Silver Shield Collection Paradigm Failure

Manuf. Silver Shield
Year 2014
Denom. BTC / Various
Type Round
Material .999 Silver
Diameter 39.3 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Weight 1 ozt
Country USA


This round is made by Silver Shield Collection, a
company that makes a large number of silver bullion
coins and bars. Most of the material created by Silver
Shield is based around Libertarian themes. Their
designs promote sayings like ‘Don’t tread on me’, the
right to bear arms, and mock the US federal monetary
system. The criticism aimed at the established financial
system is often done with the implication that precious
metals such as silver are ‘real’ money as opposed to
government issued money.
What makes this Bitcoin themed round truly special is
that it is not actually meant to promote Bitcoin in any
form. The ‘BitCON’ round is meant to mock the idea
of Bitcoin and crypto-currencies, with the implication
that they are intangible and therefore worthless (or
at least without intrinsic ‘real’ value) just like dollars,
euros, and pounds apparently are. The round has a large
Bitcoin ‘B’ symbol (which is technically incorrect, as it
only has one vertical stroke), inside of which smaller
dollar, euro, and pound signs are found. ‘Paradigm
Failure’ is superimposed in the center, and the outer
rim of the round states ‘You Don’t Own It If You Don’t
Hold It’. The divergence in opinions on crypto-currency
is most interesting.