Donald Fauntleroy Duck is arguably Disney’s second most successful cartoon character. Famous for his brash, mischievous nature and agitated temper tantrums, in many ways he is diametrically opposed to Mickey Mouse. But as a rascal with a heart of gold, audiences have always found him impossibly hard to resist!
Donald made his cartoon debut on 9 June 1934, six years after Mickey, his friend and rival, became Disney Studios’ first star. In The Wise Little Hen, Donald’s shameless behaviour was the architect of his undoing. Soon, such setbacks would be igniting his regular fits of incomprehensible squawking rage.
Less physically rounded in his early appearances, Donald was nevertheless introduced in his trademark sailor’s shirt, cap and bow tie. Moreover, he communicated in a unique, semi-intelligible quacking-style – care of Clarence Nash – surely now one of the most recognizable character voices in history.
By 1937, audience reaction to Donald’s comically irascible personality saw him move from supporting character to star in his own right. Often accompanied by his adorable nephews – Huey, Dewey, and Louie; love interest Daisy Duck; or his thrifty uncle Scrooge McDuck, Donald rose to the status of cartoon royalty and one of the best-loved animated characters of all time.
Celebrating the 80th ANNIVERSARY of Donald Duck
Donald Duck’s debut film appearance in The Wise Little Hen is the inspiration behind these 80th Anniversary of Donald Duck gold and silver coin releases.
Portraying a vintage Donald in his instantly recognisable attire, the coins are struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold in proof quality, with no more than 10,000 silver coins and 1,000 gold coins to be released.
Each coin is housed in presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, offering the perfect opportunity to celebrate eight decades of Donald’s comic antics.
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