ANTARCTICA Dream-Dollars Seven Dollar Notes

The third denomination in the Dream-Dollars system is the Seven Dollar note. Seven is a special number, it appears in many cultures for important concepts. In our world, we have a number of Sevens: Seven Continents, Seven Seas, Seven Celestial Spheres, Seven Days in a Week, Seven Colors in a Rainbow, Seven Wonders of the World, Seven Archangels, Seven Heavens, and more. In Dream-Dollars, the Seven matches up with the Fifty-Two Dollar notes, because there are fifty-two weeks in a Year. On the front of these notes are the Founding Families of Nadiria, and on the back are four of the Sevens listed above: Celestial Spheres, Wonders of the World, Archangels, and Seas.

Seven Dollar Winter note, Digital print with mixed media, 2.5 x 6″ (1999)

The Winter dollar was dedicated to the noted explorer, Ronald Sutcliffe and his wife Eunice. An experienced polar explorer and guide, Sutcliffe served as the Colony’s Expedition Leader. He had been the first to set foot on the continent of Antarctica, but that fact was kept a secret to preserve integrity and anonymity of the utopian colony.  The reverse of this note pictures the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Pyramids of Egypt, Colossus of Rhodes, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

Seven Dollar Spring note, Digital print with mixed media, 2.5 x 6″ (1999)

The Spring Mint bears the images of Samuel and Constance Brundt, the leaders of the church that created the Lost Colony. Samuel Brundt was a well-known philosopher and mystic; author of many tracts and books, including the famous Codex Celastrus. Constance Brundt was the Dream Prophetess of the church, leading her community with her gift of dreaming.  The reverse features the Seven Archangels: Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael, Raguel, Zerachiel, and Remiel (according to Enoch I, the earliest reference to the Seven).

Seven Dollar Summer note, Digital print with mixed media, 2.5 x 6″ (1999)

The famed artist and inventor, Gaston Montpelier and his wife Madeleine, are featured on the Summer note. Montpelier created many new inventions and machines that helped the Lost Colony not only survive, but flourish. Unfortunately, some of his most powerful inventions, like his Fire of Heaven, were lost with him on that mysterious day back in 1899.  On the reverse of this bill are the Seven Celestial Spheres of the ancient philosophers: the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.

Seven Dollar Autumn note, Digital print with mixed media, 2.5 x 6″ (1999)

On the Autumn note we find the portraits of powerful shipping magnate, Angus Kilbourne and his wife, Catherine. A colony on the far-flung continent of Antarctica could have been possible without the backing of serious financial investment. Kilbourne’s shipping company not only backed the Colony financially, but also built a fleet of ships for the sole purpose of constructing, populating, and supplying the Colony.  The reverse pictures the Seven Seas of ancient lore: the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, China Sea, The East African Ocean, and the West African Ocean.

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