New Zealand Mint increases its presence in the coin note market with the debut of Disney Princesses

The New Zealand Mint seemingly has big plans for the coin note format and after the launch of Star Wars and a surprise Star Trek, they’ve returned to their venerable Disney licence for another new series. Having previously appeared on an extensive range of gold and silver coins, Disney Princesses are back for a new range of seven coins.

The specifications remain the same as the two sci-fi series – an expansive 150 x 70 mm in size and formed from five grams of fine silver. Colour and engraving bring the artwork to life and the obverse is a banknote-style series of patterns with the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II in the centre. Unsurprisingly, the coin is issued for Niue Island.

This is a six coin series and the first one will again come with a fine looking folder that will hold them all on individual pages. We think it’s fair to say that being able to collect them like this could be a major contributor to the success of this type of coin. Subsequent coins come in a simple sleeve that can then be placed in the album. Despite their size, the low weight keeps the price down and these will sell for $39.00 USD per coin. The mintage of 50,000 is pretty huge and these are clearly seen as a way to popularise coin collecting – something that benefits us all.

A brightly coloured series of popular characters, these won’t have huge appeal to collectors of coins, but the Disney memorabilia market is another matter. Rehashing a previous series is a little disappointing but the mint will no doubt have bigger plans for the licence through 2018.

COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 5.0 grams
DIMENSIONS 150.00 x 70.00 mm
FINISH Brilliant uncirculated
MINTAGE 50,000
BOX / COA Yes / On-coin