The arrow head badge, otherwise known as the ‘delta shield’, has appeared on Star Trek uniforms and starships since the launch of The Original Series 50 years ago in 1966.
The first version was gold with a black border. Worn on the left breast of the tunic by all onboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701, its design included an inner symbol identifying the crew member’s department. For example, a star with an elongated top – as sported by Captain James T. Kirk – represented ‘command’.
The delta shield badge was adopted on all Starfleet uniforms and even though the design was evolved for subsequent series, it always maintained its distinctive shape. CBS and Paramount even devised variations to celebrate Star Trek’s major anniversaries and milestones – and this year is no exception!
To mark Star Trek‘s half-century, the special 2016 design portrays the number ’50’ and the ‘command’ symbol within the iconic delta shape.
In a remarkable minting feat, The Perth Mint has replicated the design as a delta-shaped coin made from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver. A must-have for collectors of Star Trek memorabilia, no more than 5,000 of these iconic pieces will be released worldwide, each housed in a space-age acrylic case.
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