It’s fair to say given the volume of releases to date, that the Disney licence has been pretty successful for the New Zealand Mint. With the flagship Disney Classic series, the Mickey & Friends series, the Disney Princess range, and the one-off Disney Occasions coins, it seems like the mint has all the bases covered. It’s no small bonus that the Disney acquisition of the rights to Lucasfilms seminal Star Wars movies has led to the NZ Mint picking up that potentially huge beast as well, but it is to the Disney Occasion range that we look for these two new additions to the family.
Last year, the mint released a half-ounce silver coin in packaging that literally allowed you to hang it from a Christmas tree. That must have been a good seller because it’s back again this year with a new design, if one quite similar in spirit to the first one. The innovative star-shaped capsule/holder with a ribbon attached makes it quite easy to tie it to a branch, and although we can’t imagine many collectors doing so, we reckon buyers in the gift market would give it a go. If last years is any indication, this will be a great Disney gift. It’s easy for coin collectors to forget there’s a wider audience for this kind of release than just them.
The second coin is a little more of the same, but simultaneously, of much more interest to hardcore Disney fans, and maybe the coin collector as well. The one-ounce coin is the first of the Seasons Greetings to be issued using the classic characters for the subject, and rather than just knock up a character medley, the mint has mined the enormous trove of Disney history and come up with a design based on a Disney Corporate greeting card from 1935. It’s very likely that even the most rabid Disney fan will not have seen this and kudos to the mint for the choice of subject. The packaging echoes the original card and the coin sits in the increasingly common book-style box the NZ Mint has used since the release of the beautiful and underrated Shakespeare coin.
The smaller coin will sell for $60.00 USD, while the larger classic coin sells for a reasonable $80.00. Both should be available from the 12th October at all the usual dealers, and both are limited to 10,000 pieces.