The New Zealand Mint is continuing their ever expanding series of Disney licenced coins this year with the release of a new 1oz silver coin.
The Pirates of the Caribbean silver coin is timed to coincide with the release of the latest movie in the long running franchise. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea - most notably Jack. Jack's only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth, a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry, a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy.
The reverse design of the coin features a partially colourized design depicting the main characters of this, the fifth movie in the popular Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The stylised name of the film appears to the bottom of the coins, set against the backdrop of stormy ocean waves. The colourized section of the coin is contrasted with a plain proof background. “1 oz 999 Fine Silver © Disney” is inscribed along the top right rim.
The obverse portrays the standard New Zealand Mint design, comprised of the Ian Tank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II. The portrait is encircled by the legend that reads : “ELIZABETH II”, “NIUE”, “TWO DOLLARS” and “2017” in a clockwise direction along the rim of the coin.
As one would come to expect from the New Zealand Mint, the coin is struck from 1oz of pure .999 Fineness silver to a 40mm(1.5748 inch) proof round. A maximum worldwide mintage of 10 000 coins has been struck and the New Zealand Mint is selling these pirate coins at $80.00 each.
The interesting thing about the coin is that rather than simply putting the coin inside a standard presentation case, the New Zealand Mint decided to craft a very stylish timber display box for the coin to rest in. Resembling a miniature pirate's chest, it opens with a clasp to reveal the proof silver coin nestled inside the velvet lined box. The printed and numbered certificate of authenticity is found inside the lid.
Not the most innovative of coins, although the display chest is a very nice touch, but I'm perfectly sure that the coin will find it's market with movie fans.