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Royal Dutch Mint showcases a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Defence Line of Amsterdam

Royal Dutch Mint showcases a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Defence Line of Amsterdam The Stelling van Amsterdam (Defence Line of Amsterdam) is a complete ring of fortifications extending more than 135 km around the city of Amsterdam and is the only example of a fortification based […]

Mint of Poland celebrates Audubons Birds with a silver coin series showcasing his beloved art

Mint of Poland celebrates Audubons Birds with a silver coin series showcasing his beloved art One of the most impressive and well-loved feats in natural history literature, John James Audobon’s epic Birds of America book is also one of the most sought after works in history. Even […]

Italy celebrates 60 years of the ultra-iconic Fiat 500 city car with a new silver coin release

Italy celebrates 60 years of the ultra-iconic Fiat 500 city car with a new silver coin release Surprisingly given their ubiquitous nature, cars are a relative rarity on modern precious metal commemorative coins. Leave it up to Italy, the home of some of the worlds most famous […]

Downies celebrates Captain Cooks first epic voyage with high relief silver three coin set

Downies celebrates Captain Cooks first epic voyage with high relief silver three coin set One of the worlds foremost explorers, Captain James Cook of the British Royal Navy is famed for making three epic voyages to the Pacific Ocean. Credited with the first recorded European contact with […]

Special royal commemoratives celebrate the 70th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh

Special royal commemoratives celebrate the 70th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh

On 20 November 2017, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh became the first British royal couple to celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary. To commemorate this special and historic occasion we have released four collector coins – a 1oz silver proof, a 2oz gold proof, a 1/4oz gold proof and a 2oz platinum coin.

The Queen and Prince Philip first met when she was a girl of 13 at a family wedding in 1934. They met again in 1937, and again in 1939 after which they began exchanging letters.

Philip eventually proposed in 1946 at Balmoral when Elizabeth was 20 years of age and she accepted without consulting her parents, the King and Queen. Her father asked that they delay the formal announcement of the engagement until after her 21st birthday the following April.

The official engagement announcement was finally made on 9 July 1947, and was followed by a garden party the next day at Buckingham Palace to introduce the happy couple.

The Queen, then known as Princess Elizabeth, married the Duke of Edinburgh, known then as Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, at Westminster Abbey in London at 11.30am on 20 November 1947. The wedding was attended by 2,000 guests and broadcast to 200 million radio listeners around the world.

The wedding reception was a breakfast held at Buckingham Palace in the Ball Supper Room. The couple received more than 2,500 wedding presents from around the world and approximately 10,000 telegrams of congratulations.

The royal nuptials added a welcome touch of glamour in post-World War II Britain when millions of people were still living in bomb-damaged cities and coping with food rations and coupons. The royal wedding was the first major event in Britain since the end of the war. However, the young Princess Elizabeth – mindful of the sacrifices being made by the people – used ration coupons to purchase the material for her wedding dress which was designed by the Court Designer, Sir Norman Hartnell.

Celebrate with silver, gold and platinum Australian commemorative coins

The reverse of each coin depicts the shield from the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom alongside the shield from the Coat of Arms of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The design also includes flowers from the floral emblems of Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England, as well as St Edward’s Crown, the inscription 70TH ANNIVERSARY ROYAL WEDDING, the year-dates 1947-2017, and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.

The obverse of each coin depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2017 year-date and monetary denomination. These coins are issued as Australian legal tender with maximum mintages of only 5,000 of the 1oz silver, 350 of the 2oz gold, 750 of the 1/4oz gold and 250 of the 2oz platinum.

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Parisian producer, Art Mint debuts its beautiful Celestial Bodies range of silver coins

Parisian producer Art Mint debuts its beautiful Celestial Bodies range of silver coins We first saw images of this new series from Art Mint way back in Berlin in February. The three coin part gilded series was called Celestial Bodies and featured stylised representations of the sun […]

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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Lieutenant Commander Worf immortalised on this 30th anniversary limited edition

Lieutenant Commander Worf immortalised on this 30th anniversary limited edition

Running for 178 episodes over seven seasons, The Next Generation followed the 24th century adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew on board the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D.  Together they encountered old enemies turned allies such as the Romulans and the Klingons, while confronting several new species including the Ferengi, the Cardassian and the Borg.

Fans of the show quickly became enamoured with the first Klingon to join Starfleet – Lieutenant Commander Worf, who was introduced in the first episode of The Next Generation. Funnily enough Worf was never intended to be a regular character on the show, but his popularity proved so great that he went on to appear in all five films and 272 television episodes of the hit Star Trek franchise.

American actor Michael Dorn appeared as Worf more times as a regular cast member than any other Star Trek actor.

The Klingons were an extra-terrestrial humanoid warrior species who initially appeared in The Original Series as antagonists of the Enterprise crew. By The Next Generation they had become a close ally of humanity and the United Federation of Planets.

Worf was born in 2340 on Qo’noS (home of the Klingon race) as the son of Mogh, where he remained until his parents moved to the Khitomer colony five years later.

Worf was orphaned during the attack by the Romulans on the Khitomer post. He was rescued by the U.S.S. Intrepid and taken in by Starfleet’s Chief Petty Officer, Sergey Rozhenko, who raised him on the planet Gault surrounded by humans. Despite this, Worf thought of himself as a Klingon at heart and his mannerisms, personality and sense of honour were more reminiscent of his heritage. In 2357 he joined Starfleet Academy, graduating in 2361 to become the first Klingon officer Starfleet had ever had.

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Lieutenant Commander Worf
2017 2oz Silver Proof Antiqued Coin

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Next Generation this silver antiqued coin features the Star Trek: The Next Generation 30th Anniversary logo and Lieutenant Commander Worf alongside the Klingon insignia. The design includes the well-known Klingon motto ‘It is a good day to die’™, written in the Klingon language.

Struck from 99.99% pure silver this stunning collectable has a maximum mintage of 1,701 and is presented in a Star Trek inspired case transporter machine which lights up when the lid is opened.

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Austria continues its historical Maria Theresa silver coin series with Justice & Character

Austria continues its four-coin historical Maria Theresa silver coin series with Justice & Character A classic in the numismatic world, the Maria Theresa thaler (MTT) was first minted in 1741 and this silver bullion coin remained currency in the Austrian Empire until 1858. It continued to be […]

Royal Wedding anniversary celebrated by Ascension Island in huge style with a 70-ounce coin

Royal Wedding anniversary celebrated by Ascension Island in huge style with a 70-ounce coin An incredible feat for any couple but a staggeringly rare one for a sitting monarch, a platinum wedding anniversary marks seven decades of commitment. Queen Elizabeth II is one of the worlds longest-ever […]