More than just being one of the most famous cartoon characters to come from Disney, Mickey Mouse is also iconically identified with the much more sprawling Disney entertainment empire, which has grown immensely since his debut in 1928. As a mascot for the company as a whole, Mickey is arguably the most notable fictional character in the world, with a generations-spanning fan base and an unmatched mainstream profile. The New Zealand Mint paid tribute to this legacy with the release of the 2018 Proof Niue Disney Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary 1/4 oz Gold Coin available, available from Provident Metals.
The 2018 Proof Niue Disney Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary Gold Coin ships in a themed display cased, nestled in black velvet and along with a Certificate of Authenticity. It presents the cameo effect of a proof-quality finish with mirrored backgrounds that accentuate frosted raised elements.
The late monarch Queen Elizabeth II features on the obverse side in an official effigy that verifies the coin as legal tender. She is accompanied by the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II,” “NIUE,” “25 DOLLARS” and “2018.”
Mickey Mouse is featured on the reverse at the tiller of a steamboat and whistling. The Disney logo appears above, while inscriptions at the rim verify the coin’s composition and Disney’s copyright.
Though it may be hard to believe today, Mickey Mouse was not the first animated character to helm the productions of Walt Disney. That honor belonged to Julius the Cat and after him to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, who was Mickey’s immediate predecessor starting in 1927 and possessed a similar color scheme and personality. Mickey came about as a replacement for Oswald when Universal Pictures seized creative control of Oswald, and starred in the first cartoon to include synchronized sound — Steamboat Willie— in 1928. It quickly became the most popular cartoon of its day, and this rest is history.
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|New Zealand Mint
|Disney’s 90th Anniversary
|Certificate of Authenticity
|4.3 x 4.3 x 1.6
|.25 Troy Ounce
|Orders over $199 Ship Free