Chibi coins are relatively “new” in the world of coin collecting, with a fun pop culture spin that make them highly sought after for collectors who wish to indulge their fandoms. From Batman to Frodo, Chibi coins are growing in popularity with more added on a steady basis. Learn more about what makes a Chibi coin and what is currently available.
Chibi is Japanese slang to describe something that is “short” or “diminutive”, usually referring to a person. In popular culture, however, the term is widely used to describe a specific style of caricature where characters are drawn in an exaggerated way, that being: small, chubby, and with stubby limbs and an oversized head.
Chibi coins are just that: 1-ounce coins that are 99.9% fine silver and are shaped like small, animated caricatures from pop culture properties and genres. Innovated and imagined by the New Zealand mint, the Batman Chibi Coin was the first in their DC Comics Chibi Collection. They soon created a Harry Potter series, followed by a Star Wars series, and as of February 2021, Lord of the Rings is the latest property to receive its own collection series, with even more to come.
When purchasing a Chibi Proof Coin, the New Zealand Mint didn’t scrimp. At nearly $100 per coin, each coin comes in original mint packaging that consists of a retail-friendly graphic display box, and every coin is numbered as part of its own collection, rather than as a unified Chibi series. With a plan to issue four new coins per month in 2021, the New Zealand Mint continues to tease silhouettes of the upcoming issues.
As pop culture coins, there are a variety of Chibi Coin Collections available. From the Wizarding World to the Justice League, see which coins are currently available!
The first coin in the cool, new Chibi Coin Collection features the DC Comics superhero, Batman, making DC characters the first of many pop culture coins. Officially licensed, they are made from 1oz of pure silver which has been shaped and colored to each individual character. The Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is stamped on the obverse to confirm it as a legal tender coin.
Featuring teenage witches and Wizards from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, characters such as Harry, Ron, and Hermione are fully colorized and rendered in the Chibi art style with the coin’s obverse features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
Officially licensed by Warner Brothers, the first coin in the New Zealand Mint’s Fantastic Beasts Chibi Coin collection is Newt Scamander, the notoriously shy and awkward Magizoologist, but what Newt lacks in social skills, he makes up for in fantastic beast expertise. An absolutely adorable pop culture coin, it’s sure to make an incredible addition to any fan of Harry Potter or anime art.
Authorized by Lucasfilm Ltd, the Star Wars Chibi Coin Collection brings together the forces of good and evil from that galaxy far, far away, depicting both heroes of the Rebel Alliance or the Sith Lord Darth Vadar. These iconic Star Wars™ collectibles are kept safe inside a specially designed case, molded to each coin’s shape.
Lord of the Rings
From the Shire and throughout Middle Earth, the Lord of the Rings Chibi Coin Collection series features the Tolkien characters you know and love. With the added colorization, this adorable coin is sure to make an incredible addition to any fan of the Lord of the Rings or anime art.
Each Chibi Coin from the New Zealand Mint has Ian Rank Broadley’s effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and with the surrounding inscriptions marking each coin as a Niue issue, this confirms them as legal tender coins.
Each Chibi Coin’s reverse side depicts the character of the coin purchased and minted, like Batman, Harry Potter, Han Solo, etc. As there are limited numbers of each coin, each coin is a serious addition to any collection.