Monday, April 1, 2013

50th Anniversary of Barbie 1oz Silver Proof Coin


Celebrate Barbie's 50th with this cool, colorized version, struck in precious silver!
Talk about plastic fantastic - Barbie turns fifty but maintains her fresh spirit and adorable looks! This one ounce, pure silver proof from the Perth Mint commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Barbie, the ultimate American girl next door! Blessed with good looks, charm and charisma, Barbie has become the best friend and confidante of little girls the world over. Blazing her own fashion trail with ever-growing style and sophistication, Barbie's popularity as both a doll and a collectible continues to soar. Fifty years after her introduction, Barbie remains an international sensation - one of the hottest selling toys in the world!
The Barbie Doll
Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. The doll was the brainchild of Ruth Handler, the wife of a Mattel executive. She came up with the idea (from watching her own daughter play with dolls) that children would like an "adult" doll to play with, instead of dolls that at the time were almost exclusively designed to represent infants or little children.

After coming across a doll in Germany that was similar to what she envisioned, Handler convinced her skeptical husband and other Mattel executives to create the first Barbie doll in 1959. Barbie was issued with a black and white zebra striped swimsuit, in either blond or brunette, and with the hair in what would become a signature style, her ponytail. Handler named the doll after her own daughter, Barbara.

Over the years Barbie has worked in many careers, including fashion designer, ballerina, flight attendant (and later pilot), registered nurse (and later surgeon), singer, astronaut, model, veterinarian, rock musician, dentist, TV chef, and in 2004, a candidate for president. She has excelled at numerous sports, including tennis, skiing, soccer (football), roller skating, scuba diving, aerobics. She has played baseball in the Major Leagues, driven a NASCAR race car, played basketball in the WNBA, and was a gold medal gymnast (in 1976). She has even served in the American armed forces, including as an Air Force pilot and an Army Ranger!

Barbie was also one of the first toys to be marketed widely through television advertising, and over the years she has become a beloved cultural icon and piece of Americana. The Barbie world is full of household names: her Dream House, her pink Corvette, her sister Skipper, and of course her boyfriend Ken. No less an arbiter of pop culture than Andy Warhol created paintings of Barbie, in his own inimitable style, of course!
Barbie Flashback Trivia!
• When first introduced in 1959, Barbie cost only US $3.00.
• The same doll, mint and in original box, routinely sells for over $3000 today.
• Barbie's official birthday is March 9, 1959, the date the doll debuted at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.
• Barbie was an immediate smash - about 350,000 were sold during her first year alone!
• Although the blonde Barbie doll is iconic, Barbie was originally sold with a choice of blonde, black or brunette hair.
• Mattel estimates that it has sold over one billion Barbie dolls worldwide! [And the mintage of this coin is only 20,000 - where does that leave all those Barbie collectors out there once they realize that there was a Barbie coin issued, but that it's long sold out at the mint?]

Technology Note
The Perth Mint of Australia employs its own proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The vibrant hues and precise execution of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.

Two classic images of Barbie grace the coin: a demure, bust-style portrait in profile, and a full length depiction of the original 1959 Barbie in her black and white, one piece swimsuit, set against a background of pink clouds and stars. The legend BARBIE 50 FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY includes the 50th Anniversary logo. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed at the 3 o'clock position as well.

A frosted cameo portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl drop earrings, was executed by the sculptor Raphael Maklouf. The legend QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear.
The coin is encapsulated inside a pink leatherette luxury presentation case, imprinted with the Barbie 50th Anniversary logo in silver. The presentation case is lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a pink, black and silver outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.


Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2009
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness) 4.00 mm
Mintage Limit 20,000
Finish Proof
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Perth Mint engravers (obverse)
Raphael Maklouf (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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