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2023 Star Wars R2-D2 And C-3PO Fifty Pence Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

UK23R2BU 2023 Star Wars R2-D2 And C-3PO Fifty Pence Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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SHIPPING NOW! Limited edition Star Wars 50p coins! The Royal Mint has joined forces with Lucasfilm Ltd to bring the iconic space opera series to UK coinage for the very first time. The first coin in this exciting new series shows the endearing duo of R2-D2 and C-3PO, with this version being the brilliant uncirculated 50p. BU coins are better than the ordinary circulation pieces, being struck twice during production to give a superior finish. The first Star Wars film, retrospectively called 'Episode IV - A New Hope', was released in 1977 and was the brainchild of the celebrated filmmaker, George Lucas. The sci-fi duo made their first appearance in this film and they reappeared in all but one of the following feature length movies, spanning a period of over 42 years. The British association with the Star Wars series is strong, with scenes of the movies being shot in the UK and British actors and actresses taking a prominent role in the cast. R2-D2 and C-3PO are no exception, being played by English actors Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels respectively. On the reverse you'll see the pair of them together with a special lenticular feature depicting the Rebel Alliance Starbird and the planet Tatooine, a design which has been officially approved by Lucasfilm Ltd. This is paired with Martin Jennings' portrait of King Charles III, who came to the throne on the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Each coin weighs a total of 8.00 grams, has a diameter of 27.30 millimetres and is issued in the original slipcase packaging as standard. Included in our price is free delivery to all UK addresses.
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Brilliant uncirculated Star 50p showing the droid duo of C-3PO and R2-D2 in special themed coin sleeve.

Obverse

Martin Jennings engraving of HM King Charles III who came to the throne in 2022. Legend: 'CHARLES III · D · G · REX F · D · 50 PENCE · 2023 ·'.

Reverse

The reverse design shows C-3PO and R2-D2 beside each other, with a lenticular above them and 'STAR WARS' below.

Specification

Brilliant uncirculated cupronickel coin. Weight: 8.00 grams. Diameter of 27.30 millimetres. Face value: 50p / Fifty Pence.

Presentation

New collectable coin offered in Star Wars themed coin sleeve, which is the original packaging from The Royal Mint. Limited edition presentation.

What Star Wars Coins Can I Buy?

A wide range of different coin types are available in this exciting Royal Mint series. Proof editions in gold and silver can be purchased as well as a brilliant uncirculated Fifty Pence, giving collectors of all budgets ample choice to select from.

Character duos are the theme of these highly collectable coins, with the first edition showing the comical droid pairing of R2-D2 and C-3PO. Other duos which are depicted in this highly anticipated coin series are the antagonist Sith lords of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, heroic twins Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia and the thorns to the Empire forces, Han Solo and Chewbacca.

The R2-D2 and C-3PO Star Wars coins are available in the following metals and finishes:

Star Wars Coin Edition Limit Our Price
50p Gold Proof R2-D2 and C-3PO 200 £1,220.00
50p Silver Proof R2-D2 and C-3PO 12,500 £70.00
50p BU Base Metal R2-D2 and C-3PO Unlimited £11.00
1oz Gold Proof £100 R2-D2 and C-3PO 250 £2,770.00
1/4oz Gold Proof £25 R2-D2 and C-3PO 500 £750.00
5oz Silver Proof £10 R2-D2 and C-3PO 350 £0.00
2oz Silver Proof £5 R2-D2 and C-3PO 750 £0.00
1oz Silver Proof £2 R2-D2 and C-3PO 3,000 £102.50

A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far, Far Away

The Star Wars series has become a cultural phenomenon since its inception in 1977. Inspired by filmmaker George Lucas, it evolved from the eponymous 1977 film to become a multi-billion dollar media franchise, including video games, novels, animated television series and theme park attractions.

A total of eleven films have been released so far in the Star Wars franchise, with more in the pipeline. Astonishingly, all nine films in the 'Skywalker Saga' were nominated for Academy Awards, with 'Episode IV' and 'Episode V' taking several wins respectively. A full list of the films released so far is shown below:

  • Episode IV: A New Hope - 1977
  • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back - 1980
  • Episode VI: Return of the Jedi - 1983
  • Episode I: The Phantom Menace - 1999
  • Episode II: Attack of the Clones - 2002
  • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - 2005
  • Episode VII: The Force Awakens - 2015
  • Episode VIII: The Last Jedi - 2017
  • Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker - 2019
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - 2016
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story - 2018

Altogether, the Star Wars multimedia franchise has garnered over $51.8 billion in revenue (£40.75 billion) around cinema, merchandise, home entertainment, video games and book sales, making it one of the most financially successful brands in history.

Star Wars Droids Coin Design 

These coins are some of the very few Royal Mint coins to feature an officially licensed design on the reverse (tails) side. It's authorised by Lucasfilm Ltd, the company holding the trademark behind R2-D2 and C-3P0, showing the sci-fi droids side-by-side inside the Millennium Falcon. 

A disturbance in the Mint: 2023 Star Wars coins from the UK's Royal Mint feature a special lenticular security image which alternately shows the planet Tatooine and the Rebel Alliance Starbird depending on the angle the coin is viewed.

In the Star Wars space opera, a 'droid' is a robot possessing some degree of artificial intelligence. C-3PO is a protocol droid who mainly specialises in aiding communication, being able to speak fluently in over six million languages. On the other hand, R2-D2 is an astromech droid, being generally used for the repair and maintenance of spacecraft. British actors Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels originally played R2-D2 and C-3PO respectively.

Who Produced Star Wars?

George Lucas is one of the most celebrated film writers and producers of all time, as well as one of the most financially successful. As well as being the inspiration behind the Star Wars collection, he was also responsible for the Indiana Jones franchise as well as the American Graffiti and THX 1138 films.

He set up his own production company, Lucasfilm Limited, in 1971. 41 years later and several highly successful film franchises later, he sold the company to The Walt Disney Company in a $4.05 billion deal, bringing his official filmmaking career to an end. A new trilogy of Star Wars films was procured as a result of this move, enabling another generation to be enthralled by the stories long ago in a galaxy far, far away. Today, Lucas still contributes to certain film productions in a consultative role.

Collectable Star Wars Coins

The Royal Mint has previously released coin series based on multimedia franchises, most notably the Harry Potter '25 Years of Magic' collection, the Beatrix Potter series and the Winnie the Pooh coins. Adding to the collectibility of these forthcoming Star Wars coins are the four different designs to collect and the lower issue limits when compared to previous Royal Mint coin collections.

This is a first for the Royal Mint in that they've commissioned a coin series which isn't distinctively British, but we anticipate this exciting Star Wars venture will prove popular given the success of previous Royal Mint collections.

Many editions in this highly anticipated series also have very low edition presentation limits, particularly the gold proof coins. If you're looking for a bigger coin to appreciate the engraving work of R2-D2 and C-3PO then the 5oz silver proof will be the perfect choice, and if you would rather have a more eye-catching coin the coloured silver proof Fifty pence is an excellent option.

These aren't the first Star Wars products manufactured and marketed by The Royal Mint. In 2019, the Mint sold BU Star Wars medallions in cupro-nickel housed in an informative display folder, alongside a set of official stamps from the Royal Mail. However, they weren't officially coins and didn't carry a monetary value.

Sell Star Wars Coins

If you're looking to sell your Star Wars coins then look no further than The Britannia Coin Company. We're industry experts and will pay top prices for your coins. Have a look at our 'Sell Your Coins' page for more information or you're more than welcome to get in contact with us for a friendly conversation. You can even pop into our showroom in Royal Wootton Bassett during working hours - no appointment required.

Frequently Asked Questions

There's four different designs in The Royal Mint's Star Wars Collection, with each design being available in eight different coins. This gives a total of 32 coins.

The reverse (tails) designs on The Royal Mint's Star Wars coins are R2-D2 and C-3PO, Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, and Han Solo and Chewbacca.

Certain proof editions of the UK Star Wars coins are likely to prove particularly rare because they have very low issue limits. This is the case for the gold proof coins and the larger silver proof coins.

Royal Mint Star Wars coins from the UK are approved and licensed by Lucasfilm Ltd and are official Star Wars™ collectables.

All the 2023 UK Star Wars coins will have Martin Jennings' portrait of King Charles III on the obverse (heads) side.

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