Just because the United Federation of Planets doesn’t believe in the morality of currency doesn’t mean those of us stuck in the early 21st Century have learned a lesson about capitalism yet. Money is still championed in this day and age, and Canada has proved itself as the ultimate country for Star Trek fans by pairing the Royal Canadian Mint up with The Trek Collective to create Trek-themed money. And, yes, this money can be used as legal tender.
The logic of using some of these coins as real money, though, is questionable. While the $20 silver coins— featuring an image of the U.S.S. Enterprise — are going for face value, the colored $10 coins featuring Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock, Nyota Uhura, or Scotty are being sold for more than that.
From there, it only gets worse. The colored silver coins with an image of the Enterprise cost over 100 Canadian Dollars despite their face value only sitting at $20. And the pure gold Star Trek Delta Coin? This $200 coin, based on the Star Fleet insignia and featuring an image of Queen Elizabeth II will cost a whopping 1,300 Canadian Dollars, and it’s already sold out.
Members of the Federation would obviously be baffled by this clear ploy for monetary gain. While it’s fun for 21st Century dwellers who still believe in this kind of thing, the Enterprise gang would most likely consider these coins odd. Captain Jean-Luc Picard perhaps said it best in First Contact when he said: “The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.”
But, despite this obvious disparity, there’s no doubt that Captain Kirk would enjoy having his face on a coin, and that’s something everyone can appreciate.