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Niue Beskar Bar - No Queen Elizabeth?

 
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 Posted 08/26/2021  09:28 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add HappyHippo to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I received the Niue beskar bar. One side has the royal crown on it but not the usual portrait of the Queen. I don't think I've ever seen that before. Was there any overt reason for that?
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 Posted 08/26/2021  10:12 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It was probably an aesthetic decision. The portrait may have detracted too much from the fantastical nature of the bar.
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 Posted 08/26/2021  12:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add HappyHippo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wait, I think I might know the answer. The Queen doesn't have jurisdiction in Mandalor. But really, I think you may be correct that is was done for aesthetic reasons. I thought it was required to put the Queen on legal tender, but that is probably not strictly true for the Commonwealth countries.
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 Posted 08/26/2021  6:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The queen being on the obverse of the coins of Britain or other Commonwealth Realms is a convention or tradition, not a law. Each Realm sets its own rules and regulations regarding coinage design.

Some Realms (such as Kiribati and Papua New Guinea) do not use the monarch's portrait at all, unless the coin is commemorating a royal event.

In the case of Niue, we have a "country" that is being used as a flag of convenience; the "real issuer" is the New Zealand Mint, a private mint. The administration of Niue has presumably issued a carte-blanche coin design approval, in exchange for receiving a cut of the profits from sales. Meaning the New Zealand Mint is free to issue "coins" of whatever form, design and theme their marketeers can dream up. Including Star-Wars-themed bullion.
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 Posted 08/26/2021  6:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
To add: I suspect the New Zealand Mint usually puts the Queen's portrait on their products because Australian and New Zealand coin collectors are conditioned to seeing the queen's portrait on coins; a coin-like object looks more like a coin once the portrait is added.

Beskar ingots do not look like coins at all, so adding the portrait won't help matters much. Furthermore, I don't think Australian and New Zealand coin collectors are the main target market here. This one's going global, particularly aimed at the US market.
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 Posted 10/02/2021  02:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Exactly, - a lot of privately minted RUBBISH in the name of Niue lately. I don't pay it no mind.

But an image of the alleged thing may help.
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 Posted 10/02/2021  03:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you Google Image search "Niue Beskar" you'll find plenty of examples. Here's the NZMint web page selling them.

Ten ounces of silver for US$600. Nice markup.
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As a comparison, here's a screenshot from The Mandalorian TV show, featuring the "authentic" ingot these "coins" are based off:

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