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 in 2021. Uniquely, the mint has teased silhouettes of the upcoming issues, which we’ve had a go at identifying, but bear in mind they’re our guesses and we’re limited by NDA embargo.

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. An excellent idea, expertly realised and quite unique. Couldn’t really ask for more.

NOTE: We’ve revised the order to place the releases in their sub-sets as the chronological order was becoming unwieldy. You can click any of these links below to scroll directly to that sub-series.

(Blue = DC, Purple = Potterverse, Green = Star Wars, Goldish = Lord of the Rings, Black = The Mandalorian, Red = Disney, Teal = Fantastic Beasts, Khaki = Halo, Orange = Wonder Woman 84, Pink = Disney Princesses,Yellow = Street Fighter II, Dark Green = Lunar Calendar,COMING SOON)

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 THE MANDALORIAN 01: THE CHILD (GROGU)

2021 THE MANDALORIAN 02 THE MANDALORIAN

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

2020 DC COMICS 01: BATMAN

2020 DC COMICS 02: WONDER WOMAN

2020 DC COMICS 03: THE FLASH

2020 DC COMICS 04: GREEN LANTERN