Gold & Banknote design.
From the beginning, Independent Currencies has been exploring the possibilities of merging precious metals with banknotes. Paper money has often served as a stand-in for real gold. New technologies open doors to innovative hybrid banknotes.
Gold bearer instruments first produced in 2013, as cash-like bills infused with pure gold.
DGX launches in 2018, the first gold-backed digital token.
USG launches in Dubai, in 2020 – a digital token physically backed 1-1 by American Eagles.
BRICS announces the launch of a new gold-backed digital currency in 2023.
Our first experiment into the world of commodity-backed cash was a series of 12 concepts. The series was intended to showcase the range of commodity-backed tokens available at the time. It also introduced the idea of physically-backed bearer instruments for a range of commodity markets, simplifying ‘physical delivery’.
ART OF GOLD + ETHEREUM
Two ‘gold’ NFTs were released in 2020 on the SuperRare platform. This introduced the idea of ‘gold-backed’ artwork, merging physical art, precious metals, and ERC-20 NFTs.