'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. rschier

    I hope they will be careful with them. The people from India will be trying to make cheap knockoffs of them they find out.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rschier

    May the fooooorce be wiiiiith theeeem. (and not the filth from india)

    August 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      Wow. Someone hates India and has decided to spew filth in the comments of an unrelated story. What's the matter, Archie Bunker, is one of them dating your sister?

      August 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Whell, if all else fails here, they can start minting new coins here using the McDonald's characters...or Disney characters...

    August 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      Maybe Harry Potter – but I doubt Rowling would approve it.

      August 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. georjetset

    what will their value be on the island if they will cost $20, but have a $2 face value?

    August 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat2u

    Luke ( deep breathing sounds ) I am your father !!

    August 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • U-Turn

      That's impossible!!!!!!!

      August 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      @U-Turn Nothing is impossible if you measure the possibilities of what might be possible.

      August 18, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Coop

    What an ingenious gimmick. They have found an island nations economy to exploit. Props to New Zealand.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • U-Turn

      Lucas is as giddy as a school girl right now.

      August 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Santa Claus

    You can buy 2 beers with a Vader, and the condom machine accepts only Yodas.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • U-Turn

      Santa,
      You are mistaken. The condom machines will cost you one Luke/Leia coin. A beer will cost you 2 Stormtroopers. A laptop will cost you 500 Droid coins, and a one way ticket off the island will cost you 500 Deathstars and 15 Palpatines.

      August 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      Protect you, they will, from accidental pregnancy and unwanted diseases. But interfere with the sensation they will.

      August 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @Canadian Genius:

    Archie Bunker.
    Ha!

    August 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      CNN sound-off. The last refuge of the common bigot.

      August 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anomic Office Drone

    I wanted to laugh at this, but I would rather put a Star Wars character on a US coin than any currently serving elected official.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Obi Wan

    Luke.. Your whole family has been wiped out by your white father who now dresses like a big black schlong. His army of white schlongs has taken over and your only way into heaven is to clang your "sword" against daddy's "sword".. Now go clang schlongs and kiss your sister.. God commands it..

    August 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CheeseSteak

    Neet-O keen

    August 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Obi Wan:

    Are you implying that there is a lot of phallic symbolism in Star Wars?
    Say it isn't so!

    August 18, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Obeythelaw

    Nerds everywhere just creamed their undies.

    August 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ajd041

    Lmao these comments make me laugh a one way ticket to america oughta cost 25 Imperial Star Destroyers and 350 Inperial Shuttles and a Coke will cost 5 Jar-Jars 😛

    August 18, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      Jar jars would be like pennies – the worthless coins that no one wants. They'll get left behind in convenience stores (in the jar jar jar), tossed on the ground, left to get swept up, collected in coffee cans and forgotten about. Vending machines won't even take them.

      August 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ajd041

    I thought of another one those wands people use to check for metal at concerts movies etc will now be lightsabers that turn red when they see something and I wonder if they show the clone wars series in new zealand with this it'll be the most popular show!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
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