|Coin||Silver 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").
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.
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.
||THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
Finish: proof, coloured.
Packaging: in two-coin set only.