Featured Note of the Month

Posted on 6/19/2018

Official Star Wars note released by the New Zealand Mint contains an image of Darth Vader.

2018 Niue 1 Dollar, Star Wars "A New Hope", front
PMG graded 70 Gem Uncirculated
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2018 Niue 1 Dollar, Star Wars "A New Hope", back
PMG graded 70 Gem Uncirculated
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Country: Niue
Catalog Number: This note is not officially listed in any catalog at this time.
Date: 2018 (officially released in April 2018)
Denomination: $1.00
Print Run: 50,000
Weight: 5 grams
Metal: .999 Fine Silver
Dimensions: 150mm x 70mm

What makes it special? In the last few months, PMG has seen an influx of metal notes, sometimes in gold, but often in silver. This note is a truly stunning piece, marrying numismatics to the modern epic of Star Wars. The back of the note features the iconic effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, while the front shows a color image of Darth Vader wielding his light saber on the left and a black and white scene of him with Princess Leia on the right. These notes are official Star Wars notes produced by the New Zealand Mint.

Why is it interesting now? June has many special holidays and a very important one is Father’s Day. Here at PMG the first dad on a bank note that we thought of was the Sith Lord himself: Darth Vader. It’s true that he might not be the galaxy’s best father. After all, he choked his pregnant wife and, after childbirth, continually tried to kill his two children… Let’s be honest, we all have flaws, and no parent is perfect. However, Darth Vader does right in the end. You can find him consistently at the top of Father’s Day lists everywhere you look. We couldn’t agree more. Happy Father’s Day, Anakin!

Did you know? This note is legal tender inside the island nation of Niue. Also, did you know that James Earl Jones was (only) paid $7,000 (or about $29,650 after inflation) for his stunning voice over work in Star Wars: A New Hope?

Total graded by PMG: 100 notes

PMG median grade: The median grade for these notes is 70. PMG has graded 58 in 70 and 34 in 69, with the lowest grade coming in at 67.

PMG highest graded: 70. These notes grade higher due to the note being made from silver.

Sales highlights: You can find this note raw for around $40 (USD), and around $90 (USD) in a PMG 70 holder.

PMG Registry: Currently this note isn’t offered in any Competitive Sets in the PMG Registry. If you would like to see this series in the PMG Registry, feel free to contact registry@PMGnotes.com or you can personalize your own set within the Signature Set.


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