|Coin||Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Star Wars - Yoda|
Niue, a sovereign state in free association with New Zealand, uses two official legal tender currencies. The New Zealand Dollar is the circulation currency for daily transactions, while the government also authorises legal tender coins in the Niue Dollar currency for collector's purposes.
A number of mints issue a large variety of commemorative and collector coins under the authority of Niue. These coins are dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to Niue itself. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes - such as a quarter ounce of gold (abbreviated as 1/4 oz Au, where "Au" comes from the Latin word for gold, Aurum). Many of these feature famous movie characters.
This coin is the third release in the Star Wars Classics series by the New Zealand Mint and features the famous character Yoda.
It shows a scene from the science fiction movie "Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back". The Jedi master Yoda is hiding from the empire on the planet Dagobah.
The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.
In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).
Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2016.
Within a plain rim, the coin shows the famous Jedi master, Yoda, from the Star Wars series of movies.
Around left, the precious metal content: 1/4 oz 9999 Fine Gold (one quarter of an ounce of 99.99% gold) and copyright acknowledgement: © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd.
||1/4 oz 9999 Fine Gold © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd.
Packaging: in themed box, with Certificate of Authenticity.
Gold Quarter Ounce coins in the Star Wars Classics series include:
- 01. Darth Vader, Gold Quarter Ounce 2016
- 02. Han Solo, Gold Quarter Ounce 2016
- 03. Yoda, Gold Quarter Ounce 2016
- 04. R2-D2, Gold Quarter Ounce 2016
- 05. Princess Leia, Gold Quarter Ounce 2016
- 06. Obi Wan Kenobi, Gold Quarter Ounce 2017
- 07. Luke Skywalker, Gold Quarter Ounce 2017
- 08. Chewbacca, Gold Quarter Ounce 2017
- 09. C-3PO, Gold Quarter Ounce 2017
- 10. Boba Fett, Gold Quarter Ounce 2017
- 11. Jabba the Hutt, Gold Quarter Ounce 2018
- 12. Darth Maul, Gold Quarter Ounce 2018
- 13. Emperor Palpatine, Gold Quarter Ounce 2018
- 14. Stormtroopers, Gold Quarter Ounce 2019
- 15. Lando Calrissian, Gold Quarter Ounce 2020
There are also a gold ounce and a silver one ounce with the same design, and a silver two ounces coin (dated 2018) with a different reverse also featuring Yoda.