Wirtland Crane: the first gold coin from a cybercountry
Wirtland has released its first gold coin, known unofficially as “Wirtland Crane” or “Gold Crane”. The 1/10 oz. coin is minted in 24 carat gold, in cooperation with coin designer Daniel Carr and his company “Moonlight Mint”. Daniel Carr is creator of “Amero” coin, and author of the New York and Rhode Island 2001 statehood quarters.
“Wirtland Crane” is considered to be the world’s first gold coin to be produced by an internet-based (virtual) country. 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 coat of arms, and is also marked “GOLD 999,9”.
Wirtland’s Gold Coin Project is an integral part of the Economic Strategy of the first country in cyberspace, which currently unites nearly 700 citizens from all 5 continents. Wirtland is not seeking to introduce a new internationally recognized currency. “Wirtland Crane” formally has status 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 Crane can be purchased online directly 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.
Wirtland [‘v¡rtl?nd] claims to be the world’s first internet-based sovereign country. Wirtland is an experiment into legitimacy and self-sustainability of a country without its own soil. An extract from Wirtland’s Statute follows:
“While the boundaries of sovereign states are becoming symbolic in Europe, in other world’s regions sovereignty is increasingly challenged, and separatism leads to bloodshed and terrorism. Both trends suggest for a serious rethinking of the notion of self-identification in a changing world. For an individual, who is not actively involved in political life, there are too few options for self-identification. We believe people should be offered a broader choice.
Wirtland’s concept is a country that transcends national borders without breaching or lessening the sovereignty of any involved. Many people feel powerless when it comes to 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 can become a movement and, given time, can affect change in real world. Wirtland is the newest alternative for people’s self-identification. It is a democratic and peaceful alternative.
Who can apply for becoming a Wirtlander? Everyone”.
History and government
Wirtland was founded on August 14, 2008 as a public initiative. It is represented through its official website. Currently Wirtland is governed by Chancellor, and aims to become a parliamentary democracy. In July 2009 Global Antiwar Party was registered in Wirtland.
Population consists of citizens of Wirtland (Witizens) and tourists. Everyone can apply for becoming a citizen. A letter with self-introduction to web (at) wirtland.com is required to issue a residence permit or a passport. Wirtland offers equal democratic rights and does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, age, religion, race, gender. About citizenship
Economy and culture
Wirtland aims to become economically self-sustaining. Wirtland builds communities, which will offer political and economic benefits, generate employment opportunities, provide new sources of artistic creativity and independent opinion-sharing. In July 2009 Wirtland issued “Wirtland Crane”, which is considered to be the world’s first gold coin produced by internet-based country.
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