Two months after successful launch of Wirtland’s gold coin, Wirtland now introduces its first silver coin, the "Silver Crane". The new "Silver Crane" weighs 1 troy ounce (31.1 grams) and consists of .999 pure silver, its diameter is 39 mm.
The coin’s denomination is 2 International Currency Units (ICU). The "Silver Crane" can be purchased online for 38 US dollars from Wirtland’s official mint.
The design of new silver coin is similar to 1/10 ounce "Gold Crane" which was considered to be the world’s first physical gold coin issued by a virtual country, and called a "work of art" by experts. The silver coin, which is much larger in size, features the same image of migratory crane, symbolizing that virtual country transcends lands and borders.
The same image of the Japanese crane was used in the Wirtland’s postage stamp. The reverse of the coin features the coat of arms of Wirtland, and is also marked ".999 silver". As Wirtland has no geographical location, its address in cyberspace is essential. The country’s URL "www.WIRTLAND.com", inscribed on the coin, reflects the unique status of Wirtland as an internet-based state.
"Silver Crane" is offered in 3 versions of finishing: Cameo proof-like (polished silver), Satin, and Matte. The Matte version is a special limited-time offer. "Silver Crane" is primarily a coin for collectors or a gift item, unlike the "Gold Crane".
The "Gold Crane" serves dual purpose: it is not only a beautiful collector’s item or gift, but can be used as an effective investment instrument in the current situation of ever-raising gold prices. Its price (currently $135 retail / $120 wholesale) is significantly lower than other countries’ gold coins of identical weight and quality.
Both gold and silver coins are available form the internet shop of Wirtland’s official partner Moonlight Mint, complete with official Certificates of Authenticity. All inquiries are welcome at Mint (at) Wirtland .com.
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Wirtland (www.Wirtland.com) is the first internet-based sovereign state, an experiment into legitimacy and self-sustainability of a country without its own soil. Wirtland was founded on August 14, 2008 as a public initiative. Its population is currently approximately 700 citizens from all five continents. It is represented through its official website http://www.Wirtland.com, its social network http://www.Wirtland.net, and "The Times of Wirtland" at http://wirtland.blogspot.com.