In a powerful moment in the 2011 movieRise of the Planet of the Apes,the ape Caesar uses sign language to convey the message “Apes Together Strong.” Shorn of its original meaning, the phrase migrated into the world of the viral Internet meme and became something else entirely, especially with the advent of “meme” stock trading. This controversial phenomenon saw large numbers of small “retail” stock traders flood the markets during the pandemic to take the side of struggling companies against the practice of “short-selling” in behaviors that were not traditionally market- or value-driven. “Apes Together Strong” became their rallying cry and is celebrated by the 1 oz Silver Wall Street Bets Apes Together Round.
The stock market in the 21st century has become as much a theater of political expression as a setting for commercial activity, illustrated by the “Apes Together Strong” meme commemorated by the 1 oz Silver Wall Street Bets Apes Together Round. These rounds are available individually in plastic flips, by multiples of 20 in protective tubes, or by boxes of 500 silver rounds.
The medallion’s art actually features the kind of “little guy” who is the imagined protagonist of meme stock trading, a boy in sunglasses with diamonds in either hand riding the rocket of prosperity, along with the inscription “Apes Together Strong” and a smaller one commemorating /r/WallStreetBets.
Meme trading made its debut during the COVID-19 pandemic with the controversial GameStop phenomenon, a “short squeeze” triggered primarily by avid users of the Reddit /r/WallStreetBets. A floundering game retailer’s stock was pushed to nearly thirty times its valuation before the squeeze: it led to accusations of market manipulation, a congressional hearing, and a number of class-action lawsuits against the Robinhood app that had enabled the flood of “retail” traders who were most vocally involved in the squeeze. Ironically, it also led to major profits for a number of hedge funds who quickly got in on the action. Nevertheless, the “little guy vs. the man” image of “meme stock trading” persists and is at the core of the “Apes Together Strong” meme.
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|Metal Content||1 Troy Ounce|
|Shipping||Orders over $199 Ship Free|
|Product Series||Wall Street Bets|
|Packaging Dimensions||1.5 x 1.5 x 0.1|