Posted by Mike on August 14, 2011 at 10:35 AM CST
The New Zealand Mint will be offering 1oz. Silver Legal Tender Star Wars Coins this coming November. Issued in the south Pacific island nation of Niue, each coin holds a value of $2.00 New Zealand dollars and will be available individually or in themed sets. The first two sets to be offerred include Darth Vader and Millennium Falcon themes. Each set will retail for $469.00 NZD (approximately $395 U.S.). Individual coins are priced at $23.50 NZD each (approximately $20.00 U.S.). Below are set descriptions from NZMint.com.



Millennium Falcon and Darth Vader Coin Sets

About the Design
New Zealand Mint is proud to launch one of cinema’s most enduring and beloved franchises, Star Wars, as a legal tender coin set. These coin series will be hugely popular for both Star Wars devotees and coin-collectors alike. This first series is a limited mintage and are quite simply out of this Universe. Don’t deny the Force within you, and get your set today.

Reverse Design
The first series includes eight 1oz 999 Silver coins depicting the characters of the Star Wars movies packaged in two unique four coin sets. The coins feature a full coloured image of your favourite character duos of Luke Skywalker / Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi / Yoda, R2-D2 / C-3PO, Han Solo / Chewbacca. The second set of four coins feature the dark side including Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, Death Star, and a Stormtrooper.

Obverse Design
The obverse of the coin features The Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II sovereign of the commonwealth of Niue.

Limited Mintage
Each coin in the Star Wars set is struck from 1oz of pure silver. No more than 7,500 of each coin will be issued by the New Zealand Mint. The coins are legal tender of Niue Island.

Packaging
The silver coin series will be packaged as two unique sets of four coins. One will be the Darth Vader head, and the other the Millennium Falcon ship, representing the dark side and the Rebel Alliance. Open the Darth Vader case and hear authentic movie sound effects of Darth Vader breathing. Open the Millennium Falcon case and hear authentic movie sound effects of the ship’s iconic “jump to light speed”.

Authenticity
Each Star Wars set comes with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity issued by New Zealand Mint



Individual Coins

About the Design
New Zealand Mint is proud to launch one of cinema's most enduring and beloved franchises, Star Wars, as a legal tender coin set. These coin series will be hugely popular for both Star Wars devotees and coin-collectors alike. The first series includes ten Silver Plated base metal coins. A total of 40 coins will be released as Silver Plated base metal coins, and a unique 40 coin holder will be available to purchase shortly. Don't deny the Force within you, and make sure you secure all 40 of these out of this world coins.

Reverse Design
The first ten Silver Plated base metal coins include characters of the Star Wars movies. The coins feature a full coloured image of your favourite characters: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, R2-D2, C-3PO, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, and Emperor Palpatine.

Obverse Design
The obverse of the coin features The Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II sovereign of the commonwealth of Niue.

Limited Mintage
Each coin in the Star Wars set is struck from Silver Plated base metal. No more than 50,000 of each coin will be issued by the New Zealand Mint. The coins are legal tender of Niue.

Packaging
The base metal coins will be sold an individual coins in a sealed blister pack. A 40 coin holder will be available to purchase shortly which will hold all coins in this series.

Authenticity
Each Star Wars set comes with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity issued by New Zealand Mint.



Make sure to visit NZMint.com for more images, more details, and to pre-order your coins.
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