Not too long in the future, on a tiny island, far far away, Star Wars fans will be able to purchase limited mint copies of silver-plated coins featuring Luke and Leia and R2D2 and C3PO. The Pacific Island known as Niue is issuing the coins as collector’s items — a collection of four silver $2 coins costs NZ$469 (£240) while silver-plated $1 coins cost NZ$23.50 (£12) each.
The first 10 silver-plated Star Wars coins will be available in November with a further 30 to be issued in the future.
A maximum of 50,000 copies of each silver-plated coin will be produced.
No more than 7,500 of each of the silver coins – which contain 1oz of the precious metal – will be produced.
Residents of Niue are citizens of New Zealand; Queen Elizabeth II, who appears on the reverse of coins, is head of state.