Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen, Disney’s 2013 animated movie Frozen was hugely successful, making nearly $1.3 billion in worldwide box office revenue. Its statistics are impressive reading – the third highest-grossing original film of all time, the ninth highest-grossing film of all time, the highest-grossing film of 2013, and the third highest-grossing film in Japan. The numbers continued to break records when the movie hit DVD and Blu-Ray. The movie tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged iceman, his loyal pet reindeer, and a naïve snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
The New Zealand Mints Disney license has been quite wide ranging in scope, but clearly they weren’t going to ignore a property as popular as this one. Back in May they launched a five coin set of character coins struck in 1 oz of fine silver, with selective colouring to the reverse side. Released one per month, the series recently wrapped up.
A new appearance has meant the licence is obviously a lucrative one. Sticking with the format, it’s another coin featuring the two female ‘stars’ of the movie, Anna & Elsa, the second to pair them. In addition, there have been two coins showcasing one of them on each.
This one is a very clean and striking piece, carrying a quote extolling the wonder of sisterhood. This will no doubt have appeal to fans of the movie, of which we’ve already determined there are near countless numbers. Not one aimed primarily at the coin collector, the Disney fan will appreciate the quality and longevity of a well presented proof struck silver coin, especially compared to all the usual plastic and paper rubbish that so typifies popular merchandising these days. Surprisingly, the packaging is different from the previous five coins, and appears to be a change that will carry through to some other upcoming Disney coins. Issued for Niue, they carry the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. Selling for $80 USD, the coin is available now, with mintage limited to 10,000 pieces.