The Perth Mint is slated to deliver a range of coin programs celebrating some of the world’s most loved movies and television icons.
Through a licensing agreement with Warner Bros., the second of six coins to be launched by the Australia-based mint features Bugs Bunny, one of the most popular characters from the golden age of U.S. animation.
Struck from a half ounce of 99.99 per cent pure silver and issued with a worldwide mintage of only 5,000 pieces, this coloured coin provides an opportunity for Looney Tunes fans to secure a unique piece of pop culture memorabilia.
Other Looney Tunes characters to be struck in silver later this year include Daffy Duck (April); Tweety Bird (June); Sylvester the Cat (August); and the Tasmanian Devil (October). Each coin is issued as Tuvalu legal tender and features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, the denomination of “50 CENTS” and the 2018 year-date on the obverse.
The first release in the Warner Bros. collection featured a colourful rendition of Scooby Doo. Since his debut in 1969, the lovable Great Dane has appeared in numerous television series and live-action movies, along with his four teenage mystery-solving friends of the Mystery Inc. Gang.
Neil Vance, Perth Mint group manager of minted products, said the Warner Bros. collection highlights the mint’s approach to developing new markets for Australian-made coins.
“This latest alliance will significantly expand our range of licensed commemoratives and introduce the world of coin collecting to fans of classic Warner Bros. movies and cartoons in Australia and internationally,” said Vance. “Having issued limited edition licensed coin products for more than 10 years, in collaboration with entertainment industry leaders and independent estates, we have seen their popularity grow.”