The New Zealand Mint is expanding its range of Disney Pixar coins with an issue celebrating one of the best loved and widely regarded animated movies of all time – Toy Story. A ground-breaking movie that has spawned two sequels with a third on the way, we certainly can’t argue with the choice of subject matter. This should prove a popular release, although we’ve yet to determine if it’s to be part of a larger series or a one-off.
Depicting Woody, a cowboy and one of the two main characters in the movie franchise (which leads us to believe a Buzz Lightyear coin will appear next year at least). As you’d expect from the movie, the coin is bright and colourful, depicting Woody and the movie logo. Just the composition and copyright information is inscribed here and it’s in a font small enough to be unobtrusive, although we’d rather it wasn’t there at all.
It’s a Niue issue from the New Zealand Mint, so the obverse of this one-ounce, 0.999 silver coin is a well known affair. The Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by coin information is used on pretty much everything this mint produces. Packaging is an adaptation of the wooden chest used in the Battles That Changed History series, although this time brightly coloued to simulate a toy chest. Enclosed within is a certificate of authenticity and it all sits in a beautifully done outer shipper.
The mintage of the coin is set at 10,000 pieces. That’s a number common to the Star Wars and other Disney coins, so a decent, but not excessive number given that a smaller proportion of these will end up in the traditional coin market than most others. We’d imagine the Disney memorabilia market (theme parks, etc.) will absorb a lot of them. Available to order now, site sponsors Minted-UK and Powercoin both sell them and ship worldwide. As we said previously, we’d expect a Buzz Lightyear coin sometime in the first quarter of 2018, but that’s speculation on our part at present.