The face side of the coin features a migratory crane, which symbolizes that virtual country transcends lands and borders. The same image of Japanese crane was also used in the Wirtland's postage stamp. The reverse of the coin features the coat of arms of Wirtland, and is also marked "Gold 999,9". 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.
The diameter of the coin is 16.5 mm, composition: 24 carat pure gold, weight: 1/10 troy oz. (3.2 grams). The price of "Wirtland Crane" (currently $135 retail / $120 wholesale) will be reflecting the current price of gold. Wirtland is not seeking to introduce a new internationally recognized currency. “Wirtland Crane” formally has status similar to that of commemorative or collectors’ coins. Its competitive price* allows “Wirtland Crane” to be used also as an investment tool. As the coin is not intended for circulation, it's denominated symbolically at 10 ICU (International Currency Units).
Wirtland's official partner Moonlight Mint, which has been receiving advance orders for "Wirtland Crane" from collectors all over the world, has now confirmed that "Wirtland Crane" can be purchased directly from its online store complete with official Certificate of Authenticity (regarding discounts for wholesalers and other details please email Mint (at) Wirtland .com). The total mintage of "Wirtland Crane" will be limited.
"I received the Wirtland 10 ICU, and I really think it's a gorgeous coin!" - said Erik V. McCrea, a coin collector, who was the first buyer of "Wirtland Crane" (see photograph). Erik shares his comments in article "Wirtland's coins: first results".
It took us only about 4 months to realize this unprecedented project: from a scratch to first sales of the product. The success of "Wirtland Crane" confirms that Wirtland is an efficient mechanism, which can realize ambitious projects quickly and effectively.
*Compare the pricing with other gold bullion coins of the same weight, which start at 139 USD and have lower percentage of pure gold. See, for instance American Eagle: (1), (2), (3)
>> World mass media about Wirtland coins (in English, if not stated otherwise):
Wirtland si-a lansat a doua moneda oficiala, Colectionarul Roman, October 6, 2009 (in Romanian)
Wirtland Introduces New “Silver Crane” Coin, Сoin Collecting News, October 5, 2009
Wirtland Introduces New “Silver Crane” Coin, Gold Newswire, September 28, 2009
Wirtland Introduces New “Silver Crane” Coin, CoinNews.net, September 28, 2009
Время «виртуального» серебра, Sriblo, September 24, 2009 (in Russian)
Монеты по неизменной цене, Sriblo, September 21, 2009 (in Russian)
Virtual country's gold coin "a work of art", The World Of Gold, August 25, 2009
Wirtland Crane Gold Coin Gains Attention, CoinNews.net, August 24, 2009
Wirtland Virtual Country Launches 24-carat Gold Coin, DGC Magazine, August 2009, page 13
Internet-based Nation Issues Gold Coins, CJEnvironmental.com, July 29, 2009
Cybercountry Gold Coin Becomes Reality, the First “Wirtland Crane”, Silver & Gold Trade, July 28, 2009
První virtuální země vydává svou první zlatou pamětní minci, Zlataky, July 28, 2009 (in Czech)
Lansare moneda "nationala", Colectzii, July 28, 2009 (in Romanian)
Виртуальные монеты, Sriblo, July 28, 2009 (in Russian)
“Wirtland Crane”: the first gold coin from a cybercountry became reality, Topix.com, July 27, 2009
Cybercountry Gold Coin Becomes Reality, the First “Wirtland Coin”, CoinNews.net, July 27, 2009
Virtual country launches 24-c gold coin, The World Of Gold, July 27, 2009
Wirtland Crane: the first gold coin from a cybercountry, CoinLink, July 27, 2009
Wirtland Crane becomes the first physical gold coin from a virtual world, IvanWalsh.com, July 27, 2009