Star Wars Classic launches its second design of 2018 and it’s another of the evil pantheon, Darth Maul

Regular readers will know that Classic Star Wars is one of our favourite movie-themed coin ranges being released in recent years and as this New Zealand Mint series has now hit its twelfth release, we guess you do to. We think the core appeal of this range lies in its simplicity. There are no modifications done to the strike – no colour or gilding, for example. The designs aren’t covered with inscriptions and the coins aren’t presented in gimmicky packaging. What you get is a well realised proof finish coin, struck to a high standard and packaged equally so. They have all the hallmarks of something people will be handing down to their Star Wars loving grandkids in fifty years time.

As for Star Wars, it’s a movie phenomenon and whether you like the movies or not (let’s be honest, the franchise reputation rests on a small number of great films amidst a larger quantity of poor ones), there is a whole universe of interesting characters running through them. With this in mind, you can see the NZ Mint isn’t short of subjects and even after twelve releases there are still quite a few popular enough to carry a coin release.

This time out and for the second time this year, it’s the turn of one of the baddies to take centre stage, following chubby blobster, Jabba the Hutt. Despite appearing mainly in the less well recieved prequel trilogy, Darth Maul had a look and presence almost guaranteed to strike a chord with the fans. Highly distinctive in appearance, Maul is a good choice and the pose depicted on the coin is one recognisable to fans.

No changes on the format choice – a one-ounce silver coin continues to be the most popular selection and there are one-ounce and quarter-ounce gold coins for the higher end. Unlike the Jabba coin, the small gold coin keeps the same artwork as its larger brethren. All variants carry the effigy of Darth Elizabeth on the obverse. Packaging is clean and elegant. A simple black shipper of high quality holds a black coin box in the case of the silver coin, and a wooden one in the case of the gold. Both are solid, although we’d love to see a high-gloss black box for all formats as it just seems so much more in keeping with the franchise aesthetic than wood does. All come with a certificate and all are available to buy later today. Several of our sponsors sell these, so getting one online is easy and means you don’t have to get the Death Star out of the garage.



Part Sith Lord and part crime lord, Darth Maul was the son of Mother Talzin of the Nightsisters, and was a Dathomirian Zabrak. Taken as an apprentice by Darth Sidious, he was trained to hate the Jedi and in an epic lightsaber duel, killed the Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn before being cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Thought to be dead, he survived and was rebuilt with cybernetic body parts comprising a six-legged addition that allowed him to walk again. Driven crazed with rage, it was a decade before he was found by his brother, Savage Opress during the Clone Wars.

He brought together a criminal alliance called the Shadow Collective, until captured by Sidious and used to kill Mother Talzin – a threat to the Sith Lord’s plans. He was rescued and returned to Mandalore where he continued to lead the criminal enterprise Crimson Dawn. Discovering Obi-Wan Kenobi was still alive, he travelled to Tatooine to confront him, but was cut down by Kenobi. Before being killed, he discovered that Kenobi was protecting Luke Skywalker and died with the comfort that the SIth would be destroyed by this new and powerful young Jedi.


DENOMINATION $2 New Zealand $250 New Zealand $25 New Zealand
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver 0.9999 gold 0.9999 gold
WEIGHT 31.1 grams 31.1 grams 7.78 grams
DIAMETER 40.00 mm 32.00 mm 22.00 mm
FINISH Proof Proof Proof
MINTAGE 10,000 500 1,000
BOX / COA Yes / Yes Yes / Yes Yes / Yes