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Star Wars is an American film saga centered, “in a galaxy far, far away.” In this franchise created by George Lucas, the Jedi represent good, while the Sith Order represents evil. Both sides use “the Force,” which is a metaphysical power that is the object of the Jedi and Sith orders. According to Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Force “surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” The famous line, “may the Force be with you,” is used by almost every major character. The first film in the series, “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” was released on May 25, 1977. This film became a worldwide phenomenon, and was later followed by two sequels, “The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980, and “Return of The Jedi” in 1983. Additionally, a prequel trilogy was later released between 1999 and 2005. . All six films were instant hits at the box office, and went on to win multiple academy awards. In 2012, The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm, Ltd. for $4.05 billion and announced three new Star Wars films! The first film, “The Force Awakens,” which was released on December 18th, 2015, and has since shattered world film records. This film is on track to break the legendary $2 billion mark.
In an absolutely brilliant move, the New Zealand Mint has released a series of stunning pure silver coins to coincide with the upcoming feature film,The Force Awakens. This two year program contains two distinct sets - – first being Star Wars Classic coins and the second being colorized coins from the new film. The featured coin of this article is the third coin in the second set, Rey, who lives on the desert, junkyard planet of Jakku. Rey was abandoned by her parents on Jakku at the age of five. Her upbringing has turned her into a self-sufficient scavenger. The obverse of these bright and colorized silver coins seem to come alive, as Rey is seen walking through the desert on the right side, and driving her vehicle on the left side. A large colorized design of Rey’s face appears in the background. The design includes the inscription, “STAR WARS,” and, “1 oz 999 Fine Silver,” at the bottom side of this coin. Additionally, the “Lucasfilm Ltd & TM” logo appears on the bottom right side of this design. The reverse of these coins bears the profile of Queen Elizabeth II, with the inscriptions, “2016,” “Niue,” and “Two Dollars.” The edge for each of these coins is serrated.
These coins present a rare opportunity to view superb engraving skills of the New Zealand Mint. The use of multiple finishes further showcases the combined craftsmanship and artistry that have produced this stunning coin design; a truly magnificent work of art. Additionally, these coins were expertly struck in a three-dimensional proof finish with a mirror background. There is a limited mintage of 10,000 worldwide.
The certified coins are available in two grades – Proof 69 Ultra Cameo and Proof 70 Ultra Cameo – and in two different NGC core colors, the standard White Core, as well as the retro Black Core. All of these certified coins are presented with a very special Star Wars Label which provides additional factor of collectability to these coins. This label is exclusive to ModernCoinMart and cannot be found anywhere else. By the rules and regulations that govern the coin certification industry, the NGC label provides further guarantee of the coin's weight, purity, and overall quality, thereby adding a factor of collectability to these fantastic coins.
New Zealand Mint is proud to launch one of cinema’s most enduring and beloved franchises, Star Wars, as a legal tender coins. This coin series has quickly gained popularity, from both Star Wars devotees and coin-collectors alike. This particular coin has a limited mintage of 10,000 worldwide, and is quite simply out of this universe!
||Oleg Zamansky is the President and CEO of Coin Maestro, LLC and is an expert in foreign coins, paper money, medals, and sets. Oleg's coin career started in 1983 when his great-grandmother gave him his first foreign coin - 1 Israeli Shequel and ever since, his numismatic journey began. According to Mr. Zamansky, "Due to frequent volatile markets, people need to secure their investments and numismatics is the best way. Coin collecting is the most educating, investment protective business today, and also quite fun." Mr. Zamansky graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2001, became a partner at RINA Systems, LLC in 2005, and holds a 3rd degree black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do. Today, he is a member of the American Numismatic Association and the Numismatic Guarantee Corporation. Currently, Mr. Zamansky resides with his family in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a contributing writer for ModernCoinMart. His thoughts and opinions may not be shared with MCM or its staff.|