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1  Economy / Collectibles / [WTT] Bitcoin Sticker on: September 18, 2020, 09:00:34 PM
Want To Trade?

Background:
I recently came across an interesting story by a man named Kyle MacDonald. His story was chronicled on his website, and I came across it on his TED talk. He detailed his bartering journey where over a year and 14 trades he traded a red paperclip for a house. His inspiration was a game, Bigger or Better. This idea of sequential trades for higher valued items is not new. Examples date back centuries, for example the Japanese Buddhist folk tale, Straw Millionaire. I would like to use One Red Paperclip as my inspiration to try a Bitcoin collectibles version. I have not heard of this being done in the Bitcoin community User @TedMosby is doing something similar (see edit at bottom). I would like to see what I can trade for. My bartering journey will be kept here in this thread.

WTT:
This is meant to be a fun thing. I am not trying to "make a buck." But I will be honest. I would like to see if I can eventually acquire some rare or valuable Bitcoin collectibles simply by trading up. If not, who cares, it's just for fun anyway. I don't really know if Kyle MacDonald had an endpoint in mind when he started, so I won't either, but rather will see where it takes me without any specific item I am trading for.

Rules:
  • I will not trade for Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency, that would be selling.
  • Any items will be open for trade as long as they are cryptocurrency collectible related. While I would prefer Bitcoin items for this, others such as Litecoin, Ethereum, Monero etc. will be considered as well.
  • I will only trade for the current item listed. I will not sell the current trade offer item for BTC, or swap out something in my own collection in order to make a trade.
  • I will cover shipping for both traded items, from me and to the trader. So the trader will need to provide me with a Bitcoin address for me to reimburse shipping costs that we agree upon. Happy to use escrow for higher value items or privacy (if it gets that far I guess).
  • Trade offers can be made in this thread or via PM. Successful trades will be posted in this thread to keep record and to show current item up for trade.
  • Identity of the trader will be posted with the trade unless they would like to remain anonymous.
  • I have the right to refuse any trade offer made. A trade offer does not mean I will agree to the trade.
  • Please do not send any bitcoin to any PM sent, I will not ask for any payment for a trade or shipping. So please do not send your bitcoin.
  • I have not made this a self moderated topic to prevent anyone from claiming censorship, but please keep posts on topic to trades, current items, or your thoughts about how the project is going.

Where to start:
I went through some of my collectibles and found what I felt to be a common, low value item as a starting point for my trading. I have decided on this to start for the first trade offer:

This is a generic Bitcoin Logo sticker. It measures 3 x 3 in. (7.6 x 7.6 cm) and is not special in anyway whatsoever.


Please feel free to comment or follow along, and always happy to entertain trade offers if you are so inclined.
Thanks for at least reading and maybe even participating!

Geophphreigh


UPDATE Sept. 22, 2020:
▶▶▶ ANOTHER CRYPTO TRADING PROJECT YOU CAN JOIN ◀◀◀
@TedMosby is doing this project with digital goods.
How I Turn $0.001 into 1 BTC #MyBitcoinJourney #TradeItWithTed
Check out TedMosby's thread to trade digital goods with him!
2  Economy / Collectibles / [AUCTION] 2020 MGHB DIY Geophphreigh Custom Bitcoin Pennies on: July 25, 2020, 03:14:44 PM
2020 MGHB DIY Geophphreigh Custom Bitcoin Pennies

Some of you may or may not know, but I was fortunate enough to win the auction for the 2020 Bitcoin Penny mint mark! I am truly excited to have MGHB on these wonderful pennies. To celebrate I put together some DIY pennies with the "Geophphreigh" hologram for posterity. Most will be kept and given to friends and family, I will keep a few, and will auction 5 of them here. Only 20 (one DIY roll) of these will ever be made by me.

These are the 2020 Bitcoin Penny DIY with several alterations. They are stamped with the "geo" initials below the BTC symbol so you know that they are mine, and the hologram is the same I have used for my artwork and COAs etc. Each DIY coin is loaded with 0.001BTC + the number of satoshis corresponding to the coin's number. ie. coin #16 has 0.00100016BTC. Private keys were generated and printed offline and no other copies of private key were kept or exist other than under the hologram. Below are the details of this auction.


Auction Terms

Up for auction are 5 (five) 2020 MGHB DIY Geophphreigh custom Bitcoin Pennies.
These will be auctioned as individual lots.

#16 - 0.00100016BTC - 1Dz8oHcj4153Z51yxbyD3oQ8tsD9R9wo8n - funding
#17 - 0.00100017BTC - 16jhik4z2AWCBG2SmMxSVBG79P5s572AFY - funding
#18 - 0.00100018BTC - 1Jo9PgU7V8mQkq9baaTEmRRavUX3Vnx3xi - funding
#19 - 0.00100019BTC - 1AvfBXLexQCroocXKDfk2tBRKGhnKPSFjk - funding
#20 - 0.00100020BTC - 16QzZeUDHeTj17NjX4baLj6U8V1AZh8qg - funding


Starting bid: 0BTC

Minimum Bid Increments: 0.0002BTC

End date and time: Saturday August 1, 2020 at 1900 EST.

Shipping: Shipping from US, cost will be based on location. Willing to ship international and/or direct if I have worked with you previously. Paid by winner along with any import/VAT taxes. PM will be sent to each winner to confirm payment and shipping details.

Escrow: Escrow with trusted forum member (such as Minerjones or Krogothmanhattan) mandatory for new members, welcomed for others based on prior interactions and preference. Escrow fees to be paid by buyer.

Sniping: Any bid made in last 10 minutes will extend the auction 10 minutes beyond the time of the last valid bid. Auction time will be extended for each lot separately based on bid timestamps.

Excluded from Bidding: I may exclude bidders at my sole discretion.

Pay To: 383Nf7ymmNEpuh8TYcXG8oW6SxNUkgq6tG
Payment in bitcoin only and only to this posted address. It matches the address listed in my profile. Payment expected within 24 hours of auction end. I will not ask for payment to any other address.

Thank you for your interest and good luck!
Geophphreigh
3  Economy / Collectibles / [INFO] PROOF OF BEATS Easter Egg Prize on: April 19, 2020, 06:09:32 AM
Hello all.

First. Congratulations to @tothemoonsands and Friends of Satoshi for making and releasing the new album Proof of Beats. I love the music, the idea, the art, and appreciate the time and effort that went into the project. There are definitely some great tracks on the album and it is a fun item to add to my collection. Check out the official album thread here —> PROOF OF BEATS.


Second. I wanted to share with you all a fun little rabbit hole I went down after I received and listened to my album, lucky no. 13.
 
I was familiar with some of the tracks on the record from Friends of Satoshi’s SoundCloud, however after listening to the Proof of Beats vinyl record a few times I thought a few tracks were a bit different. The one that stood out to me was side A, track 2, Key Control. There is a sample of Andreas Antonopoulos that repeats throughout the track “If you control the Bitcoin keys, it’s your Bitcoin. If you don’t control the Bitcoin keys, it’s not your Bitcoin.”  This sample is used exactly three times in the track; at 0:15, 1:30, and 2:19. Whenever this line played on the vinyl there was more “noise”. This was curious, and initially I didn’t think much of it. Eventually I decided to compare it to the SoundCloud and YouTube versions and the background noise on the vinyl was clearly absent. Hmmm. 

A few days later I was listening to the record and thought I’d try playing it backwards, just for fun, to see if @tothemoonsands hid something fun for us. As some of you may know, with a little effort, records can be played backwards. Typically when a record is played backwards, there is no real useful music produced. But a track can be intentionally recorded backwards to produce a “hidden track” this is called backmasking. Famous examples include Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, Pink Floyd’s Empty Spaces, and The Eagles’ Hotel California amongst many others.

The first track on side A, Whonakamoto, didn’t have anything. Track 2, Key Control, was the same, just gibberish and honestly I was a little disappointed. Then I remembered the “noise” around several points in track 2 and listened again. Nothing at 0:15, 1:30, or 2:19. But after the sample at 1:30 around 1:40 there is just instrumental music and when I listened to this segment backwards, I heard distinct rapid speaking. It was not anything easily understandable at first, but after I listened to it half a dozen times I realized it was letters and numbers, but fast, and I couldn’t discern any of them. I slowed the record down and could then hear individual numbers and letters more clearly, but still hard as they still went fast. I started to write them down and replay the track over and over and clearly these were hexadecimals. I must have listened to the track 100 times before I felt that I heard all the numbers and letters correctly. Eventually once I was certain I had them all and they were correct, I counted 64 characters and I knew this was not an accident.

Pause. I honestly was in a daze. I didn’t know what to think. Initially I thought it would be funny to play the record backwards, but I didn’t actually expect to find anything, and if I did, more like a message. You know, “Craig Wright is not Satoshi, tothemoonsands is” or something else funny or amusing. I was not expecting to hear letters and numbers and definitely not 64 hex characters. It is safe to say I was paranoid and going crazy. My heart races just recalling this.

Well obviously I went deeper down the rabbit hole and with a 64 character hex phrase I knew what I had to do.
Hex —> WIF version byte —> sha256 x2 —> 4 byte checksum —> convert base58.
This resulted, very clearly, in a private key. OH BOY.
Swept the key and could not believe my eyes.

THERE WAS 1.0 BTC IN THE WALLET. WHAT!?!?

I didn’t know what to do. I was floored. I feel like I cheated the system or stole the corns. How fitting, “not your keys, not your coins” was the literal clue to coins on the record. I am still going nuts and can not believe the series of events that all happened so quickly. I emptied the coins to a new address and took a deep breath. Whew. What a ride. 

I have not told anyone, this is the first I have written or said to anyone, didn’t even contact @tothemoonsands. I just had to process it and see where it took me. I decided to write this for fun and to let others know about a cool easter egg hidden on the record.

To show the bitcoin easter egg prize I have included two signed messages. Below are two signed messages from the addresses involved. The first is signed from the address that was discovered with the private key on the record (bech32 verifies in electrum). One transaction in and one out, to my address. The second signed message is from the address I sent the coins to.


-----BEGIN BITCOIN SIGNED MESSAGE-----
April 19, 2020. PROOF OF BEATS EASTER EGG address. Found and swept by geophphreigh.
-----BEGIN SIGNATURE-----
bc1qgwcad9eee3kyflt9qr9d2lslh6k5fau6fxnkp7
IGW9Bkl4qANCn84AVAe7Jqm0pADEdooRLXmY99Rzx9sWQC8uDATLsvQNpJxDMp0g9PVGlX7XpK0mDHw SGhPdke4=
-----END BITCOIN SIGNED MESSAGE-----

-----BEGIN BITCOIN SIGNED MESSAGE-----
April 19, 2020. This is the receiving address for PROOF OF BEATS EASTER EGG 1 BTC prize. Claimed by geophphreigh from bitcointalk.org.
-----BEGIN SIGNATURE-----
39S7TbXxomKNgrfMiB3bHohEWkLhpF4nFS
JFRFCySTi67+OC70oDgOQwdrDTbgAYaNF2Djqmhmzo07cURvAyGzL4BTkrz2aajbqViI8PW7tpPfVt3P1H5Pbnc=
-----END BITCOIN SIGNED MESSAGE-----

Well, I guess I don't know what to say at this point. It was a rollercoaster of emotion as I sorted it out. I have always seen bitcoin reward puzzles, but never could figure them out. This must have just been a crazy stroke of luck. Not sure what to do with the BTC, maybe I'll buy an island somewhere off the coast of somewhere and settle down and live the good life. Hm. Sounds good to me.
Oh, and by the way, this is all a joke. But seriously, love the album. Thanks for reading and playing along. Geophphreigh.
4  Economy / Collectibles / [FREE ART RAFFLE] - Custom Bolivar Art 100 Spot Mega Raffle!! on: February 17, 2020, 01:54:48 AM
To celebrate my recent win as 2019 Bitcoin Forum's Newbie of the Year I decided to do something fun for the community.

As a thank you to bitcointalk.org community, and specifically the collectables board, I have decided to make a unique folded bolivar art piece for one lucky forum member. Some of you may have previously seen my entry into the 10th Anniversary Art competition hosted by @theymos last fall. I submitted this design for the contest. I have made several other pieces for other members of the forum and there will be a total of 16 in my first series. All pieces have been made with sets of cut and folded Venezuelan Bolivars and each has a Bitcoin public key QR code and private key under security sticker. I have not charged any one for these pieces, they are given away for fun and that is what I would like to do here as well as a thank you to such a wonderful community.


First come first served for this raffle. Winner will receive a custom made Bolivar Art Piece like above. Winner will not get any of the above pictured pieces, they are for example only and pictures have been used with permissions by owners. The winning piece will be the 11th in the series of 16, numbered no. a/16. It will be up to the winner to decide if they would like the popular BTC logo, another logo, random design or other (within the limits of what I can make). It can be generic, personalized or a complete mystery if the winner chooses.

Of note each piece comes with a unique BTC address. The private keys were created and printed offline, handled only by myself and all copies of private keys were destroyed after completion of each piece. The artwork does not come with any BTC loaded on the piece.

Free shipping to anywhere. As I am not charging for the piece or shipping I would prefer to ship directly to the winner. Packaging and shipping to US and International for these can easily be $50-100 or more and escrow requires I pay shipping twice. I will ship to escrow (such as @minerjones) if winner assumes cost of shipping from escrow location and pays any escrow fee. I will not be responsible for any lost item once shipped.

Only one spot per person please, no alt accounts or multiple entries. @teeGUMES is excluded from the raffle as they will be sent the 10th piece in the series, no. 0/16. This is to recognize the nomination they gave me, unbeknownst to me, for the 2019 Newbie of the Year. Thanks @teeGUMES. Newbie accounts will be permitted to join, but only if they were created prior to February 2, 2020, the date which the 2019 Bitcoin Forum's Newbie of the Year poll thread was opened. This raffle is meant to thank existing members. I reserve the right to remove someone from the raffle if they appear to be taking advantage of a free raffle.

This will be conducted via standard 100 slot raffle like those previously held by members @korgothmanhattan, @anynomousminer, @hhampuz etc. Please PICK AN AVAILABLE NUMBER, NO RANDOMS. Randoms will be ignored. Once all 100 spots are filled I will choose and post a future bitcoin block number and the last two number digits in the hash will determine the winner.

Good luck to all!

00. Sat0shisGhost
01. ritaconscience
02. GazetaBitcoin
03. tvplus006
04. buckrogers
05. rxalts
06. bavicrypto
07. Coin_trader
08. Last of the V8s
09. Agrawas
10. chaser15
11. Mitchell
12. molsewid
13. shasan
14. Insanerman
15. Tweetious
16. Azkabal
17. julerz12
18. tread93
19. bL4nkcode
20. -Lemming-
21. Spokanistan51
22. hanspeter77
23. DabsPoorVersion
24. xLays
25. yslyv
26. mole0815
27. Kupid002
28. Arwin100
29. JanEmil
30. maxreish
31. seek3r
32. ONEnergy
33. Chironexxx
34. Aliman
35. sourish
36. klaaas
37. earnpm77
38. Timelord2067
39. Rodeo02
40. Yabes
41. MinoRaiola
42. anonymousminer
43. Globb0
44. Ailmand
45. angrybird
46. dozerz
47. Iced
48. Lucasgabd
49. chronicsky
50. ChiBitCTy
51. andulolika
52. Icygreen
53. Darker45
54. gagux123
55. Lesbian Cow
56. BitcoinPenny
57. krogothmanhattan
58. gabecoin
59. Mbitr
60. AicecreaME
61. vizique
62. doomistake
63. CoinEraser
64. yogg
65. kurious
66. cryptobaboon
67. webtricks
68. bones261
69. Corrosive
70. johhnyUA
71. owlcatz
72. abel1337
73. Souri
74. El duderino_
75. Ramelius
76. vapourminer
77. phishead
78. DireWolfM14
79. morvillz7z
80. cygan
81. BTCLiz
82. Heisenberg__Hunter
83. haloxon
84. Koal-84
85. Anduck
86. Dabs
87. tg88
88. TheNovemberMan
89. FontSeli
90. gandame
91. alegotardo
92. iasenko
93. Jcga
94. Mariowot
95. harizen
96. TECSHARE
97. axax
98. tothemoonsands
99. minerjones
   
5  Economy / Collectibles / [INFO] The Utah Goldback Reference Thread on: October 08, 2019, 01:52:17 PM
The Utah Goldback
_______________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________



The Utah Goldback is a new, voluntary, local currency made from 24k gold. This is a form of local, legal tender that attempts to facilitate transactions with gold in a more practical manner. It is designed to allow smaller value transactions using precious metals, specifically gold. At the time of release, fall 2019, 1 Utah Goldback was valued at $2.60, but can and will fluctuate with gold price. I hope this information, although brief, will be a good introduction for those interested in the Goldbacks. Information in this reference thread is from the UPMA and Goldback websites as well as other third party websites listed and is not meant to be all inclusive or exhaustive.

Free Goldback with creation of United Precious Metals Association (UPMA) account:
UPMA is a Utah based non-profit that offers members gold and silver accounts. It was initially founded by Lawrence Hilton in 2011 as "Citizens for Sound Money" and began offering legal tender gold accounts. In 2012 the name was changed to United Precious Metals Association and still functions to offer legal tender precious metals accounts as it did when formed.
https://www.upma.org

333 S Main St
Alpine, UT 84004
1(888) 210-8488
info@upma.org

How to get Goldbacks:
https://goldback.com/how-to-get-goldbacks

Background (brief):
From 1933 to 1974 US citizens could not legally own gold, some exceptions existed. In August, 1974 US Congress passed a law, 93-373 that repealed the prohibitions on purchasing, holding, selling, or otherwise dealing in gold in the United states or abroad. It was effective on December 31, 1974.  
https://www.congress.gov/bill/93rd-congress/senate-bill/02665

After this law passed, it took several years to begin to introduce gold back as a currency, and generally any coins minted had greater spot value than face value and were difficult to transact in for small purchases or frequent daily use, in spite of gold's inherent value.  After 1974 the first gold coins were not minted until 1985 after Congress passed the Gold Bullion Coin Act of 1985.

Although other local currencies have existed before, it was not until 2011 that an attempt was made to utilize precious metals as currency. Utah was the first to begin to attempt to utilize precious metals as currency. This was proposed by Lawrence Hilton, a Utah lawyer, and eventually brought to Utah legislature by Rep. Brad Galvez. On March 10, 2011 the state of Utah passed the Utah Legal Tender Act, HB0317.
https://le.utah.gov/~2011/bills/static/HB0317.html

This act recognized gold and sliver as legal tender in Utah. This allowed the state and individuals to transact directly in gold and sliver without paying capital gains taxes. This now allowed gold and silver to be used as more than a store of value, however transactions in precious metals was still cumbersome due to their value. Although Utah was the first to recognize gold an silver as legal tender, numerous others have adopted this concept including: West Virginia, Wyoming, Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Indiana, Missouri, Louisiana, Tennessee and South Carolina.

The Utah Goldback attempts to solve the issue of divisibility for precious metals. Goldbacks are printed by a company called Valaurum (https://valaurum.com). They have developed a process using electrolysis to embed fractions of an ounce of gold between polymer layers.   This allows for very small fractions of precious metals to be securely be transformed into easy to use gold bills. Goldbacks have been printed and released in the fall of 2019 and are now available for purchase and use.

_______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ ___________

Goldback Denominations

At the time of initial release, fall of 2019, five denominations were printed. 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 notes. Below are images of the notes front and back, brief descriptions of each note, and the approximate value in USD at the time of release:

_______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ ___________
1 Goldback


1/1000th troy oz. 24k gold
Size: 2.5 x 4.5 inches / 6.35 x 11.43 cm
Border Color: Green
Aprox USD: $2.60
Bill text: "Prudentiae" - discretion, foresight, prudence

_______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ ___________
5 Goldbacks


1/200th troy oz. 24k gold
Size: 2.5 x 5.0 inches / 6.35 x 12.70 cm
Border Color: Blue
Aprox USD: $13.00
Bill text: "Veritas" - truth

_______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ ___________
10 Goldbacks


1/100th troy oz. 24k gold
Size: 2.5 x 5.5 inches / 6.35 x 13.97 cm
Border Color: Red
Aprox USD: $26.00
Bill text: "Justitia" - equality, justice

_______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ ___________
25 Goldbacks


1/40th troy oz. 24k gold
Size: 2.5 x 6.0 inches / 6.35 x 15.24 cm
Border Color: Orange
Aprox USD: $65.00
Bill text: "Victoria" - victory

_______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ ___________
50 Goldbacks


1/20th troy oz. 24k gold
Size: 3.0 x 7.0 inches / 7.62 x 17.78 cm
Border Color: Purple
Aprox USD: $130.00
Bill text: "Libertas" - liberty, freedom


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