'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. banasy©

    Jar Jar jars?

    August 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Obi Wan

    @banasy©: Search your feelings... You know it to be true. I find your lack of faith disturbing...

    August 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • darth vader

      I've been waiting for you, obi wan. We meet again, at last. When i left you, i was but a student. Now i am the master. You should not have come back.

      August 18, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Fight of the Phallics!

    August 18, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank ( R-Ohio )

    I heard their going to mint Barrack coins to stimulate the economy. All of them, the whole collection will be hand crafted from polystyrene plastic. 😉

    August 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Obi Wan

    Naahhhh.. This is just getting a bit too weird.. Don't worry Darth I won't be coming back. Good luck with that whole Military Industrial Complex thing..

    August 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kim


    August 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Beefburger

    I wonder how much toy rights who.re George Lucas is making from this deal. Scr.ew you George for getting greedy after Empire Strikes Back and turning what could have been trully epic into a steaming cow pie.

    August 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wavejump1100

    wait a minute, the coins are made of 1 oz of pure silver but only cost 20 dollars? silver is currently at about 40 dollars an ounce. i think they meant to say the one ounce coins will be coated in pure silver. otherwise they are going to lose a lot of money.

    August 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Watto

    @wavejump: They are worth $20 in republican credits. You're not doing your interplanetary inflation calculations correctly. Try again..

    August 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Watto

    @beefburger: Since New Zealand doesn't have to recognize american copyrights I don't believe they owe Mr Lucas a dime. I'm just speculating. If I were a Jedi I would know more about this situation..

    August 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. wavejump1100

    ok, since cnn did not make it clear i checked the website. the two 380 dollar sets of four coins will feature 1 oz pure silver coins but the forty individual coins sold for 20 dollars each are only silver plated

    August 18, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nein

    This isn't news, that company makes a new series of these 'legal tender' coins every week.

    August 18, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzzzzzzz

    The Toys we had back in the day, were sturdier and made by the good old US of A

    August 18, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Poombah

    These are not the coins I was looking for.

    August 19, 2011 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. LSWalker

    Can I use these at Tahashi station to pick up power converters?

    August 19, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
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