New Zealand Mint is set to produce a set of gold and silver commemorative coins featuring classic Disney characters and princesses, the first of which will be available next month.
New Zealand Mint chief executive Simon Harding says it's an opportunity any mint would dream of.
“Disney characters are known and loved the world over, so to be able to immortalise them on precious metals is something we expect will generate a lot of interest from fans all over the world.”
He says 97 percent of New Zealand Mint’s collectable coin production goes offshore – mainly Russia, Eastern Europe, China and the US.
“Collectable coins appeal to different audiences all over the world. In Russia for example, gifting precious coins is a tradition similar to the way we give cards at birthdays,” Harding says.