2020 16.5 gram Austria Big Data .900 Silver Niobium coin

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Our lives are digitised to such an extent that it is both virtually impossible to remember how we ever managed during our previous analogue existence and to imagine a world in which hand-held devices do not exist. The internet creates infinite possibilities and gives instant explanations by placing the world at our fingertips, so that it is now possible to embark on a borderless journey without actually getting off the sofa.

Imagine, for example, that you want to find out about video surveillance. A few clicks later you discover that it is the observation of places using electronic optical devices. The data collected is usually stored digitally and the images can be analysed with special software. But before you delve deeper and deeper, ask yourself the following question: While I am learning on the Internet, what is the Internet learning about me? What conclusions might it come to? While surfing the Internet you leave visible traces that businesses can use to learn about your individual preferences, which they either use themselves or sell on to third parties. Even worse, if your data were to fall into the wrong hands, a totalitarian government may try to use it to control, reprimand or spy on you.

Big data carries the danger that users lose their privacy and autonomy. So how can we use digital technology without the disadvantages? Big Data, the latest edition in our best-selling Silver Niobium series asks questions to which the answer may well decide how freely we live in the future. What is the most effective way to protect oneself from the invasion that has resulted from the digital revolution?

In its niobium core, the obverse of Big Data features a human eye that represents surveillance on the one hand and the biometric method of iris recognition on the other, while the silver outer ring is designed like a camera lens. Iris recognition means that we can all be recognised unequivocally.

The reverse of the coin shows people under surveillance, which is recognisable from the 20:20 running time on the left edge of the outer silver ring. In the foreground of the niobium core, one of a number of human silhouettes is peppered with squares that symbolise the personal data collected about that person. 

This new two-tone coin is minted to a maximum of 65,000 pieces in Special Uncirculated quality only and coin contains 9 grammes of 900 Fine Silver in its outer ring and 6.5 grammes of 998 pure niobium. Each piece is encapsulated, boxed and comes complete with a numbered certificate guaranteeing its authenticity.

More Information
Year 2020
Metal Content Mixed
Denomination 25 Euro
Purity 0.900
Country Austria
Manufacturer The Austrian Mint
Mintage 65,000
Diameter (mm) 34
Box & Certificate Yes