The primary issue, the most affordable and in our view at least, the best, the ten coin set depicts Mickey Mouse in various locations around France. Meant to replicate the photo album of a holiday tour, this is a superb set of images. As someone who finds Mickey Mouse totally unappealing as a character (along with most Disney stuff to be honest), it’s to the credit of the mint they’ve done such a great job.
On the specification front these won’t be winning any awards. Struck in a metal that is only 33.3% silver, you’re buying a coin design rather than a store of wealth. The huge plus side with that is that each card-mounted issue sells for just €10, making them hugely affordable for silver coins. The mintage of 95,000 per design means they should be pretty easy to pick up initially, but we’d not be surprised to see eventual sell-outs on some of them. The tens coins in this first wave are
THE NICE RAMBLE – Mickey is studying his map to follow the GR20 of Corsica. In the background is the Padule arch.
NORMAN PICNIC – Mickey is having a picnic on the downstream cliffs of Etretat in Normandy. (145,000 mintage)
SILENCE, ACTION – Invented by two brothers from Lyon, the Lumière brothers, cinema is honoured on this coin. Mickey is shooting a scene in front of the monument to the Lumière brothers. The Fourvière Basilica, recalling Lyon, can be seen in the background.
FREE AS A BIRD – On this coin, the Mont Saint-Michel is depicted. Mickey just has jumped from a plane to land on the famous bay.
FIRST ON THE ROPE – This coin depicts Mickey in alpinist in front of the aiguille du Midi he is about to climb.
NEW WAVE – Mickey takes us to the Basque coast were he goes surfing. In the background, typical houses from the Biarritz seaside.
ON THE AVIGNON BRIDGE – On this coin, Mickey is rehearsing for a play in Avignon. He declaims his text in front of the famous bridge and the Palace of Popes.
A TRIP TO THE LOIRE – Mickey is observing the Loire castles. He particularly focuses on the Azay le Rideau castle with his binoculars.
COUNTDOWN – Mickey is standing in a spationaut’s suit in front of Kourou in French Guyana; the place where Ariane Rockets are launched.
AT THE FEET OF THE IRON LADY – Paris is honoured through this coin. Mickey is winning a race with an arrival under the Eiffel tower.
The coins can be purchased two ways. If you want single coins they’re available for €10 each mounted to a themed card. There’s a choice of three different coloured tins to hold your choices, even if that should be all 20 of them. Alternatively, you can buy the ten first issues in a bag that comes with an album to hold the full set of twenty, although only 8,500 of these will be made available. The base album is available seperately for €25. Either way, you have a cool and compact way to store the collection.