Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Tuvalu 2019 Barbie 60th Anniversary 1oz Silver Proof Coin

One of the hottest selling toys and collectibles of all time, BarbieTM doll was unveiled to the world by Ruth Handler, joint founder of Mattel, at the 1959 New York Toy Fair.

Barbie’sTM 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.

An international collecting craze across 150 countries, BarbieTM offers enthusiasts constant progressions in style, sophistication and, with the latest BarbieTM Fashionistas, body types, skin tones, eye colors, and hairstyles.

Sixty years after her debut, BarbieTM remains not just a best-selling children’s pastime, but also a remarkable collectible.

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 Perth Mint will release no more than 5,000 of the BarbieTM 60th Anniversary 2019 1oz Silver Proof Coin.


The coin’s reverse portrays BarbieTM in her first swimsuit outfit, the Holy Grail for all BarbieTM collectors. Included in the design is Barbie’sTM 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.


Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was chosen to appear on the coinage of the United Kingdom in 1998. His design began to appear on collector coins that year and became widespread starting in 1999 (View Designer’s Profile).

Natasha Muhl is a designer and illustrator for the Perth Mint. She is drawn to natural motifs, such as animals, birds, gems, and ocean life (View Designer’s Profile).

Coin Specifications:

Country:  Tuvalu
Year Of Issue:  2019
Denomination:  1 Dollar (TVD)
Mint Mark:  P
Mintage:  5,000
Alloy:  .9999 Silver
Weight:  31.107 g
Diameter:  40.60 mm
Thickness:  3.21 mm
OBV Designer Ian Rank-Broadley
REV Designer Natasha Muhl
Quality: Proof


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  1. Cute design :) I like it more than Tuvalu Barbie 50th anniversary coin. I guess Barbie fan colnectors are looking forward to adding it to their collections.


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