'Star Wars' coins let you pay in Yodas

New Zealand Mint releases another set of "Star Wars"-themed silver coins starring major characters from "A Phantom Menace."

Save me you shall. New Zealand Mint

Following up on last year's popular launch of official "Star Wars" currency , the New Zealand Mint revealed a new set of coins featuring Queen Amidala, Yoda, Darth Maul, and Anakin from the epic sci-fi prequel trilogy.

The colorful 1.6-inch diameter coins work as $2 legal tender on the tiny South Pacific island country of Niue and individually contain one ounce of .999 silver. A ripple in the Force indicates that few people would probably actually spend these collectors' items, and if they do, they may get clubbed over the head by Yoda's cane.

Aspiring emperor not included. New Zealand Mint

Each $414.17 set of "Star Wars" coins, limited to a run of 7,500 sets, comes in either a Darth Vader or Millennium Falcon case that plays a sound (Vader's breath or the Falcon entering hyperspace, respectively) upon opening. Just imagine how much geek cred that would add to the museum section of a man- or woman-cave. For a limited time, those who order early also get a special set of four gold plated coins with Luke, Leia, Darth Vader, and R2-D2.

The reverse side of all aforementioned coins feature The Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, sovereign of the commonwealth of Niue.

The gold-plated coins probably shine brighter than C-3PO after an oil bath. New Zealand Mint

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