Silver Five Grams 2020 Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Five Grams 2020 Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Five Grams 2020 Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back

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, bullion and collector coins under the authority of Niue. These coins are dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to Niue itself.

This 5g Silver Coin Note is part of a New Zealand Mint series of small silver foils, and marks the 40th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back.

The Empire Strikes Back, also known as "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" was released in 1980, the second release in the series (the first three episodes came later, as "prequels").

MintNew Zealand Mint Mint MarkNew Zealand Mint Total Mintage1,980
Obverse
Niue / Silver Five Grams 2020 Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back - 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 ONE DOLLAR 2020.

The background is patterned with the logo of the New Zealand Mint: NEW ZEALAND MINT on two lines, above which the stars of the Southern Cross constellation.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II NIUE ONE DOLLAR 2020
Reverse
Niue / Silver Five Grams 2020 Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back - reverse photo

The reverse is in full colour and shows the movie poster for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.

In a cartouche above right, 40 below which THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, and the silhouettes of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader fighting with their lightsabers.

Below left, the copyright acknowledgement; © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd.; below right, in the style of a banknote serial number, the coin's unique serial number.

Reverse Inscription THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof, coloured.
Packaging: in two-coin set only.

Issued in Set
Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary, mintage 1,980
2 coins: Silver Ounce 2020 Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back, Silver Five Grams 2020 Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back
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Silver Five Grams 2020 Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Five Grams
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage1,980
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRectangle
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size70.0 x 150.0 mm
Mass5.000 g
OCC IDRWKZ-EJNC-WWNV-EXGL
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