After an initial period when the Perth Mint was the only coin producer issuing Star Trek themed product, it wasn’t long before the convoluted world of licenced franchising added the Royal Canadian Mint to the mix, followed last year by the New Zealand Mint (of course!), although that latter company has only produced foils to date, along with some non-denominated miniatures. That isn’t to say the Perth Mint is out of the picture, and they remain the primary source of new coins.
Like a lot of media licenced coins, the strict conditions placed on them by the rights owners can often result in a relatively unambitious range of products. Star Trek, like many others, has suffered from a succession of unadventurous, if sometimes admittedly attractive, coloured silver coins. These are cheap to design and mint, and simply have great appeal to a target audience that is rarely the hardcore numismatist. However, we’re glad to see the Perth Mint does make the effort still, and their latest is proof positive of that.
The Star Trek ‘Delta’ symbol has become an iconic part of the Star Trek lore, so it’s instantly recognisable here. Originally meant to be little more than the ship badge of the original USS Enterprise, it has come to encompass the whole of Starfleet. The reproduction here is easily the best we’ve seen in coin form, with the antique finish a nice surprise for a badge that has never been associated with it. Split into a 2oz ring and a 1oz ‘Delta’, the combined 3oz coin is one of the better Trek items we’ve seen come from the coin world
Packaging is first class – something necessary for the memorabilia market, and also something the Perth Mint has erred at before (the repeated use of the transporter box, for example). Their new clear acrylic lidded black boxes are very nicely done, with this one even integrating blue LED lighting. All told, a pretty cool addition to a licence in need of something more ambitious than yet another generic item. After all, isn’t that what Star Trek is all about? Available now.