There are strange things done in the Midnight sun by the men who toil for gold, but the strangest thing I ever did see was Noreen Stevens’ Christ gold coin.
That famous bard of the North, Robert Service, just might have written his immortal poem of Yukon gold lust in such a way if he had lived to hear of the Stevens’ gold coin affair.
During the conflict-of-interest hearings involving Sinclair Stevens, the former minister of regional industrial expansion, the hearing heard that his wife, Noreen, had devised a scheme to tap into the lucrative gold coin market. Called the Christ coin, it would be approved by the Vatican to commemorate, in the year 2000, the birth of Jesus. Redemption time? On Christmas Eve, of course, said Mrs Stevens, agreeing to a suggestion from the bench.
Alas, the Vatican, its hands tied by strict Italian currency laws, declined the offer. But that shouldn’t stop the enterprising Stevens team. After all, Mrs Stevens told the hearing that devising innovative investment vehicles is a sort of hobby for her and her husband.
Maybe instead of Pope John Paul II on one side and Jesus Christ on the flip side, we’ll get a coin with the image of a Stevens gracing both sides. It might not be a best seller, but with the inscription, The Vicars Of Gaud, it just might become a collector’s item.