Feb 162015
 

Created by Gene Roddenberry, the original Star Trek television series focused on the 23rd century adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, a powerful interstellar spacecraft dispatched by Earth-based Starfleet Command “to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before™.”

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Captain James T. Kirk (actor William Shatner).

The classic sci-fi series went to air in America in September 1966 and 10 months later it was shown in Australia. When production of the series was cancelled after just its third season, fans in America and Australia combined together in a passionate letter-writing protest.

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Uhura, McCoy, Spock and Kirk.

During its three-year run, Star Trek had become a cult phenomenon. Its most ardent admirers were dubbed “Trekkies” as early as 1967. The first US fanzine appeared the same year, and the first fan convention took place in New Jersey in 1969. Downunder, the Australian Star Trek Fan Club was founded in 1968.

Initially, the general public missed the Trekkie phenomenon. But when reruns entered syndication, broader interest mushroomed and by the late 1970s The Original Series had aired in over 150 US domestic and 60 international markets.

The strength of the main characters and the futuristic technology were defining ingredients. Added appeal came from storylines that explored societal issues of the day, including Utopian society, war and peace, imperialism, economics, racial equality, religion, human rights and feminism.

Star Trek The Original Series spawned a range of popular spinoff television series and a dozen feature films. Perhaps the ultimate measure of its success, however, is that fan clubs, sites and conventions continue to proliferate worldwide after almost 50 years.

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Starship USS Enterprise NCC-1701

Iconic Star Trek Elements

To mark the launch of our Star Trek coin program, here we present our top-10 choice of iconic legacies from Star Trek The Original Series, each one firmly entrenched in popular culture.

10. Mr Spock’s Vulcan Nerve Pinch

The famous pointy ears and his preference for logic over emotion are explained by Spock’s human-Vulcan heritage. The Vulcan nerve-pinch was his seemingly effortless method of subduing a violent opponent which no human member of the Enterprise crew could master.

9. Warp Drive

Warp drive was the Enterprise’s faster-than-light propulsion system. Developed on Earth and initially referred to as a ‘hyperdrive/time-warp’ combination, its application led directly to first contact with the Vulcans.

8. Theme Music

American orchestrator, arranger and composer Alexander Courage created the haunting Star Trek theme, originally under the title “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. It’s immediately recognisable, even by many people who have never seen the show.

7. Tricorder

Startrek_TricorderEmployed by landing parties to analyse a planet’s environment, the tricorder was a multifunctional hand-held device used for sensing, computing and recording. A medical version was used by Dr “Bones” McCoy to collect body information and diagnose injury or disease, while a third variant was available to Chief Engineer “Scotty” Scott for starship engineering purposes.

6. Klingons

StarTrek_KlingonsAn extraterrestrial warrior race, Klingons were repeatedly hostile towards the Enterprise. Portrayed as swarthy humanoids from a martial society, they were seen by some as representing the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The relationship between Klingons and humans was destined to change and many fans later embraced the Klingon language first devised by actor James Doohan aka “Scotty”.

5. Transporter

TStarTrek_Transporterhe transporter was created when it was deemed too difficult (and expensive) to portray the Enterprise or its shuttlecraft landing on the surface of a planet. One of the best-known sets aboard the starship, the transporter ‘dematerialised’ humans or objects into energy patterns, then beamed them to a target for ‘rematerialization’ – and gave rise to the popular catchphrase “Beam me up, Scotty”.

4. Phaser

Startrek_PhaserThe phaser was a type of ‘directed energy’ weapon which released a beam of subatomic particles refracted through superconducting crystals. Kirk’s well known instruction “set phasers to stun” reflected the fact that pistol-sized personal phasers had different power settings so that instead of completely disintegrating a living target, they could merely incapacitate them.

3. Communicator

StarTrek_CommuinicatorAnother famous Star Trek gadget, the communicator was a palm held voice communications device. Activated by flipping its antenna, the communicator became a modern-day reality in the shape of a flip phone. In fact, the communicator’s capabilities extended even further because it allowed crew members on the surface of a planet to directly contact the orbiting Enterprise.

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2015 Star Trek The Original Series – U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701 1oz Silver Proof Coin.

2. Starship Enterprise

The appearance of U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 is one of one of sci-fi’s most iconic images. Measuring 725 metres in length, she carried a complement of 430 officers and crew. Defences came in the form of deflector shields, while armaments comprised photon torpedoes and ship-mounted phasers. Impulse engines provided propulsion to a maximum speed of Warp 8. A Constitution-class heavy cruiser, she gave 40 years of service, including a five-year mission of deep-space exploration under the command of James T. Kirk.

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2015 Star Trek The Original Series – Captain

1. Captain James T. Kirk

James Tiberius “Jim” Kirk became Starfleet’s youngest captain when he took command of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise in 2265. Immortalized by actor William Shatner, Kirk was a cunning and resourceful leader, a man among men and a hero for the ages. Arguably the most famous and highly-decorated captain in the history of Starfleet, he is unquestionably one of the most popular space heroes of all time.

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Feb 062015
 

We’re delighted to report that actor William Shatner, aka Captain James T. Kirk, is looking forward to the availability of our new Star Trek The Original Series coins.

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Feb 032015
 

The first gold and silver releases from the new Disney Princess coin program feature Cinderella.

In the classic fairy-tale adored for generations, Cinderella escapes mistreatment by her stepmother and stepsisters to find true love with her Prince.

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5 facts you may not know about Disney’s Cinderella

  1. Cinderella was the 12th animated feature film released by the Walt Disney Studios.
  2. The film first opened in America on 15 February 1950 after three years in production.
  3. Unknown to actress and singer Ilene Woods, her demo recordings of songs from the film were sent to Walt Disney, who chose her from more nearly 400 hopefuls to be the voice of the title character.
  4. It’s said that Walt Disney regarded the transformation of Cinderella’s torn dress into a shimmering gown fit for a Disney Princess as his favourite piece of animation.
  5. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Music, Best Song (Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo) and Best Sound Recording.

Disney Princess: Cinderella

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Struck in proof quality from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold, the coins portray Princess Cinderella surrounded by relief engraved flowers. Issued as legal tender of Niue, no more than 10,000 silver coins and 1,000 gold coins will be released.

Each silver coin is presented in delightful fairy-tale book style packaging incorporating a Certificate of Authenticity. Each gold coin comes in a timber display case and illustrated shipper accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Disney fans – with five further Disney Princess scheduled for release, don’t miss this first issue!

All Disney coin programs.

Issued by NZ Mint and Struck by The Perth Mint.

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Jan 302015
 

The Perth Mint is proud to present two important additions to The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series:

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Both coins commemorate the courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice of Australian and New Zealand troops who fought alongside British, other Empire and allied forces on the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915. Further, they recognise the significance of the Gallipoli campaign as an important founding legend and as a symbol of national identity in both antipodean nations.


In late 1914, fighting on the Western Front in France had reached a stalemate. Senior British political and military figures thought that the pressure in western Europe could be eased by attacking the Central Powers, comprising Germany and her allies, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire (Turkey), in the eastern Mediterranean.

The British Admiralty decided upon a naval assault on the Turkish capital of Constantinople by a fleet of British and French ships which would force their way through the Dardanelles into the Sea of Marmora, with the aim of assisting Russia in her fight against the Turks, and to open Russia’s Black Sea ports to the Mediterranean.

After the navy was unable to breach the Turkish defence, it was decided to send infantry against the enemy’s shore batteries. A combined Allied force known as the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force was formed to launch a series of amphibious assaults on the Gallipoli peninsula. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzacs) was ordered to land at Ari Burnu on the western side of the peninsula, while larger British and French landings were to take place further south at Cape Helles, and in a feint, on the opposite shore at Kum Kale.

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25 April 1915: Australian troops leave a transport ship, by means of rope ladders, for the landing at Anzac Cove. Australian War Memorial – J05589

Before dawn on Saturday 25 April 1915, the Anzacs were transferred from their transports to the landing boats that would take them to the beach. Survivors remembered it was a still night, with hardly a breath of wind. To maintain the element of surprise for as long as possible, troops and sailors were ordered to remain silent as they left the transports and approached the shore.

Troops of the 2nd Brigade landing at Troops of the 2nd Brigade landing at Anzac Beach, Gallipoli. Australian War Memorial - P10140.005

Troops of the 2nd Brigade, AIF landing at Anzac Beach, Gallipoli. Australian War Memorial – P10140.005

The first boats were almost ashore when the Turks opened fire. Some men were killed before they even reached the beach. The landing had taken place further north than expected, at what would later become known as Anzac Cove, and instead of coming ashore on a gently sloping beach, the troops were confronted with steep cliffs and a warren of ridges and gullies.

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Anzac Beach packed with Australian soldiers and supplies with more arriving in small boats. Australian War Memorial – H03574

Despite the chaos, the Anzacs persevered under increasingly heavy fire, attempting to negotiate their way up the cliffs and onto the ridges that formed their early objectives. By nightfall they had established a precarious beachhead but had suffered the loss of more than 2,000 men killed and wounded.

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The 3rd Australian Light Horse Brigade going into the trenches at Pope’s Hill. Australian War Memorial – P00332.001

Over the next week, fighting continued to rage. By early May a stalemate had ensued. The Anzacs could make no progress inland and the Turks could not dislodge them. An attempt to break the stalemate in August failed, and with progress proving impossible, the Anzacs were evacuated in December 1915.

By the end of the Gallipoli campaign more than 10,000 Australian and New Zealand troops had lost their lives and some 18,000 had been wounded. The bodies of many of the fallen were never found, and the hills and gullies above Anzac Cove became their final resting place.

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Three Australian Army soldiers attending to a wounded comrade at Gallipoli. Australian War Memorial – H10369

Gallipoli was considered a costly military failure, but from this defeat the Anzac legend was born. The Anzacs had earned an enduring place in the Australian psyche, creating an incredible story of courage and endurance in the face of death and despair.

Gallipoli was the first major test for the newly federated Australian nation. People believed that in the Dardanelles, Australia’s soldiers laid the foundation for a lasting sense of national identity.

New Coin details

Making-of-a-nationMaking of a Nation 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, this coin depicts Australian troops in wooden row boats approaching the Gallipoli shoreline, with its rugged terrain in the background. The design includes the inscription ‘Making of a Nation’.

No more than 7,500 of these coins will be released.

 

BaptismofFire_coin-caseBaptism of Fire 2015 2oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin

Struck from 2oz of 99.99% pure gold, this coin depicts Anzac soldiers as they battled to scale the cliffs above Anzac Cove. The design includes the inscription 1915 – BAPTISM OF FIRE.

No more than 100 of these coins will be released.

Produced in association with the Australian War Memorial

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Jan 302015
 

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During World War I, the Anzacs earned an enduring place in the Australian psyche, creating an incredible story of courage and endurance in the face of death and despair.

Inscribed with the words ‘Making of a Nation’, this extraordinary coin from The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series portrays Anzac troops rowing towards the Turkish coastline during the Dardanelles Campaign of 1915.

For your chance to win The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series – Making of a Nation 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin, which has a limited mintage of just 7,500, rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram.

Clue: Birthplace of the Anzac legend.

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How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘February 2015 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 2 March 2015. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

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Last month’s winner: Congratulations George Wallace of California, USA who won last month’s anagram competition with the correct answer CORNUCOPIA

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Jan 302015
 

In ancient Greek mythology, Hera was the wife of Zeus and Goddess of women and marriage. In tribute to Hera, The Perth Mint has issued a rimless, high relief, antiqued coin made from 2oz of 99.9% pure silver.

This clip offers insights into the the processes used to strike, clip and apply the special antique finish to each coin in the mintage of just 2,000. Individually applied by hand, antiquing adds deep tone with a unique grained effect on the surface of each coin for an aged appearance.

Goddesses of Olympus – Hera 2015 2oz Silver High Relief Coin

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