How crazy is this? The South Pacific island state of Niue is actually going to issue coinsemblazoned with Star Wars characters on one side and Queen Elizabeth II on the other. Who on earth is going to ever use these coins to buy a Coke?
New Zealand Mint will be producing the coins and it'll come in sets of four, with each containing one ounce of silver. Retail price on these usable geek coins? About $382.
As legal tender, the coins will have a face value of NZ$2 (£1), but the silver content in each is worth considerably more than that.
The coins are obviously targeted at collectors who must have every piece of merchandise George Lucas can have Star Wars stamped on. Still, the people of Niue at least have something to brag about now.
Only 40 sets will be printed for now, but more are scheduled for 2014.