–or something along those lines, I guess? I received it in a handful of change today. It looks like a legitimate Canadian 25-cent piece, except for the depiction of Shub-Niggurath on the reverse side. The obverse features the traditional profile depiction of the Queen, looking all matronly and pearl-encrusted, seemingly not at all aware of the horror lurking just on the other side of the coin. The dates 1952-2002 can just be made out in tiny characters below, so I expect that this coin is intended to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee, or the 50-year anniversary of the pact between the British monarchy and the Cosmic Forces of Elder Darkness, or possibly both.
The other side is a bit difficult to describe accurately, as one might expect of a depiction of a being summoned from other-dimensional realms of non-Euclidean geometry. It appears to be a representation of a gigantic featureless mass, probably a Shoggoth, radiating monolithic pseudopods at strange angles. Beneath it, dwarfed by its hideous bulk, stands a crowd of crudely depicted humanoids with their arms raised, either worshipping it or fleeing in terror. The creature is extruding sinuous, writhing tentacles toward the crowd and plucking up victims, presumably to engulf them-- several tiny figures are already embedded in its gelatinous membrane. One of the tiny figures, however, stands fearlessly atop the entity, arms raised toward the heavens, beckoning toward the warped constellations above. I infer this to be the cult’s High Priest, or perhaps even the avatar of great Nyarlathotep himself, declaring that the stars are right at last! Iä! Iä!
Ordinarily I object to state-sponsored religious messages as a matter of principle. But I have to admit that this is one of the most intriguing currency designs I’ve ever seen. I can’t seem to stop looking at it. It calls to me.