Queen To Share Coin With Star Wars
August 11, 2011 by staff
Queen To Share Coin With Star Wars, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Yoda and a cast of heroes and villains from a galaxy far, far away, will join the Queen on coins issued by the South Pacific island state of Niue.
A set of 40 coins being produced by New Zealand Mint. As legal tender, the coins have a face value of New Zealand and 2 (1 €), but the silver content in each is worth much more than that.
The coins are mainly for collectors and investors around the world in an attempt to boost the coffers of the government of Niue dial. Groups of four, each containing 1 oz silver, will sell for NZ and 469 (£ 235).
Other base metal beaten in silver will cost much less. “You do not want to go and spend them because they are only worth and 2, but the value is much more than that,” said Chris Kirkness of the Mint in New Zealand.
“Nobody is going to buy an ice cream with them. “Traditionally, that would buy these coin collectors, but this product is opened to the market as a product and gift for fans of Star Wars,” said Fairfax newspapers website.
“You know Star Wars when seven or 70 years.” While Star Wars characters are displayed in color on the back of the new coins, a traditional portrait of the Queen by the sculptor Rafael Maklouf dominates the front.
Stressing the target market, the first number is on display at the fair of the American Numismatic Association in Chicago next week.
Coins will be released until 2014. Fans of classic films from George Lucas, is expected to be excited about the currency issue.
Star Wars quickly developed a cult following after its first appearance on movie screens in May 1977 and generated a massive merchandising industry.
Niue, a remote Polynesian been only 1,400 people, normally uses the currency of New Zealand.
The island nation has caused controversy in April with the commemorative stamp issued to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The stamp shows a perforated line down the center and split the happy couple.
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