Wirtland Crane becomes the first physical gold coin from a virtual world

by Ivan on July 27, 2009

Wirtland has released its first gold coin – Wirtland Crane – a 1/10 oz. coin minted in 24 carat gold. The Wirtland Crane may be the world’s first gold coin to be produced by an internet-based (virtual) country. Wirtland is an internet-based sovereign country.

wirtlandcraneDetails of the coin

The coin’s denomination is 10 [ICU] (International Currency Units).

The diameter of the coin is 16.5 mm, composition: 24 carat pure gold, weight: 1/10 troy oz. (3.2 grams). As the coin is not intended for circulation, it’s denominated symbolically at 10 ICU (International Currency Units).

The obverse features a migratory crane, which symbolizes that virtual country transcends lands and borders.

The reverse shows the official coat of arms of Wirtland, with the Latin inscription “Virtus, Non Copia Vincit” and is also marked “GOLD 999,9″.

  • Size: 16.5mm
  • Composition: 999+ Pure Gold
  • Weight: One-Tenth (0.10) Troy Oz. (3.2 grams)
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Finish: Proof-like
  • Holder: non-PVC flip with certificate
  • Final Mintage: To Be Determined

The coin was designed by Daniel Carr.

Where to buy

The Wirtland Crane can be purchased from the mint’s online store at http://tinyurl.com/lgpfh7, complete with official Certificate of Authenticity.

The total mintage of Wirtland Crane will be limited, and the price (currently 135 USD / 95 euros) will be reflecting the current price of gold.

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The history of Wirtland is quite interesting.

Its Gold Coin Project is part of the Economic Strategy of the first country in cyberspace, which unites nearly 700 citizens from all 5 continents. Its website says that ‘Wirtland is not seeking to introduce a new internationally recognized currency.’

The developers of the virtual world see the Wirtland Crane as similar to that of commemorative or collectors’ coins and medals. Its competitive price allows “Wirtland Crane” to be used also as an investment tool.

Wirtland (www.Wirtland.com) is an experimental sovereign country and is based on the concept of a country that transcends national borders without breaching or lessening the sovereignty of any involved.

It claims to be the youngest country in the world and was founded on August 14, 2008. It is an experiment into legitimacy and self-sustainability of a sovereign country without its own soil.

Wirtland is based on the concept of a country that transcends national borders without breaching or lessening the sovereignty of any involved. Many people feel powerless when it comes to the events that transpire within the governments of their home country, so the creation of a country where they can enact changes and contribute in a meaningful way makes them feel better.

This idea could become a movement and given time, could affect change in the real world. Wirtland is the newest alternative for people’s self-identification.

It already has a network of citizens (see http://witizens.ning.com) from 5 continents, offers citizenships, and publishes a newspaper.

I have to admit getting confused when reading that, ‘Wirtland citizens do not use avatars and are engaged in real-world activities, gaining real-life results.’

Which begs the question why not do this in the real world?

It also adds that it may ‘influence real politics, set up organizations, earn money, find partners. Wirtland issues real passports, marriage certificates, and other documents; it registers businesses and other institutions.’

If I find out more, I will update this post.

More information at www.Wirtland.com

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