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These 'Star Wars' coins are mint

Save up your credits. The New Zealand Mint is unleashing a force of "Star Wars"-theme coins that will serve as legal tender on the tiny island of Niue.

Why aren't these available in the United States?
New Zealand Mint

I sense something, a presence in coin collecting I have not felt since...OK, please forgive my horrifically altered Darth Vader quote.

The New Zealand Mint has unleashed an epic coin collection for "Star Wars" fans perhaps worthy of the Empire itself. In all, 48 coins featuring characters from the classic sci-fi movie series will be available to purchase this November as legal tender of Niue Island. The tiny country resides 1,500 miles northeast off the coast of New Zealand.

There are two pure-silver full-color sets of $2 coins, including a $391.62 (plus shipping) Darth Vader and Millennium Falcon collection in a limited mintage of 7,500.

New Zealand Mint

The Darth Vader series includes the man in black himself, as well as Emperor Palpatine, Death Star, and Stormtrooper coins made of 0.999 fine silver. To top it off, the coins come in a special case designed like Darth's head that plays the iconic sound of his respirator breathing upon opening.

New Zealand Mint

The Millennium Falcon arrangement features familiar heroes of the Rebellion, including Luke Skywalker/Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi/Yoda, R2-D2/C-3PO, and Han Solo/Chewbacca. In addition, it comes in the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, even playing the sound of hyperspace when opening the case. It would have been hilarious, if they added a secondary sound of the hyperdrive failing like it did so many times on "The Empire Strikes Back."

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For the rest of us unable to dish out hundreds of dollars on coin sets, perhaps the $1 silver-plated base metal coins could spark your saber.

The first series consists of 10 coin designs, including Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, R2-D2, C-3PO, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, and Emperor Palpatine. An additional 30 coins will join the collection at a later point that consist of other characters from the "Star Wars" canon. This silver-plated collection, which will have a broader mint range of 50,000 for each coin, is available for preorder at a more reasonable price of $19.57 (plus shipping).

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

(Via The Register)