When cyberpunk first emerged in the early Eighties, it was different from most science fiction of prior decades both in its subject matter and its ambient style. It was inspired by cybernetics, the science of replacing human functions with computer-guided ones, but also by “punk” as both a social movement and a fashion trend. In the former sense of “punk,” it ran counter to much of Western sci-fi in critiquing capitalism and speculating about its dystopian possibilities; and in the latter sense, it celebrated the vivid counter-culture sensibility of punk rock. The Coin Investment Trust celebrates the genre with the extraordinary 2023 3 oz Silver Black Proof Cook Islands Cyber Queen Coin.
- Comes in a secure plastic capsule!
- Issued in 2023!
- Limited mintage of only 999 pieces worldwide!
- Struck in Three Troy oounces of .999 fine silver in awe-inspiring Black Proof quality.
- Face value of $20 (NZD), issued by the Cook Islands.
- Obverse side features intricate circuitry- and neon-based designs alongside an inset of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse side features an original “Cyber Queen” character in tribute to the cyberpunk style.
The 2023 Silver Black Proof Cook Islands Cyber Queen Coin is the stunning product of SmartMinting technology, the unmistakable signature of the Coin Investment Trust’s impressive bullion collectibles. Its lustrous “black proof” quality magnificently offsets its colorized decorative touches and ultra high-relief in engravings, and it ships in a secure plastic capsule fully insured by Silver.com.
Cyberpunk emerged into its own genre in the Eighties as a cautionary tale about how technology could drive a wedge between people and reality, as well as between humans and their own humanity. In William Gibson’s “Sprawl” classics, cyber-augmented characters lived out the implications of those twin dilemmas, with one of the most iconic and complex being the “razorgirl” and “street samurai” Molly Millions: a cynical but likable mercenary who became the template for countless similar characters since.
The reverse side of this coin features a “cyber queen” inspired by anti-heroines like Millions, shown in a cyberpunk street scene with the inscription “2023” appearing at the lower rim. She bestrides a sleek motorcycle with a hairless cat seated behind her, and the neon-like decorative touches around her are echoed in a partially visible sign in the background.
The coin’s obverse side features an intricate circuitry-inspired decorative backdrop dominated by the lettering “CYBER QUEEN” in a neon-inspired blend of white and blue. The same neon-like decoration surrounds an insert of the late Queen Elizabeth II in effigy, accompanied by the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II,” “COOK ISLANDS,” and “20 DOLLARS.”
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