage figures for each weight, as well as representative face values. Details include:
All of the coins in the Mickey Through the Ages collection of Gold Niue Coins are available with individually numbered Certificates of Authenticity to validate your purchase, making for the perfect collectible piece for any serious numismatist.
Additionally, the coins in the Mickey Through the Ages collection all share the same obverse design facets. The obverse of all Gold Niue Coins from this collection bear the traditional right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley, this serves as the fourth-generation image of Her Majesty and features on all commonwealth coins.
The island of Niue is located in the South Pacific Ocean, roughly 1,500 miles northeast of the nation of New Zealand, east of Tonga, south of Samoa, and west of the Cook Islands. The island itself is just 100 square miles in size and has a predominantly Polynesian population of around 1,190 people.
Niue occupies a unique niche in the world order. The nation is a self-governing state that exists in free association with New Zealand. The vast majority of diplomatic relations for Niue are handled by the nation of New Zealand on behalf of the people of Niue, and the populace are citizens of New Zealand with Queen Elizabeth II serving as head of state in the capacity of Queen of New Zealand.
Most of Niue’s people, 90-95%, actually now live in New Zealand, along with 70% of those who actually speak the Niuean language. The official languages of the nation are English and Niuean, and the nation’s economy uses the New Zealand dollar as its official currency.
When you purchase Gold Niue Coins on Silver.com, you’ll find a number of payment methods available to complete your transaction. We accept all major credit and debit cards, as well as paper checks, Pay Pal transfers, and bank wire transfers. Credit and debit cards have a maximum purchase of $5,000 and generally take one business day to process.
Paper checks have a 4% discount relative to credit and debit cards, as well as a higher maximum of $50,000, but take four to six business days to process. Pay Pal transfers are capped at $10,000 and process instantaneously. Bank wire transfers have the only minimum purchase, at $2,500, but also have the highest maximum at $150,000 and process instantaneously.
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If you have any further questions about Gold Niue Coins, please don’t hesitate to ask Silver.com. Our associates are available on the phone at 888-989-7223, or you can connect with us online using our live web chat and email features. And be sure to check back with Silver.com as future releases of Gold Niue Coins become available from the New Zealand Mint!