The fictional Jellystone National Park may be miles away — in truth and geography — from Niue Island, but the park’s most recognizable resident now appears on a 2014 coin from that Pacific island nation.
Yogi Bear, the character created by Hanna-Barbera Productions, is the newest honoree of the Mint of Poland’s Cartoon Characters series for Niue, which in the past year has also honored Tweety, Bugs Bunny, and the Flintstones, among others.
Yogi Bear, said to have been modeled after Art Carney’s character Ed Norton from The Honeymooners (and with a name resembling baseball great Yogi Berra), made his debut in 1958 in The Huckleberry Hound Show.
Three years later The Yogi Bear Show debuted.
The new Proof .925 fine silver dollar shows a colorful scene of the larcenous ursine with his sidekick Boo-Boo Bear, apparently enjoying the spoils of a stolen “pic-a-nic” basket.
The standard obverse for the series carries a small version of the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, along with a depiction of a segment of a roll of film, and various inscriptions.
The coin weighs 14.14 grams, measures 32 millimeters in diameter, and has a mintage limit of 2,002 pieces.
Distributor Downies offers the coin for $79 in U.S. funds.
To order from Downies, telephone the firm toll free at 877-897-7696 or visit the company’s website.