The New Zealand Mint is one of the world leaders in the production of character coins, and no lineup of coins from the mint has proven more popular in the past few years than its selection of Disney-themed coins. When it comes to Mickey Mouse, the 90-year-old icon’s career started with the magic of Steamboat Willie. Today, the 2017 1 oz Niue Mickey Mouse Steamboat Willie Silver Coin is available to you online from JM Bullion.
- Arrives in a protective plastic flip, multiples of 25 in a tube and 250 in a mini monster box.
- Celebrates Mickey’s first unforgettable role!
- Contains 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver in BU condition.
- Face value of $2 (NZD) is fully backed by Niue’s government.
- Obverse features Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse bears the image of Mickey Mouse from Steamboat Willie.
Although Mickey and Minnie Mouse both appeared in the film Plane Crazy one year before Steamboat Willie, this short film is considered the official debut of Mickey Mouse and his beloved girlfriend Minnie because it was the first to go into widespread distribution.
The film’s most iconic moment to this day is Mickey piloting the steamboat himself, when in reality the actual captain of the barge is Mickey’s long-time nemesis Pete the cat. Minnie makes an appearance in the film running to catch the boat when it stops at Podunk Landing to pick up a load of livestock.
On the 2017 1 oz Niue Mickey Mouse Steamboat Willie Silver coin you’ll find that iconic moment from Mickey’s turn as captain of the steamboat. The film is ranked 13th in the book of The 50 Greatest Cartoons and is on the National Film Registry as a “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” film.
Each 2017 1 oz Nie Mickey Mouse Steamboat Willie Silver Coin offered here is in BU condition. Silver coins in this condition have no signs of wear and tear, though you may notice minor flaws ranging from breaks in the luster and spotted surfaces to contact marks from the production process at the mint.
On the obverse of the coin is the image of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s right-profile portrait is featured on the obverse of all New Zealand Mint coins for Niue and other commonwealth nations, and is from Ian Rank-Broadley in 1998.
The reverse of the 2017 1 oz Niue Mickey Mouse Steamboat Willie Silver Coin features the image of Mickey Mouse as the steamboat captain from the film. Steamboat Willie was the first animated Disney cartoon to feature synchronized sound, including character sounds and the musical score.
The New Zealand Mint is a private coining facility in Auckland, New Zealand. It is not associated with the federal government, and neither produces official coinage nor paper bank notes for the country.
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