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.

2019
11/08 ADDED ATTACK OF THE CLONES PREMIUM FOIL
12/08 ADDED CLONE TROOPER AND DARTH VADER III BULLION COINS
20/08 ADDED DARTH VADER DIMENSIONAL
17/11 ADDED RISE OF SKYWALKER COLOURED COINS
17/11 ADDED REVENGE OF THE SITH PREMIUM FOIL
17/11 ADDED 2019 SEASONS GREETINGS FOIL

2020
14/01 ADDED THE FORCE AWAKENS PREMIUM FOIL
15/01 ADDED GUARDS OF THE EMPIRE SERIES
15/01 ADDED GOLD VEHICLE SERIES
26/02 ADDED LANDO CALRISSIAN TO CLASSIC STAR WARS
12/03 ADDED STORMTROOPER DIMENSIONAL
21/03 ADDED CLONE TROOPER TO GUARDS OF THE EMPIRE
10/04 ADDED BOBA FETT TO BULLION RANGE
11/04 ADDED EPISODE IV POSTER COIN
18/04 ADDED RISE OF SKYWALKER POSTER COIN
19/04 ADDED THE LAST JEDI PREMIUM FOIL
01/05 ADDED EMPIRE STRIKES BACK 40TH ANNIVERSARY RANGE
14/05: ADDED DEATHTROOPER TO GUARDS OF THE EMPIRE
12/07: ADDED DEATH STAR TO STAR WARS CLASSIC
13/07: ADDED BOBA FETT HELMET
10/08: ADDED MANDALORIAN MYTHOSAUR BULLION
11/08: ADDED GOLD X-WING & TIE FIGHTER
11/08: ADDED PRAETORIANS TO GUARDS OF THE EMPIRE
12/08: ADDED RISE OF SKYWALKER PREMIUM FOIL
26/08: ADDED CHIBI SECTION WITH DARTH VADER
02/10: ADDED 2020 VADER BULLION
02/10 ADDED MISSING FORCE AWAKENS COLOURED COIN TRIO
02/10: ADDED CHIBI CHEWBACCA
30/10: ADDED R2-D2 CHIBI AND T-47 SNOWSPEEDER GOLD
18/12: ADDED TIE ADVANCED GOLD

2021
01/01: ADDED LATEST CHIBI ISSUES
02/01: ADDED DIMENSIONAL 1KG DEATH STAR
01/02: ADDED SEASONS GREETINGS 2020 COIN
04/02: ADDED LUKE SKYWALKER CHIBI
05/02: ADDED THE MANDALORIAN
20/02: ADDED KNIGHTS OF REN
09/03: ADDED FALCON BULLION AND CARA DUNE
09/04: ADDED EXECUTION TROOPER TO GUARDS OF THE EMPIRE
11/04 ADDED THE CHILD AND PRINCESS LEIA CHIBI COINS
12/04: ADDED BESKAR STEEL BULLION BARS
26/04: ADDED HAN SOLO CHIBI
27/04: ADDED IG-11 TO MANDALORIAN
28/04: ADDED CLONE TROOPER HELMET
02/05: ADDED COLOURED STORMTROOPER HELMET
13/05: ADDED ANAKIN SKYWALKER CLASSIC
14/05: ADDED THE CHILD TO MANDALORIAN SERIES
20/06: ADDED OBI-WAN KENOBI CHIBI
23/06: ADDED GALACTIC EMPIRE BULLION
16/07: ADDED SITH TROOPER TO GUARDS OF THE EMPIRE
13/09: ADDED THE MANDALORIAN CHIBI COIN
20/09: ADDED THE MANDALORIAN BULLION COIN
05/10: ADDED THE MANDALORIAN CLASSIC SERIES
06/10: ADDED STAR WARS SEASONS GREETINGS AND TIDIED UP XMAS COINS
07/10: ADDED FACES OF THE EMPIRE SERIES
22/11: ADDED SCOUT TROOPER FACES & BABY YODA BULLION

2022
20/01: ADDED SNOWTROOPER AND DEATH TROOPER TO FACES OF THE EMPIRE
21/01: ADDED BOBA FETTS STARFIGHTER, GROGU SHAPED, THREE CHIBI COINS
23/02: ADDED AHSOKA TANO TO MANDALORIAN CLASSIC, ADDED SCARIF TROOPER TO FACES OF THE EMPIRE
11/03: ADDED PADME AMIDALA CHIBI, ADDED AT-AT WALKER TO NEW STAR WARS HARDWARE RANGE
06/04: ADDED BESKAR BULLION & HOVERTANK PILOT
19/04: ADDED CHIBI YODA; PATROL TROOPER TO FACES OF EMPIRE
07/05: ADDED REBEL BULLION, FENNEC SHAND CHIBI, BOBA FETT COLOURED HELMET
08/05: COMPLETE MODERNISED REFRESH OF LAYOUT

STAR WARS CLASSIC

2016 DARTH VADER

2016 HAN SOLO

2016 YODA

2016 R2-D2

2016 PRINCESS LEIA

2017 OBI-WAN KENOBI

2017 LUKE SKYWALKER

2017 CHEWBACCA

2017 C-3PO

2017 BOBA FETT

2018 JABBA THE HUTT

2018 DARTH MAUL

2018 EMPEROR PALPATINE

2019 IMPERIAL STORMTROOPERS

2020 LANDO CALRISSIAN

2020 DEATH STAR

2021 ANAKIN SKYWALKER

COMPARATIVE COIN SIZES

Called Classic Star Wars, this series of mainly character coins are cleanly struck and very attractive in hand. Packaging is of a fine standard and the whole series just reeks of quality and design integrity.

The 1oz silver variant at 40 mm in diameter is the best at showing off the art. The 1oz gold coin is smaller at 32 mm. A ¼ oz gold version is just 22 mm in diameter, quite a bit smaller. Indeed, in some cases, the mint chose to do a close up of the art on the larger coins. You can see that on the Jabba, Yoda, Stormtrooper and Anakin Skywalker coins.

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

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION DIMENSIONS FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$2 NZD 31.1g of 0.999 silver 40 mm Proof 10,000 YES / YES
$25 NZD 7.78g of 0.9999 gold 22 mm Proof 1,000 YES / YES
$250 NZD 31.1g of 0.9999 gold 32 mm Proof 500 YES / YES

THE MANDALORIAN CLASSIC

2021 THE MANDALORIAN GOLD

2021 THE MANDALORIAN SILVER

2021 GROGU GOLD

2021 GROGU SILVER

2022 AHSOKA TANO GOLD

2022 AHSOKA TANO SILVER

Basically the same specification and concept as the older Classic Star Wars, but with lower mintages.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION DIMENSIONS FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$2 NZD 31.1g of 0.999 silver 40 mm Proof 5,000 YES / YES
$25 NZD 7.78g of 0.9999 gold 22 mm Proof 500 YES / YES
$250 NZD 31.1g of 0.9999 gold 32 mm Proof 250 YES / YES

STAR WARS HARDWARE

2022 BOBA FETT’S STARFIGHTER

2022 AT-AT WALKER SILVER

2022 AT-AT WALKER GOLD

A loose mix of coins, it started out with a simple coloured one-ounce coin for the silver range, but the AT-AT added a huge (for the NZ Mint) five-ounce coloured coin, with the one-ounce reverting to being cleanly struck.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION DIMENSIONS FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$2 NZD 31.1g of 0.999 silver 40 mm Proof 2,000 YES / YES
$10 NZD 155.5g of 0.999 silver 65 mm Proof/colour 300 YES / YES
$25 NZD 7.78g of 0.9999 gold 22 mm Proof 150 YES / YES

STAR WARS ULTRA HIGH RELIEF

2017 DARTH VADER

2017 HAN SOLO

2017 YODA

2018 STORMTROOPER

2018 DEATH STAR

2019 MILLENNIUM FALCON

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.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION DIMENSIONS FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$5 NZD 62.2g of 0.999 silver 40 mm Proof, U.H.R. 5,000 YES / YES

STAR WARS GOLD VESSELS

2020 IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER

2020 MILLENNIUM FALCON

2020 X-WING STARFIGHTER

2020 TIE/LN FIGHTER

2020 T-47 SNOWSPEEDER

2020 TIE ADVANCED X1

The rarest of the Star Wars series, each of these vehicle designs is struck in an ounce of 0.9999 gold and has a mintage of just 50 pieces.

Not the most intricate or attractive designs, the appeal of these lies in their scarcity.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION DIMENSIONS FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$250 NZD 31.1g of 0.9999 gold 32 mm Proof 50 YES / YES

STAR WARS DIMENSIONAL HELMETS

2019 DARTH VADER

2019 DARTH VADER COLOURED

2020 STORMTROOPER

2020 STORMTROOPER COLOURED

2020 BOBA FETT

2020 BOBA FETT COLOURED

2021 CLONE TROOPER

The Star Wars juggernaut has clearly been a big hit for the New Zealand Mint, and only the last six years we’ve seen a huge selection of coins covering all aspects of the movie universe. Encompassing bullion coins, large and small silver foils, coloured coins and a classic series of character coins, there’s something for most budgets. Arguably the flagship range has been the 2oz high relief series, now up to six issues, but the mint is trying something new this time, in format if not in subject. Dimensional.

It seems the NZ Mint is, through German dealer EMK, issuing coloured versions of the helmets with a very limited mintage of 250 pieces. At the time of writing, the first two coins have been given the treatment.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION DIMENSIONS FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$5 NZD 62.2g of 0.999 silver Varies. Approx 49 x 41 mm Proof, U.H.R. 5,000 YES / YES

STAR WARS BULLION

2017 DARTH VADER I

2018 STORMTROOPER

2018 DARTH VADER II

2019 CLONE TROOPER

2019 DARTH VADER III

2020 BOBA FETT

2020 MYTHOSAUR

2021 DARTH VADER IV

2021 MILLENNIUM FALCON

2021 BESKAR BAR

2021 GALACTIC EMPIRE

2021 THE MANDALORIAN

2021 BABY GROGU

2022 BESKAR BAR

2022 REBEL ALLIANCE

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.

Note the Mandalorian Mythosaur issue has no effigy on the back, but rather the national coat of arms of Niue instead, as has the new Beskar Steel bars in 1oz and 10oz forms.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION DIMENSIONS FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$2 NZD 31.1g of 0.999 silver 40 mm B/UNC 25,000 – 250,000 NO / NO
$250 NZD 31.1g of 0.9999 gold 32 mm B/UNC 250 – 25,000 NO / NO

PAGE 2: COLOURED COINS