'Star Wars' coins will be legal tender on South Pacific Island
The New Zealand Mint website shows off the coins that are available for pre-order online.
August 18th, 2011
12:51 PM ET

'Star Wars' coins will be legal tender on South Pacific Island

With the current state of the U.S. dollar and global economy in flux, perhaps it's time to turn to The Force for answers.

The New Zealand Mint may be hoping The Force is good for their business as it prepares to churn out newly-minted "Star Wars" coins. The coins, though they will primarily be collectible in nature, are actually going to be considered legal tender on the South Pacific Niue Island.

"New Zealand Mint is proud to launch one of cinema’s most enduring and beloved franchises, Star Wars, as a legal tender coin set," the Mint's website said. "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."

For the 2,000 residents of "The Rock" as the island is known, the coins will be full legal tender. Niue is a self-governing island, but is not entirely sovereign from New Zealand. It relies heavily on aid from New Zealand and other countries overseen by Queen Elizabeth II, who will be featured on the flip side of each coin.

According to NPR, the island will receive a royalty payment from the New Zealand mint for using the coins.

The coins, made from 1 ounce of pure silver, will be sold for much more than their $2 face value. But at least fans will have a large selection to choose from. The coins will feature more than 40 characters, but will cost about $20 when you buy them. Or, of course, if you're a super fan you can opt for the Millennium Falcon Coin Set or the Darth Vader Coin set - but the four coins and fancy case will set you back quite a bit with a pricetag of a little more than $380 (without shipping, of course.)

soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Silver Buyer

    1oz of silver for $20? I'll take them all.

    August 19, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rick

    Thats like Philly making a statue of Rocky Balboa instead of a real boxer waste of metal the Star Wars nerds are in heaven now.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Downies

    Also available via Downies.com!

    September 4, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Shelly Stamps

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    November 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Trent

    UberCoins is best place to get this Star Wars coin set.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
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