Coins Bearing Disney Characters Become Legal Tender

15/10/2014 12:44 | Updated 20 May 2015

Disney coins

Money has been given a Disney makeover – and it's not just for kids.

For in one corner of the world, a set of coins featuring Disney characters have been minted – and they're legal tender.

The gold and silver coins have a selection of famous characters on them including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Pluto and Goofy. On the other side there is an image of Queen Elizabeth II.

Unfortunately, though, you'll have to travel around the world to the tiny island of Niue, in the South Pacific Ocean, if you want to spend them!

Simon Harding, head of the New Zealand Mint, doesn't recommend you spend the currency in shops – because they're worth a lot more than their face value.

He told local news: "It would be the height of financial folly to buy one of these products and then redeem it at face value for a fraction of that value, although I'm sure any Niuean shopkeeper would be anxious to hold onto the coins if you did."

The most expensive coins cost NZ$799 (£393) but are only worth US$25 (£16) if you spend them in Niue.

The New Zealand Mint plans to release another special Disney coin that contains a kilogram of gold and will cost US$40,000 (£25,000).

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