Posted on August 31, 2018
The New Zealand Mint has capitalized on the new trilogy of Star Wars films debuting in 2015 with a variety of new Star Wars-themed silver and gold bullion. The most popular figure to date in its collection of Star Wars coins has been Darth Vader. The symbol of evil incarnate to a generation of individuals growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, Darth Vader has proven a must-have among collectors of these coins from the New Zealand Mint.
There’s a new appearance for Darth Vader with each release from the mint. The new 2018 1 oz Niue Silver Star Wars Darth Vader Lightsaber Coin is no exception to this rule. While previous design releases have focused on the dark lord himself. In this new 2018 design, the popular tool of the Jedi features in Darth Vader’s hand as he wields a lightsaber in this beautiful silver design.
On the obverse of the 2018 Darth Vader Silver Coin is the popular right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty is featured here in the fourth-generation design created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley and used on British coins for nearly two decades, and still in use on Commonwealth coinage. Her effigy is surrounded by engravings of “Elizabeth II,” “Niue,” “Two Dollars,” and “2018.”
The reverse side of the 2018 Niue Silver Darth Vader Lightsaber Coin is the image of Darth Vader as he holds his lightsaber. Your point of view as you look at the design comes from below looking up at Vader. The background field of the coin has the Imperial logo and there is a New Zealand Mint mint mark on this side of the coin as well. The Mint’s mark includes “NZM” and the four-star constellation from the New Zealand flag known as the Southern Cross.
Each of the coins in the 2018 Darth Vader Silver Coin release features 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver. The coins have a face value of $2 issued on behalf of the government of Niue. The coins have a mintage of just 250,000 for the design release. You can purchase the coins in one of three options from JM Bullion. Individual coins come housed in a protective plastic flip. Multiples of 25 coins are available inside of tubes.
You can also purchase the coins in bulk with a Monster Box containing 250 coins in total. The Monster Box houses a total of 10 tubes with 25 coins per tube. The Monster Box has a Star Wars theme that features a colorized depiction of Vader with a bright red-orange sun framing his figure from the back as his lightsaber pierces the imagery. Each Monster Box comes sealed with a strap from the New Zealand Mint.
Although the name of the mint would suggest it is a sovereign mint, the New Zealand Mint is actually a privately-owned mint. It often works in coordination with the Sunshine Mint in the United States on the production of certain silver bullion coin programs. The New Zealand Mint is located in Auckland and is the only precious metal mint in New Zealand, and it was among the first in the world to adopt .9999 purity standards for its gold coins. If the New Zealand Mint isn’t the nation’s sovereign mint, where does its coinage and paper currency come from? New Zealand currency is actually produced by both the Royal Canadian Mint and the Royal Mint of England.
When you’re ready to buy silver, JM Bullion customer service can help! The 2018 Darth Vader coin is currently available to you on our website. If you have questions while you shop, you can contact us at 800-276-6508, chat with us live online, or simply send us an email with your inquiries. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and check back with the blog weekly for the latest updates on coin releases and exciting upcoming programs!