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1  Bitcoin / Project Development / New Book: 'BLOCKLAND: 21 Stories of Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Crypto-Currency' on: May 25, 2020, 11:32:57 PM
Pre-launch & Project development thread/blog

Presenting: BLOCKLAND: 21 Stories of Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Crypto-Currency

This book is an attempt to broadly tell the story: the origin, history, culture, legends, and anecdotes, of the entire cryptocurrency industry. The book’s ~400 pages, 145 sections, and 21 chapters examine different facets of the Bitcoin and blockchain phenomenon. Much of this includes the history and happenings of this very forum. The misfit innovators, the wild stories, the scams, and all the many things that are real yet read like fiction. There are over 200 characters and 500 citations. After a year of full-time writing and research, it is in the final pre-publishing stages. This is my life's work.

Over five years ago in 2015, I announced pre-orders on this forum for the Encyclopedia of Physical Bitcoin and Crypto-Currency, which explored the meaning behind the art and imagery of 'physical bitcoins' which originally served as gimmicks to help people understand Bitcoin.

Project Status:
The book itself is done. It is now on the 3rd round of copy-editing.
Yesterday I added the Introduction and Table of Contents to my website www.cryptonumist.com/blockland
The cover design will be released shortly
I'm about halfway through the process of contacting/trying to contact 200 people who are mentioned in the book, so they can point out errors
I'm 1/3rd done with properly formatting ~500 citations

Ways you can help
Beta-reading
Anything related to marketing, promotion, affiliates
Potential Podcast/interview opportunities
Reviews
more.. just PM me

BLOCKLAND will be going on sale soon. Shipping is anticipated in late July.
If you want updates, watch this thread and/or subscribe to the newsletter on my website, linked above.
2  Economy / Collectibles / In Print: 'BLOCKLAND: 21 Stories of Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Crypto-Currency' on: May 20, 2020, 09:16:14 PM
Well, Pre-launch.

[drumroll]

Presenting: BLOCKLAND: 21 Stories of Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Crypto-Currency

Author Bio, Table of Contents, and Introduction available at www.cryptonumist.com/blockland

This book is an attempt to broadly tell the story: the origin, history, culture, legends, and anecdotes, of the entire cryptocurrency industry. The book’s 400 pages, 145 sections, and 21 chapters examine different facets of the blockchain phenomenon. Much of this includes the history and happenings of this very forum. The misfit innovators, the wild stories, the scams, and all the many things that are real yet read like fiction. There are over 200 characters and 500 citations. After a year of full-time writing and research, it is in the final pre-publishing stages. This is my life's work.

Over five years ago in 2015, I announced pre-orders on this forum for the Encyclopedia of Physical Bitcoin and Crypto-Currency, my first book. This consisted of 100 numbered ‘First Print Edition’ books, which helped me cover the expenses to bring the book to reality. The next year an additional 20 ‘Signature Edition’ hardcovers were sold.

Its time to renew the tradition.

In keeping with tradition, I am making available some ‘First Print Edition II’ hardcover books. They will be individually numbered and digitally signed. My intention is to ship these out several weeks before the official launch of the book. It is likely that this ‘pre-publish’ edition will be slightly different (and thus unique) than the final mass-market product.

Anticipated shipping date: July

Watch this thread for updates.

3  Economy / Collectibles / 3x Leveraged Physical Coins on: February 15, 2020, 01:32:33 AM
Ok, these don't exist yet.. but, Binance recently listed ERC-20 tokens that are effectively leveraged positions in BTC, ETH, XRP, or EOS. This means that for every 1%, 10%, and 100% that a coin goes up, these tokens will increase in value by 3%, 30%, and 300%. Effectively they are like a margin position, but with everything 'built-in'.

So because funded physical coins are effectively used as long-term cold storage, I think that embedding some with these long positions is an exciting, even extraordinary idea.

So compare;
A funded BTC1 coin ... if BTC goes from 10k to 20k, the coin is worth BTC1 and thus $20,000 (+100%).
A funded 0.05 BULL coin ($1000 / 0.1 BTC will buy you about 0.05 BULL today), if BTC goes up 100% to 20k, will be worth $40,000 (+300%).

Pretty wild! And similar coins can be made for ETH, EOS, and XRP.

https://www.binance.com/en/support/articles/360038933471

Who wants an Infinity Coin with a BULL private key?  Wink   That said, This probably calls for a new series entirely; maybe even a fancy 'stock certificate' type. I think this is the start of something very interesting. Feel free to PM if you have ideas.
Thoughts?
4  Economy / Collectibles / INFINITY Silver Bitcoin about to launch.. and NEW BOOK ON THE WAY on: February 14, 2019, 08:03:38 PM
Many have asked me when I'll release a coin.
I came close two years ago, but it turned out that the highly unique design was outside of the mint's capability.
I felt strongly that if I'm to release a coin, then it would need to be something special.
That coin has now arrived.

SEE GIF 1 HERE >> https://imgflip.com/gif/2v1mox
SEE GIF 2 HERE >> https://imgflip.com/gif/2v1mx8

I present to you the Infinity Bitcoin, produced by the Physical Bitcoin (PB) Mint.
PB Mint is a collaboration between me and a partner who has access to cutting edge hologram technology.

100 limited edition (plus 10 'demo coins' made)

Background:
Basically, I found that there are plenty of coins with a traditional hologram out there, and this piece is meant to be more conceptual than useful. It's not really made to fit into the mold of the existing & established market, but rather to challenge and parody it by taking the very basic elements (B, year/mint/very generic circuit board/private key) and combining them into something unique. Naturally, not everyone will like that.

Casascius coins were created to make blockchain/cryptocurrency feel like normal money.
This coin was created to make 'normal money' feel like blockchain/cryptocurrency.

The INFINITY hologram symbolizes how blockchain goes on forever, is interconnected, and is mindboggling , difficult to comprehend, and virtually impossible to falsify.
It is then this interconnected jumble of never-ending, hard-to-understand connections that both 'protect' and 'conceal' value, with both the silver (physical) and private key (digital) representing that concept of value. This value is then encased between 2 sets of this 'protective layer'.

Instead of an image, this coin attempts to convey a concept. Most people who display a coin consider the hologram 'secondary' and display only the main 'image'. This is impossible with this coin since the hologram IS the image; the focus is the concept of the blockchain/tech, not the concept of coins/money.

Casascius coins were primarily coins; the hologram was added as a 'necessary' security feature to the coin.
This 'coin' is built around the hologram; the coin was added as a 'necessary' platform to host and affix it.

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This sale also marks my first public announcement of a project I'm currently working on; a new book:
21 Stories: A Decade in Bitcoin
The book will have 21 chapters, with each looking at the blockchain ecosystem & phenomenon from an entirely different angle.
The aim is to unite all these angles into one cohesive piece. One of these chapters is about crypto art, and physical coins are of course included!
The book is 25%-33% done.

UPDATE: Teaser video will be posted on twitter https://twitter.com/elias_ahonen on SATURDAY. Please follow me  Cheesy

UPDATE 2: Taking a few 'teaser' orders @ $150. PM me. Those who already messaged me earlier don't need to do so again to get this.
-------> 'Teaser' sales ended. Will open to more later.

Shipping (and sealing) of coins is being done by minerjones. Shipping charges are extra and will be arranged with him.

Image showing security seal function:


5  Economy / Collectibles / [WTS] 2015 Damascus Bitcoin Knife - "The Cutting Edge of Money" on: October 29, 2018, 11:31:48 PM
A friend asked me to list his rare bitcoin knife. This was originally sold out on the forums in 2015.
I will add some photos soon but there are also some photos on the original thread below:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=954924.0;all
http://digitalmoneytimes.com/the-cutting-edge-of-money-limited-edition-bitcoin-knives-up-for-sale/

For now I'm taking offers but may move this to an auction shortly.
6  Economy / Collectibles / [AUCTION] One-of-a-kind Encyclopedia has traveled to 26 countries! 3 DAY AUCTION on: October 13, 2018, 01:13:41 AM
Alright guys, I've got something special from the vault today.

What we have here is one of the original paperback editions of the encyclopedia. It was one of the ~110 copies in the initial batch, 100 of which were designated as 'first print'. This specific book went with me as I traveled the world for about 1.5 years in 2016-2017. It's seen a lot and has been browsed by people from all walks of life around the world from; from impoverished schoolchildren I tutored in South Africa to Chinese billionaires. It was with me in a dug-out wood canoe in Botswana's Okavango Delta when I was chased by a charging hippo, and has been passed around in bars across Southeast Asia as I backpacked there. It was even featured in Chinese media after being the star of a book talk I was invited to in Nanjing.

Now, I have recorded all the countries the book has been in behind the front cover. I've also attached a 'globe' hologram to the front, making it unique among my books. it is of course signed. It's time I give the collectors here a chance to own this truly unique piece.
The book's condition is FAR from mint, so you can browse it without worry. I would invite the buyer to take it on further travels and record them where I left off.. another 10-11 countries will fill up the page!




STARTING BID: 0.050 BTC
MINIMUM BID INCREMENT  0.005 BTC
END TIME: OCTOBER 15th, 2018, 14:00:00 PDT
SNIPE: Any bid made in last 10 minutes will extend the auction 10 minutes beyond the ending time, and if within those 10 extended minutes, a new bid is made, 10 minutes will be added to the auction from the time of that bid.
SHIPPING: Based on location and preference
   
7  Economy / Collectibles / High Value Casascius coins for Cash in EU on: August 04, 2018, 10:10:49 PM
I have a client looking to pay cash for 25 BTC and 100BTC coins/bars. maybe also 5's and 1's.

PM me if there is interest. Meeting can be arranged in a secure location like a bank in various cities.
8  Bitcoin / Project Development / Seeking Analysts & Beta Testers on: April 12, 2018, 11:36:10 PM
Token Valley has been building ‘The Bloomberg of Crypto’ for 11 months now, and our MVP is ready. This consists of a powerful back-end built using Drupal. We now need to focus on content, and we can't do it alone. We are seeking to fill 13 positions. As we are now at the stage of seeking funding from equity investors, and these positions would be 'volunteer' positions to start, but with the expectation of payment as soon as funding allows. We do plan on a Token Offering in the future, and all team members would receive developer allocations. For the most highly valued new hires, small allocations of equity & options are possible down the line.

The following is a summary of the available positions. Please message me directly or email elias@tokenvalley.com with applications and/or questions. You can explore what we have so far at www.tokenvalley.com


Dapp Analyst (2)
Research and stay up to date with the latest decentralized applications and summarize the data. This position consists of aggregating of content from many sources, describing dapp features, target audience, competitors, and utility of tokens.

ICO/Token Analyst (3)
Identify new and existing Token projects, and evaluate their websites, whitepapers, social media profiles and other content according to 40 different metrics. Write objective summaries about these projects.

NFT Analyst (1)
Report regularly on the current state of Non-Fungible Tokens. This will require compiling and organizing data.

Smart Contract / Bug Analyst (1)
Analyze recent bugs and security vulnerabilities in smart contract code. Summarize and explain the problem and solution if available.

Bug Bounty Analyst (1)
Report on latest bug bounties, and describe them in full.

Mining Analyst (1)
Report on the current state of mining across various cryptocurrencies.

Exchange Analyst (1)
Compare and contrast centralized/decentralized exchanges.

Academic Research Analyst (1)
Find academic publications related to blockchain, and add them to our 'Blockchain Scholar' interface

Writer (how-to guides) (1)
Write various how-to guides (and prepare screenshots) to help our users participate in ICO's, set up wallets, set up exchange accounts, etc. This position will involve working with several other analysts.

Crypto Journalist (2)
Write daily/weekly articles and re-caps to be posted on our platform. This may also include some news aggregation from other sources.

9  Economy / Collectibles / [WTB] 0.1btc and 0.5btc silver Casascius coin on: September 29, 2017, 11:46:38 AM
Please send me your offers Smiley
10  Economy / Collectibles / [WTB] 1btc and 0.5btc Casascius coins in bulk on: August 27, 2017, 01:25:08 AM
Looking to buy a large quantity of brass coins at a bulk price. Looking to spend 50btc or more.
11  Economy / Collectibles / [WTS] Casasius 10BTC silver coin FUNDED on: August 04, 2017, 08:12:36 PM
Seeking to sell a 10BTC funded Casascius coin as per the title. Please PM me with your interest.
I will post photos in the next week.

I am specifically looking to sell the all-silver version, but also have the gold-rim available.

As usual, payment address would be provided via info@coinfirm.org
12  Economy / Collectibles / [WTB] Lealana 25 LTC 2013 Silver UNFUNDED on: July 20, 2017, 07:58:50 AM
Seeking a Lealana 25 LTC 2013 Silver
Please send me photos & a price if you are looking to sell. I will likely take the best offer I get within a day or two.

13  Economy / Collectibles / old thread on: July 17, 2017, 10:20:09 PM
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14  Economy / Scam Accusations / SCAM WARNING on: May 28, 2017, 07:48:17 AM
I received this PM yesterday:



It has what looks like a BCT link, but when you hover over it you see that it really opens in a different domain (as seen on bottom left). I checked it on my smartphone, and it turns out to be a page that looks identical to the BCT login page, with your name already in the field.. all you need to do is write in your password and click 'login'.

You have been warned.
15  Economy / Collectibles / old thread on: May 26, 2017, 09:02:41 PM
old thread, please delete
16  Economy / Collectibles / old thread on: May 26, 2017, 08:57:21 PM
old thread, please delete
17  Economy / Collectibles / old thread on: May 26, 2017, 08:53:04 PM
old thread, please delete
18  Economy / Collectibles / [WTS] 2011 S1 100BTC Bar (16 exist) Unique 'BOLD BITS' on: May 26, 2017, 08:35:29 PM
Located in EU

Seller is flexible with how exactly the deal is handled. Not in a hurry to sell.
This is one of 16 remaining in its class.

http://imgur.com/A8HfkJ5

Note that it seems that the first-bits appear to be thicker than most of Casascius coins. Can anyone link to other cases of this?



19  Economy / Collectibles / Interest in physical coins is increasing with BTC price on: May 25, 2017, 05:28:57 PM
I have good news for everyone.

The meteoric BTC price rises have had two discernible effects on the collector community:
- Interest in collectible coins has increased, on both the buy and sell side
- BTC premiums have largely stayed the same, meaning that USD collector value of Casascius coins have doubled or more.

As usual, Casascius coins receive the bulk of interest.

In the past two months I have seen an increase in website views on www.coinfirm.org that is in line with the increase of interest in BTC. Perhaps more surprisingly, it seems that visitor are spending progressively more time on the website.

To me, this strongly suggests that as more people learn and begin to follow the crypto-space, the more will be drawn to the collector community. This means that if BTC grows significantly, we can exact huge growth in this community/hobby/cottage industry. This also seems to confirm the idea that at least in the case of Casascius coins, prices are determined in BTC / premium percentages and are largely not related to USD valuations. This might change in the future, but it appears that the coins are holding their BTC value well.





20  Bitcoin / Project Development / 'SeekingAlpha' for crypto-currency investing on: May 20, 2017, 07:27:03 PM
Hello everyone,

I'm Elias Ahonen, author of the ~300 page Encyclopedia of Physical Bitcoins and Crypto-Currencies. This is a serious, semi-academic book detailing the history, specs, and other information of almost all 'physical bitcoins', that is, metallic tokens that have a theme relating to crypto-currency. The idea is that these are historical relics of the development of crypto-currencies, and worthy of collection.




Now, I want to do something new. Bitcoin has recently dropped below 50% market cap of digital currencies, and 'alt-coins' can no longer be ignored. There are plenty of people analyzing Bitcoin movements and developments, but the 40 billion dollar 'alternative' market is virtually ignored. Though there are bloggers and analysts writing about all kinds of coins, they are often in 'informal' settings like coin-specific forums or Reddit-style message boards. Serious analysis get buried, and it is difficult for unsophisticated investors to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Soon, I believe we will see a great influx of new traders looking for accurate, comprehensive, and unbiased information on this expanding asset class which now consists of over 700 'coins'. The information should thus have an air of professional analysis as opposed to casual commentary.

In my vision, this site could serve a few functions:
- A 'wiki' style info source with nearly exhaustive information on all coins, including history, relevant individuals, press mentions, clear descriptions of technology, and price history/graphing
- A platform for 'analysts' to publish vetted write-ups on various coins, in a way similar to SeekingAlpha
- The ability for users to view articles based on ticker, and also see rankings by 'resident analysts' who might rate coins as 'sell/buy/strong buy' etc. Users might be able to receive email alerts for articles posted concerning their coins of interest.


In practice, this would incorporate many of the functions of CoinMarketCap, though with much more than just numerical information.

I am seeking:
- Analysts: This is your opportunity to make a name and reputation for yourself as an investment analyst in this space
- Researchers: Those with a passion for crypto-coins who can record everything about them into a dedicated wiki
- Web dev: someone with the ability to create a website with some of these functions
- Anyone else who feels they can contribute





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