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 rectangular coin (silver bar) is part of New Zealand Mint collection dedicated to characters and themes from the Star Wars series of movies, and features the iconic scene from Star Wars where Han Solo is frozen in Carbonite.
The Mint says about it:
This is a unique 3oz pure silver coin engraved with one of the greatest heroes of the Rebellion, Han Solo, frozen in carbonite. The coin has been shaped like a bar to accommodate a full-length version of the frozen Han as he appeared in the 1980 movie Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. An antique finish has been applied to enhance the detail.
Officially licensed and legal tender, you will find the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Lucasfilm copyright on the opposite side of the coin. Both coins also have an antique finish to enhance the detail. Each coin arrives nestled in black velvet inside a Star Wars-branded box. A window in the box allows easy display of this magnificent memento. A Certificate of Authenticity is provided on the reverse of the box along with the serial number for the coin inside.