Project Description

2020+ CHIBI COLLECTION by the New Zealand Mint

A phenomenon that has travelled far from its Japanese homeland, Chibi (ちび or チビ) is slang for ‘short’ and is applied to various pop culture genres today. Chief amongst those are the small, chubby caricatures with their tiny bodies and over-sized heads – also called super-deformed (SD). A popular style in anime and manga, and also with the Funko figures that are seemingly everywhere these days, we’re actually surprised the concept has taken this long to hit the numismatic world.

If anyone was going to do it, it would be pop-culture innovators the New Zealand Mint, who have an extensive catalogue of media franchises under their wing. These are perfect subjects for the Chibi treatment, and the first to get reimagined was cult superhero, Batman. Rather than go with the dour character from the excellent Nolan movies, the mint sensibly took a more comic-orientated approach, with some similarities to the style popularised in the camp Sixties TV series. The follow-up coins are equally whimsical and manage to be both an extreme caricature, and easily recognisable.

This was the first of the DC Comics Chibi Collection, which was soon joined by a Harry Potter series, and then a Star Wars one. As of February 2021, Lord of the Rings has appeared, followed by even more. Each coin is numbered as part of its own collection, rather than as a unified Chibi series as a whole. Given the accelerated release schedule, that’s probably a wise decision. Amazingly, given the near $100 USD price tag per coin, the mint is planning to issue four per month. 87

RELEASES TO DATE

Each shaped coin has a standard obverse design. The usual Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II and the surrounding inscriptions marking this out as a Niue issue. The presentation is also as neat as you would expect from a mint known for the quality of it, the box allowing for easy display and heavily themed for each issue.

Each is a 1oz fine silver coin with a mintage of 2,000 pieces. Early releases have sold very briskly, with Batman and Darth Vader particularly showing some excellent initial price appreciation. It is possible the intensive release schedule might harm that a little, but it remains to be seen. A splendid idea, expertly realised and quite unique. Couldn’t really ask for more.

2021 STAR TREK 01: JAMES T. KIRK

2021 STAR TREK 02: SPOCK

2022 STAR TREK 03: DOCTOR McCOY

2022 STAR TREK 04: MONTGOMERY SCOTT

2022 STAR TREK 05: NYOTA UHURA

2022 STAR TREK NEXT GENERATION 01: JEAN-LUC PICARD

2020 STAR WARS 01: DARTH VADER

2020 STAR WARS 02: CHEWBACCA

2020 STAR WARS 03: R2-D2

2020 STAR WARS 04: STORMTROOPER

2020 STAR WARS 05: BOBA FETT

2021 STAR WARS 06: LUKE SKYWALKER

2021 STAR WARS 07: PRINCESS LEIA

2021 STAR WARS 08: HAN SOLO

2021 STAR WARS 09: OBI-WAN KENOBI

2021 STAR WARS 10: KYLO REN

2021 STAR WARS 11: REY

2022 STAR WARS 12: PADME AMIDALA

2022 STAR WARS 13: YODA

2022 STAR WARS MAY 4TH SPECIAL: C-3PO

2022 STAR WARS 14: ADMIRAL ACKBAR

2022 STAR WARS 15: DARTH MAUL

2021 THE MANDALORIAN 01: THE CHILD (GROGU)

2021 THE MANDALORIAN 02 THE MANDALORIAN

2022 THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT 01: BOBA FETT

2022 THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT 02: FENNEC SHAND

2021 MICKEY & FRIENDS 01: MICKEY MOUSE

2021 MICKEY & FRIENDS 02: MINNIE MOUSE

2021 MICKEY & FRIENDS 03: MINNIE MOUSE

2021 MICKEY & FRIENDS 04: DONALD DUCK

2021 HALO 01: MASTER CHIEF

2021 HALO 02: CORTANA

2021 DISNEY PRINCESSES 01: CINDERELLA

2021 DISNEY PRINCESSES 02: SNOW WHITE

2021 DISNEY PRINCESSES 03: BELLE

2021 DISNEY PRINCESSES 04 AURORA

2020 DC COMICS 01: BATMAN

2020 DC COMICS 02: WONDER WOMAN

2020 DC COMICS 03: THE FLASH

2020 DC COMICS 04: GREEN LANTERN

2020 DC COMICS 05: SUPERMAN

2020 DC COMICS 06: THE JOKER

2021 DC COMICS 07: HARLEY QUINN

2021 DC COMICS 08: CATWOMAN

2021 DC COMICS 09: AQUAMAN

2021 DC COMICS 10: SUPERGIRL

2021 DC COMICS 11: DEATHSTROKE

2021 DC COMICS 12: BATMAN FLYING

2021 DC COMICS 13: SUPERMAN FLYING

2021 DC COMICS 14: GREEN ARROW

2021 WONDER WOMAN 84: WONDER WOMAN

2021 WONDER WOMAN 84: CHEETAH

2020 WIZARDING WORLD 01: HARRY POTTER

2020 WIZARDING WORLD 02: HERMIONE GRANGER

2020 WIZARDING WORLD 03: RON WEASLEY

2020 WIZARDING WORLD 04: ALBUS DUMBLEDORE

2020 WIZARDING WORLD 05: RUBEUS HAGRID

2021 WIZARDING WORLD 06: SEVERUS SNAPE

2021 WIZARDING WORLD 07: LORD VOLDEMORT

2021 WIZARDING WORLD 08: SIRIUS BLACK

2021 WIZARDING WORLD 09: HARRY POTTER PYJAMAS

2021 FANTASTIC BEASTS 01: NEWT SCAMANDER

2021 FANTASTIC BEASTS 02: ALBUS DUMBLEDORE

2021 LORD OF THE RINGS 01: FRODO BAGGINS

2021 LORD OF THE RINGS 02: SAMWISE GAMGEE

2021 LORD OF THE RINGS 03: GANDALF THE GREY

2021 LORD OF THE RINGS 04: LEGOLAS

2021 LORD OF THE RINGS 05: GOLLUM

2021 LORD OF THE RINGS 06: ARAGORN

2021 LORD OF THE RINGS 07: GIMLI

2022 WARRIORS OF HISTORY 01: SAMURAI

2022 WARRIORS OF HISTORY 02: NINJA

2022 WARRIORS OF HISTORY 03: KNIGHT TEMPLAR

2022 WARRIORS OF HISTORY 04: VIKING

2022 HORROR 01: IT

2022 HORROR 02: THE EXORCIST

2022 HORROR 03: THE NUN

2021 STREET FIGHTER II 01: RYU

2021 STREET FIGHTER II 02: KEN MASTERS

2022 MORTAL KOMBAT 01: SCORPION

2022 MORTAL KOMBAT 02: SUB-ZERO

2022 FRIENDS 01: ROSS GELLER

2022 FRIENDS 02: RACHEL GREEN

2022 FRIENDS 03: JOEY TRIBBIANI

2022 FRIENDS 04: PHOEBE BUFFAY

2022 YEAR OF THE TIGER

2021 CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD MAN

COMING SOON

OBVERSE EXAMPLES

SPECIFICATION

CHIBI COLLECTION
DENOMINATION $2 NZD (Niue Island)
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 31.1 grams
DIMENSIONS approx 31 x 36 mm
FINISH Proof
MODIFICATIONS Colour, Shaped
MINTAGE 2,000 per design
BOX / C.O.A. Yes / Yes
NEW ZEALAND MINT