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This article discusses the Disney Princess coin series, with a focus on the latest release - Rapunzel. This new coin struck at the New Zealand Mint features a charming colorized image of the princess, and a 1 oz. proof silver coin. This coin will soon be available at ModernCoinMart, in all options!
Disney is a name synonymous with fantastic animation and superb film quality. When Disney Corporation partnered up with the New Zealand Mint in 2014 to produce the Disney Characters coins, the result was nothing short of spectacular! The first coin – Steamboat Willie – was an amazing tribute to the first ever animated film by the Disney Corporation that featured an unknown hero called Mickey Mouse.
Today, almost every child knows that name and has at least one toy with the theme. The Steamboat Willie coin became a sensation that sold out from the Mint and from all distribution channels in less than one month! It was soon followed by the amazing Donald Duck coin, and then the remainder of a six-coin set of Disney characters!
Every numismatist took notice of these incredible coins with their luster, color and shine and the amazing characters included – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, and Pluto. All of these coins are presented in wonderful perplex display cases that can be combined to show all six coins at once.
In 2015, once again, the New Zealand Mint has proven itself as an impressive name in numismatics when it began the production of a stunning new series of coins - The Disney Princesses. These coins show the heroines of numerous Disney animated films through the history of modern cinema.
The coins in this series were released in the following order: Cinderella (Cinderella), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Jasmine (Aladdin), and Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs). These coins were extremely popular, and they immediately became huge sell-outs from various distributors across the world. With a very low mintage of 10,000 for each coin, these coins were bought by virtually every numismatist and Disney fan across the world until they were gone!
As a result, the New Zealand Mint has continued the series into 2016 with Tiana (The Princess and the Frog), Rapunzel (Tangled), Mulan (Mulan), and Pocahontas (Pocahontas), and the possible releases of Merida (Brave), Elsa and Anna (Frozen), and Moana (Moana). These coins truly present a rare opportunity to view superb engraving skills of the New Zealand Mint!
The latest release from the New Zealand Mint’s Disney Princesses series is Rapunzel - the spirited and resourceful character of the Walt Disney Pictures' 50th animated feature film Tangled. Known for her long, magical hair, Rapunzel was raised in a lonely tower, without any idea that she is the kingdom’s secret princess! When Rapunzel meets Flynn Rider, she dares to leave her tower and journey to see the mysterious floating lanterns that she sees every year on the night of her birthday. Along the way, she finds true love with Flynn, and more importantly, untangles the truth about who she is. This terrific coin is the eighth in this gorgeous Disney Princesses coin series and is a wonderful addition to the Disney Characters series.
The reverse of this stunning colorized silver coin features the beautiful Rapunzel playfully twirling her golden locks with her fingers. This design is set in front of relief engraved flowers that make up the background. This reverse also includes the inscription for the amount and purity of silver “1 oz 999 Fine Silver” which is located at the bottom right side of this coin and the Disney copyright mark is located at the center. The obverse of this coin contains the profile of Queen Elizabeth II with the year “2016” located below and the country of origin “Niue” located above. The denomination of this coin - “Two Dollars” is located on the right side of this design.
Now these stunning Disney Princess themed coins are available either in Original Mint Packaging or with the Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) certification to provide a further level of collectibility. The certified coins are available in two grades – Proof 69 Ultra Cameo and Proof 70 Ultra Cameo.
Additionally, the certified coins are presented with a variety of labels – Brown Labels or the highly collectible Blue Early Releases Labels which provides an additional factor of collectibility to these coins. The Early Releases designation is a key component for certified coins as it states that these coins were sent to NGC for grading in the first thirty days of their initial release, and thereby limiting the population of these coins to a significantly smaller number in comparison with the mintage figure.
As is holds true for any coin, by the rules and regulations that govern the coin certification industry, the NGC label provides a further guarantee of the coin's weight, purity, and overall quality thereby adding a factor of collectibility to these beautiful coins. For the coins that are certified at Proof 69 Ultra Cameo grade, NGC guarantees that these coins have only one or two very slight imperfections on their surface. For the coins that are certified at Proof 70 Ultra Cameo grade, NGC guarantees that these coins have no post-production imperfections at five times the magnification and that the authenticity and the grade of each coin are accurate.
These Disney Princess coins were expertly struck with a proof finish, and feature selective colorization on the reverse design. This, combined with the mirrored background, provides a stunning appearance to these 1 oz. silver coins. Each is minted from .999 fine silver by the New Zealand Mint and has a limited mintage of 10,000 worldwide. The New Zealand Mint is proud to issue the greatest animation and fairy tales heroines in history – the beloved Disney Princesses - as legal tender coins. This coin series is extremely popular for both Disney fans and numismatists alike, and with the limited worldwide mintage, these coins are fairy tales brought to life! Take a look at ModernCoinMart’s selection, and begin your collection of Disney Princess coins!
||Oleg Zamansky is the President and CEO of Coin Maestro, LLC and is an expert in foreign coins, paper money, medals, and sets. Oleg's coin career started in 1983 when his great-grandmother gave him his first foreign coin - 1 Israeli Shequel and ever since, his numismatic journey began. According to Mr. Zamansky, "Due to frequent volatile markets, people need to secure their investments and numismatics is the best way. Coin collecting is the most educating, investment protective business today, and also quite fun." Mr. Zamansky graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2001, became a partner at RINA Systems, LLC in 2005, and holds a 3rd degree black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do. Today, he is a member of the American Numismatic Association and the Numismatic Guarantee Corporation. Currently, Mr. Zamansky resides with his family in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a contributing writer for ModernCoinMart. His thoughts and opinions may not be shared with MCM or its staff.|