The Nutcracker is a classic story known internationally for its ballet adaptions that are performed during the winter season. Among Clara and the Nutcracker are several other characters, the most notable one being the Mouse King as the villain. This silver bar depicts a beautiful rendition of the Mouse King with vibrant coloring and detail that matches along with the rest of the series.
The story centred around a young Marie Stahlbaum who received a toy Nutcracker for Christmas and was transported to a magical kingdom of dolls. There, the Nutcracker defeats the evil Mouse King and his army to save the kingdom and, in the end, comes alive as a real boy. Alexandre Dumas' retelling of the story "Histoire d'un casse-noisette", in 1844, told the same plot with the only difference being that Marie's name was changed to Clara.This version was used as the basis for the ballet, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. #### ABOUT PAMP SUISSE PAMP, Produits Artistiques Metaux Precieux, is one of the world's leading precious metals refiners based in Ticino, Switzerland.
Since 1977 PAMP has been creating some of the highest quality gold, silver, and platinum bullion bars, coins, blanks, and much more. It was the first mint to decorate the reverse of small bars, which became a popular industry practice afterwards.