The third Star Trek coin release focuses on the 24th century adventures of Captain Benjamin Sisko, commander of the Deep Space 9 space station.
Sisko’s mandate was to protect nearby Bajor, which had been the victim of a brutal Cardassian occupation. But with the discovery of a nearby wormhole – a shortcut through space that led directly to the uncharted Gamma quadrant – his mandate expanded significantly, as the region attracted all manner of visitors, both friendly and extremely hostile.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine debuted in 1993 and ran for seven seasons until 1999. Darker than its predecessors The Original Series and The Next Generation, it was noted for well-developed characters, dense and original plots, an emphasis on religious and war themes, and the only black captain in the Star Trek universe to play chief protagonist.
The show achieved major critical success, being nominated for Emmy Awards in every year of its run – taking out top prizes for special visual effects, title theme music and makeup. The show’s more complex and hauntingly different storylines helped Deep Space Nine appeal to whole new audiences, further expanding Star Trek’s international fan base.
Born in 2332 in New Orleans, Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) joined Starfleet Academy in 2350 where he studied to be an engineer. When Jennifer, his wife and mother of Jake was killed during the Battle of Wolf 359, Sisko objected to his assignment on Deep Space 9, telling Starfleet he would prefer an Earth assignment for the sake of his son. Nevertheless, Sisko was a successful captain, admired for his strength in strategic and operational military planning, as well as engineering. A man of action with a bold, no-nonsense persona, his character epitomized conviction and passion.
Deep Space 9 was a mining and refining station built by the Cardassians during their occupation of Bajor. Soon after their retreat, Starfleet took control of the space station at the request of the Bajoran government. In 2372, the station’s weapons upgrade included several new phaser and photon torpedo banks, further equipping it to police a region that had become a bustling hub of commercial, scientific and strategic significance due to the discovery of the Bajoran wormhole.
Available individually, both can also be acquired in the 2015 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Captain Benjamin Sisko & Deep Space 9 1oz Silver Proof Two-Coin Set.