New ‘Star Trek’ Coins Are Canadian-Pressed Latinum

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“The economics of the future are somewhat different. You see, money doesn’t exist in the 24th century. The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force of our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.”

Meanwhile, back here in the pre-warp era, money still has very real value. To that end, the Canadian Mint has put out a range of snazzy Star Trek coins to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise. As well as a selection of $20 coins featuring full-color images of certain characters and moments from the original series, they’ve put out a coin in the shape of the Starfleet insignia (with Queen Elizabeth II’s head on the back, obviously, making her a de facto Starfleet captain, probably).

The coin itself is 99.9% pure gold and has a face value of $200 Canadian, but it’ll cost you $1,300 (approximately $1,022 US dollars).

All of these coins are legal tender—but who’d want to pay for their gas with a pocketful of Shatners? Wait. That sounds awesome actually.

Check out more pictures of the coin collection below.

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(via io9)

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