After a quiet spell, the Perth Mint’s Star Trek license is back with a coin commemorating 30 years since the debut of Star Trek: Next Generation. This was a series that was incredibly awaited and one which has earned its own place in Trek canon. Running for 7 years and spawning two following series and multiple films, ST:NG is one of the reasons that Trek is so popular today. With a new series called Star Trek Discovery due to debut in September, it’s clear that this iconic franchise will continue for years to come.
The coin is a standard Perth Mint affair. A one-ounce silver coin of 40.6 mm diameter with selective colouring on the reverse face will be familiar to coin collectors around the world. Issue for Tuvalu, the obverse carries the obligatory effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank Broadley. The reverse face by by Jennifer McKenna is comprised of a colour zone, filled with an image of Captain Picard in normal and Borg Locutus poses. A picture of the Enterprise-D and a Borg Cube are mixed in with them. Below this is a cleanly struck representation of the Enterprise-D in plan view set inside a ’30’, all of which is set inside the Starfleet logo. It’s a design that Trek fans will appreciate as the Picard/Borg storyline ‘The Best of Both Worlds’ is considered one of the series finest.
Buyers of previous Trek coins will recognise the packaging. The plastic box has been used on a dozen coins to date, although this one is a different colour and comes with a green LED light instead of blue. The outer shipper box is themed and the whole would make a good gift. Selling for $115.00 AUD, the mintage is capped at 3,000. Available today.