Popularised by Coin Invest Trust in 2016 with their range of city-based Skyline Dollars, the banknote coin format attracted a few extra members in 2017, most notably with the New Zealand Mint bringing their Disney juggernaut to play. Now it’s time for Star Wars to enter the fray with a series that could do much to expand collecting to a wider audience.
There are fewer licences more likely to attract attention than Star Wars, so it’s a boost to the fledging format when the NZ Mint debuts a new six-note series to tempt collectors. For those unfamiliar with this type of coin, they’re made of silver and are generally 150 x 70 mm in size – the same general size as the banknote they look like. Just a fraction of a millimeter in thickness, despite the huge size compared to a standard coin they weigh a scant five grams.
Obviously with a canvas so large to work with (a standard 1oz coin is around 1200² mm in area, these are 10,500² mm), the artwork can be more adventurous and that’s certainly the case here. Depicting one of six characters in both colour and fine line-art (just like a banknote) on the reverse, the obverse is done in line-art only, detailing everything you’d expect to find on a standard coin.
Each coin is sealed to prevent handling damage and comes in a slipcase. This first coin also comes with an album into which all six A New Hope coins will fit. That’s a great idea and plenty of encouragement for collectors to get a set together. At $39.00 USD per coin, they’re eminently affordable compared to a usual one-ounce coin, and thus more attractive to the casual movie memorabilia collector. That’s a large market and these could well bring in new numismatic collectors.