Luke Skywalker Island Minted

The tiny South Pacific nation of Niue, population 1311, will soon be accepting Star Wars coins as legal tender. Each coin will be minted with a fully colored image of Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, C-3PO or other famous face from the Star Wars universe on one side, with a mug of Queen Elizabeth on the other, according to the New Zealand Mint. Collectors all around the world can buy the coins, but only people on the island of Niue, known as “the Rock of Polynesia,” will be able to use it as real cash. Though self-governing, Niue is in free association with New Zealand, and lacks full sovereignty. All Niueans are are New Zealand citizens and Queen Elizabeth II is Niue’s head of state.


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