The 2016 precious metals release schedule at the Royal Canadian Mint has included a number of Star Trek-themed coins, each one aimed at joining in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s science-fiction franchise. From humble beginnings, his Original Series spawned countless future television shows and feature films.
Today, JM Bullion carries a wide variety of Star Trek-themed coins from the Royal Canadian Mint. Many of them are individual releases designed to celebrate the science-fiction franchise itself, while two separate series are available that highlight the characters and moments that few Trekkies will ever forget.
Among the first products rolled out by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2016 was the 2016 ½ oz $10 Canadian Silver Star Trek Captain Kirk Coin. It was the first in a series of four character coins focusing on the most beloved and popular characters from Star Trek: The Original Series. Each coin had the following shared features:
In total, four coins were released in this series, starting with the Captain James T. Kirk coin, and followed in order by the Scotty, Spock, and Uhura coins. Details on the individual releases are available below:
To go along with the previous series, the Royal Canadian Mint also released a three-coin series known as Star Trek Scenes, which recounted on the reverse side of each coin some of the most memorable moments from episodes of The Original Series. JM Bullion carries the second coin in this release, which stems from the October 6, 1967 airing of “Mirror, Mirror.”
These coins each ship in plastic capsules with a Brilliant Uncirculated condition. Coins of this grade show no signs of wear and tear, but may feature minor flaws including breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, or contact marks. The 2016 1 oz Canadian Silver Star Trek Mirror Mirror coin had a maximum mintage of 11,500 coins, contained .9999 pure silver, and had a face value of $20 (CAD) backed by the Canadian government. Further details include:
The Royal Canadian Mint also struck and released two different coins honoring the U.S.S. Enterprise starship from The Original Series. These coins were from different releases, with one coming from the Royal Canadian Mint’s $20 for $20 series, and the other a standalone colorized proof coin.
Each 2016 1 oz Colorized Canadian Silver Star Trek Enterprise Coin had a limited mintage of just 11,500 coins and contained 1 Troy oz. of .9999 pure silver. While it also had a face value of $20 (CAD), it was not part of the $20 for $20 Series from the RCM. It was a proof specimen with a serrated edge that shipped in a maroon clamshell with graphic display box. Details included:
For the 2016 $20 Canadian Silver Star Trek Enterprise Coin, the mint issued a larger limit of 300,000 coins in total. These were Specimen Proof coins with a ¼ Troy oz weight and .9999 pure silver content, but the same $20 (CAD) face value as the colorized coin. Details of the design for this coin included:
In a truly unique release, the Royal Canadian Mint also struck a 2016 ½ oz Canadian Star Trek Delta Gold coin that featured a non-standard, Delta shape to the coin. These came with extremely limited mintage figures of just 1,500 coins in total. Each one had ½ Troy oz of .9999 pure gold and a face value of $200 (CAD). These coins were BU specimens, with no signs of wear and tear. However, like all Brilliant Uncirculated coins there was the potential for breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, and contact marks.
The details of the overall design for this product were as follows:
The Royal Canadian Mint produced all of the Star Trek-themed coins for its 2016 release schedule and 50th Anniversary celebration with the permission of CBS. All Star Trek coins from the Royal Canadian Mint are TM & (c) 2016 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All rights reserved (MC et © 2016 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK ainsi que les marques et les logos qui s’y rattachent sont des marques de commerce de CBS Studios Inc. Tous droits réservés). You can find more Star Trek gear at STARTREK.com.
Originally founded in 1908, the Royal Canadian Mint has today grown to become one of the world’s preeminent sovereign mints. Canadian currency was originally, from 1858 until 1908, struck by the Royal Mint in London. The growth of Canada as a nation in its own right, combined with the discovery of gold and other precious metals in the Yukon Territories, eventually facilitated the need for the nation to have its own mint.
The Royal Canadian Mint operated for nearly 70 years with only its original Ottawa coining facility. In 1976, a secondary mint location opened in Winnipeg, nearly 16 years after the government was advised of a need to expand capacity. At one point in time, the Royal Canadian Mint had to turn to the United States Mint to produce circulation currency for the nation.
Today, the royal Canadian Mint strikes more than 1 billion coins annually. In addition to its popular Canadian Maple Leaf series of gold, silver, and platinum bullion coins, the mint also strikes currency for as many as a dozen other countries.
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