The New Zealand Mints ‘Disney Princesses’ series hits seven, this one featuring the amphibian-smooching Tiana. The first coin in this new series had its debut back in January featuring Cinderella, the second coin depicted Aurora, the lead of one of Disney’s most popular movies, Sleeping Beauty, the third the Princess Aurora from The Little Mermaid, the fourth was Princess Belle from Beauty and the Beast, the fifth was Jasmine from Aladdin, and the last to debut was the ultra-iconic Disney character, Snow White. Again, we don’t know how many coins will launch in this series, but Disney isn’t short of princesses, so it may be a while yet.

As before, the two formats being offered are a 1oz coloured proof silver and a ¼oz proof gold. These seem to be the same formats that the New Zealand Mint is sticking with for the Disney coins, matching those used for the six-coin Mickey and Friends set, and the highly regarded ‘Classic Disney’ coins, ‘Steamboat Willie’, Donald Ducks 80th Anniversary and Daisy Ducks 75th Anniversary.

Clearly with the series hitting seven coins this year, there appears to be little shortage of buyers for them, and being aimed more at the gift/Disney memorabilia market than at coin collectors seems to be paying off. The gold coins are actually far nicer in the hand. The silver are standard fare for this format, so common with this mint, along with Perth, who strike them. Available now from the NZ Mints website, although the Perth Mint distribute and sell these in Australia, and dealers worldwide will have them also.

MINTS DESCRIPTION

Tiana is the independent and chic character of the Walt Disney Pictures’ animated feature film The Princess and the Frog (2009).

The film tells the story of Tiana, who dreams of having her own restaurant. But her dreams take a detour when she kisses a fast-talking enchanted frog and turns into one, too. It takes a dangerous journey through the bayous, for Tiana to learn that what you want and what you need are not always the same thing. With the spell broken, she and Prince Naveen live happily ever after serving heaping helpings of delicious food and good times together.

Independent, determined Tiana dreams of having her own restaurant. But her dreams take a detour when she kisses a fast-talking enchanted frog and turns into one, too. It takes a dangerous journey through the bayous, for Tiana to learn that what you want and what you need are not always the same thing. With the spell broken, she and Prince Naveen live happily ever after serving heaping helpings of delicious food and good times together.

 

REVERSE: This colourful coin features an image of Tiana, graciously waving her hand, set against a proof quality background surrounded by relief engraved flowers.

OBVERSE: This features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

PACKAGING: The 1 oz Silver Coin is presented in delightful fairy-tale book style packaging. The featured frog and flower images that appear on the packaging are unique to Tiana. The themed packaging makes an ideal gift for any Disney fan or coin collector. The Certificate of Authenticity is printed onto the packaging.

The ¼oz Gold Coin comes presented in delightful fairy-tale styled outer packaging and a high-quality wooden inner coin case. The themed packaging makes this coin an ideal gift for any Disney fan or coin collector. The Certificate of Authenticity sits within the packaging.

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SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $2 NEW ZEALAND $25 NEW ZEALAND
COMPOSITION 0.999 SILVER 0.9999 GOLD
WEIGHT 31.10 g 7.78 g
SIZE 40.0 mm 20.0 mm
FINISH PROOF PROOF
MINTAGE 10,000 1,000
BOX / COA YES / YES (SERIALISED) YES / YES (SERIALISED)
NEW ZEALAND MINT