One of the hottest selling toys and collectables of all time, Barbie™ doll was unveiled to the world by Ruth Handler, joint founder of Mattel, at the 1959 New York Toy Fair.
Barbie’s™ original outfit was a black-and-white striped swimsuit. As a teenage fashion model, she epitomized 1950s glamour with her ponytail, hoop earrings and vintage sunglasses.
Sixty years after her debut, Barbie™ remains not just a best-selling children’s pastime, but also a remarkable collectable.
Struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, the coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu.
The coin’s reverse portrays Barbie™ in her first swimsuit outfit, the Holy Grail for all Barbie™ collectors. Included in the design is Barbie’s™ official 60th anniversary logo, including the words ‘INSPIRING GIRLS SINCE 1959’, and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
The coin’s obverse portrays the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination, the weight and fineness, and the 2019 year date.