New Zealand Mint to Produce Yu-Gi-Oh! Coins That Are Legal Tender

March 1, 2016 at 7:20 am | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba shocked that he can read the ancient Egyptian text on the Winged Dragon of Ra card in episode 95

Seto Kaiba just became a little happier because this summer, everyone will be able to make purchases using coins that have his and Yugi’s faces on them.

4K Media (Konami) announced yesterday that it has signed a deal with the New Zealand Mint to produce collectible silver coins engraved with characters, monsters, and designs from the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. The coins will be available for purchase in United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and much of Europe. The best part? These coins will be legal tender… in the Polynesian nation of Niue.

Yes, you will be able to use the Yu-Gi-Oh! coins as cash, but only in Niue, an island nation with just over a thousand people located 1,500 miles northeast of New Zealand. The country has a long-running minting arrangement with the New Zealand Mint that brings additional income to Niue and raises awareness of the tiny nation.

Yu-Gi-Oh! collectible coins design mock-up from the New Zealand Mint

The New Zealand Mint, despite its name, is a privately owned mint and does not produce coins used in the currency of New Zealand (the New Zealand dollar). It has released collectible coins featuring brands like Disney, Doctor Who, Pokemon, and Star Wars. And yes, those coins are all accepted as legal tender in Niue as well.

Niue, by the way, uses the New Zealand dollar as its official currency. The collectible coins are not really meant to be spent because the value of the precious metal they contain far exceeds their face value.

Additional reading:
Disney coins become legal tender in the island nation of Niue, ABC News (Australia)
Star Wars coins not a purchasing force, Stuff.co.nz

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