from the does-george-lucas-get-a-cut? dept
The islands of the South Pacific have some odd views on currency. In the past, we've discussed how the Island of Yap famously used massive immovable stones as its currency. And now the island of Niue is prepared to recognize collectible Star Wars coins as official currency. Of course, the whole thing seems more like a publicity stunt by the New Zealand Mint, which is making these coins. They're still being sold at collectible prices -- meaning coins with a face value of $1 (New Zealand) will actually sell for $23.50 NZ. So even as they'll be recognized as legal currency in Niue (but not New Zealand), it seems unlikely that anyone will use them as such, as their face value will be significantly below their market value.