New Zealand Mint have added two more striking 1oz silver collectible coins to their Star Wars Ships collection – the iconic T-65 X-Wing Fighter TM and the terrifying TIE/LN Fighter TM. Both coins are coloured and engraved and feature part of the design blueprint for the respective ship. They are each presented in a high-quality inner coin case and Star Wars branded and stylized themed outer box. The Certificate of Authenticity sits within the coin case.
With a worldwide mintage of only 10,000 for each coin, don’t let yours get away! Start or add to your collection today. And if you are going to the D23 EXPO stop by the New Zealand Mint stand to marvel at the level of craftmanship and quality of the Star Wars coins on display!
T-65 X-Wing Fighter
When it comes to Star Wars, one of the things you can’t help but think of is the is the iconic T-65 X-Wing Fighter used by Luke Skywalker to destroy the Death Star –.
The X-wing’s power and size could be intimidating to new pilots. However, most pilots found the fighters gratifyingly responsive to their commands. Luke Skywalker used skills honed flying the T-16 skyhopper through Tatooine’s canyons to great effect.
A versatile Rebel Alliance starfighter that balances speed with firepower, it is armed with four laser cannons and two proton torpedo launchers found on either side of its fuselage. The rebel pilots relied on proton torpedoes to penetrate the ray-shielded thermal exhaust port that was the Death Star’s lone vulnerable point. Onboard targeting computers told the pilots when to fire – though Luke shut off his computer and listened to the Force instead.
The flight surfaces of an X-wing are also called S-foils. During battle, the S-foils spread open to form the distinctive split-winged X shape, which provides a broader field of fire for the laser cannons mounted on each tip.
Nimble engines give the X-wing an edge during dogfights, and a shield generator protects it from laser fire – a feature that gives it an advantage over the Empire’s unshielded TIE fighter. The socket behind the X-wing’s cockpit accommodates an astromech droid. During flight, the droid can calculate hyperspace jumps and perform simple repairs. All in all, the X-wing can take on anything the Empire throws at it!
Unforgettable symbols of the Imperial fleet, TIE/LN Fighters were carried aboard Star Destroyers and battle stations. They were single-pilot vehicles designed for fast-paced dogfights with Rebel X-wings and other starfighters. The terrifying roar of a TIE/LN’s engines would strike fear into the hearts of all enemies of the Empire.
These Fighters played many roles within the Imperial fleet: conducting reconnaissance for Star Destroyers, serving as sentry ships for the Death Star and patrolling the skies of Imperial worlds.
As they lacked shields and tough armour, they depended on manoeuvrability and their pilots’ skill for effectiveness in combat. Their lack of defences made flying one a dangerous calling, but TIE pilots took a perverse pride in the flaws of their craft. They saw the ability to fly a TIE effectively as the sign of true ability for a pilot.
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