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Klingon ignites passion for ‘universal’ language

Klingon ignites passion for ‘universal’ language

In Star Trek, the Klingons are an extraterrestrial humanoid warrior species who speak forcefully in a harsh, guttural language. Despite its disagreeable sound, ‘Klingonese’ has developed an extraordinary following in real-life.

Although the Klingon language was mentioned in the early Star Trek episode The Trouble with Tribbles (1967), it wasn’t until Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) that the first words were spoken on screen. The subsequent development of Klingon into a fully-fledged language and the growing numbers of fans who speak it fluently reflects the enormous impact of the sci-fi classic’s impact on audiences worldwide.

The first Klingon words were devised by actor James Doohan (“Scotty”). For Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), director Leonard Nimoy and writer-producer Harve Bennett wanted the Klingons to speak in a structured way instead of random words, and so commissioned a more authentic script based on the phrases Doohan had originated.

The task was undertaken by Marc Okrand, a language expert with a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley. His new vocabulary and grammar were enthusiastically embraced by actor Christopher Lloyd (Captain Kruge) who impressed Okrand with his desire to get the pronunciation right, know what the words meant and how the sentences fitted together.

Okrand’s The Klingon Dictionary (1985), which described many aspects of the Klingon language, achieved sales of more than 300,000. In 1992 he released the audio book Conversational Klingon featuring Michael Dorn, the actor who played Worf. Among his follow up books The Klingon Way: A Warrior’s Guide is regarded by fans as a canonical source of the alien language.

Okrand says he never imagined people would study it so seriously or learn it so well that they could actually carry on conversations!

The Klingon Institute (KLI), founded in 1992 by fellow academic Lawrence M. Schoen, offers online courses and holds an annual conference providing lessons, lectures and exercises for those wishing to speak Klingonese. The KLI also runs several projects to promote the language, including the translation into Klingon of the Bible and works by Shakespeare.

Antiqued silver coin portraying Worf, the first Klingon officer to join Starfleet.

Today, Klingon is probably the most fully developed fictional language in the world. Fans use it to conduct marriage ceremonies and to write songs. A Klingon Christmas Carol, based on the famous novella by Charles Dickens, is performed regularly in the United States. An opera in the Klingon language premiered in The Hague in 2010.

In Australia, the Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains became the first attraction to offer guided tours in Klingon after the Sydney-class starship U.S.S. Jenolan appeared in an episode of The Next Generation.

In art, in advertising, even in television series and movies that have nothing to do with Star Trek, Klingon is now so extensively used that you might call it the first ‘universal’ language.

tlhlngan maH!
[We are Klingons!]

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Greek Gods take coin collecting to new heights

Greek Gods take coin collecting to new heights

Greek mythology can be defined as a collection of stories about the gods, goddesses, heroes and rituals of the ancient Greeks. The legendary tales were once an integral part of everyday life, used to explain everything from religious rituals to the weather, or to provide justification of social or political institutions.

Passed down over hundreds of generations, today they remain an important part of Greek culture and are recognised for their profound influence on western civilisation as a whole.

Gods of Olympus 12-Coin Set

At the centre of Greek mythology is the pantheon of deities who lived on Mount Olympus – the ‘12 Olympians’.

The Gods of Olympus 12-Coin Set is an extraordinary release featuring richly illustrated portrayals of the most famous Greek gods and goddesses. Each coin is struck in high relief from 2oz of 99.9% pure silver with an antique finish giving it the appearance of an age-old artefact.

The “12 Olympians”

  • Zeus – supreme ruler of Mount Olympus
    The coin shows Zeus sitting on a throne with an eagle perched on his right hand and a lightning bolt, which he used as a weapon, in his left.
  • Hera – goddess of women and marriage, queen of the Olympians
    Hera, the wife of Zeus, is portrayed on a throne wearing a cylindrical polos crown, with her symbols including a pomegranate and three peacocks.
  • Poseidon – god of the sea
    Armed with his trident, Poseidon is depicted emerging from the waves in a chariot pulled by two sea-horses known as hippocampi.
  • Demeter – goddess of agriculture and harvest
    Demeter is portrayed collecting grapes while also holding a scythe amid a wheat crop in which there are two chickens.
  • Athena – goddess of wisdom, patron of the city of Athens
    Depicted with a spear and a shield with Medusa’s head on it, Athena is shown with an owl on her shoulder in front of a temple amid olive trees.
  • Apollo – god of music, healing and medicine, the sun and light, and truth
    Apollo is seen playing his golden lyre in a garden where the nymph Daphne, subject of his unrequited love, is transformed into a laurel tree.
  • Artemis – goddess of chastity, virginity, the hunt, the moon, and the natural environment
    Drawing a bow and arrow, Artemis in depicted in the forest at night against the moon and stars with a large stag in the background.
  • Ares – god of war, and the son of Zeus and Hera
    In the midst of a raging battle, Ares is pictured in full body armour holding the staff of his weapon and a large shield.
  • Aphrodite – goddess of love, pleasure and beauty
    In a visual reference to her birthplace, the beautiful Aphrodite is illustrated sitting on a rock with her sacred swans nearby.
  • Hephaestus – god of fire, blacksmiths, sculptors, metallurgy, volcanoes and architecture
    Son of Zeus and Hera, and husband of Aphrodite, Hephaestus is shown hammering a sword on a blacksmith’s anvil.
  • Hermes – god of trade, eloquence, and a messenger of the gods
    Running through the sky, Hermes is portrayed with his kerykeion or staff, leather messenger pouch, winged traveller’s hat and talaria or winged sandals.
  • Hestia – goddess of the hearth, home, family, domestic life and architecture
    Seen kneeling in front of a kitchen fire, the kind and forgiving Hestia is surrounded by pots and pans containing a variety of foods.

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Presented in a luxurious black presentation box containing three trays of four coins, this superb release is limited to a maximum mintage of only 1,000 sets.

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