R2-D2 Star Wars Classic 1 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2016

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Fourth Silver coin in the new “Star Wars Classic” series featuring R2-D2 depicted like in Star Wars: A New Hope. The coin is presented in branded coin case and themed outer packaging. Limited mintage to 10.000 pieces worldwide.

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Specifications
Country Niue
Year 2016
Face Value 2 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 31.1 (1 oz)
Diameter (mm) 40
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 10.000
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
 
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R2-D2
R2-D2 or Artoo-Detoo is a fictional robot character in the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas, who appears in the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, and the sequel trilogy. As a charismatic and mischievous astromech droid (referred to in the novel as a 'thermocapsulary dehousing assister'), R2-D2 is a major character appearing with his protocol droid companion, C-3PO, as the only two characters to appear in all seven Star Wars films. Throughout the course of the films, he joins or supports Padmé Amidala, Anakin Skywalker, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, and Obi-Wan Kenobi in various points in the saga. English actor Kenny Baker played R2-D2 in all three original Star Wars films, and received billing credit for the character in the prequel trilogy, where Baker's role was reduced, as R2-D2 was portrayed mainly by radio controlled props and CGI models. In the sequel trilogy, Baker was credited as consultant for the first installment, while actor Jimmy Vee will take over the role beginning in Episode VIII. R2-D2's sounds and vocal effects were created by Ben Burtt. R2-D2 was designed in artwork by Ralph McQuarrie, co-developed by John Stears and built by Tony Dyson.

 
Design

This coin features R2-D2 being sold by the Jawas to Luke Skywalker and his step-uncle Owen Lars in Star Wars: A New Hope. On the right of the reverse side, the inscriptions: “Lucasfilm Ltd.” and “1 Oz 999 Fine Silver” – the weight and the fineness of the Silver. The coin's obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the issue year: “2016”, the issue country: “Niue” and the face value: “Two Dollars”.

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