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.