Niue has announced that they’re unveiling a brand new line of coins that feature “Star Wars” characters.  Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Yoda, C-3PO, and others will be on their official currency.

They have full permission from George Lucas to make the coins. It’s the first time that “Star Wars” characters have appeared on any country’s real currency.  Niue is producing the coins with help from the New Zealand mint.

The characters will be on coins that are worth $2 in New Zealand money, which converts to about $1.66 in U.S. dollars.  But no one’s going to spend them like that since they’re clearly collectors’ items.

They’re going to be sold in sets of 18…eight one-ounce silver coins and 10 silver-plated metal coins. Overall, you’re getting at least $42 worth of silver there, and the sets will sell for about $460. So no one’s going to spend them on $2 items.

Niue is only making 50,000 of each coin, so collectors are going to end up paying big money if they want these. They go on sale November 1st.


HERE’S the official website where you can see the coins