There’s no doubt that the New Zealand Mint are now the biggest proponents of the fledgling silver foil format. It could be argued that the format was first popularised by the European producer CIT Coin Invest, but the NZ Mint have the biggest selection on offer at the moment. Relatively cheap to design and produce, mints are more likely to take a chance with releasing a foil instead of a coin as the risks are less.
Star Wars issued can’t really be considered a huge risk, however. The ever-popular movie franchise has generated billions of dollars of revenue, along with an insatiable appetite for merchandise. The recent coin series like the superb Classic Star Wars, for example, have proven big hits, so Star Wars is an obvious choice for a new format. Called premium foil, this is the NZ Mints top format and at 35 grams, are seven times the size of the regular banknote-size issue. Stretching out to an expansive 262 x 170 mm in size, they constitute a huge canvas in terms of the numismatic market.
In the case of this series, it’s the superb movie posters that are being showcased. They’re fairly straightforward to reproduce, but the mint has left certain parts uncoloured to let the silver shine through, and it works well. These are very attractive items for the Star Wars collector. Despite the size, this remains a coin and carries a small effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, but we can’t imagine anyone being too interested in it. These are all about the display and the perspex frame they come in is designed to make doing that a doddle.
A fine centrepiece to a memorabilia collection, the price of $130.00 is hardly excessive in that market and the 10,000 mintage means availability should be easy enough. At the time of writing, all are still available. The prequel trilogy is to be released in 2019, and we fully expect the latest trilogy to get the foil treatment in 2020, just as it has on the standard silver coins in 2019.