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. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes, or are based on the troy ounce - for example, three ounces of silver (abbreviated as 3 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum).
This coin is part of a New Zealand Mint series featuring characters and themes from the Star Wars movie saga, and shows Darth Vader.
The Mint says about it:
Darth Vader returns on this monumental coin. Packed with iconic imagery of the villainous Vader in a visually stunning montage on 3oz silver. Numerous renditions of the Sith Lord embellish the face of the coin, along with the use of numerous minting techniques. The main image is a powerful rendition of Darth wielding his Lightsaber alongside a striking silhouette bearing his name. Some of the details on the coin are raised and frosted, others are incused and glossed for contrast. Colour printing has also been incorporated to add further interest to this incredible memento. A simple, stark effigy of Queen Elizabeth II has been added to the obverse, to confirm it as legal tender.
This pure silver coin is exclusively licensed by Lucasfilm Ltd. A Certificate of Authenticity is printed on the back of the compact collector’s box that has been lined with black velvet and encases this timeless collectible. The coin’s unique number in the 2,000 mintage is also been added there.