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Silver Star Trek Coins from the Royal Canadian Mint on Silver.com
Star Trek fans, affectionately known as Trekkies, are no doubt rejoicing in the release of countless numismatic coin series and individual products throughout 2016. The science-fiction universe created by Gene Roddenberry debuted in 1966 on television, and though it was short-lived at the time, its cult following sustained it in the years to come.
2016 marks the 50th anniversary, and the Royal Canadian Mint is celebrating in grand style with numerous coin releases. Take a walk through the Star Trek universe below, complete with a brief background on the franchise and a look at some of the popular Canadian coins available today on Silver.com.
Star Trek’s Launch
Gene Roddenberry first created the concept of Star Trek in the early 1960s. His original concept and script were picked up for American television and aired for the first time in 1966. Stars of what became known as The Original Series included William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Spock.
Although younger generations that have more recently taken a liking to Star Trek probably don’t realize this, The Original Series was only on the air from 1966 to 1969. The franchise did not gain greater notoriety until The Original Series went into syndication as reruns, which helped build a cult following for the show and generate interest in future projects.
On the back of the popularity of The Original Series, Roddenberry’s small franchise eventually began to grow into a juggernaut. There was a 10-year gap in the franchise’s presence in media, with only a short-lived release of The Animated Series in 1974 and 1975 airing on television.
Beginning in 1979, new momentum would carry Star Trek to heights it had never seen before. From 1979’s release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the 1980s and 1990s would see the release of 8 feature films in the Star Trek franchise, as well as the birth of 4 new television series: The Next Generation (1987-1994), Deep Space Nine (1993-1999), Voyager (1995-2001), and Enterprise (2001-2005). It is the latter group of television series that have been celebrated by the Perth Mint.
A Major Collaboration
The Royal Canadian Mint partnered with CBS to secure the rights to produce both bullion and proof specimens for release in honor of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. All Star Trek bullion and proof coins are TM & (c) 2016 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All rights reserved (MC et © 2016 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK ainsi que les marques et les logos qui s’y rattachent sont des marques de commerce de CBS Studios Inc. Tous droits réservés). Learn more about the series and find Star Trek gear at STARTREK.com.
Individual Silver Coin Releases
The Royal Canadian Mint also struck and released two individual silver coins, one part of a larger Royal Canadian Mint series and one as a standalone option. From the $20 for $20 Series, the 2016 $20 Canadian Silver Star Trek Enterprise Coin focused on the primary starship from the Federation fleet.
In the Star Trek universe, there was one constant across the various series that evolved over time: the U.S.S. Enterprise. This was the central starship in the fleet of the United Federation of Planets. On the reverse face of each 2016 $20 Canadian Silver Star Trek Enterprise Coin you’ll find the image of the U.S.S. Enterprise as it fires its phaser blasters. The Star Trek logo is visible on this face, along with an engraving within the logo marking the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. Engravings include the year of issue, metal content, purity, and face value of the coin.
These coins had, far and away, the largest mintage figure and availability of any product in the Star Trek release. On top of that, they were the only coins with the unique Specimen Proof finish. Other details of note include:
- Mintage restricted to a total of 300,000 coins!
- One of many Star Trek themed coins set for release in 2016!
- From the Royal Canadian Mint’s $20 for $20 Series.
- Ships in a clear, vinyl pouch with a certificate booklet.
- Contains 7.96 grams (.256 troy oz) of .9999 pure silver.
- Face value of $20 (CAD) is fully supported by Canada’s government.
The other coin in the silver release is the beautiful 2016 1 oz Silver Colorized Canadian Star Trek Enterprise Coin. On the reverse face of the 2016 1 oz Silver Colorized Canadian Star Trek Enterprise Coin you’ll find the colorized image of the U.S.S. Enterprise as it traverses the universe, passing close by to a planet. The scene depicted on the coin comes directly from a 1968 episode entitled I, Mudd.
Each 2016 1 oz Silver Colorized Canadian Star Trek Enterprise coin in this listing has a beautiful proof finish, and ships from the Royal Canadian Mint in its classic maroon clamshell. The clamshell itself ships inside of a Star Trek-themed graphic shipping box. Further details of this release include:
- Limited mintage of just 11,500 coins for global distribution!
- Part of an exciting release of Star Trek coins from the Royal Canadian Mint!
- Arrives in a maroon clamshell with graphic display box.
- Consists of 31.39 grams, or roughly 1 troy ounce, of .9999 fine silver.
- Bears a face value of $20 (CAD) backed by the federal government of Canada.
Silver Star Trek Four-Coin Character Series
The longest-running series in the Star Trek release is the 4-Coin Character series that featured a staggered release schedule. All characters featured in these colorized silver coin designs came from Star Trek: The Original Series and depicted the main characters. First up in the release was the Captain Kirk Coin.
In the case of this coin, Captain Kirk is featured alongside the U.S.S. Enterprise, the central starship in the United Federation of Planets Starfleet. On the reverse face of the coin you’ll find side-by-side imagery of Captain James T. Kirk, and the U.S.S. Enterprise. Captain Kirk is featured in full color with his golden uniform from The Original Series, as portrayed by Canadian actor William Shatner. He is featured sitting in his captain’s chair on the bridge of the Enterprise.
Following the release of the Captain Kirk coin, the Royal Canadian Mint released (in order) a coin for Scotty, Spock, and Lieutenant Uhura. Chief Engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott was the technology officer onboard the USS Enterprise, and the technology that he used in The Original Series and subsequent feature films inspired some of the world’s future technological advances. Among them are the mobile phones that are used by billions around the globe today. The reverse side of every 2016 1/2 oz $10 Canadian Silver Scotty Star Trek coin features the colorized image of Scotty from the feature film. Played by Canadian actor Jim Doohan, Scotty is accompanied by the image of the communicator that inspired the modern cell phone.
Spock was portrayed throughout much of Star Trek history by actor Leonard Nimoy, who recently passed away in 2015 at the age of 83. Nimoy’s portrayal of Spock set the standard for the current generation of feature film actors filling the role, and it was a position he held continuously from 1966 to 1991, with subsequent appearances in the new generation of feature films from 2009 to his death. On the reverse of each 2016 ½ oz $10 Canadian Silver Star Trek Spock Coin is the colorized image of Spock, as portrayed by Nimoy, in his customary blue uniform. In the franchise, Spock was the science officer and first officer aboard the Enterprise.
Uhura was vital to the multicultural crew of the original series in Star Trek, along with actor George Takei who is of Japanese descent. Played by Nichelle Nichols, Uhura was the first African character in American television history hold a role other than that of a menial character such as a janitor, cook, maid, or other servant. The reverse of these coins features Nichols in her role as Uhura and wearing her red uniform.
Important details of this series include the following:
- Only 12,500 of these coins will be struck!
- Arrives in a custom graphic box.
- Contains 15.87 grams (1/2 troy oz) of .9999 pure silver.
- Bears a face value of $10 (CAD) backed by the federal government of Canada.
Star Trek Scenes Series of Silver Coins
A three-coin series, each of the Star Trek Scenes three-coin series products features a different design from one of the most iconic episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series. In this second coin release, the 2016 1 oz Canadian Silver Star Trek Mirror Mirror coin relives a moment from the “Mirror, Mirror” episode.
Captain Kirk, Dr. McCoy, Chief Engineer Scott, and Lieutenant Uhura are transported back to the Enterprise during an Ion storm, which creates a malfunction in the transporter that results in the group being sent to a different universe, and their evil counterparts sent back to the Enterprise.
On the reverse of all 2016 1 oz Canadian Silver Star Trek Mirror Mirror coins you can see the evil Spock encountering Captain Kirk, with both characters captured in real-life color. These scenes are copyright of CBS, which provided the Royal Canadian Mint with all images for the Stark Trek collection.
The important details you should be aware of for this particular release, and the series as a whole, include:
- Ships in a plastic capsule to preserve the coin’s condition.
- Maximum mintage set at 11,500 coins for global distribution.
- 2nd of 3 designs in the Star Trek Scenes release.
- Contains 1 Troy oz of .9999 pure silver.
- Face value of $20 (CAD) is fully backed by the government of Canada.
- BU condition.
Additionally, Silver.com carries the third and final coin from this release in the form of the 2016 1 oz Proof Silver Canadian Star Trek The Trouble with the Tribbles Coin. The episode, The Trouble with the Tribbles, aired in 1967. In the episode, the Enterprise get a distress call from Deep Space Station K-7 to help with protecting a grain called quadrotriticale from a Federation official. Uhura is then given a creature called a tribble that is very cuddly. The tribble quickly multiplies and gets in the grains.
Highlights of this coin were the same as the previous release, but the design on the reverse was different. The reverse of the coin shows Captain Kirk, played by William Shatner, dealing with the fluffy tribbles. Also on this side of the coin, you will see the nation of issue, face value and year of issue for the coin.
About the Royal Canadian Mint
Originally founded in 1908, the Royal Canadian Mint has today grown to become one of the world’s preeminent sovereign mints. Canadian currency was originally, from 1858 until 1908, struck by the Royal Mint in London. The growth of Canada as a nation in its own right, combined with the discovery of gold and other precious metals in the Yukon Territories, eventually facilitated the need for the nation to have its own mint.
The Royal Canadian Mint operated for nearly 70 years with only its original Ottawa coining facility. In 1976, a secondary mint location opened in Winnipeg, nearly 16 years after the government was advised of a need to expand capacity. At one point in time, the Royal Canadian Mint had to turn to the United States Mint to produce circulation currency for the nation.
Today, the royal Canadian Mint strikes more than 1 billion coins annually. In addition to its popular Canadian Maple Leaf series of gold, silver, and platinum bullion coins, the mint also strikes currency for as many as a dozen other countries.
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