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Star Wars 40th Anniversary Special Coins to Be Released by Royal Mint on July 10; Here's How To Get It

Filmmaker George Lucas's creative vision was brought to life in these coins through a collab between coin designer Ffion Gwillim and The Walt Disney Company.
Cover Image Source: The Royal Mint
Cover Image Source: The Royal Mint

It's been four decades since the iconic words, "a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away," first graced cinema screens, introducing us to the unforgettable universe of Star Wars. The original Star Wars trilogy holds a special place in the hearts of fans worldwide, and to mark the 40th anniversary of the third installment, "Return of the Jedi," The Royal Mint Experience in Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taf has announced the release of four commemorative coins, per BBC News.

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Image Source: The Royal Mint

A Numismatic Tribute to Star Wars

The Royal Mint, known for producing coins with historical significance, is paying homage to the beloved Star Wars franchise by featuring some of its most iconic characters on official UK coins for the first time ever. The collection is expected to be a massive hit among both numismatists and Star Wars enthusiasts.

Coin Designs and Collaboration

The designs of these special coins were brought to life through a collaboration between experienced coin designer Ffion Gwillim and The Walt Disney Company in association with American moviemaker George Lucas's creative vision. By blending traditional minting techniques with state-of-the-art technology, The Royal Mint has been able to vividly portray the lovable droids, R2-D2, and C-3PO on the coins.

Image Source: The Royal Mint
Image Source: The Royal Mint

One of the standout features of the first coin in the collection is the ingenious lenticular technology, which allows both Luke Skywalker's home planet, Tatooine, and the Rebel Alliance Starbird logo to be visible when the coin is tilted in the light. This dynamic effect adds an extra layer of artistry to the already stunning designs.

The Characters Featured

The first coin showcases the beloved droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO, aboard the iconic Millennium Falcon. The other coins in the collection will include characters such as Darth Vader, the formidable Sith Lord; Emperor Palpatine, the sinister orchestrator; Luke Skywalker, the valiant hero; Princess Leia, the fearless leader; Han Solo, the charming smuggler, and his loyal co-pilot, Chewbacca.

A Numismatic Sensation

Coins have long been a cherished collectible in the UK, and this new Star Wars collection is expected to become a sensation among avid collectors and enthusiasts alike. The combination of the beloved Star Wars characters, historic significance, and innovative minting techniques is anticipated to make these coins highly sought after worldwide.

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A Celebration of 40 Years of Legacy

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi holds a special place in the hearts of fans, as it concludes the original trilogy on an epic note. The film released 40 years ago, left an indelible mark on popular culture. With this commemorative coin collection, The Royal Mint pays tribute to the timeless legacy of the Star Wars franchise.

Rebecca Morgan, the Director of Collector Services at The Royal Mint, expressed her delight about the launch of this exceptional collection, stating, "We are delighted to launch an out-of-this-world collection to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi'. We are excited to enthuse new and existing coin collectors across the world, as well as Star Wars' thriving fan base both in the United Kingdom and internationally, with the launch of this collection."

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Collectible Treasures from a Galaxy Far, Far Away

As the 40th-anniversary celebration unfolds, fans, collectors, and enthusiasts eagerly await the release of these limited-edition Star Wars coins. So, if you're a numismatist or a Star Wars devotee who wants to own a tangible piece of the Star Wars universe as a reminder of the extraordinary journey that began in 1977, head over to the Royal Mint website on July 10, 2023, at 9 am. You will be able to get your hands on the first coin in the collection which will become available from that time.