Friday, 10 June 2016

gold-pressed latinum

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek, the Canadian mint will be issuing commem- orative coinage with images of the franchise’s original series—including solid gold Star Fleet emblem communicator badges with a face value of C$200, though as bullion worth over one thousand. For those of us on a yeoman’s salary, there are smaller-denominations as well as other collectibles. I think all this excitement is wonderful and well-deserved, although it’s a bit ironic, I think, as the economics of the Star Trek Universe is not just cashless but seems close to utopian.