The Klingon, Worf, is showcased on the Perth Mints first Gods of Olympus-style antiqued Star Trek coin
Both friends and enemies of the United Federation of Planets, the Klingons are today one of the most widely recognised alien species in science-fiction. Present in all series of Star Trek, its most famous character is Worf, son of Mogh. A Commander on the USS Enterprise-D, Worf was one of the first to serve in Starfleet and the character became a core part of both The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine itinerations of Star Trek. Played expertly by Michael Dorn, Worf is one of the most popular charcters in the NG period and a great choice for a coin.
We’ll confess to being disappointed by Star Trek numismatics, especially when compared to the superb line-up put out by the New Zealand Mint for Star Wars. A succession of simple coloured coins hasn’t really pushed the envelope, and some quite bulky packaging seems to have put collectors off as well. The recent communicator coin was a great return to form, but this new release is better yet.
Struck in the Gods of Olympus style and to an identical specification, the design by Jennifer McKenna is a mix of textures and logos, along with a quite superb rendition of Commander Worf – instantly recognisable. The obverse is the usual effigy of QEII, so no surprises there, but it does a good job of ensuring the reverse is free of intrusive inscriptions.
Packaging comprises the usual custom plastic piece that the Perth Mint has used for many of these coins in the past, only this time with a red light instead of a blue one (or green in the case of the Borg release). It’s a shame the mint hasn’t moved away from these and towards something a bit better. They’ve made a fine acrylic frame for the Figure Eight Dragon coin, so a similar item in the shape of the Klingon Empire logo would’ve been a great choice, for example. At $230.00 AUD, it’s not a cheap coin, but understandably so given the licencing costs. A mintage of 1,701 is a neat nod to the USS Enterprise having the designation NCC-1701. Available today, we like this one a lot and hope we’ll see more imaginative Star Trek coins like this rather than the usual coloured items we’ve had to date.
Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted in 1987, and ran for 178 episodes over seven seasons until 1994, making it the longest running Star Trek series to date. The Klingons were an extra-terrestrial humanoid warrior species who initially appeared in The Original Series as antagonists of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, but by The Next Generation they had become a close ally of humanity and the United Federation of Planets.
Each coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 2oz of 99.99% pure silver and issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu. The Perth Mint will release no more than 1,701 of the Star Trek: The Next Generation – Lieutenant Commander Worf 2017 2oz Silver Antiqued Coin.
REVERSE: The coin’s reverse features the Star Trek: The Next Generation 30th Anniversary logo and Worf alongside the Klingon insignia. The design includes the Klingon characters for ‘it is a good day to die’™ from the Klingon language and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.
OBVERSE: The coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination, and the 2017 year-date.
PACKAGING: The coin is presented in a special edition Star Trek themed display case which lights up in red light when the lid is opened. Each coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
|NAME||2017 COMMANDER WORF|
|DENOMINATION||$2 TVD Tuvalu|
|BOX / COA||Yes / Yes|
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