Star Wars: The Force Awakens was one of the hottest movies of 2016. The first movie in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, it follows the search for Luke Skywalker and features original Star Wars actors Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher.
Also in 2016, fans were treated to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is set before the original Star Wars story.
Millions of Star Wars fans have been hooked on the amazing stories and groundbreaking cinema since the original movie came out almost 40 year ago in 1977. And now, fans everywhere are discovering a new way to enjoy the latest installments in the Star Wars franchise … real Star Wars coins celebrating both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The coins are struck by the prestigious New Zealand Mint and are official legal tender in Niue. Each coin is struck in 99.9% pure silver and contains one full ounce of silver, so they are even larger, heavier, and purer than a classic U.S. silver dollar.
There are six different coins in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens series, and each coin is beautifully colorized to bring the images to life. They make great gifts for Star Wars fans of all ages, and the complete set is a wonderful way to re-tell the Star Wars story.
The six new Star Wars: The Force Awakens coins are:
- BB-8, the orange and white droid that teams up with Poe Dameron and the Rebel Alliance in fighting the First Order. BB-8 carries the most important piece of information in the galaxy: the map to Luke Skywalker.
- Rey, a scavenger who lives in the harsh desert world of Jakku. After learning she is a Jedi, she sets off on a quest to find Luke Skywalker. The coin shows her walking through a star ship graveyard.
- Captain Phasma, who commands the First Order’s legions of Stormtroopers and is clad in reflective metallic armor similar to that of a Stormtrooper.
- Kylo Ren, a dark warrior and the fearsome commander of an elite order of Stormtroopers. His temper is as fiery as his unconventional crossguard lightsaber!
- Finn (also known as FN-2187), who deserted the First Order and joined the Resistance. He is shown running from the First Order with Rey and BB-8 on the desert planet Jakku.
- Poe Dameron, the best pilot in the Resistance, he was tasked to fly to Jakku to gain the map to the self-exiled Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. The coin depicts him along with BB-8 fleeing from the First Order; his X-Wing is seen flying through the sky.
The two new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coins are:
- The Empire. The coin features the Empire logo and key members of the Empire, including Orson Krennic, the Director of Advanced Weapons Research for the Imperial Military, who was responsible for putting down the Rebel uprising.
- The Rebellion. The Rebellion logo is shown, along with members of the rebel strike team, including Jyn Erso, Captain Cassian, K-2S0, Chirrut Imwe, Baze Malbus, and Bodhi Rook.
Each coin is packaged in a clear display case with custom Star Wars packaging.