Star Wars Day – Hit 2017 movie poster series tackles the lukewarm prequel trilogy for 2018

A huge hit early last year, the New Zealand Mints 40th Anniversary Star Wars movie poster took the iconic imagery of the first movie and made an excellent rectangular silver coin out of it. The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi movies were similarly showcased throughout 2017. We did speculate on the appearance of the prequel trilogy in 2018 and for good reason. While the decision to release them would appear to be a no-brainer, the prequel movies aren’t held in the same high regard as the originals.

We’re glad the mint decided to go ahead with them as despite the movies not reaching the heights of the originals, or in the case of the Phantom Menace any height at all (yes, I know some like it…). The reason – the artwork on the posters is pretty impressive and the coins will make a nice addition for the fan of the franchise as a whole.

No changes to the coin format as you would expect. A rectangular one-ounce silver coin is the best way to display the reproduction of a poster and the acrylic block frame is the best way to display the coin. We’ve often expressed our desire to see this form of coin display be more widely used and some like MCI and the Royal Mint have started to do so. Available now for $85.00 USD with a mintage of 10,000 pieces, they can be bought from the mint or from several of our sponsors.


Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is a 1999 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas, produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the first installment in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and stars Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Pernilla August, and Frank Oz. The film is set 32 years before the original film, and follows Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi as they protect Queen Amidala, in hopes of securing a peaceful end to a large-scale interplanetary trade dispute. Joined by Anakin Skywalker—a young slave with unusually strong natural powers of the Force—they simultaneously contend with the mysterious return of the Sith.

Lucas began production of this film after he determined that film special effects had advanced to the level he wanted for the fourth film in the saga. Filming started on June 26, 1997, at locations including Leavesden Film Studios and the Tunisian desert. Its visual effects included extensive use of computer-generated imagery; many of its characters and settings were completely computerized. The film was Lucas’s first directorial effort after a 22-year hiatus following Star Wars in 1977.

The Phantom Menace was released to theaters on May 19, 1999, almost 16 years after the premiere of the previous Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi. The film’s premiere was extensively covered by media and was greatly anticipated because of the large cultural following the Star Wars saga had cultivated. It received mixed reviews; critics praised the visuals, action sequences, score and many of the performances, but criticized the writing, characterization, and Ahmed Best’s and Jake Lloyd’s performances (as Jar Jar Binks and Anakin Skywalker respectively). It grossed more than $924.3 million worldwide during its initial theatrical run, making it the second-highest-grossing film worldwide at the time, behind Titanic. It became the highest-grossing film of 1999 and the highest-grossing Star Wars film (until the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015), and is the tenth-highest-grossing film in North America as of August 2017 unadjusted for inflation. A 3D reissue, which has earned an additional $102.7 million at the box office and brought the film’s overall worldwide takings to over $1 billion, was released in February 2012. The film was followed by two sequels, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones in 2002 and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith in 2005. (Source: Wikipedia)

COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 31.1 grams
DIMENSIONS 53 x 36 mm
MINTAGE 10,000
BOX / COA Yes / Yes