In the influential cyberpunk genre, the word “cyber” referred to cybernetics — the replacement of once human functions by advanced computers — while “punk” referred both to a critique of prevailing institutions and to the vivid stylistic sensibility of a musical counterculture. Pioneering works like William Gibson’s “Sprawl” trilogy unfolded stories of life at a cultural inflection point against a colorful but dystopian backdrop, ultimately influencing classic films likeBlade RunnerandThe Matrix. The 2023 Black Proof Cook Islands Cyber Queen 3 oz Silver Coin pays tribute to these extraordinary visions of the future.
The 2023 Black Proof Cook Islands Cyber Queen Silver Coin is a product of Coin Investment Trust’s signature SmartMinting technology. It features a lustrous “black proof” finish that beautifully offsets its ultra high-relief artwork and colorized decorative touches, and ships in a secure plastic capsule.
The obverse side features a detailed circuitry-inspired backdrop with the lettering “CYBER QUEEN” in a neon-inspired blend of white and blue. The same neon-like decoration surrounds an inserted effigy of the late Queen Elizabeth II with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II,” “COOK ISLANDS,” and “20 DOLLARS.”
The cybernetically enhanced anti-heroes and anti-heroines of cyberpunk fiction inspire the “cyber queen” who dominates the reverse, shown in a street scene with the inscription “2023” at the lower rim. She sits astride a sleek motorcycle with a hairless cat behind her, and a partially-visible sign in the background echoes the neon-like decorative lighting touches around her.
Cyberpunk emerged in the early Eighties as a vehicle for stylish but disquieting tales set in a future where technology became so advanced as to disrupt people’s perceptions of reality, and even their relationship with their own bodies. The iconic Molly Millions, a “razorgirl” and “street samurai,” became one of the most famous faces of William Gibson’s seminal early cyberpunk works, going on to influence countless characters since, fromGhost in the Shell‘s Major Kusanagi to the title character ofBattle Angel Alita. Collectively, these anti-heroines inspired the “cyber queen” of this gorgeous bullion collectible.
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|Mint Mark||Not Shown|
|Certificate of Authenticity||No|
|Metal Content||3 Troy Ounces|
|Shipping||Orders over $199 Ship Free|
|Producer||Coin Investment Trust|
|Product Series||Cyber Queen|