The New Zealand Mint’s new Mickey Through the Ages series is having its second release. Working its way through the history of Mickey Mouse’s long and varied movie career, the series started in late June with one of the characters most iconic role, The Band Concert from 1935. Fast forward three years to 1938, this second coin features The Brave Little Tailor, another much-loved cartoon.
Like the previous release, this one is available in a newly expanded range of four formats, the new kid on the block being a minigold (0.5g). An increasingly popular format, the first coin looked great at this size. Suspended in a credit-card style package, they’re an inexpensive way to get Disney gold. The other formats are NZ Mint regulars. A coloured one-ounce silver, a ¼oz gold, and the less common 1oz gold. It’s fair to say there’s something for most budgets here.
Only the silver coin carries colour, a good choice in our view as colour suits gold far less than silver. A clean, simple design, keeping faith with the original cartoon, it depicts Mickey in tailor attire, leaning on his scissors, and apparently talking. The obverse is the usual Queens effigy by Ian Rank Broadley, surrounded by inscriptions of her name, the issuer (Niue), the denomination, and the date.
Packaging is identical for the big three coins. A nice quality wooden box and a brightly themed shipper box make it very nicely presented. The coins should be available later today at $85.00 for the silver, and $2,500.00, $620.00, and $75.00 respectively for the golds (all USD).