New Fantasia Coin Dances to the Sounds of Classic Ballet
Released in 1940, the animated film Fantasia is regarded as Walt Disney’s boldest cinematic adventure due to its dynamic blend of dazzling animation and evocative classical music. Amid the scenes of dancing hippos, bubble-blowing elephants and galloping centaurs all set to the music of Bach, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven; one of the most well-known segments of the film was the “Dance of the Hours,” which featured villainous alligators and tutu-clad hippos dancing to composer Amilcare Ponchielli’s short ballet of the same name. To mark the 80th anniversary of the film in 2020, the prestigious New Zealand Mint is releasing a spectacular series of coins with this, the second release, featuring the afore-mentioned alligator about to make his move on a Rubenesque Hippopotamus.
A Dance for the Ages Between Ben Ali Gator and Hyacinth Hippo
The delightful colorized image of Ben Ali Gator sneaking up on Hyacinth Hippo represents the high point of the comic ballet. The music was set to four sections; morning, afternoon, evening and night; and featured other characters such as Madame Upanova the ostrich, Elephanchine and her bubble-blowing elephant troupe, and ended in a crashing finale of all the characters dancing together in such a cacophony of sound and movement that it collapses their palace around them. The impossible visions of these animated creatures mimicking human movements is one of the most spectacular achievements in cinematic history. In fact, Fantasia is ranked by the American Film Institute as the 58th greatest American film of all time and the fifth greatest animated film.
Struck in a full ounce of highly pure 99.9% fine silver, this coin is officially licensed by Disney and is $2 legal tender in Niue, a small island nation in the South Pacific Ocean. It also comes in gorgeous Proof condition, meaning it was expertly crafted by the mint from hand-selected planchets, polished dies and multiple strikes to produce beautifully frosted details rising over mirror-like fields. Plus, each coin here comes in its original government packaging consisting of a storybook-style holder that opens to reveal the beautiful coin.
Just 1,940 of these special coins will be struck — one each for the year the film premiered. With the popularity of classic Disney animation and the worldwide acclaim for Fantasia, this small mintage is sure to disappear very quickly. Don’t delay; make sure one appears in your collection. Click it to your cart now before they’re all gone!
- SECOND RELEASE IN FANTASIA SERIES – This is the second release in the New Zealand Mint’s coin series that pays tribute to the 80th anniversary of Disney’s 1940 animated masterpiece Fantasia. It features an image taken from the “Dance of the Hours” segment in the film in full color. The coin’s obverse features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
- OFFICIALLY LICENSED BY DISNEY – The 2020 Niue One-Ounce Silver Disney Fantasia 80th Anniversary — Dance of the Hours Colorized Proof is officially licensed by Disney.
- STRUCK IN HIGHLY PURE SILVER – Each Disney Fantasia 80th Anniversary — Dance of the Hours Colorized Proof was struck in a full ounce of highly pure 99.9% fine silver and measures 40 mm in diameter.
- LEGAL-TENDER COIN – These 2020 Niue One-Ounce Silver Disney Fantasia 80th Anniversary — Dance of the Hours Colorized Proofs are $2 legal tender in Niue, a small island nation in the South Pacific Ocean.
- GORGEOUS PROOF CONDITION – Your 2020 Niue One-Ounce Silver Disney Fantasia 80th Anniversary — Dance of the Hours Colorized Proof was crafted by the mint from hand-selected planchets, polished dies and multiple strikes to produce frosted details rising over mirror-like fields.
- VERY LOW LIMITED EDITION – The edition limit for this coin has been set at just 1,940 — one each for the year Fantasia made its triumphant debut in movie theaters across America.
Recapture the beauty of Fantasia with the 2020 Niue $2 One-Ounce Silver Disney Fantasia 80th Anniversary — Dance of the Hours Colorized Proof. Add it to your collection today!