ARISE

Available in copper and proof-like silver, individually numbered proof silver and ANACS-certified silver, ARISE tells the story of one life's end...
...and the golden dawn of another.
  • Bullion
  • Proof-Like
  • Numbered Proof
  • ANACS Proof
  • Copper
Concept Johan Kirsten
Design Johan Kirsten
Sculptor Luigi Badia
Metal & Purity .999+ Fine Silver (Ag)
Weight 1 Troy Ounce / 31.1 grams
Product Year 2014
Diameter 39mm / 1.526"
Finish Brilliant Uncirculated
Numbering Not Applicable
Variations Proof-Like, Proof, ANACS, Copper
Total Mintage 0000 (updated weekly)
Available Until 30 June 2014
MSRP market + $5.00
Mint Packaging Tubes of 20
Concept Johan Kirsten
Design Johan Kirsten
Sculptor Luigi Badia
Metal & Purity .999+ Fine Silver (Ag)
Weight 1 Troy Ounce / 31.1 grams
Product Year 2014
Diameter 39mm / 1.526"
Finish Proof-like mirror, only minor blemishes
Numbering Not Applicable
Variations Bullion, Proof, ANACS, Copper
Total Mintage 0000 (updated weekly)
Available Until 30 June 2014
MSRP market + $15.00
Mint Packaging Clear plastic air-tite
Concept Johan Kirsten
Design Johan Kirsten
Sculptor Luigi Badia
Metal & Purity .999+ Fine Silver (Ag)
Weight 1 Troy Ounce / 31.1 grams
Product Year 2014
Diameter 39mm / 1.526"
Finish Proof Mirror, no visible blemishes
Numbering Individually Starting at #1000
Variations Bullion, Proof-Like, ANACS, Copper
Total Mintage 0000 (updated weekly)
Available Until 30 June 2014
MSRP market + $25.00
Mint Packaging Clear plastic air-tite
Concept Johan Kirsten
Design Johan Kirsten
Sculptor Luigi Badia
Metal & Purity .999+ Fine Silver (Ag)
Weight 1 Troy Ounce / 31.1 grams
Product Year 2014
Diameter 39mm / 1.526"
Finish Proof Mirror, no visible blemishes, guaranteed PF-69+
Numbering Individually Starting at #0002
Variations Bullion, Proof-Like, Proof, Copper
Total Mintage 0000 (1000 max)(updated weekly)
Available Until 30 June 2014 or sold out
MSRP market + $40.00
Mint Packaging Permanent slab encapsulation
Concept Johan Kirsten
Design Johan Kirsten
Sculptor Luigi Badia
Metal & Purity .999+ Fine Copper (Cu)
Weight 1 AV Ounce / 28.3 grams
Product Year 2014
Diameter 39mm / 1.526"
Finish Proof-Like mirror
Numbering Not Applicable
Variations Bullion, Proof-Like, Proof, ANACS Proof
Total Mintage 0000 (updated weekly)
Available Until 30 June 2014
MSRP $2.00
Mint Packaging Tubes of 20
Designed completely by original SBSS creator Johan Kirsten, the ARISE coin reminds us that often a golden dawn follows a fiery death. Available in four distinct versions, ARISE is a requirement for any silver collection. Discover the true story behind the coin here.
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Johan Kirsten

The Inspiration:

My name is Johan Kirsten and in 2012 I designed the first Silver Bullet Silver Shield coin, the coin that has come to be known around the world as the Debt & Death.

Here’s a quick story on how the Silver Bullet Silver Shield coins came to exist:

I first developed the idea for the Debt & Death coin while listening to Coast to Coast AM radio. I was impressed with the guest and his ideas; he sounded like an intelligent man with vision. At the time, I was working in South-East Asia, near a series of villages famous for their silver production and exquisite workmanship since ancient times. I wrote the guest, suggesting a partnership to bring the coin to life. Debt & Debt SketchI proposed a design based on the philosophy and central message he was advocating, and suggested minting it in Asia. There seemed something romantic about an anti-corporate, grassroots movement minting silver in a medieval village in the mountains. We worked together, finalized the design and then things went cold. Understandably, there was concern about quality control with an overseas production base. Left in the dark, my partner moved on with my concept & design. I was not compensated nor did I consent to the use of my designs without my involvement.

I learned later that my coin became a best-selling international sensation.

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The Turning Point:

And then, on April 12, 2013, it all went terribly wrong.

The next chapter in the saga is infamous and widely published on the web. The amount of mud-hurling was so epic that I am surprised Martin Scorsese hasn’t called yet requesting the film-rights. To be completely truthful, I knew very little about the fallout and all the saucy details. Even though my name has popped up in the discussions, I couldn’t be bothered to read what was being said. The whole phenomenon reminded me too much of a reality television-show to take it seriously. I don’t want any part of the playground drama.

Marcus Aurelius

Making the Connection:

The Silver Bullet Silver Shield line was envisioned with a great deal of ideology and honorable intentions. It was a just cause and would have done a fair amount of good. Why then did it fall by the wayside? How did it become corrupted?

"There was once a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish...” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Last of The Five Good Emperors

I would like to draw a comparison: consider the Silver Bullet Silver Shield as vision and institution being a microcosm of the infinitely larger macrocosm, the United States of America. Both were founded with a vision of liberty and good intentions. Where one fell in a matter of generations, the other took mere months, yet both are doing this as a result of the same ailment, namely, our character or lack there-of. Are we the spineless and decadent Roman, moments away from the collapse of Rome? Has greed and the worshiping of material wealth and status entirely smothered out morality? We need signed contracts, as thick as a book, for business to proceed; a man’s word and pledge has become worthless. It has become worthless, for we no longer are men. Some who are now considering these words are fond of quoting the Founding-Fathers, yet our actions would shame us in their presence. Morality, honor, courage and sacrifice are concepts we discuss theoretically, yet are not practiced in our societies, in-fact they are laughed at. Our stagnation and degeneration is eroding away what men far greater than us had built. We have become poor imitations of the original article.

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Enter ARISE - The Freedonian Evolution:

While the Silver Bullet Silver Shield team was working to shrug off the last year and get back in good hands, I was asked to develop a new coin to hail a comeback for the beaten and abused series, and help rebuild the dream that was lost. I agreed to do so because I believe in second chances. I believe that we can turn things around and realize the original ideals. On a personal level, it is important for me to prove that we can rebuild and flourish, as it would give more credence to the hope that on a larger scale Western Civilization can pull out of its nose-dive and avert this desperate plummeting towards ruin. I re-engaged the collection, took artistic control and created a coin that embodies these new beginnings. And so, without further delay we proudly present the Silver Bullet Silver Shield Renaissance: ARISE.

In the mythological tales, the Phoenix is perpetually reborn from the ashes of its predecessor. It retains all of the knowledge and experience of its ancestor, continually improving its chances of success with wisdom and experience.

But unlike common pop-culture representations, the ARISE Phoenix features neither flame nor ash. Instead, the typical depictions are replaced by the rising sun and long sun rays, signifying the opportunity that exists and the golden dawn of a new age.

Freedonia: Land of the Free

The ARISE is also symbolic of the American Dream, which can only be restored by starting over-a rebirth-and doing it right. There is such a thing as a 2nd chance. There was a time, roughly 20 years after the war of independence when the name Freedonia was on the cards as a name for the U.S.A.-Freedonia simply means: land of the free. Americans were called Freedonians.

That was America. It was in aspiration, a Camelot. It was created by men who wanted to be free from European lords. Freedom was the main priority. What made America was not the state or government and it’s laws, but rather the dream and dedication to freedom that the common citizen held in his heart… in other words, like Marcus Aurelius said, it was a dream… a whisper, very fragile. People have lost this dream.

What made the U.S unique and comparable with a mythical Camelot was not found within its government buildings, but rather in the hearts of its citizenry whom left behind the old-world with its tyrannical lords and taxes and having come upon a new-world and thus understood profoundly what freedom means. There was a second chance to start over, to do it right. They understood freedom is a price worth dying, for without it, it is not worth living.

As great men have done before us, we can do the same today: bring on the re-birth of freedom, stand up and be counted as “Freedonians”. No war is needed, merely a re-kindling of the original flame.

The time is now to arise and be counted. The letter “I” is enlarged and takes up the spot at the very top, for the “I”, the individual must take the step. This is also the position “high-noon” occupies on the clock, thus signifying it is high-time to take action. The stars above the letters relates to a celestial star-crossed destiny for good must ultimately triumph over evil.

I believe that men, who stand for the principle of freedom, can rebuild the Silver Bullet Silver Shield and prove that civilization may not be doomed after all.

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Silver Bullet Silver Shield: The 2014 ARISE Collection