Purple Coin

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This article is about the collectible item from the Super Mario Galaxy games. For the purple Banana Coins from Donkey Kong 64, see Banana Coin. For the purple-colored coins from Mario Hoops 3-on-3, see Slot Coin. For the purple-colored coins from Super Mario Odyssey, see Regional coin. For the purple-colored coins from Super Mario Bros. Wonder, see Flower coin.
Purple Coin
Purple Coin
A Purple Coin from Super Mario Galaxy
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)

Purple Coins are special coins that first appear in Super Mario Galaxy. They appear in the major galaxies only when a Purple Comet is in orbit of a galaxy. Unlike regular coins, these coins do not restore any of the player's health or refill the air gauge while underwater. They later appear in Super Mario Run as a special collectible in stages after the player completes the Pink Coin Challenge.


Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Luigi's Purple Coins. To see the reverse side, go to File:8-bit Mario and Luigi Planet.png
The Purple Coin challenge in Toy Time Galaxy

In Super Mario Galaxy, the player always needs to collect 100 Purple Coins to make a Power Star appear. In missions with a time limit, the Purple Coins are sometimes set along a linear path; additionally, once the Power Star appears, it has to be grabbed before the remaining time runs out. Other times, more than 100 Purple Coins are scattered in a big area, and the player has to explore every area and figure out the best path to collect the required 100.

There are two Purple Coin missions that are not activated by a Purple Comet: One is in the Gateway Galaxy, and another is in the Grand Finale Galaxy.

All of the timed Purple Coin missions have background music that contains parts from Gusty Garden Galaxy's theme. The Purple Coin missions of the Battlerock Galaxy and Dreadnought Galaxy have the same music, even though the missions do not have time limits; this is because Mario collects Purple Coins set in a linear path while riding on moving platforms, and he cannot get any coins left behind since the platforms do not backtrack. However, the platforms in the latter mission respawn.

While underwater, in Flying Mario form, or in Bee Mario form, Mario can spin next to Purple Coins to attract them to him and automatically collect them.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Mario collecting Purple Coins in Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Mario collects Purple Coins in Tall Trunk Galaxy.

Purple Coins reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They still appear in comet missions but with a small change: The timer stops once the requirements are met. In the Rolling Coaster Galaxy, a Purple Coin is in a purple-colored Star Ball. In this game, Player 2 can collect Purple Coins for Player 1 along with regular coins.

Super Mario Run[edit]

In Super Mario Run, a Purple Coin appears as a type of color coin. Purple Coins replace Pink Coins after all five of them are collected in a level and are positioned in slightly more difficult-to-reach places. Each Purple Coin is worth ten coins, which are added towards the player's coin total at the end of the level. After all five Purple Coins are collected, they are replaced by Black Coins. When Mario collects all the Purple Coins, a Purple Coin Pipe appears, granting access to the level Piranha Plant Field.

Super Mario Galaxy trading card description[edit]


Purple Coins are special coins that only appear when a Purple Comet is in orbit of a galaxy. Mario must travel to each of these galaxies, collecting 100 purple coins in each one in order to reveal the Power Star that is hidden there.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パープルコイン
Pāpuru Koin
Purple Coin

Chinese (simplified) 紫色硬币
Zǐsè Yìngbì
Purple Coin

Chinese (traditional) 紫金幣
Zǐ Jīnbì
Purple Coin

Dutch Paarse munt
Purple coin
French Pièce violette
Purple coin
German Lila Münze
Purple Coin
Italian Moneta viola
Purple coin
Korean 퍼플코인
Peopeul Koin
Purple Coin

Portuguese Moeda roxa
Purple coin
Russian Фиолетовая монетка
Fioletovaya monetka
Little purple coin

Spanish Moneda morada (Super Mario Run)
Moneda púrpura
Purple coin


Purple Coins in Peach's Castle
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