Oh well, a few days off turned into a few minutes as we almost immediately got a new coin to report on! As it’s a cyborg, I’m taking a break from taking a break and here we are. We always look forward to issues from Powercoin, who despite being known predominately as a coin dealer, are also responsible for some really special coins, like the Micromosaic Passion, and the Eternal Sculptures series. This one is a bit different.
There’s surprisingly little conceptual science-fiction on modern coins. Lots of popular media franchises, of course, and some hard science concepts, but little in the way of imaginative originals. ‘The Alien’ is the first in a five coin series to be released one per annum, and is called ‘Cyborg Revolution’. It will tell the story of an invasion, from the first arrival, to the grand final battle for freedom.
Fully employing the CIT/BH Mayer smartminting technology, the three-ounce fine silver coin is a cool mix of ultra high-relief, and vivid, almost fluorescent metallic colour. It’s a striking design, showing us the alien on its surface to the left, morphing into a view of its inner workings on the right. All the surrounding area is filled with a detailed look at the inner and outer workings of this extraordinary biomechanical being. Thankfully, they’ve kept this reverse face free of intrusive inscriptions.