One of the years most popular numismatic licenses, Star Trek has been a pretty big success so far for the Perth Mint. The initial release was the first in a series featuring Captains and their ships. These take the form of a paired release, one coin depicting the Captain or lead character of one of five Star Trek series, while the second coin depicts the vessel that they commanded. After Kirk/Enterprise, Picard/Enterprise-D and Sisko/Deep-Space-9, the next scheduled pairs feature Voyager and Enterprise. While this is a logical way to release coins, it does mean that many of Treks most iconic characters won’t feature. Fortunately, it seems the Perth Mint has recognised this and picked out one of the most quintessential characters in all of Star Trek history, Spock, for special treatment.
Played by the brilliant actor Leonard Nimoy, who sadly passed away recently, Spock was second in command of the original USS Enterprise, and the character went on to appear in other Trek series, and not only the original series of movies, but also in JJ Abrams rebooted ones. Suffice to say, one thing Spock, and Leonard Nimoy is not short of, it’s a fanbase.
Following the same format as the coins released to date, indeed one could almost call it the Perth Mints signature, the Spock coin is a natural accompaniment to the Kirk design and is identically packaged in a pretty cool blue LED-lit custom designed case and coloured shipper. Jennifer McKenna is again the artist. Selling price from the Perth Mint website is $115.00, although you can remove $10.45 from that if you’re not Australian.