08/11/2011 09:06 am ET | Updated Oct 11, 2011

Star Wars Next Sequel? Pacific Island Coins

The down on its luck Pacific island state of Niue, a former tourist hotspot, is hoping the force will be strong its latest money making endeavor, a set of coins depicting Luke Skywalker that will be marketed to nerds abroad.

Niue, which locals refer to simply as "the Rock," sits in warm water about 1,550 miles northeast of New Zealand and has seen much of its populations disappeared since the mid-60s. The population of the island, a little over 1,200 people, voted to make the Star Wars legal tender in order to raise money for their government.

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