One of the most recognisable ships in the whole of science fiction, the Millennium Falcon isn’t even an ultra-powerful warship or a deep space explorer – it’s just a battered old freighter used by a smuggler, yet has gone on to garner an iconic status likely equalled only by the USS Enterprise from Star Trek. It’s surprising that the vessel has yet to put in an appearance in the New Zealand Mints (NZM) many ranges, outside of the disappointing 2017 vessel blueprint series.
The mints flagship Star Wars series is its two-ounce silver Ultra High Relief range, which has seen some fan favourite designs to date, including the Death Star and the Imperial Stormtrooper. We like this series as its cleanly struck (with the exception of the first coin which had Darth Vader’s lightsabre coloured red), and about as close as we’re going to get to the now defunct Star Wars Classic series. This latest issue is the sixth to date.
The Falcon is depicted in flight against a plain background field. We can’t say without seeing one in hand if it would’ve been better to have had a starfield engraved into the background or not, but the perspective of the ship is perfectly chosen and certainly more dynamic than a plan view. These coins invariably look far superior in hand than in these images, so we’re looking forward to seeing one.
The presentation is classy and substantial. The NZM has resisted the temptation to go gimmicky, as they did so a few years ago. Limited to 5,000 pieces, the coin comes with the usual certificate of authenticity. A nice return to form after the unadventurous Death Star issue last year. Available to order now. Previous issues have included Darth Vader, Han Solo, and Yoda.