Non-fungible tokens can be used for many use cases, including immortalizing history on the blockchain. For example, the Romanus Numerus project merges history and technology, connecting the past with the future. It is fascinating to see a collection of Roman numerals in the NFT space, as the artists had not explored this concept before.
The Romanus Numerus collection
Bringing historical events to the blockchain through NFT technology is a viable concept. Our species has witnessed many events over the centuries, and creating a record of important dates – to serve as a digital breadcrumb trail of sorts – will ensure those moments are immortalized forever. With the help of blockchain technology and NFT tokenization, everyone will learn more about these historic dates and their significance.
Romanus Numerus captures these historical moments using Roman numerals. A total of 100 historical events will be tokenized as NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain forever. The team also captures the numbers 1-100 as Roman numerals. Each NFT – date or number – is handcrafted. The artist prefers this method to the automatic generation of collectibles via script or smart contract, as it would not suit the serious nature of this project.
Each significant date is accompanied by a brief description of the historical event. With this description, collectors will know why the date matters, what happened, and how it may affect the lives we lead today. Mankind has evolved dramatically over time, and no influence was as widespread as that of the Romans. Thus, seeing an NFT commemorate the invention of the World Wide Web in Roman numerals feels unique and creative.
The combination of this influence with the creation of a permanent record of historical events through modern technology connects the dots between the past and the present. Using non-fungible token technology, anyone can get a piece of history in digital format. Additionally, the holder of the NFT has irrevocable ownership over that NFT, which may lead to other use cases in the future.
Another type of collection
Several aspects of Romanus Numerus make it different from most NFT projects accessible today. First, there is the very limited availability of 200 NFT in total, half of which represent historical events. So far, over 80% of events have been team-determined, though community members are encouraged to submit ideas for the remaining spots via Twitter. It’s a smart way to build community engagement and draw attention to your project.
Second, there is the first-mover advantage of taking advantage of Roman numerals. No other collection brings these figures to the fore. Additionally, none of the NFTs are generated automatically, adding an extra layer of finesse to this NFT collection.
Third, the growing popularity of the project, mainly thanks to this community. The partnership with BitColors also helps, because it allow for inking dates with the name of the colors used. BitColors is, like Romanus Numerus, a craft project, aligning the respective visions of the teams. For example, the aforementioned World Wide Web NFT invention uses “Vitalik Clapping” as the color.
Roman numbers from 1 to 100 in the collection can mean different things to different people. As color has different meaning and value to everyone, so do numbers. NFT collections can be more than profile pictures or extended collections as they can also take advantage of a person’s emotions and state of mind. It’s an intriguing evolution in this ever-changing space.