The Perth Mint are certainly ramping up and diversifying their range of Star Trek coins as we trundle through the ultra-iconic tv shows 50th anniversary year. After what we thought was a mildly disappointing first series of ten coins depicting five of the different captains and their vessels, the quality of design has improved.
In May came an unusual gilded bar meant to look like a Deep Space 9 item Gold-Pressed Latinum, but July signalled an increase in commitment. That month saw a pair of coloured coins, including a superb Kirk/Spock design, and the release of a 50,000 mintage silver bullion coin depicting the USS Enterprise. In August that design debuted in the Perth Mints superb high-relief format, in both gold and silver variants.
Today sees the launch of the silver Delta coin, a symbol firmly embedded in popular culture and one that is inextricably linked to the cult series. It isn’t the first time it has appeared on a coin, the first being one of the surprise range launched by the Royal Canadian Mint back in May. That was very popular, but gold, so cost was a limiting factor for many. Struck in an ounce of fine silver, this Perth Mint Delta is eminently more affordable.
In terms of design we think it’s also an improvement on the RCM item. The Star Trek design fully fills the reverse face of this coin whereas the gold RCM coin was encumbered with some very intrusive inscriptions that would’ve been far better served on the obverse face. Jennifer McKenna has done a good job here, especially given the limited scope for alteration. Packaging is excellent, using one of the cool acrylic frames to display it vertically. Price is $115.00 AUD and the mintage is limited to 5,000.