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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary | NZ Mint

The beloved film sequel, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, is being commemorated with a range of limited-edition pure silver and gold collectibles to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary milestone.

Released in May 1980, the film was the second instalment in the original Star WarsTM trilogy. Although this episode was darker, edgier and filled with controversial emotion, it still went on to be a box office smash and is considered by some fans as their favorite episode of the Skywalker Saga. We follow heroes and villains on their journeys to make fateful decisions and we begin to understand the ways of the ForceTM and witness the power of the dark side. Not to mention the chilling revelation that Darth VaderTM is Luke Skywalker’s™ father, which has become one of the most iconic moments in cinematic history!

The first collectible of offer is a very special collector’s set which contains a 1oz pure silver traditional coin and a 5g pure silver coin note. The coin features Darth Vader and uses engraving to highlight the movie’s iconic ships. The 5g note sits alongside the coin and depicts one of the original movie posters. Both coins include the 40th anniversary logo and the sensitive color use allows the silver to shine!

The Star Wars-themed packaging incorporates the Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th anniversary logo and dynamic imagery from the film. The coins’ specifications are printed on the inside of the packaging along with confirmation of the limited-edition mintage of only 1,980, set specifically to commemorate the date of the film’s release.

The second is another 1oz fine silver collectible coin cast in a unique rectangular shape. It features a second iconic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back movie poster. Delivered in a quality, themed box, the coin is cleverly presented in a perspex holder designed for easy display.

The last is a ¼ oz pure gold collectible coin. At only 22mm in size, the detail achieved on this impressive proof coin is incredible. It shows Luke SkywalkerTM riding a Tauntaun™ on the ice planet Hoth™ with Han SoloTM on foot alongside, armed and ready for battle. This special coin is packaged in a beautiful wooden coin case.

A Certificate of Authenticity is provided with both these coins confirming them as only one of a limited mintage.

All coins feature the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse side and are legal tender in Niue.

“Our 40th anniversary coin for Star Wars: A New Hope was a huge success with fans and coin collectors alike, so we are delighted to work with Lucasfilm to deliver this latest monumental anniversary collection celebrating forty years of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. While we have kept the coin mintages low, making them more attractive to the collector, we have extended the options available to the fans,” said Simon Harding, Chief Executive of NZ Mint.

If you are one of the lucky ones to own the previously released Star Wars: A New Hope 40th Anniversary poster coin, you won’t want to miss adding one of these to your collection!

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