Damn! Is the global economy THAT bad!?!
New Zealand is hoping the Force can help their bottom line:
New Zealand Mint is proud to launch one of cinema’s most enduring and beloved franchises, Star Wars, as a legal tender coin set. These coin series will be hugely popular for both Star Wars devotees and coin-collectors alike. This first series is a limited mintage and are quite simply out of this Universe. Don’t deny the Force within you, and get your set today.
At a face value of $2, they're going to sell for much more. You can spend about $400 for a set!
On a tight budget? No worries, you can buy them individually too. Each of the 40 character coins will be going for near $20. So pick a favorite!