Canada Has “Star Trek” Coins That Can Actually Be Used as Currency

With so many services going digital, paying with paper money and metal coins often seems like an antiquated practice. The Canadian Mint, however, is now making currency that you’ll actually want to carry. They’ve created an entire line of Star Trek-themed collectible coins that commemorate the iconic franchise’s 50th anniversary.

This limited edition currency—and completely legal tender—will be released over the next several months with coins that vary in value. The most unusual (and most expensive) of the collection is the Starfleet-delta shaped coin that resembles the insignia worn by everyone serving on the USS Enterprise. Made from 99.99% pure gold, it has a face value of $200—but because it’s minted in such a valuable material, it actually costs $1,300 in Canadian dollars.

For those who don’t want to break the bank on a gold coin, the Canadian Mint offers some lower price-point options that have a face value between 25 cents and 20 dollars. The line features full-color renderings of the USS Enterprise, memorable scenes from original episodes, as well as four coins dedicated to some of the beloved characters—Captain Kirk, Scotty, Spock and Uhura.

All coins can be purchased or pre-ordered through the Canadian Mint shop.

Canadian Mint: Website
via [io9, The Trek Collective]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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