In an exciting development, a host of Disney cartoon characters will be immortalised on gold and silver commemorative coins over the next two years.
From hilarious figures like Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto, to the stars of classics including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid, the coin program is set to delight all who have been touched by the magic of Disney.
Naturally, a series of such magnitude could not begin without gold and silver coins dedicated to Mickey Mouse. So fittingly, the most famous Disney character of them all appears on the inaugural releases in a design that depicts Mickey in 1928.
In 1927, Walt Disney conceived a character with a round white face, big button nose and floppy black ears. Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, however, was a hit for Universal, which owned the rights to the character.
Disney’s setback proved to be a watershed, for it inspired him to create an even more engaging character to which he indisputably laid claim.
Walt thought of a mouse character that would incidentally bear resemblance to Oswald. An early change to the new character was his proposed name. According to legend, Walt Disney had originally wanted to name the mouse Mortimer, but his wife, Lillian, objected and suggested Mickey instead. Mickey Mouse began his rise to mega-stardom with the release of Steamboat Willie in November 1928.
Even though it was the third of Mickey’s films to be produced, Steamboat Willie was the first Mickey cartoon to be released. Consequently, it marks his on-screen debut, as well as that of his girlfriend, Minnie.
The film is notable for being the first cartoon with synchronized sound. It was also the first cartoon to feature a post-produced soundtrack using a fifteen-piece band and the voice of Walt Disney himself as Mickey.
Produced from 1/4oz of gold and 1oz of silver, the stunning new coins feature a still frame from an early scene where Mickey Mouse is seen cheerfully standing at the boat’s wheel.
Fans will want to act fast, for with just 1,000 gold coins and 10,000 silver coins available for release worldwide, this Disney series is off to a fantastic start!