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New Tom and Jerry Coin Celebrates 80th Anniversary

TOM AND JERRY and all related characters and elements © & ™
Turner Entertainment Co. (s20) Image courtesy Perth Mint

Many have heard of the phrase “cat and mouse” and no cat and mouse are more famous (in my opinion) than the iconic duo, Tom and Jerry™.

To honor this iconic duo’s 80th anniversary, the Perth Mint released a new coin featuring them on Jan. 3, 2020.

The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1-ounce of 99.99 percent pure silver in proof quality and issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu. The Perth Mint will release no more than 2,500 of the Tom & Jerry 80th Anniversary 2020 1-ounce silver Proof coin.

Iconic rivals TOM and JERRY were created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. First appearing in the Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) one-shot cartoon “Puss Gets the Boot,” the cat-and-mouse duo were introduced with their current names in the follow-up 1941 short, “The Midnight Snack.”

In each cartoon, Tom the cat is thwarted in his increasingly rambunctious attempts to catch Jerry the mouse. The popularity of the animation was such that by 1958, TOM and JERRY had appeared in 114 theatrical short films produced by Hanna and Barbera and won seven Oscar awards.

The reverse of the coin features classic imagery of TOM and JERRY within concentric rings. The design also includes the Tom and Jerry logo, the inscription ’80 YEARS’ and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark. The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2020 year-date, weight and fineness, and the monetary denomination are depicted on the coin’s obverse.

The cost is $120.00 and can be ordered by visiting their website.

TOM AND JERRY and all related characters and elements © & ™ Turner Entertainment Co. (s20)

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