There is little that sums up modern society as much as a conspiracy theorist. A dive into the fantastical and mysterious in a world filled with so much pressure and mundanity, is a relief to many, but often spills out to ridicule. It’s hard to criticise the ridicule when you see such idiotic notions as the Flat Earth Theory. You literally can’t argue with a believer of this, given they’ve already chosen to ignore the copious amounts of easily verifiable evidence to the contrary. Less obvious is covered by the second of Powercoins ‘Great Conspiracies’ 2 oz silver coin series.
Area 51 has long been a legend of, not just the conspiracy theorists, but popular culture in general. Movies, books, TV show and countless other expressive forms, have long had a fascination with the Nevada-based facility. Said to be the home of captured alien technology, and even the fabled ‘Grey’ aliens, the reality is a little more down to earth, but no less interesting. A US military test facility going back to the Lockheed U2 days of the 1950’s, the area was used to evaluate new and advanced aircraft, so the spotting of strange lights in the sky is quite understandable. Doesn’t make it aliens, however.
The coin takes the two most iconic elements for its design – the flying saucer and the big-eyed alien. It’s actually a pretty cool looking piece, with the custom bordered and green coloured obverse enhancing the alien feel. An expansive custom capsule highlights the coin perfectly, and it all comes in a themed tin with a Certificate of Authenticity.
We missed covering the first issue last year, and it does cover that most ludicrous of ideas, the Flat Earth Theory. This one has a flat map of the planet on one side, with the same obverse as the 2020 coin, but in blue. The coin looks great, the theory less so… This one is similarly packaged and has an identical mintage of 500 pieces. Area 51 is available to order now, with shipping in April 2021. The Flat Earth is available now.