Mickey Through the Ages. France joins Niue with coins celebrating Disney icon.
Previously the exclusive domain of the New Zealand Mint, Disney coins have now been launched by French national mint, the Monnaie de Paris. Ostensibly a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s death, the coins are strictly limited to depicting the animation legends most iconic creation, Mickey Mouse.
Most popular, and after some delay to the original release date, are a pair of proof silver coins with some selective colouring. The bigger of the two, a five-ounce beast, depicts a selection of Mickey’s from the earliest incarnation to the modern day. It’s an interesting look at the character. In contrast, the smaller coin, at 22g a Monnaie de Paris staple size, features just an image of the modern Mickey Mouse, one actually taken from the larger coin. Both sit on a silhouette of Mickey’s head surrounded by a geometric pattern. Both are pretty good designs – different to the New Zealand Mint coins, although perhaps not quite as stylish.
The gold coins are all cleanly struck and eschew any colouring. Each of the three sizes (5oz, 1oz, ¼oz) feature an image of Mickey, again taken from the 5oz silver coin. Each design is exclusive to one size of coin. The background is very similar to the silver coins, featuring the silhouette head and differing geometric patterns again. Both the gold and silver variants have the same basic Mickey head obverse, with just the denomination and geometric pattern in the background changing. The silver coins sell for €508.00 and €74.00, the gold for €10,658, €2130, and €536. All come boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity and are available to order now.
Not content with just the usual coins, the MdP have also debuted a keyring, a set of copper-nickel mini-medals in a collectors album, a pretty cool rectangular medallion, and another with a coloured Mickey that can be removed and placed on top of the metal base for display purposes. It’s an eclectic mix that you can see further down, we particularly like the rectangular piece. All of these are also available now.