2023 UK Darth Vader™ and Emperor Palpatine™ 50p coin design

Take a look at what makes the Dark Side so appealing…

So much thought and effort go into making coins the miniature works of art they are and designers will often include details for eagle-eyed collectors or knowing fans.

That’s true of the brand-new UK Darth Vader 50p. The coin, which features Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, carries an authentic depiction of the two iconic villains, but the designer goes beyond that.

Click on the points below to learn more about the coin’s design and the Star Wars universe that inspired it.

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The UK Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine 50p coin is available in a range of different specifications. Click on the points below to find out more about each one.

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RELEASED TODAY: OFFICIAL UK STAR WARS™ 50ps 

The first UK Star WarsTM coin collection has been released today to celebrate 40 years since the release of Return of the Jedi in 1983. 

The Star Wars franchise is a worldwide phenomenon, and despite being the brainchild of American movie maker, George Lucas, the Star Wars franchise has many links to British Heritage and the United Kingdom.  

The coins have been specially produced in partnership with The Royal Mint, Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm to create something extremely special for Star Wars’ fans and coin collectors alike

The first design features none other than R2-D2TM and C-3POTM, with both characters inside the Millennium Falcon, the famous starship that has played a role in some of the greatest victories of the Rebel Alliance and the New Republic.  

R2-D2TM and C-3POTM are the first to feature on the four-coin collection, with the other coins in the series also including other iconic duos including, Darth VaderTM and Emperor PalpetineTM, Luke SkywalkerTM and Princess LeiaTM, and Han SoloTM and ChewbaccaTM all with stunning designs that capture the true essence of the films.  

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Each coin is available in superior Brilliant Uncirculated Quality, or strictly limited Silver Proof Quality.  

But it is the Silver coin that is especially unique, featuring the addition of vivid colour. This is a process that allows George Lucas’ iconic duos to be faithfully reproduced as accurately as possible.  

What’s more, the silver coin has been limited to just 12,500 worldwide. When you consider the number of coin collectors who will want this 50p coin, alongside the number of Star Wars fans that will too, demand will likely exceed availability.  

Finally, each of the coins in the series also has an intricate detail you may have missed – a lenticular feature. When the coin is tilted, two intricate symbols are revealed for Tatooine and the Rebel Alliance Starbird. Not only does this enhance the design, but it is also a favourite amongst coin collectors.  

Whether you choose the Brilliant Uncirculated coins, or the Silver Proof version, rest assured all coins have been beautifully packaged as the perfect piece of memorabilia.  

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By opting into the Westminster Collection Star Wars Priority Lists, you can automatically receive the next coins in the series without the hassle! 

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UPDATE: STAR WARS™ UK 50p COINS

UPDATE: The Royal Proclamation has now been released, so we know a little bit more information about the reverse designs – they will feature depictions of:

  • R2-D2 and C-3PO
  • Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine
  • Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia
  • Han Solo and Chewbacca

All of the reverse designs will also include the inscription ‘STAR WARS’ and feature Martin Jennings’ UK King Charles III effigy on the obverse.


Today, the FIRST EVER UK Star Wars 50p coin has been announced as part of a brand-new four-coin collection.

The original Star Wars™ trilogy helped create an all-encompassing fictional universe that has since amassed one of the largest fan bases in the world. 

Whilst details about the designs are still top secret, we do know that the coins will feature Martin Jennings’ UK King Charles III effigy on the obverse.

So, don’t miss out on being the first to hear more about these Star Wars™ coins, including the designs and when you can get your hands on them.

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