Disney’s most loved characters continue to be featured in a series of gold and silver coins from the Perth Mint of Australia. Now available are the 2014 Disney – 80th Anniversary of Donald Duck 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin and the 2014 Disney – 80th Anniversary of Donald Duck 1oz Silver Proof Coin.
These two Donald Duck issues appear as the second strikes in their respective two-year programs showcasing some of Disney’s most famous characters. Each is available now in limited mintages.
"The Perth Mint is thrilled to celebrate Donald Fauntleroy Duck, one of the most beloved Disney characters who first appeared in The Wise Little Hen, released in 1934," describes the Perth Mint on its website. "Throughout the following decades, Donald was nominated for seven ACADEMY AWARDS®, winning an OSCAR® statuette in 1943. Donald’s partner Daisy, his uncle Scrooge McDuck, and his three nephews Huey, Dewey, & Louie, often feature in cartoons alongside him."
The Donald Duck coins follow gold and silver issues which depicted Mickey Mouse. Those inaugural program strikes were released in April and sold out within days.
Shown on the reverse of the two new coins is the same basic image of Donald Duck taken from his debut film appearance in The Wise Little Hen (1934). The house and fence from the film are also added to the design. An inscription reads DISNEY, DONALD DUCK and 80th ANNIVERSARY.
These officially licensed coins are struck by The Perth Mint and issued by the New Zealand Mint as legal tender of the South Pacific island nation of Niue. Shown on the obverse is the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions include 2014, ELIZABETH II, NIUE and the legal tender face value – 25 DOLLARS for the gold coin and TWO DOLLARS for the silver.
Disney – Donald Duck Gold and Silver Coin Specifications
|1/4 oz Gold Coin||1 oz Silver Coin|
|Gold Content (Troy oz)||0.25||1|
|Monetary Denomination (NIUE)||$25||$2|
|Fineness (% purity)||99.99||99.9|
|Minimum Gross Weight (g)||7.777||31.35|
|Maximum Diameter (mm)||20.60||40.60|
|Maximum Thickness (mm)||2.00||4.00|
Each ships in a classic wooden presentation case with a colored image of Donald Duck included in the lid. A colored, illustrated shipper of Donald Duck from The Wise Little Hen and a numbered certificate of authenticity are also included.
Mintage is limited with 1,000 of the gold coins available and 10,000 of the silver. Current pricing is AUS $704.55 (US $663.29) and AUS $102.27 (US $96.28).
Of note, the gold coins are only available to Perth Mint members until mid-day on June 30, 2014.
Orders may be placed from The Perth Mint website at http://www.perthmint.com.au or you may use the affiliate link to be taken directly to the Perth’s Disney Coins page.