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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and New Zealand Mint R2-D2 Coins

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and New Zealand Mint R2-D2 Coins
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Posted: 08-12-2016

Coin collectors and fans of the Star Wars franchise are in for a treat this year. R2-D2, the fourth character in the Star Wars Classic Coin Series, is being released. This will be followed by the release of the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, later this year. Learn more about these exciting new releases in this article.

New Star Wars Film - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

If the hi-resolution images recently released are anything to go by, then the new Star Wars film - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - is going to amaze moviegoers this December! Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Chris Weitz was based on an idea of visual effects supervisor John Knoll. It will be the first stand-alone Star Wars Anthology film in history. It will also be the 9th theatrical feature film in the series.

This new Star Wars movie – one of the most anticipated films of the year – will focus on the mission of a group of Rebel spies to steal plans of the Death Star, the ultimate weapon of the Galactic Empire. Rogue One will be set in the Star Wars universe at a time shortly before the events that happened in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

Expect the upcoming new Star Wars movie to be nothing short of spectacular – both in terms of the story line and special effects. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released on December 16th in movie theaters nationwide. 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is not the only exciting thing happening in the Star Wars Universe - the New Zealand Mint has just announced the release of the latest coin in their Star Wars Classics Coin Series!

Latest Release in the Star Wars Classics Coin Series

The Star Wars Classics Coin Series is a major coin program by the New Zealand Mint. It aims to feature many of the most prominent characters in Star Wars on collector issue proof gold and silver coins. Each release in the series comes in the form of highly collectible, limited mintage .9999 fine 1/4 oz. and 1 oz. Proof Gold coins and .999 fine 1 oz. Proof Silver coins. All of these coins are minted and distributed under the authority of the island nation of Niue.

These coins are also officially licensed by Lucasfilm Ltd. – a world leading American television and film Production Company founded by filmmaker George Lucas in 1971. It is today a division of Walt Disney Studios and home to legendary film franchises such as Indiana Jones and Star Wars. This makes these collector issue, Proof Gold and Silver coins, some of the best Star Wars memorabilia around!

The Star Wars Classics Coin Series kicked off in August 2015 with the unveiling of Proof Gold and Silver coins that feature Darth Vader – one of the most prominent figures in Star Wars. This was followed by the unveiling of coins that feature Han Solo and Yoda. The latest release – the fourth in the series – features another Star Wars hero - R2-D2!

Right Mix of Man and Machine

Chances are, R2-D2 won over the hearts of thousands, if not millions of moviegoers and fans since his first appearance in the opening scene of Star Wars in 1977. Journalist Clive Thompson describes him as “the right mix of man and machine” – it is hard for people to look at him and not adore him.

R2-D2, also known as Artoo-Detoo, was created by the Nubia-based, Industrial Automaton (IA) – one of two primary droid manufacturing companies featured in the Star Wars saga. He is a mechanical astronomical flight navigational droid or simply, an astromech droid – a robot used for the maintenance and repair of starships.

Did you know that, despite all his lines being various beeps or squeaks, there is not a single Star Wars episode in which R2-D2 doesn’t save the day? From repairing the shield generator on the Royal Naboo Starship in the First Episode, to arming Luke with his lightsaber in the nick of time in the 6th Episode, many from the Star Wars Universe owe quite a bit to this little astromech droid. You can commemorate this Star Wars hero in your own collection, with these stunning coins from Niue!

Design of the R2-D2 Coins

The obverse of this R2-D2 coin depicts Queen Elizabeth II. All coins in the Star Wars Classics Coin Series share this reverse design, as do all coin issues legal tender of Niue. This is a legal requirement of all coins issued under the authority of Niue. The design used was created by Ian Rank-Broadley.

The reverse design - which is different for each release in the series - features R2-D2 being sold to Luke Skywalker and his step-uncle Owen Lars. The treads of the massive sand-crawler used by the Jawa merchants are depicted behind him, with a backdrop of the Tatooine desert. This was an iconic moment in the first Star Wars film, and fans will certainly enjoy it being commemorated forever in Gold and Silver!

In an interesting twist, the face value on the 1 oz. gold R2-D2 coin was increased from the $200 of the previous issues to $250. While the reasons behind this are uncertain, it is speculated that this could have been caused by higher gold price and legal requirements of Niue. This is a very rare occurrence for an ongoing collector’s coin series!

What options are available to collectors?

ModernCoinMart (MCM) offers these Star Wars R2-D2 coins in various options. These Silver and Gold R2-D2 coins are available in their original Mint packaging like they come from the New Zealand Mint, but they are also available certified by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). For all NGC certified Star Wars coins carried by MCM, you can expect something special – a Star Wars label that is only available at MCM! This exclusive label allows you to purchase your coin with a completed theme.

MCM also offers many of their Star Wars coins certified by NGC with a very special black core holder. These are very hard to get, and like the labels, are only available at MCM. Only the 1 oz. silver coins will have this special holder.

The $2 1 oz. Silver Coins have a mintage of 10,000 coins, the $25 ¼ oz. Gold Coins have a mintage of 1,000, and the $250 1 oz. Gold Coins have a mintage of only 500! Don’t hesitate to purchase these officially licensed Star Wars coins from MCM. Not only are the coins themselves stunning, but the options available to you are some that any Star Wars fan would hope for. Act quickly to secure the coins you want, before they are gone.

May the force be with you.

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