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Tuvalu 2018 Hot Wheels Toy Racing Cars by Mattel 50th Anniversary 1968 $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color P05

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Who would have thought that Hot Wheels toy cars are among the most collected objects on the planet? Well, they are, so let's celebrate 50 years of Hot Wheels in full color on this exciting, dynamic one troy ounce pure silver proof dollar!

First introduced in 1968, Hot Wheels were first created 50 years ago when toy maker Elliot Handler, co-founder of Mattel, challenged his design team, comprising a General Motors car designer and a rocket scientist, to create model cars that performed better than anything else on the market - and had the hot rod looks to match!

Since then, the Hot Wheels design team has gone on to create some of the most innovative cars and track systems, all of which have been avidly collected by three generations of motor sports enthusiasts around the world!

The obverse of this dynamic pure silver dollar depicts two Hot Wheels cars, in vibrant color, as they race down a looped track that forms the "50" of the Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary logo. The Perth Mint’s "P" mint mark is also included, as is a checkered flag motif. The legend reads HOT WHEELS 50 EST. 1968.

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Hot Wheels
Hot Wheels is a brand of 1:64, 1:43, 1:18 and 1:50 scale die-cast toy cars introduced by American toy maker Mattel in 1968. It was the primary competitor of Matchbox until 1997, when Mattel bought Tyco Toys, then-owner of Matchbox.

Many automobile manufacturers have licensed Hot Wheels to make scale models of their cars, allowing the use of original design blueprints and detailing. Although Hot Wheels were originally intended for children and young adults, they have become popular with adult collectors, for whom limited edition models are now made available.

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Collecting Hot Wheels!
Initially, Hot Wheels cars were collected mostly by children, but in the last 15 years there has been a great increase in the number of adult collectors, no doubt as the kids of the 70s and 80s have reached adulthood and the classic Hot Wheels cars have taken on a nostalgia for them. Mattel estimates that 41 million children grew up playing with the toys (!), the average collector has over 1,550 cars (!!), while children between the ages of 5 and 15 have an average of 41 cars!

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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.

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Obverse
The obverse of this dynamic pure silver dollar depicts two Hot Wheels cars, in vibrant color, as they race down a looped track that forms the "50" of the Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary logo. The Perth Mint’s "P" mint mark is also included, as is a checkered flag motif. The legend reads HOT WHEELS 50 EST. 1968.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear, while the legend 1 OZ 9999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Packaging
Each coin is presented inside a clear acrylic case, allowing both sides of the coin to be displayed, protected by a full color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

HOT WHEELS™ and associated trademarks and trade dress are owned by, and used under license from, Mattel. ©2018 Mattel. All Rights Reserved.
 
Specifications
Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.107 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)      
3.21 mm
Mintage Limit    5,000
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Natasha Muhl  (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered
 

The Island Nation of Tuvalu
Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbors are Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji. It is comprised of four reef islands and five true atolls. Its population of 11,992 makes it the third-least populated independent country in the world, with only Vatican City and Nauru having fewer inhabitants. It is also the second-smallest member by population of the United Nations. In terms of physical land size, at just 10 square miles Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, larger only than the Vatican City, Monaco and Nauru.

The first inhabitants of Tuvalu were Polynesian people, who arrived about 3000 years go. The islands came under Great Britain's sphere of influence in the late 19th century. The Ellice Islands were administered by Britain as part of a protectorate from 1892 to 1916 and as part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony from 1916 to 1974. In 1974 the Ellice Islanders voted for separate British dependency status as Tuvalu, separating from the Gilbert Islands which became Kiribati upon independence. Tuvalu became fully independent within The Commonwealth in 1978. with Queen Elizabeth II as titular head of state.

Because Tuvalu has few natural resources it has been dependent in recent years upon aid from larger, more developed nations, including Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The Perth Mint of Australia is officially commissioned by the government of Tuvalu to produce legal tender coinage for the island nation.

 


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