Sunday, 6 December 2015

Perth Mint Star Trek coins

In 2015 Perth Mint began releasing Star Trek coins; so far they have offered designs representing all the first five live action television series, featuring both characters and ships.

Initial releases came in pairs, one captain and one ship coin, offered both individually, and as a two-pack (see packaging examples at the bottom of this list). Subsequently there have been a variety of additional coins focusing on particular characters, episodes, and anniversaries.

Most of the coins feature colour print sections, either used to frame a low relief representation of the main subject of the coin, or forming the main design itself, additional details are formed in low relief details around the printed sections.

Each coin is legal tender of Tuvalu, with a face value normally of one or two dollars, although there has also been one eight dollar and one one-hundred dollar coin. Most of the coins have been cast in silver however, so are sold for significantly higher than this price. Lower price point versions has also been produced in bronze, and one coin offered in gold.

This list is in release order of the original release of each design, with any reissues noted alongside the original release.


Captain Kirk and the USS Enterprise
  • Notes: This was Perth Mint's first release, a pair of coins offered both individually and as a two-pack. Additionally the Enterprise coin was reissued later in bronze, as part of a coin and stamp set.
  • Edition: 5000 each individually (silver). 1500 as two-pack (silver). 7500 stamp and coin set (bronze).
  • Material: One ounce silver, or aluminium bronze in stamp and coin set.
  • Face value: One Tuvalu dollar.
  • Release date: February 2015 (silver), May 2016 (stamp and coin set).
  • Coverage: Details and images.
  • Purchase:

Captain Picard and the USS Enterprise-D
  • Edition: 5000 each individually. 1500 as two-pack.
  • Material: One ounce silver.
  • Face value: One Tuvalu dollar.
  • Release date: May 2015.
  • Coverage: Details and images.
  • Purchase:

Captain Sisko and Deep Space 9
  • Edition: 5000 each individually. 1500 as two-pack.
  • Material: One ounce silver.
  • Face value: One Tuvalu dollar.
  • Release date: July 2015.
  • Coverage: Details and images.
  • Purchase:

Spock
  • Notes: This is the first non-captain character design in the series so far, released in tribute to the then recently departed Leonard Nimoy. Additionally this coin was reissued later in bronze, as part of a coin and stamp set.
  • Edition: 5000 (silver). 7000 stamp and coin set (bronze).
  • Material: One ounce silver, or aluminium bronze in stamp and coin set.
  • Face value: One Tuvalu dollar.
  • Release date: August 2015 (silver), May 2016 (stamp and coin set).
  • Coverage: Details and images.
  • Purchase:

Captain Janeway and the USS Voyager
  • Edition: 5000 each individually. 1500 as two-pack.
  • Material: One ounce silver.
  • Face value: One Tuvalu dollar.
  • Release date: September 2015.
  • Coverage: Details and images.
  • Purchase:

Captain Archer and the Enterprise NX-01
  • Edition: 5000 each individually. 1500 as two-pack.
  • Material: One ounce silver.
  • Face value: One Tuvalu dollar.
  • Release date: November 2015.
  • Coverage: Details and images.
  • Purchase:

    Gold-Pressed Latinum Slip
    • Notes: An unusual release, a prop reproduction rather than coin.
    • Edition: 5000.
    • Material: One ounce silver, gold plated.
    • Face value: None.
    • Release date: May 2016.
    • Coverage: Details and images.

    Kirk and Spock and USS Enterprise 50th anniversary
    • Edition: 5000 each individually. 1500 as two-pack.
    • Material: One ounce silver.
    • Face value: One Tuvalu dollar.
    • Release date: July 2016.
    • Coverage: Details and images.
    • Purchase:

    USS Enterprise 50th anniversary
    • Notes: Low relief version of the same design as the USS Enterprise coin above, offered in a variety of sized and materials. 
    • Edition: 6000 (1oz silver), 800 (5oz silver), 400 (1oz gold), 500 (ruthenium/gold plated).
    • Material: One ounce silver, five ounce silver, one ounce gold, or one ounce silver with ruthenium and gold plating.
    • Face value: One Tuvalu dollar (1oz silver), eight Tuvalu dollars (5oz silver), or one-hundred Tuvalu dollars (gold).
    • Release date: August 2016.
    • Coverage: Details and images.
    • Purchase:

    50th anniversary Starfleet delta
    • Notes: This uniquely shaped coin came packaged in acrylic display case.
    • Edition: 5000.
    • Material: One ounce silver.
    • Face value: One Tuvalu dollar.
    • Release date: September 2016.
    • Coverage: Details and images.
    • Purchase: Amazon.com.

    TOS crew 50th anniversary 
    • Notes: The first two ounce coin in the collection. The coin came in unique packaging based on the TOS communicator.
    • Edition: 5000.
    • Material: Two ounce silver.
    • Face value: Two Tuvalu dollars.
    • Release date: October 2016.
    • Coverage: Details and images.
    • Purchase: Amazon.com.

    Mirror, Mirror
    • Notes: First episode specific coin in the series.
    • Edition: 3000.
    • Material: One ounce silver.
    • Face value: One Tuvalu dollar.
    • Release date: May 2017.
    • Coverage: Details and images.
    • Purchase: Amazon.com.


    Captain Picard/Locutus of Borg, TNG 30th anniversary
    • Notes: This coin comes in the usual display case, but the light source is Borg-green instead of the usual blue. The case is also a metallic grey colour rather than the previously used white.
    • Edition: 3000.
    • Material: One ounce silver.
    • Face value: One Tuvalu dollar.
    • Release date: July 2017.
    • Coverage: Details and images.
    • Purchase: Amazon.com.

    TNG 30th anniversary
    • Edition: 3000.
    • Material: Two ounce silver.
    • Face value: Two Tuvalu dollars.
    • Release date: October 2017.
    • Coverage: Details and images.
    • Purchase: Amazon.com.

      Appendices

      All the joins feature the same reverse design, the head of Queen Elizabeth II, and details of the origin and face value.


      Even the delta shaped coin has the same circular design on the other side:


      Individual coins are supplied in a case with an illuminated ring around the coin. The case can be opened using the delta shaped button at the front.


      Most of these cases are white, but the two TNG coins released in 2017 came in metallic grey versions. The Borg themed coin uses a green light instead of the usual blue.


      The cases themselves come packaged in a square box, using the standard Star Trek packaging of the period for higher end products - As this is one of the few ranges to include all five prime TV series since the introduction of this style of packaging it is a rare example of its usage for the series with less merchandise. The ship design boxes feature a section of schematic, while the character designs feature a portrait of the character in a delta.



      All the paired coins have also been offered in a two-packs, where the two coins are presented in a transporter chamber style case - One coin sits on top, while the over is kept inside, only visible when the chamber is opened. Both positions are illuminated. The box art for these uses a ship schematic in a delta design.



      The TOS crew 50th anniversary coin came in a unique communicator display case.


      The delta coin also comes ready for display in an acrylic block:




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