"Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. It's continuing mission, To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before."
These words changed the landscape of Science Fiction nearly half a century ago, and continues to inspire legions of fans across the world. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of Star Trek: The Original Series. To celebrate this event The Royal Canadian Mint, under license by CBS Consumer Products, is launching an impressive collection of eleven coins all dedicated to the iconic series.
At an event hosted by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum William Shatner himself unveiled a silver $10 coin bearing the image of Captain James T. Kirk commander of U.S.S. Enterprise, and the character that he made famous.
Sandra Hanington, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint, had the following to say about the series :
“For 50 years, Star Trek captured the imagination of countless fans by entertaining us while opening our eyes to the possibilities of science and the wonders of our vast universe. The Mint is proud to celebrate a cultural phenomenon that has carved a space in the hearts and minds of Canadians and fellow Star Trek fans all over Planet Earth.”
The first set of coins will be four 1/2oz silver coins entitled STAR TREK™: THE CHARACTERS AND THE TECHNOLOGY. This series of four coins celebrates some of the most iconic Star Trek characters, paired with some of the technology made famous by the show. This set will feature:
- James T Kirk and USS Enterprise coin.
- Scotty and Communicator
- Communications Officer Uhura and Tricorder
- Mr. Spock and Phaser
View our full review of this set by clicking here
The second set is entitled “STAR TREK™: CLASSIC SCENES” and consists of three 1oz silver coins. The set captures classic scenes from the most popular episodes of the original series. These will be :
- City on the Edge of Forever
- Mirror Mirror
- The Trouble with Tribbles
More on this set here
The four remaining coins will all be standalone issues. The first of these is a 1oz silver $20 coin dedicated to the USS Enterprise.
The second is a smaller 1/4oz silver coin forming part of the Canadian Mint's $20 for $20 program, where you can get a $20 pure silver coin for, yes you guessed it, $20.00. This coin also features the Enterprise.
An interesting edition to this release is a colourized 25c coin combined in a set with three Star Trek themed Canada Post stamps in a special printed folder cover.
Lastly but certainly by no means least will be a unique gold $200 coin. This collectors coin will evoke one of the most cherished and recognized emblems of Star Trek™ : the Delta Shield insignia. The STAR TREK™: DELTA COIN will be the world's first ever delta shaped coin.
The delta coin review by WNN can be found here
Each of these coins will be featured in greater detail in their own posts on this site, or you can head over to the Royal Canadian Mint's website to learn more.