With a range so copious that we produced a themed guide all of its own to it, the New Zealand Mint’s Star Wars range has covered all sorts of formats, and all sorts of subjects, but there hasn’t been a series covering what fans love the most about the films – battles. To this end, the mint is starting its Battle Scenes series, depicting some of the most iconic parts of the many movies.
First is from ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, often considered the high-point of the franchise, the battle on the ice planet Hoth. Full of now iconic hardware, like the AT-AT, and the Snowspeeder, it was a clever change from space battles, and has become one of the most loved scenes in Star Wars history. The coin depicts the battle from the Empire’s side, with an AT-AT, an AT-ST, a Snowtrooper, and an Imperial Star Destroyer. It does so with colour highlighting for the background, but is otherwise very reminiscent of the producers ‘Classic’ range.
Unusually, this is currently only available as a three-ounce coin, so the mint is obviously positioning this as a limited, premium offering. Packaging looks to be as excellent as you would expect from the NZ Mint. A good idea for a series, as there’s plenty of material to draw from, but how popular the three-ounce format is in this genre, remains to be seen.