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Canadian coins honor Star Trek

By Kerry Rodgers

On Sept. 8, 1966, Star TrekTM: (The Original Series) made its debut in the USA on NBC television. It would run for three seasons with ever-decreasing ratings. These would see its cancellation at the end of that third season after 79 episodes.

Despite that cancellation, 50 years it has become a well-entrenched, international cult phenomenon with numerous TV and film spin-offs, plus a vast franchise that includes figurines, novels, toys, comics and games.

The Royal Canadian Mint has recognized the status Gene Roddenberry’s creation holds today by striking a series of coins to mark the golden anniversary of the TV series.

Canada’s four $10 silver proofs celebrating 50 years of the original Star Trek. The coins show eight icons from that first series: Captain James Tiberius Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise, Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott and a communicator, Communications Officer Lieutenant Uhura and a tricorder, and Lieutenant Commander Spock with a phaser. Images courtesy RCM. TM & © 2016 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Canada’s four $10 silver proofs celebrating 50 years of the original Star Trek. The coins show eight icons from that first series: Captain James Tiberius Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise, Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott and a communicator, Communications Officer Lieutenant Uhura and a tricorder, and Lieutenant Commander Spock with a phaser. Images courtesy RCM. TM & © 2016 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Four 34 mm, 15.87g $10 silver proofs with colorized reverses celebrate eight icons from the show: Captain James Tiberius Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise, Lieutenant Commander Montgomery “Scotty” Scott and a communicator, Communications Officer Lieutenant Uhura and a tricorder, and Lieutenant Commander Spock with a phaser. The four coins will be released progressively from June to September. Mintage is 12,500 each.

The U.S.S. Enterprise approaches a Class K planet on the reverse of this silver $20 Canadian proof. Image courtesy RCM. TM & © 2016 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The U.S.S. Enterprise approaches a Class K planet on the reverse of this silver $20 Canadian proof. Image courtesy RCM. TM & © 2016 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

A 38mm, 31.39 g (1 oz) .9999 fine silver $20 proof is devoted to the U.S.S. Enterprise. The colored reverse presents a scene from the 1968 episode “I, Mudd” with the star ship approaching a Class K planet. Mintage is 11,500.

The three most popular episodes of the original Star Trek series feature on these silver $20 proofs. From left: ‘The City on the Edge of Forever’, ‘Mirror Mirror’, and ‘The Trouble with Tribbles’. Images courtesy RCM. TM & © 2016 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The three most popular episodes of the original Star Trek series feature on these silver $20 proofs. From left: ‘The City on the Edge of Forever’, ‘Mirror Mirror’, and ‘The Trouble with Tribbles’. Images courtesy RCM. TM & © 2016 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Three colorized 38 mm, 31.39 g (1 oz) .9999 fine silver $20 proofs depict scenes from the three most popular episodes – all from 1967: “The City on the Edge of Forever” (first shown on April 6), “Mirror Mirror” (Oct. 6), and “The Trouble with Tribbles’ (Dec. 29). Mintage is 11,500 apiece. These coins will be released from August through October.

The Delta Shield insignia of United Federation of Planets’ Starfleet forms this gold $200 proof  – the world’s first delta-shaped coin. Images courtesy RCM. TM & © 2016 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Delta Shield insignia of United Federation of Planets’ Starfleet forms this gold $200 proof – the world’s first delta-shaped coin. Images courtesy RCM. TM & © 2016 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

A 28.68 x 17.50 mm, 16.20 g .9999 fine gold $200 proof, comes shaped as for the Delta Shield insignia of United Federation of Planets’ Starfleet. The reverse of the coin displays the elongated star symbol used to identify crew assigned to Command. This coin will be available in September and has a mintage of 1,500.

U.S.S. Enterprise blasts a locked-on target on an “affordable” BU silver $20. Image courtesy RCM. TM & © 2016 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

U.S.S. Enterprise blasts a locked-on target on an “affordable” BU silver $20. Image courtesy RCM. TM & © 2016 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The reverse of a quarter oz .9999 fine silver $20 portrays the U.S.S. Enterprise in attack mode, her phasers blasting a locked-on target. Alongside is a stylized Delta Shield bearing the number “50”. Mintage is 300,000.

The RCM’s nickel-plated steel 25 cents and stamp set produced to mark the golden anniversary of the original Star Trek television series. Images courtesy RCM. TM & © 2016 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The RCM’s nickel-plated steel 25 cents and stamp set produced to mark the golden anniversary of the original Star Trek television series. Images courtesy RCM. TM & © 2016 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

In addition the RCM has struck a BU specimen nickel-plated steel 25 cents that is being offered as part of a coin and stamp set. The reverse design of the coin presents six views of the U.S.S. Enterprise surrounding a central motif of a -Delta Shield insignia. The stamps in this set feature Captain Kirk, U.S.S. Enterprise and a Klingon battle cruiser.

Canadian actor and James Tiberius Kirk’s alter-ego, William Shatner, and Royal Canadian Mint President and CEO Sandra Hanington unveil the first coin in the new RCM collection celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, on May 12, 2016. Image courtesy RCM.

Canadian actor and James Tiberius Kirk’s alter-ego, William Shatner, and Royal Canadian Mint President and CEO Sandra Hanington unveil the first coin in the new RCM collection celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, on May 12, 2016. Image courtesy RCM.

The coins were unveiled on May 12 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum by William Shatner, the Canadian-born actor who made James T. Kirk a household name. He was assisted by Mint President and CEO Sandra Hanington.

This article was originally printed in World Coin News.
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