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June 16, 2004

The Shatner

Sadly, reports that Canada is to introduce a Star Trek based five-dollar coin featuring William Shatner are not serious. Except that thing about changing Sir Wilfrid Laurier to look like Mr. Spock. We really do that (hat tip to Fred).

William Shatner was chosen to be represented on the coin because of his status as a hero to Canadians, and especially the science fiction community, which makes up approximately 80% of the Canadian population. Most Canadian coins are composed of standard base metals. However with Shatner on the face, they thought it more appropriate to go with a heavier metal, and ultimately chose a nickel-plated tritanium alloy.

Shatner beamed with joy when told he had been selected to be on the face of the coin. "I can't...tell you...how happy I am," he said in halting English. "No bones about it. I hope these coins...live long...and prosper...like my career."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 16, 2004 08:54 AM

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I can't believe this: they ripped off my idea!


I hate it when I comment on another blog, and then someone else makes money off the same idea.

Posted by: Kelvin at June 21, 2004 10:35 AM