Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tiny Pacific isle of Niue Gets Luke Skywalker on its Currency

The legendary

Star Wars film series

- which has influenced literature, music, toys and popular culture for decades - will soon make its first appearance on legal tender.

But the 2000 residents of Niue, which uses New Zealand currency, will be the only people allowed to use the $NZ2 coin as legitimate money.

With an actual value of more than $100, and made of silver worth $40 alone, the coins are unlikely to be seen down at the local shops.

"You wouldn't want to go and spend them because they're only worth $2 but the value is much more than that," New Zealand Mint Vice President of USA Operations Chris Kirkness told Fairfax New Zealand.

"No one is going to go buy an ice cream with them."