NZ Mint makes Donald Duck coins

Last updated 17:03 23/06/2014
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QUACKERY: The 80th anniversary coins are likely to be snapped up by collectors.

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Donald Duck's 80th birthday this year will be marked with a gold and silver coin produced by New Zealand Mint. 

The iconic wacky, angry and sometimes unintelligible duck is the second in a collectors' series of Disney's most cherished and memorable characters to be minted and released globally during the next two years. 

One thousand quarter ounce 99.99 per cent pure gold and 10,000 one ounce 99.9 per cent pure silver and Donald Duck coins have been produced.

Each will sell for $755.00 and $108.00 respectively when the coins go on sale on Thursday.

Donald is sculptured on the coin's face wearing his trademark sailor suit (minus the pants) and bow tie from his 1934 movie debut in The Wise Little Hen.

The coin's background features an engraved relief detailing the house from the film. 

New Zealand Mint chief executive Simon Harding says the limited edition '80th Anniversary of Donald Duck' coins will be appreciated by Disney fans.

Harding expects the popularity of the coins will be similar to that of the Steamboat Willie release where the gold coins sold out within an hour in April this year.

''The Disney series has been our most popular retail product. We're in a unique position where we have to ration our allocation'', Harding said.

''Apart from the allocation we've kept for our website, the gold coins are oversold.''

The coins were marketed worldwide, but Harding expects most to be snapped up by North American and European Disney collectors.

Issued as legal tender of the South Pacific island nation of Niue, the Donald Duck coins feature the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, the year-date and the monetary denomination.

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