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Jabba the Hutt $1 Silver-Plated Coin by the New Zealand Mint

December 16, 2014

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The New Zealand Mint puts out a variety of commemorative coins featuring pop culture characters, and in 2011-2012 they had a line of Star Wars coins. I knew there was supposed to be a Jabba, and I checked the website for it occasionally, but never saw anything but the Millennium Falcon and Darth Vader boxed sets. I never saw the individual coins come up there, and since the Star Wars series is no longer even on their site, I thought that maybe it had never been released. But I recently found this on eBay, and thankfully it was relatively reasonable (about $20). There’s also a gold-plated version, but as that’s several times the price I’m passing for the moment. According to the back of the package, they put out 50,000 of these.

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The coin features Jabba the Hutt and Queen Elizabeth (she’s the one on the right above…). I’m not sure how the color part is printed on the coin, but it’s a bit fancier than just a sticker. Also, the “Jabba the Hutt” name appears to be part of the coin itself, so it’s not as though every coin is identical with the exception of the colored area. It’s a nice looking coin with a fair amount of weight to it, but I don’t entirely understand the appeal of this kind of product.

Despite being put out by The New Zealand Mint, these issued by the tiny island country of Niue.

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  1. December 17, 2014 10:59 am

    I’m glad they did a Jabba one. I picked up the Millennium Falcon case with four character coins (not the silver ones) for about 60 Euros. They are quite nice.

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