Quickly following on from their Star Wars Posters range of premium foils, the surprising addition of Star Trek to the mix was a welcome addition. Tracking who owns what licence these days has become increasingly difficult. Trek used to be the sole preserve of the Perth Mint, but then coins began to be issued by the Royal Canadian Mint as well. The New Zealand Mint has so far limited its exposure to the franchise to a selection of foils only, with the Original Series and Next Generation sets both carrying a Niue denomination and thus are technically coins. These premium foils – despite the Star Wars ones carrying a denomination – are not.
Like their other premium foils, this is the NZ Mints top format and at 35 grams, are seven times the size of the regular banknote-size issue. Stretching out to an huge 262 x 170 mm in size, they constitute an expansive canvas in terms of the numismatic market and have 24 times the surface area of the mints traditional poster coin. Again, this series concentrates on some of the excellent posters that have been used to publicise this iconic movie series. At the time of writing, three issues have appeared, but we have no reason to believe they won’t continue working their way through the numerous movies. Whether that means the ‘Kelvin Timeline’ movies of JJ Abrams are covered, remains open to question.
Each foil is sealed to prevent damage (they are a fraction of a millimetre thick), and come in an acrylic frame that enables it to be displayed either standing on a surface, or affixed to a wall. A cool-looking centrepiece to a memorabilia display, the price of $130.00 is reasonable enough and the 50,000 mintage means availability should not be a problem. At the time of writing, all are still available. Three were issued in 2018, so we’d expect that same rate of issue to be maintained through 2019, meaning we should see The Voyage Home, The Final Frontier, and the outstanding An Undiscovered Country coming out before years end.