The Perth Mint of Australia has launched a new officially licensed coin series which features famous captains and starships from Star Trek. The first two coins feature Captain James T. Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 from Star Trek The Original Series.
Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek debuted in 1966, and ran for three seasons until 1969. Set in the future, the science fiction series followed the 23rd century adventures of Captain James Tiberius Kirk and the Constitution-class starship U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, a powerful interstellar spacecraft dispatched by the Earth-based Starfleet Command to explore the galaxy. Since its debut, Star Trek has developed into a cultural phenomenon with a range of spinoff television series and a number of feature films being released over the past five decades.
The reverse design of the first coin features an image of actor William Shatner in his role as the Captain James T. Kirk. The background includes a representation of the U.S.S. Enterprise and the inscription “CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK”.
The reverse design of the second coin is representative of the United Federation of Planets logo and includes a color image of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 flying through space as it appeared in the original Star Trek television series. The inscriptions include “STAR TREK THE ORIGINAL SERIES U.S.S. ENTERPRISE NCC-1701”.
The obverse of each coin includes the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with inscriptions including the monetary denomination and 2015 date. The coins are issued as legal tender under the authority of the government of Tuvalu.
Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality with a diameter of 40.60 mm. The maximum mintage for each coin is 6,500 pieces. From this amount, 5,000 are offered within individual packaging with the remaining 1,500 offered within a two coin set.
When packaged individually, the coins are presented within a Star Trek inspired case with an illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
When packaged as a two coin set, the case is designed to look like a Star Trek transporter. The Captain Kirk coin sits inside and when the ‘door’ of the Transporter is opened, a light comes on so that the Captain appears to be teleporting. The Enterprise coin sits on top of the case in its own compartment which also lights up. The two coin set also comes with an illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
For additional information on the Captain James T. Kirk and U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 coins or to place an order, please visit the Perth Mint product page.
The ten coin Star Trek Commemorative Coin series will include five captains and five starship or space station coins from Star Trek The Original Series, Star Trek The Next Generation, Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Voyager, and Star Trek Enterprise. The forthcoming releases will feature Deep Space 9 and Captain Benjamin Sisko, U.S.S. Enterprise 1701D and Captain Jean-Luc Picard, U.S.S. Voyager and Captain Kathryn Janeway, Enterprise NX-01 and Captain Jonathan Archer & Ships.
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