Star Wars Coins Are A Niue Hope
Small Pacific Island issues official Star Wars coin sets
There’s a new economic Force in the Pacific. The Polynesian island nation of Niue (a dependency of New Zealand) is issuing a new set of Star Wars coins in November. But while they’ll be legal tender with a value of $2 so you could spend them if you want to, the New Zealand mint warns that doing do may be the best financial decision you’ll ever make.
New Zealand Mint spokeperson Chris Kirkness said the coins represented $2 but really had a real value of about $117 and the silver content alone was worth $45-55. “You wouldn’t want to go and spend them because they’re only worth $2 but the value is much more than that – no-one is going to go buy an ice cream with them.”
Niue Island will begin issuing it first series of one-ounce, 999-silver Star Wars coins in November of this year, but you can pre-order now.
The first two sets of coins being issued are a Darth Vader Coin Set – featuring Vader, Emperor Palpatine, the Death Star and a Stormtrooper, which comes in a Dark Helmet case that plays “authentic movie sound effects of Darth Vader breathing” when you open it – and a Millennium Falcon Coin Set – which have images of Luke & Leia, Han & Chewy, R2-D2 & C-3PO, and Yoda & Obi-Wan and come in s Millennium Falcon case that plays “authentic movie sound effects of the ship’s iconic ‘jump to light speed’” on opening.
The sets cost $390.44 (around £240) each or you can pick up single coins in silver-plated base metal for a mere $19.56 (around £12) each.
Thirty more coins will be added over time.
Oh, and because New Zealand and therefore Niue are part of the commonwealth, The Queen is on the other side of all the coins.