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New Zealand Mint Showcases The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Coins at New York Toy Fair 2020

Auckland February 22, 2020 -- The beloved film sequel, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, will be commemorated with a range of limited-edition pure silver and gold collectibles from New Zealand Mint to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary milestone.

Three separate precious metal collectible coins are being produced by the Auckland-based company in collaboration with Lucasfilm. They will be available for sale from May 2020 to coincide with the anniversary.

The first 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 more 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 riding a Tauntaun on the ice planet Hoth with Han Solo 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 1,980 available worldwide.

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 for 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.

NZ Mint have been producing Star Wars-themed gold and silver collectibles since 2015. They are without doubt the largest global producer of precious metal mementoes with over 50 products made to commemorate the characters and films from the Star Wars saga.

NZ Mint has plans to release more Star Wars collectibles in 2020, all of which can be purchased online from and delivered free worldwide. These 40th anniversary products will be showcased for the first time at the New York Toy Fair 2020.

About New Zealand Mint

New Zealand Mint is New Zealand’s only precious metal mint and has been minting legal tender collectable coins for more than four decades. They lead the way with innovative, colored, silver and gold collectable coins, coin notes, silver foils and miniatures for fans of some of the world’s biggest brands. New Zealand Mint is known globally for their quality and design excellence.

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