New Zealand Mint entombs silver coin in loving memory of the Pumpkin King

For many millenials, the 1993 stop-motion fantasy musical film The Nightmare Before Christmas, by Tim Burton, is a formative masterpiece. To this day, the film holds a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert described the visuals in Nightmare to be “as revolutionary as Star Wars.”

Niue Island commissioned the New Zealand Mint to produce a legal-tender silver coin that captures Nightmare’s macabre charm. The coin is also officially licensed by Disney. Now, thanks to Niue, the King and Queen of Halloween have also made their numismatic debut.

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The .999 fine, $2 coin contains 1 troy ounce of silver. The reverse displays the final scene of The Nightmare Before Christmas, in which Jack Skellington and Sally accept that they belong together. The scene is partially colored, and the Disney logo can be seen inscribed above TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS in the lower-right quadrant of the coin.

The obverse of the coin features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as depicted by Ian Rank-Broadley. Reading clockwise from the top is the country of issue, NIUE, followed by the denomination of TWO DOLLARS. At the bottom is the year of issue, 2017, and in the nine o’clock position is ELIZABETH II.

Denom. Metal Weight Diameter Quality Maximum Mintage
 $2 .999 silver 31.1 g 40 mm Proof with applied color 10,000

The Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas 1 ounce silver coin comes packaged in a themed glow-in-the-dark coffin. When the casket is opened, the silver coin can be seen resting on plush, black velvet. A certificate of authenticity is also included inside the coffin. For more information on this coin, in addition to many others, you may visit the website of the New Zealand Mint.

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