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January, 2023

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 40th Anniversary Poster coin (2023 New Zealand Mint)

By |2023-01-13T08:35:20+00:00January 13th, 2023|Categories: Quicklooks, Nature, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

The last of the original Star Wars trilogy, Return of the Jedi, is now celebrating its 40th anniversary, and as it did with both 'A New Hope' and 'The Empire Strikes Back', the New Zealand Mint is reissuing its movie poster coin with the anniversary logo. These rectangular coins reproduce the original movie posters, and all nine of the movies and their anniversaries, are now available. The Star Wars movies enjoyed quite the [...]

November, 2022

MDM add new offerings in gold and silver to it’s extensive Harry Potter range, and the NZ Mint does likewise for Star Wars

By |2022-11-25T01:17:57+00:00November 24th, 2022|Categories: News Nuggets, Site Update|

MDM add new offerings in gold and silver to it's extensive Harry Potter range, and the NZ Mint does likewise for Star Wars It isn't just CIT and Mint XXI putting out impressive new coins for the autumn season, as German producer, MDM, have also done so with another unusual collection. We'll take a look at some of them next week, but in the meantime, we've pulled out the Harry Potter coins [...]

Star Wars and Disney bullion coin guides updated

By |2022-11-23T11:03:40+00:00November 23rd, 2022|Categories: News Nuggets, Site Update|

Star Wars and Disney bullion coin guides updated With new entrants in both the Star Wars Bullion, and Disney Bullion ranges reported on yesterday, it became clear to me that both of the guides to them were a little rough around the edges. As a result, both of them have been revamped to our new layout, still using the big 1200 pixel images we know you like, and even expanded in the [...]

May, 2022

As it approaches its 80th issue, the NZ Mint’s Chibi gets a special edition and it’s for Star Wars May 4th Be With You Day

By |2022-05-03T23:01:31+01:00May 3rd, 2022|Categories: Movies & TV, Gilded, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

As it approaches its 80th issue, the NZ Mint's Chibi gets a special edition and it's for Star Wars May 4th Be With You Day After almost 80 issues, it's become increasingly difficult to spice up a Chibi coin article for something new, so they've joined our Quicklooks and Film Round-up articles for coverage, but the arrival of a first special edition after so much activity is worth the expending of [...]

April, 2022

The NZ Mint dominates our latest TV/Film coin round-up with a Star Wars Battle Scenes series, Lord of the Rings, and Pinocchio

By |2022-04-22T19:22:42+01:00April 22nd, 2022|Categories: Bullion, Film/TV roundup, Coloured, Movies & TV, Gold, Silver, Crown Mint, NZ Mint|

The NZ Mint dominates our latest TV/Film coin round-up with a Star Wars Battle Scenes series, Lord of the Rings, and Pinocchio Our second round-up of film and television themed coins this month, as the flood of issues continues unabated. The New Zealand Mint is here in numbers, of course, along with APMEX and the Crown Mint, but it's a surprise to see Singaporean producer, Precious Metal Collectors join the ranks, [...]

Our early April round-up of the latest film/TV coins is here. Star Wars, Marvel, DC Comics, and Star Trek

By |2022-04-05T22:09:29+01:00April 5th, 2022|Categories: Film/TV roundup, Bullion, Coloured, Movies & TV, Gold, Silver, Crown Mint, NZ Mint|

Our early April round-up of the latest film/TV coins is here. Star Wars, Marvel, DC Comics, and Star Trek Time for another of our attempts to stay on top of the ongoing tsunami of TV and film themed coin releases, and also to catch up with the prolific New Zealand Mint, who almost exclusively stick to this genre now. A tiring job, along with the companion bullion round-ups we do, but the [...]

September, 2021

STAR WARS: THE MANDALORIAN BULLION COIN (2021 NZ Mint)

By |2021-09-20T20:22:23+01:00September 20th, 2021|Categories: Quicklooks, Movies & TV, Gold, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

Star Wars bullion returns today with the new APMEXclusive release of the New Zealand Mints latest. This one is going to be super popular, we think, given it showcases the biggest character of the moment, The Mandalorian. The smash-hit Disney TV series is soon to start showing season 3, so we don't doubt that fans will start looking around for merchandise, and what better than a bit of timeless precious metal?As usual, there's [...]

Star Wars Classic coin series brings in the biggest hit character in the franchise of late – The Mandalorian

By |2021-09-03T03:31:44+01:00September 3rd, 2021|Categories: Movies & TV, Gold, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

Star Wars Classic coin series brings in the biggest hit character in the franchise of late - The Mandalorian Star Wars Classic has always been our favourite of the New Zealand Mints many franchise series, offering as it does, a clean, purer homage to the many characters in the hit movie series, free of gimmickry. It was the first Star Wars series to debut, way back in 2015 with Darth Vader, [...]

August, 2021

Another round up of the latest in movie and television coins – The Minions are Back, as is Star Wars, Harry Potter and more

By |2022-04-01T14:51:48+01:00August 17th, 2021|Categories: Banknote / Foil, Film/TV roundup, Coloured, Movies & TV, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint, Perth Mint, The Coin Company, Tuvalu|

Another round up of the latest in movie and television coins - The Minions are Back, as is Star Wars, Harry Potter and more We published a roundup of popular culture coins last month and it looks to be a decent way to cover many of the ever increasing coins in this genre without cutting down on our ability to maintain a varied selection of other coins. After all, most of [...]

July, 2021

Star Wars Guards of the Empire: Sith Trooper (2021 NZ Mint)

By |2021-07-16T17:12:15+01:00July 16th, 2021|Categories: Quicklooks, Movies & TV, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

It's hard to get too enthused about another Star Wars coin given the number we've covered since the New Zealand Mint acquired the licence in 2014, but we have to admit to a soft spot for their 'Guards of the Empire' series. An antique-finished, one-ounce silver coin series in a rectangular format, it takes a look at the often overlooked cannon-fodder of the baddies. Vader and the Emperor get all the glory, but [...]

May, 2021

STAR WARS: GALACTIC EMPIRE BULLION COIN (2021 NZ Mint)

By |2021-05-05T21:03:53+01:00May 5th, 2021|Categories: Quicklooks, Movies & TV, Gold, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

The New Zealand Mint's Star Wars bullion range gets its second issue of 2021 and its tenth overall since its launch in 2017. The range seems to be comprised of a Darth Vader sub-series (four coins to date), a miscellaneous series (four coins), and one called Symbols of Star Wars. This latter series is the most recent, and debuted last year with the Mandalorian Mythosaur, the famed logo of the warrior caste. [...]

April, 2021

New Zealand Mint issues the first Star Wars bullion coinbar starring the legendary Mandalorian Beskar Steel

By |2021-04-12T00:17:44+01:00April 12th, 2021|Categories: Bullion, Movies & TV, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

New Zealand Mint issues the first Star Wars bullion coinbar starring the legendary Mandalorian Beskar Steel Beskar Steel, also known as Mandalorian Iron, was the material of choice for the Mandalorian warriors, used for their armour. Highly effective against blasters and even lightsabers. It was transported in ingot form and as forged it was covered with wavy patterns, somewhat reminiscent of the blade of a katana. The latest in the ever [...]

The Execution Troopers are the sixth in the Star Wars: Guards of the Empire silver coin series

By |2021-04-09T17:17:28+01:00April 9th, 2021|Categories: Coloured, Movies & TV, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

The Execution Troopers are the sixth in the Star Wars: Guards of the Empire silver coin series One of the more unpleasant groups in Star Wars canon, the First Order's Sstormtrooper Executioners were tasked with dispensing final justice to their enemies. Randomly picked from the regular stormtroopers for the day, they carried no identification and their voices were disguised to hide their identity. They carried out public executions to instill terror [...]

February, 2021

Smash hit Star Wars TV series ‘The Mandalorian’ joins the NZ Mint’s expansive numismatic range

By |2021-02-05T00:04:01+00:00February 5th, 2021|Categories: Coloured, Movies & TV, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

Smash hit Star Wars TV series 'The Mandalorian' joins the NZ Mint's expansive numismatic range The New Zealand Mint has made Star Wars about the most comprehensively covered media franchise in coin history, just in the last five or six years. Have they covered everything? Of course not, as the acquisition of the franchise by Disney from Lucasfilm also led to an explosion in new content, something that seems to have [...]

January, 2021

From Star Wars to DC Comics, the NZ Mint takes dimensional face coins to the dark world of the Caped Crusader

By |2021-01-11T11:20:03+00:00January 11th, 2021|Categories: Art & Literature, Movies & TV, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

From Star Wars to DC Comics, the NZ Mint takes dimensional face coins to the dark world of the Caped Crusader The NZ Mint has had great success with its Star Wars Helmets range of dimensional silver coins and has now decided to take the concept into the DC Comics Universe. For those unaware, these are what we call dimensional coins, employing both a shaped outline and a high-relief strike. The result [...]

December, 2020

STAR WARS VEHICLES: TIE ADVANCED (2020, NZ Mint)

By |2020-12-18T20:10:29+00:00December 18th, 2020|Categories: Quicklooks, Movies & TV, Gold, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

Very much at the niche end of the New Zealand Mints copious Star Wars coin output, 'Star Wars Ships' is a series of 1 oz gold issues that, like the title suggests, feature the various legendary vessels from the Star Wars franchise. By its very nature, coins for this movie behemoth would have more appeal at the lower end, so it's rare to see an expensive offering like these.The Tie Advanced, Darth Vader's [...]

November, 2020

STAR WARS: STORMTROOPER CHIBI (2020, NZ Mint)

By |2020-11-17T00:34:39+00:00November 17th, 2020|Categories: Quicklooks, Art & Literature, Coloured, Movies & TV, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

Darth Vader, Chewbacca and R2-D2 now have the Imperial Stormtrooper joing them in Chibi-land. This is a great release that suits the concept well and will no doubt be a rapid seller. A one-ounce coin with a 2,000 mintage and a $95.00 USD pricetag, it comes beautifully presented and in a custom capsule. Read more at out our continually updated guide to the series at the link below, where you can also [...]

October, 2020

STAR WARS: R2-D2 CHIBI (2020, NZ Mint)

By |2020-10-10T20:59:29+01:00October 26th, 2020|Categories: Quicklooks, Art & Literature, Coloured, Movies & TV, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

On we go with our journey through the New Zealand Mint's land of chibi, with the debut today of the third Star Wars Chibi coin, and the tenth overall in the the three series range. Probably the most popular of the three (the others are DC Comics and Harry Potter), we put that down to the iconic and distinctive characters that take to the chibi style with such ease.Obviously, R2-D2 is a hugely [...]

September, 2020

STAR WARS CHEWBACCA CHIBI (2020, NZ Mint)

By |2020-09-28T00:40:34+01:00September 28th, 2020|Categories: Quicklooks, Art & Literature, Coloured, Movies & TV, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

Our weekly dive into the New Zealand Mints super rapid release schedule of Chibi coins in the run up to Christmas, continues. This week it's the turn of Star Wars to get its second issue. Darth Vader kicked it off and Chewbacca now carries the torch for the tarnished movie franchise.It's another cool design, clearly aimed at a specific market. We're not going to go into detail on these every time a new [...]

STAR WARS DARTH VADER BULLION COIN (2020, NZ Mint)

By |2020-09-01T20:56:02+01:00September 1st, 2020|Categories: Quicklooks, Movies & TV, Gold, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

The third Star Wars bullion coin of 2020, following both Boba Fett and the Mandalorian Mythosaur Emblem, features the fourth appearance of Darth Vader. To date, the screen baddie has alternated designs with Empire soldiers, and with the noticeable exception of the APMEXclusive Mandalorian coin, that continues here. The design is a familiar one, perhaps a little too familiar, of Vader done in a stylised 'bas-relief' form. It looks good, but we'd [...]

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