Project Description

STAR WARS: An overview of the New Zealand Mint range from 2016 to date

It was in 2016 that the New Zealand Mint announced it had obtained the licence to produce coins based on the Star Wars movie universe. It had already been issuing coins for Disney, and Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm meant it was only a small step from there to Star Wars. As a universe rich with characters and worlds, there are plenty of subjects for coins and the mint has taken full advantage of that.

The offerings cover proof coins in gold and silver, bullion coins in the same metals, and a newer range of ultra-thin, but ultra-large silver foils. There’s pretty much something for every budget, ranging from $39.00 USD right up to $2,500. many of these ranges are still in progress, indeed the new Star Wars Worlds silver postcard is not yet a week old.

Spread over three pages you can see all that is available to date, and we will keep it updated as new issues appear. The first page concentrates on the traditional style of coins (our favourite), with page two covering coloured issues, and page three the silver foils. Enjoy.

CLASSIC STAR WARS

We’re starting with what we consider the best of the Star Wars ranges released to date. Called Classic Star Wars, this series of fourteen character coins are cleanly struck and very attractive in hand – much more so than these lacklustre images suggest. Packaging is of a fine standard and the whole series just reeks of quality and design integrity.

Cheapest of the three variants is ironically also our favourite. The 1oz silver variant at 40mm in diameter is the best at showing off the art. The 1oz gold coin is vastly more expensive ($2,500 vs $85!), yet smaller at 32mm. A cheaper gold version (¼oz) is also up at $600, but at just 22mm in diameter, is quite a bit smaller. Indeed, in three cases the mint had a different design on the smaller gold coin, choosing to do a close up of the art on the larger coins. You can see that on the Jabba, Yoda and Stormtrooper coins.

Beautiful coins and highly recommended. The first issue, Darth Vader, was also made available as a silver coin of a hefty one-kilogram in weight. Just 1,977 of these $1,500 behemoths were struck and no other design has appeared at this 100mm diameter size.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $2 NZD $250 NZD $25 NZD
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver 0.9999 gold 0.9999 gold
WEIGHT 31.1 grams 31.1 grams 7.78 grams
DIMENSIONS 40.0 mm 32.0 mm 22.0 mm
FINISH Proof Proof Proof
MODIFICATIONS None None None
MINTAGE 10,000 500 1,000
BOX / COA Yes / Yes Yes / Yes Yes / Yes

STAR WARS ULTRA HIGH RELIEF

DESCRIPTION

You could consider this the flagship range of Star Wars coins, these take the latest trend of ultra high-relief strikes and applies it to a limited range of impressive designs encompassing both characters and vehicles. Packaging is superb – stylish and of a high quality – and the finished coins are beautifully done. At two ounces in weight, these are obviously pricier than the other silver issues, but well worth it.

Of the six coins issued to date, only the first – Darth Vader – employs colour highlighting. The Han Solo issue was sadly a copy of the Classic design, although obviously better, but the others are unique to the series. The Death Star coin is a little unadventurous, but well struck and currently the only coin featuring the iconic weapon. Each issue has a mintage of 5,000 pieces and retails around $175.00 USD.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $5 New Zealand (Niue)
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 62.2 grams
DIMENSIONS 40 mm
FINISH Proof
MODIFICATIONS Ultra high relief
MINTAGE 5,000
BOX / COA Yes / Yes (serialised)

STAR WARS BULLION COINS

Covering all their bases, the New Zealand Mint joined the growing bullion coin market with a Darth Vader issue back in 2017. This was joined last year by a Stormtrooper coin and then a second Vader issue. As bullion coins, the quality of strike is obviously less than that of the proof coins, but still of a great quality regardless. Two types of each design on offer, both of an ounce in weight – gold and silver.

The prices of these are very competitive and the casual coin collector will be surprised at how cheap a 1oz silver bullion coin is, coming in at less than a third of a typical Classic Star Wars issue. There’s no box or certificate, of course, but they are supplied in a plastic capsule. Mintages are high, but coins like these do still sell out as many stackers buy these by the tube or even in boxes of 250 coins.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $2 NZD $250 NZD
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver 0.9999 gold
WEIGHT 31.1 grams 31.1 grams
DIMENSIONS 40.0 mm 32.0 mm
FINISH Bullion Bullion
MODIFICATIONS None None
MINTAGE 250,000 25,000
BOX / COA No / No No / No

PAGE 2: COLOURED COINS