Star Wars Coins Legal Tender For Island Nation

August 18, 2011



The island nation of Niue (~1,500 miles north of New Zealand in Polynesia) is minting a series of legal tender in the form of Star Wars themed coins. The series will include coins pressed in both 1oz silver coins carrying a $2 denomination and silver-plated coins with $1 denominations. The plated coins will cost $23.50 apiece and the actual silver ones will be sold in sets of four for $469. There will be over 40 different designs in total. But wait -- what's on the back?!

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

Wow -- the Queen of England gets to share the tail-side of a bunch of Star Wars coins? Her majesty must be truly honored! Oooooor too old to realize what she was signing when the deal went down. *drafts up bill of sale for England*

Hit the jump for several more shots of the designs and a link to the product page because, let's not kid ourselves, we all want the Han Solo one. I'm gonna roll it between my knuckles while I drive!



New Zealand Mint Product Site
'Star Wars' coins will be legal tender on South Pacific Island [cnn]

Thanks to Ali, who agrees a Jar Jar coin shouldn't even be worth a Tootsie Roll -- one of the tiny ones.

  • Elak Swindell

    $2 denomination coin for $117 dollars. Wow! That's a steal. NOT!

  • Victor Deloach

    Are these coins available for silver mints only? Funny, looks like the government in there would love to experience utopia by having r2-d2 on their currency. I'd rather buy gold coins than investing on this even it may be deemed as collectible.

  • For example vending machines
    and transport staff do not have to accept the largest denomination of
    banknote. Shopkeepers can reject large banknotes  this is covered by
    the legal concept known as invitation to treat.

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