It’s fair to say that in the realms of the media franchise coin, the New Zealand Mint’s ‘Star Wars’ range is about as extensive as it gets. Most, however, have been standard format coins of one sort or another. A recent sojourn into Chibi land and a range of ‘helmet’ shaped coins have been the main detours from the norm, but now we have something a little more ambitious.
The ultra-iconic Death Star has appeared on a few coins before, arguably some of the weaker designs, as they kept a border instead of going rimless, but never headed in the obvious direction of dimensional coins – until now. If you’re going to try something, go big, and the mint has decided a Death Star needs a kilo of silver to do it justice.
Coming in at 58 mm in diameter and with an antique finish, this new coin does a good job of replicating Emperor Palpatines vehicle of choice (he’s definitely over-compensating for something…). It’s a Niue issue, so the head of Darth Elizabeth (who was probably around ‘a long time ago..’) sits on the underside. The signature superlaser dish, and the equatorial trench are both present.
Packaging is neat and effective, showing off the fact you can afford almost €3,000 for a Star Wars shaped ball of metal, with ease. To be honest, if you’re a coin collector and a fan of the movies, this one is hugely appealing, especially with its 299 mintage. Exclusive to German dealer EMK, it’s available to order now with shipping from mid-January, assuming nobody blows it up in the meantime…