Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Star Wars - Emperor Palpatine, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Star Wars - Emperor Palpatine, Coin from Niue
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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 part of the Star Wars Classics series by the New Zealand Mint, and features Emperor Palpatine. This dramatic coin shows the Emperor as his alter ego Darth Sidious aboard the Empire’s battle station in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Sheev Palpatin, initially credited as The Emperor in the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back, is also known by his Sith title Darth Sidious. The character appears in each trilogy in the nine-film Skywalker saga, in which he is portrayed by Ian McDiarmid and serves as the overarching villain. In the original trilogy, Palpatine is depicted as emperor of the Galactic Empire and the master of Darth Vader. In the prequel trilogy, he is portrayed as a charismatic politician and Sith Lord who transforms the Galactic Republic into the Empire, and turns Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker to the dark side of the Force. In The Rise of Skywalker (2019), the final film in the sequel trilogy, Palpatine is revealed to be the mastermind behind the First Order and its former leader, Snoke, as well as the grandfather of Rey.

Since the release of Return of the Jedi (1983), Palpatine has become a widely recognized symbol of evil in popular culture, and since the prequel films, also one of sinister deception and the subversion of democracy. Aside from the films, Palpatine appears in various canon and non-canon Star Wars media.

MintNew Zealand Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage1,000
Obverse
Niue / Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Star Wars - Emperor Palpatine - obverse photo

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 2018.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2018
Reverse
Niue / Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Star Wars - Emperor Palpatine - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows Star Wars character Emperor Palpatine, his hands outstretched, with The Force crackling between them.

Around right, the precious metal content: 1/4 oz 9999 Fine Gold (one quarter of an ounce of 99.99% gold) and copyright acknowledgement: © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd.

Reverse Inscription 1/4 oz 9999 Fine Gold © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd.
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in themed box, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

See also

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 reverse design.

All (33) coins of type: Gold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Quarter Ounce 2013 Olympics - David Svoboda 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 2013 5 DOLLARS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2013 Olympics - Barbora Špotáková 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 2013 5 DOLLARS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2013 Olympics - Mirka Knapková 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 2013 5 DOLLARS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2013 Paralympics - Jiří Ježek 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE ISLAND 2013 5 DOLLARS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Star Wars - Darth Vader 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2016
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Star Wars - Han Solo 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2016
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Star Wars - Yoda 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2016
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Star Wars - R2-D2 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2016
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Star Wars - Princess Leia 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2016
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Star Wars - Obi Wan Kenobi 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2017
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Star Wars - Luke Skywalker 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2017
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Star Wars - Chewbacca 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2017
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Star Wars - C-3PO 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2017
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Star Wars - Boba Fett 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2017
Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Star Wars - Jabba the Hutt 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2018
Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Star Wars - Darth Maul 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2018
Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Star Wars - Emperor Palpatine 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2018
Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Star Wars - Stormtroopers 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2019
Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Star Wars - BB8 and D-O 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2019
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Star Wars - Lando Calrissian 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2020
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2020
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Cinderella 70th Anniversary 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2020
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Harry Potter 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2020
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Albus Dumbledore 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2020
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Czech Lion 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · 10 DOLLARS · 2021
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Beauty and the Beast 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2021
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Lord of the Rings - Sauron 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2021
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Lord of the Rings - Gandalf 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2021
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Frodo Baggins 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2021
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Hermione Granger 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2021
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Lord Voldemort 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2021
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Dobby the House Elf 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2021
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Star Wars - Anakin Skywalker 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II NIUE 25 DOLLARS 2021
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Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Star Wars - Emperor Palpatine: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeGold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz), Movie Characters
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value25 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage1,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size22.000 mm
Mass7.780 g
OCC IDDKLM-EMKC-PLBW-ENZB
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