In the first half of October, the New Zealand Mint has produced seven new commemorative coins for the island of Niue, with themes covering the Battle of Trafalgar, the 80th anniversary of the animated Disney movie Snow White, and Disney’s 1983 production of Mickey’s Christmas Carol. Each of these new coins comes in a Proof finish, with the exception of the 1-ounce silver Trafalgar coin, which has an antiqued finish with applied color. The Snow White coins are produced in 1/4-ounce gold and 1-ounce silver versions, while the Mickey Mouse coins are produced in 1/4-ounce, 1-ounce, and 1/2-gram gold and 1-ounce silver versions. All of the silver coins are .999 fine, while the gold coins are .9999 fine.
Commencing with the Battle of Trafalgar commemorative, the coin honors Admiral Lord Nelson, who led the British fleet to victory against the combined forces of the Spanish and French armadas on October 21, 1805, off the southwest coast of Spain. It’s the third coins in the New Zealand Mint’s “Battles That Changed History” series (the first two were “Battle of Yorktown” and “Battle of Waterloo”). The coin has a limited mintage of 5,000 pieces and combines color with an antique finish. The reverse features Admiral Lord Nelson set in color against an antique-style backdrop of naval warships engaged in battle. The inscription at the top reads TRAFALGAR • 1805. In smaller letters at the bottom are the weight, fineness, and metal: 1 oz. 999 FINE SILVER.
The obverse of the 1-ounce silver Trafalgar coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the counterclockwise inscriptions ELIZABETH II, NIUE, and TWO DOLLARS. The issue date, 2017, is at the bottom of the coin.
The coin is presented with a certificate of authenticity in an antique-effect timber box with black velvet interior and themed outer packaging.
The gold and silver Snow White coins are officially licensed by Disney. The reverse of the 1/4-ounce gold coins features Snow White flanked by two of the seven dwarfs. Underneath Snow White, the inscription, in three lines, reads Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. To the left of Snow White, an additional inscription reads 1/4 oz 9999 Fine Gold © Disney.
The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the counterclockwise inscriptions ELIZABETH II, NIUE, and 25 DOLLARS, with 2017 below.
The reverse of the 1-ounce silver coin features color-highlighted images of Snow White and the seven dwarfs flanked by relief images of other supporting characters in the film. Below Snow White, the inscription, in three lines, reads Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. To the left of Snow White, an additional inscription reads 1/4 oz 999 Fine Silver © Disney.
The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the standard inscriptions and the denomination, TWO DOLLARS.
The 1/4-ounce gold coin is presented in a wooden case and themed outer packaging, while the 1-ounce silver coin is presented in a circular red commemorative box with themed outer packaging as well.
The gold and silver “Mickey Through the Ages” coins, from which depict Mickey Mouse as rendered in Disney’s Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983), all have identical reverses aside from their technical specs. The silver coin additionally highlights Mickey Mouse with added color. At lower left of each coin is the weight and 9999 Fine Gold or 999 Fine Silver, followed by Disney’s copyright mark. The lower right inscription on all reads Mickey’s Christmas Carol, 1983.
The obverses all carry Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of the Queen and include the standard inscriptions. They differ only in the denominations, which are as follows: 1/4-ounce gold, 25 DOLLARS; 1-ounce gold, 250 DOLLARS; 0.5-gram gold, 2 DOLLARS 50 CENTS; and 1-ounce silver, TWO DOLLARS.
Each Mickey’s Christmas Carol coin comes in a wooden display case presented in colorful themed packaging. Please visit the website of the New Zealand Mint for more information on these and other coins on offer.