Steamboat Willie has been at the helm of Disney animation from the early days, steering it forward through the seas of imagination. Released at the Colony Theatre in New York on November 18, 1928, Steamboat Willie was directed by Walt Disney and is considered the debut of Mickey Mouse. Through the decades since its release, Steamboat Willie has received widespread critical acclaim, not only for introducing one of the worlds most popular cartoon characters, but for its innovation. 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.
In 1994, Steamboat Willie was voted 13th greatest cartoon of all time. The film was also selected for preservation in the United States Film Registry inn 1998, being deemed culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant. In collaboration, BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand an d New Zealand Mint offer this stunning 1oz silver proof coin and 1/4oz gold proof coin to celebrate Disneys most beloved character.
Issued by New Zealand Mint as legal tender under the authority of Niue Island, only 10,000 1oz silver proof coins will be released worldwide. Each coin features a still frame from the iconic scene where Mickey Mouse is seen cheerfully standing at the boats wheel.
Wrapped around the top of the coin is the engraved name of this breakthrough cartoon, STEAMBOAT WILLIE along with the year of release 1928. The item "2014 $2 Disney Mickey Mouse Steamboat Willie 1oz Silver Proof Coin New Zealand" is in sale since Sunday, October 18, 2015. This item is in the category "Coins\Coins\Mint, Proof Sets". The seller is "coins_collectibles" and is located in Sydney, NSW. This item can be shipped to Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, France, New Zealand.