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

CLASSIC STAR WARS

We’re starting with what we consider the best of the Star Wars ranges released to date. Called Classic Star Wars, this series of mainly character coins are cleanly struck and very attractive in hand – much more so than these lacklustre images suggest. Packaging is of a fine standard and the whole series just reeks of quality and design integrity.

Cheapest of the three variants is ironically also our favourite. The 1oz silver variant at 40mm in diameter is the best at showing off the art. The 1oz gold coin is vastly more expensive, yet smaller at 32mm. A ¼oz gold version is also up, but at just 22mm in diameter, is quite a bit smaller. Indeed, in three cases the mint had a different design on the smaller gold coin, choosing 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 a hefty one-kilogram in weight. Just 1,977 of these were struck and no other design has appeared at this 100mm diameter size.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $2 NZD $250 NZD $25 NZD
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver 0.9999 gold 0.9999 gold
WEIGHT 31.1 grams 31.1 grams 7.78 grams
DIMENSIONS 40.0 mm 32.0 mm 22.0 mm
FINISH Proof Proof Proof
MODIFICATIONS None None None
MINTAGE 10,000 500 1,000
BOX / COA Yes / Yes Yes / Yes Yes / Yes

STAR WARS ULTRA HIGH RELIEF

DESCRIPTION

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. Each issue has a mintage of 5,000 pieces and retails around $175.00 USD.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $5 New Zealand (Niue)
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 62.2 grams
DIMENSIONS 40 mm
FINISH Proof
MODIFICATIONS Ultra high relief
MINTAGE 5,000
BOX / COA Yes / Yes (serialised)

STAR WARS GOLD VEHICLES

DESCRIPTION

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 very rare nature.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $250 NZD (Niue)
COMPOSITION 0.9999 gold
WEIGHT 31.1 grams
DIMENSIONS 32.0 mm
FINISH Proof
MODIFICATIONS None
MINTAGE 50
BOX / COA Yes / Yes (serialised)

STAR WARS DIMENSIONAL

DESCRIPTION

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.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $5 New Zealand (Niue)
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 62.2 grams
DIMENSIONS 49 x 41 mm
FINISH Frosted
MODIFICATIONS Ultra high relief
MINTAGE 5,000
BOX / COA Yes / Yes (serialised)

STAR WARS BULLION COINS

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.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $2 NZD $250 NZD
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver 0.9999 gold
WEIGHT 31.1 grams 31.1 grams
DIMENSIONS 40.0 mm 32.0 mm
FINISH Bullion Bullion
MODIFICATIONS None None
MINTAGE 25,000 – 250,000 250 – 25,000
BOX / COA No / No No / No

PAGE 2: COLOURED COINS