The same day that the New Zealand Mint launches a new coin in its flagship Star Wars series of gold and silver coins, it also debuts the newest release in its flagship Disney series, Classic Disney. Longer running than the three-release Star Wars Classic range, this latest coin represents the sixth coin on the market, following on from Steamboat Willie, the 80th anniversary of Donald Duck, Daisy Duck’s 75th, Scrooge McDuck. and the 75th anniversary of Dumbo, the newest anniversary to be commemorated is the 65th of one of Disneys greatest animated movies, Alice in Wonderland.
No surprises on the specifications, the standard ¼ oz gold coin and a 1 oz silver. There have been 1oz and 1kg gold, and 1kg silver versions in the past, but these seem to be the exception rather than the rule and there’s no indication we’ll see such versions of this coin. A nice clean strike, free of colour or inserts, it’s another fine design of an iconic movie. Both are packaged in a great quality wooden box, one the NZ Mint uses for most of its gold output but is employed for the silver also in this case. The gold ¼oz will retail for US$600 and the silver at US$80.
Clean struck like the previous releases, the reverse-side design is, like the Yoda coin released today, slightly different between the gold and silver versions. Fundamentally the same, instead of incorporating the whole image on the much smaller gold coin, the mint has slightly cropped the artwork to keep as much size and detail as possible. It works superbly on the Yoda coin, and works here as well, although not as successfully in our view as it does make more profound changes than the Star Wars coin did. It could be argued that either is the better looking coin however, so no criticism overall. Available to order now, the coins will ship from 26 April. Definitely a good one for the Disney crowd.