A commemorative Mickey Mouse coin, worth $2 in Niue. (New Zealand Mint)
A commemorative Mickey Mouse coin, worth $2 in Niue. (New Zealand Mint)

Mickey mouse money brings cash to island

MICKEY Mouse money might refer to fake or valueless cash but on the small island country of Niue, it is the real deal.

With just 1,600 people to power its economy, the Pacific island nation is putting Disney characters on its currency and raking in the cash.   

The coins have become collectors items around the world and are creating global awareness of the tiny country, 4,000 kilometres east of Sydney.   

"The connection at the moment, between a collector and whether they decide to come and visit necessarily, is not clear," Niue premier Toke Tolagi told ABC Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program.  

"But I certainly believe that they will know that there is such a place as Niue and they may very well visit at some point."

  Read more at ABC News



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