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Tuvalu coins honor Charlie Chaplin

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Published : 03/07/14
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A movie character who famously searched for gold in one of his roles on the silver screen is now being honored in silver and gold.

Silent screen legend Charlie Chaplin searched for a precious metal prize in his movie The Gold Rush. His character, the Little Tramp, starred in dozens of movies and is among early cinema’s leading lights.

The Perth Mint on Feb. 7 released a rectangular silver dollar and a gold $25 coin marking the centennial of the first appearance of his persona, also simply called “The Tramp,” and the 125th anniversary of Chaplin’s birth.

A master of mime and a comic genius, Chaplin’s stage persona delighted audiences throughout the world for more than two decades, having appeared in 70 movies, shorts and feature films.

The Tramp, as described by the Perth Mint, “was a display of contradiction — baggy pants and a tight coat, a small hat and large shoes, a bowler hat and bamboo cane, and a small moustache to add age but not hide his expressions.”

The officially licensed coins are issued in the name of Tuvalu. 

The Tramp appears to move jauntily on the reverse of the silver dollar, in a scene from the 1928 film The Circus, visible courtesy of lenticular technology. 

The reverse of the gold coin shows a still of Chaplin, cane extended. 

Aleysha Howarth designed the reverse of both new coins. 

The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse of both coins.

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