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1  Economy / Collectibles / [Interest Check] Wearable keys on: July 21, 2020, 12:22:33 PM
Ahoy! I'm in the process of making something I wanted to do for a few years, namely, discrete wearable key pairs. A long time ago, Charlie Shrem had a ring with one of his private keys engraved into it, and I thought that was pretty neat, sort of like an emergency access to some coins just anywhere on the go. I got caught up with the technical details, and dropped it to move onto something else. Anyway, the other day I learned about a new feature in the 3D modeling software that I use that would allow me to get past one of the issues I had with the idea. The other problem I got hung up on was obscuring the keys. I experimented with using a lesser purity alloy to fill in the engraved letters. When exposed to high heat, the metal would melt out, exposing the keys. While its possible, its not really feasible for a number of reasons. Anyway, after trying out this new modeling feature, I decided that fancy security features on the physical side may not actually be needed. A private key could be encrypted before being engraved, it could be a riddle that leads you to the GPS coordinates of where you buried your paper wallets, unintelligible gibberish, or anything else that could be imagined could be put on it. Shrem's ring had his keypair minus one character engraved on the inside for example. I'm confident that a suitable security measure exists to mitigate risk.

Would anyone be interested in something like this? As pictured,  I can currently make them in silver, any karat or color of gold, and pretty soon Platinum. The images below were just a preliminary test to make sure the lettering was sufficient, and that I could put something other than text on it. Its just a standard boring ring, I'll make some more interesting design wise, but for mine I'm personally undecided whether boring and unassuming would be more secure than flashy.


2  Economy / Goods / [Closed] Sur La Table Gift Card on: April 12, 2020, 07:06:16 PM
Hey guys, just figured I'd check by here to see if anyone was interested in selling me a $300 Sur La Table gift card for BTC. I'd sift through high discount deals on paxful or similar gift card sites, but I'd rather just deal with a reputable member here and not have to worry about chargebacks or buying a giftcard scammed off of someone's grandmother by a fake IRS robocall.

*edit*

Found what I was after from Williams Sonoma
3  Economy / Collectibles / Question to collectors regarding metal content/weight on: November 20, 2019, 07:53:02 PM
Hi guys, I've had a few question regarding Bitcoin collectibles and how you guys view metal purity and piece weight if you feel like taking a moment to share your opinions. There are a lot of legal standards inside of jewelry and precious metal marking that I'm curious whether they'd bother you as collectors. If you've been around for my occasional post or question, you may know that I do non ferrous metal work, and my current focus is on usable collectibles. If its not just a circle or bar of metal that you put inside of a plastic case, but rather something that you can handle, pass around, use functionally, etc the material properties become important, and I'm looking to get an idea of what people might be open to.

Final note before asking your opinions, everything that I would potentially mark would be 100% honest, transparent, and legal.


1) Is .999 Fine a must have for you? Be it gold, silver, platinum, palladium, how do you feel about alloys (sterling, white gold, purple gold, 90/10 Plat/Irid)?

2) Are standard weights a must for you? 1 troy ounce vs 1.3 troy oz, 17.983g, etc?

3) US 1 Oz Gold Eagle question: The 1 Oz US Gold eagle weighs 1.09 Oz because its 22K gold instead of 24K. Its marked as containing 1 troy ounce of fine gold, though the metal is not fine gold, its 22/24 % gold. Is that an issue for you?

4) Under marking: Marking is a minimum standard, would a piece marked 1 troy ounce gold that weighs 32.3 grams bother you? Same question with regards to purity, if I used 98% silver and marked it as 95% would you have any problem with that as long as you are getting more than promised?


Thanks for taking a moment to answer  Smiley
4  Economy / Computer hardware / [Closed] on: November 16, 2019, 11:41:14 PM
Ahoy guys, first off I don't have it in hand yet, but I'm expecting to have it on Monday and will take pics then if anyone is interested. I purchased it a few days ago thinking that it'd be convenient for rendering work I do, before kind of realizing that I'd probably be better off with a more modest laptop and spending the extra cash to upgrade my desktop.

Anyway, buyers remorse, but I got a pretty good deal on it because the guy selling it didn't realize it was a higher end model as opposed to one with cheaper GPU, so I figure I could see if anyone here is interested. As I said, when I have it in hand I'll confirm everything that I'm listing here before selling it to anyone, but here are the Lenovo listed specs.

https://psref.lenovo.com/Detail/Lenovo%20Laptops/Lenovo_Legion_Y74017ICHg?M=81HH0004US


Here it is on Newegg at a lower clockspeed for $2320 https://www.newegg.com/p/1TS-000E-0E682?Description=Lenovo%20Legion%2081HH0004US&cm_re=Lenovo_Legion_81HH0004US-_-9SIAHRCAG04401-_-Product

TigerDirect for $2549 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6651475&CatId=4935

On Amazon (with a slightly bigger SSD) for $2300 https://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Display-i7-8750H-Processor-81HH0037US/dp/B07QKGDF7Q

and its reviewed pretty well, with the main complaint that the battery life is sort of short, though thats kind of to be expected given that the hardware its got.

https://www.cnet.com/reviews/lenovo-legion-y740-17-inch-review/





Anyway! Assuming it arrives on Monday and I'm confident it is new and what I am listing it to be, I'd be interested in selling it for $2100 in BTC if anyone is interested. If not, I suppose I'll use it.

Shipping would be from the US, and at asking price I'd cover the shipping cost within the US. If you are outside of the US, we can work out the shipping cost, but I also ask that you be aware of any import duties that may be added as I cant be held responsible for any issues with shipping or taxes once the laptop is completely out of my control. I'm perfectly happy to use escrow with a mutually agreed upon escrow agent, though I ask that you pay any fee associated. If you have any questions please feel free to ask or to shoot me a PM.
5  Economy / Goods / WTB [Closed] Moai Phenom Resin 3D Printer on: November 10, 2019, 06:34:03 PM
Hey guys, this is probably a long shot but why not ask. I'm looking to buy a Formlabs Form 2 or 3, Moai Phenom, or similar "prosumer" resin printer. I've got an eye on a few other models as well, so if you have another comparable printer for sale, feel free to shoot me a pm or ask if I'd be interested. If you've used these printers and just feel like chatting about their performance or your experience with them, feel free as well since I'm sort of undecided and would appreciate input from those that've used them.

Shipping would be to the US, I imagine international shipping would be prohibitively expensive, but if not I've got no issue with international trades.
6  Economy / Goods / Buying damaged gold/platinum/palladium on: July 23, 2019, 02:42:37 AM
Ahoy all, as many of you already know, I'm a hobbyist jeweler, metalsmith, tinkerer or whatever. I'm actually getting fairly decent at it and I've moved into big boy metal of higher quality pieces. Anyway, I typically source bullion from dealers, but I was thinking why don't I see if anyone has any damaged junk that metal refiners are trying to rip you off over, and offer to buy it for BTC at a better price?

I'm mainly looking for gold and platinum right now, I doubt people have rhodium or iridium but let me know if you do! You could probably twist my arm into taking bullion if you are willing to negotiate but as I mentioned I'm trying to acquire some melting material below shiny mint bullion price. Anyway, I've got Bitcoins, I'm looking mainly for broken or scrap jewelry, damaged and ugly coins or what have you. I'm ay-ok with mutually agreed upon escrow, though I ask that you pay any escrow fees involved.

I'll mention that there is absolutely no point in trying to pass off anything fake, as it becomes real apparent when you saw it and half and see your gold bar melt at 1000 degrees. If you have any comments, questions, general hate and discontent feel free to keep my thread bumped... I mean... I eagerly look forward to getting into contact with you over whatever you may have.
7  Economy / Collectibles / Wearable Keys on: June 18, 2019, 06:22:45 PM
Hey guys, as a few of you may know, Wearable Keys has been on my todo list forever. I finally got around to doing some tests, and have finally got decent results so I figured I'd share. Of course you can expect better in the near future as I figure out a few technical details that I'm missing.



I really liked that Charlie Shrem had his private keys inscribed into the inside of his ring, but I had never got around to figuring out how to do it feasibly. Now that I've figured out how to do it for myself, assuming I get better at it, I'll probably end up making wearable keys for the public. Rings are simple enough, I've got an idea for a pendant that sort of resembles the 25 BTC Cassascius coin, as that was what I planned on doing with one if I ever got one.

Pros:
Metal inconspicuous paper wallet that you habitually carry, fire resistant, and convenient.


Current problems:
I've still got a bit of research to do on key formats. Preferably I don't want to engrave 64 characters. I know that minikey formats exist but I'm going to have to figure out what the best option is.

As far as security goes, there are a few issues. Charlie's ring was lacking one character from the inscription that he just remembered. I think inscribing encrypted keys is probably also a winning idea. I have a few ideas on how to obscure the keys once inscribed, but they are really stupid as of now. If I decide to prefund them and give different pieces different BTC values, that would probably have to go on the pendants as it'd be kind of stupid to get a ring that isn't your size that you can't conveniently carry around.

Anyway please let me know what you think. I welcome the harshest of criticism and the toughest questions, because they may lead me to figure out a few solutions to the current problems.


8  Economy / Collectibles / SSS! Salty's Silver Statues on: February 27, 2019, 10:03:44 PM
Ahoy folks, as many of you may or may not know, I enjoy tinkering around with metals, and from time to time get the urge to start casting some things, typically in silver as my preferred medium. I was playing about last weekend, and once again the urge struck, so I got the idea to do a series of silver statues modeled after some famous world statues. The Hare is iconic to St.Petersburg, and well... I like rabbits and related critters.

Here is a little sample of what I made last weekend!



The one you see there was my "rough" draft so to speak, I tinkered with a few methods that I wasn't used to, and ended up with some good and bad results. I intend to do a less rough production this weekend, with the rabbit scaled to the size that I want, and with some details cleaned up. The one cast ended up at around 2.75 oz, I'm aiming for around 5 oz, the size of the model next to it. I'd welcome any feedback, be it comments, questions, or just general hate and discontent. The end goal would be to have a handful made by Easter, possibly before that, because you know, Easter, rabbits. Each would be hand numbered and limited quantity. The price point would likely be around 0.1 BTC for the 5 oz version. I'll have more concrete details and pictures once I have the finished 5 Oz piece in hand.

9  Economy / Goods / MOVED: 3 11 Terahash Miners with PSU & power sale here or on BitBay (Texas,U.S.A) on: March 27, 2018, 11:27:59 PM
This topic has been moved to Trashcan.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3208301.0

Duplicate thread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3207784.0
10  Economy / Goods / Buying Scrap Jewelry and Rare metals (Gold/Platinum/Paladium/Iridium) on: March 12, 2018, 07:03:45 PM
Hi there, I'm looking for a bit of scrap gold, and potentially some platinum for a side project I'm working on, if anyone wants to trade some for BTC, LTC, ETH, etc. What I'm looking for is 10-24kt yellow gold. I may be interested in white gold as well, but I don't have the proper gear to rhodium plate it, so its not as appealing to me. Platinum, Palladium, and Rhodium are also somewhat appealing, so I'll throw the offer out there as well. What I'm looking for are things like, tangled chains, broken pieces, and things with bad memories attached  Cry . I may buy stones as well if I can verify them fairly easily, but for the most part, I'm just after the metal.

I'm offering ~80% melt value, typically around 5-13% more than typical scrap gold buyers, as I do my own refining, but I am open to negotiation.

Just a forewarning, I will not accept anything sketchy, regardless of what sort of deal you offer me. Please do not try to sell me anything stolen, fake, plated, or gold filled. Its a pain to chemically separate gold plating, and its more effort than its worth. I've got chemical and ultrasound testing supplies, and it becomes pretty obvious if gold isn't gold when you melt it down.

I'm located in the US, so I'm not sure how well international shipping would work, but we can figure that out together if interested.

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to ask.
11  Economy / Collectibles / [ANN] 1st of its series, Silver BTC Blockchain statue on: February 23, 2018, 07:33:37 PM
Ahoy all, so I've been playing about with the idea of a physical interpretation of the Bitcoin blockchain. This is a VERY rough model, and things will change quite a bit, as I fine tune and fix the little details that I find have ended up strangely, or as I add more detail. The top face is supposed to be the globe with the smaller circles being nodes (its lacking detail at the moment) the left side will have the Bitcoin symbol (also needs some touchup), and the remaining faces will be sort of a labyrinthy circuit board looking design, which also requires changes from the model.

For scale, the main feature is a 1x1 inch cube, and the statue should weigh in at around 7 ounces. This will all likely change quite a bit. I think I'd like to make it a bit bigger, but we'll see how all of the numbers end up when done.


https://i.imgur.com/BLUPR3t.png

There will be a limited number of pieces made, the quantity of which, I'm still deciding on. As of this moment, if anyone has any feedback, please don't hesitate to let me know. I fully intend to do a LTC and ETH version as well, but one thing at a time.
12  Economy / Collectibles / [Auction Ended] 300g .999 Silver Death Star on: February 20, 2018, 02:50:08 PM
Hi all, this auction is for a 300g .999 fine silver statue of the Death Star. The pictures below show the exact piece you are bidding on. For those interested in how it was made, I'll include the pictures I have and a description as soon as my battery charges.

https://imgur.com/a/VrBI3

Countdown Timer:  https://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/to?iso=20180225T115959&p0=263&font=cursive

Auction rules The starting bid is 0.02BTC. Please bid in Bitcoin increments, however I will accept Garlic, BTC, LTC, ETH, or most other exchangeable alt coins at your converted bid rate after the auction has ended, if you have any questions, please ask. The minimum bid increment is 0.0025 BTC. This auction will run from time of posting until Sunday February 25th at 11:59:59AM (Noon) US Eastern time. Shipping is free to and outside of the US, however if you are outside of the US, please make yourself aware of any laws and  import taxes involved with the import of precious metals. Ideally I'll have it shipped out to the winner on Monday. Any bids within the last 15 minutes of the auction ending time will extend the auction by 15 minutes. EX: a bid at 11:58AM on the 25th will extend the auction end to 12:13PM, a subsequent bid at 12:05PM will extend the auction yet again to 12:20 PM.

I'm more than happy to use escrow with any mutually agreeable escrow agent, however I do ask that you pay any associated fees. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to ask. After the auction has ended, I'll give this a final shine and send it on its way.

If you have any questions, comments, hate and discontent, please feel free to ask.

Edit* Here are the pictures of the process used to make the death star.

https://imgur.com/a/3RQkR

The 3D model is printed, cleaned up, and attached to a sprue, it is then put inside of the steel flask. Investment powder is mixed and put under vacuum to pull any air bubbles out that might stick to the model. After it dries, it goes through a 12 hour burnout, ramping up to 230C for the first hour, and then 3 hours after that. Then increasing 150C/hr up to 730C (~1350 degrees F) at which it stays for 4 hours, until the model is finally done, and ramped down to the casting temperature at around 500C for 2 hours. The silver is then melted, and when done, the flask is removed from the oven, placed onto the vacuum casting table, so that when the metal is poured, the vacuum pulls the molten metal into all crevices of the mold, and then is left to cool before being quenched in a bucket of water, and finished/polished.
13  Economy / Collectibles / Thats no moon....? on: February 20, 2018, 02:39:19 AM
Ahoy all, I had Lesbiancow commission a silver death star with me. I had made two models, so I decided to cast the second today (not the 1 kilogram one)
Just wondering if people would be interested in having me auction this off, or if I should just keep it? I may finish it up a bit more, I'll be able to tell better in the morning's light.

https://i.imgur.com/TgqZlFI.png

It is 300 grams of solid 999 fine silver, I'll certainly take better photos if people are interested in it. Its not very likely that I'll make anymore, unless there is a huge demand. They take a long time to make and the shape irritates me as I can't get a perfect pour.
14  Economy / Collectibles / [ANN] SaltySpitoon's Silver "Garlic" Bread Loaves DIY Wallets *In Stock* on: February 12, 2018, 07:49:28 PM
Ahoy all, it is finally time for the official announcement with all of the information that you may want. This post will be for general information, and my 2nd post in this thread will be for current loaves for sale.

I'm finally past the start, and into beginning production of these wallets (pictured below) each is hand cast and finished in .999 fine silver. Their weights are a bit variable (more on this later) but they are typically over 2.5 Oz of pure silver. I will be asking around 0.02BTC each, based on the results of the previous auction. This price may vary a bit with metal content and BTC:Fiat price, but I will have each price listed next to the bars in question. I accept BTC, ETH, LTC, BCH, Garlic, Metals, Barter for goats/chickens, etc. Pretty much what I mean is, shoot me a PM if you'd like to trade with a Bitcoin equivalent, or if you'd like to offer me a trade. I'm pretty flexible, and will at the very least entertain any offers. I've had some hilariously interesting trades in the past, so please feel free.

Example Photos of the loaves:
https://imgur.com/a/OvFA6
https://imgur.com/a/JWMFn
https://imgur.com/a/wz91e

Holograms:


There are a million difficult to control factors that change the outcome of how each bar will turn out. For that reason, each loaf will be unique. Each will be created, photographed similarly to the imgur galleries above, and sold individually, so there is no question as to exactly what you will be receiving when you place your order. I will list them for sale as they become available in the post below this OP.

Shipping is included in the prices listed. If you are outside of the US, I can still ship to you, however I ask that you make yourself aware of any importation restrictions or taxes that will be imposed. I can't be held responsible for issues that occur in shipment after the packages have left the US, as the USPS stops receiving tracking updates after that point.

I plan on documenting each step these loaves go through for anyone interested, and will update here when I get a chance to get photos from start to finish.

If you have any questions, comments, hate and discontent, please feel free to let me know.


Auction for the first three loaves:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2887662.0


15  Economy / Collectibles / [Auction - Finished] The first 3 .999 Silver Garlic Bread Loaves! on: February 05, 2018, 09:16:27 PM
Auction End Timer: https://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/generic?iso=20180211T235959&p0=263&msg=Silver+Garlic+Bread+Loaf+Auction+End&font=cursive&csz=1

Hi everyone, as I mentioned in my thread requesting feedback for the project (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2881839.0)

I'm not really sure how to price these, so I'm just going to open these up for auction, and I'll use the data collected from the auction to determine pricing for any future pieces. Each piece will have a certain level of individuality to them, so if you see one you are in love with, there is no guarantee I'll be able to make an identical, so don't delay!

Auction rules So I'll be started these off at their silver spot price. Please bid in Bitcoin increments, however I will accept Garlic, BTC, LTC, ETH, or most other exchangeable alt coins at your converted bid rate after the auction has ended, if you have any questions, please ask. The minimum bid increment is 0.0005 BTC. This auction will run from time of posting until Sunday February 11th at 11:59:59PM US Eastern time. To winners in the US, these will ship free. If you are outside of the country, I will charge actual shipping cost (under $5). Ideally I'll have them shipped out to the winners on Monday, so I can get your feedback as soon as possible. Any bids within the last 10 minutes of the auction ending time will extend the auction by 10 minutes. EX: a bid at 11:58PM on the 11th will extend the end time to 12:08AM, a subsequent bid at 12:05 AM will extend the auction end time to 12:15 AM.

Since these loaves are in different styles and weights, please double check which you are bidding on. Loaves A, B, and C, will also corresponds to the number tamper proof hologram sticker they will receive (A will get number 001, B 002, C 003).  I will receive the tamper proof holograms on Friday the 9th, and will upload pictures then. These are just simple 0.75 inch circular tamperproof hologram stickers with the Garlic logo centered, and the number. Functional, but nothing fancy.

I have no problem with international bidders, but please make sure that you are aware of any laws or tarrifs that may apply on the importation of silver. I will declare them at silver spot value through for customs.

Please use this example bid format ( A @ 0.006 BTC )

Please double check these photo collections for details on each bar. Each is the shown weight in 999 Fine silver.

Bar A (81.6g) Starting bid 0.0060 BTC: https://imgur.com/a/OvFA6

Bar B (87.6g) Starting Bid 0.0065 BTC: https://imgur.com/a/JWMFn

Bar C (81.5g) Starting Bid 0.0060 BTC: https://imgur.com/a/wz91e


I'm more than happy to use escrow with any mutually agreeable escrow agent, however I do ask that you pay any associated fees. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to ask. After the auction has ended, I'll give these a final shine and send them on their way to the winners.

*Edit* The tamperproof hologram stickers have arrived.



16  Economy / Collectibles / Requesting Feedback for New Silver Physical Garlic Bread Loaves on: February 05, 2018, 12:39:19 AM
*edit* From the last thread, there are some production details: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2838487.msg29417623#msg29417623

Ahoy, as many of you may have seen in the thread requesting that some people work on physical Garlic coins, I tried my hand at making silver garlic bread loaves to use for wallets.

After 3d modeling, setting the model in plaster, and then casting in silver, I've ended up with a couple of potential variations that I can produce. I'd like people's opinions on what they think is the best.

I'll have an imgur gallery link posted in a bit with more info *edit*(Here are the additional photos https://imgur.com/a/BvzNj), but the three variations are shown represented by the letters A, B, and C. A has a horizontal layered grain pattern. This is a result of the speed of the pour into the plaster mold. B and C have a bumpy grain pattern, however C is more highly finished after a longer duration inside of the rock tumbler + burnishing and polishing media. Its a little hard to tell from the pictures, but if you know about coins, C is smoother and has a more prooflike finish with less texturing, whereas B is a bit more burnished looking, with more texturing.

Any thoughts? Also, would people like custom made tamper proof stickers like what you'd find on a Cas/Lealana coin, or should I not worry about them, and just let people do whatever they'd like with the bars?


17  Economy / Goods / [SOLD] 2017 Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Handmade Bourbon on: January 31, 2018, 10:31:56 PM
Ahoy, I'm checking to see if anyone is interested in a bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year.





Here is a link to BayAreaCoin's Pappy sales thread as I'm sure he has far more information available than I do.  https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2350633.0

Shipping to the US only, and you will need to be over 21 to sign for the package. While I doubt minors are looking for collectible bottles of bourbon to swill, miners are welcome!  Grin

Looking for $575 for the bottle with priority mail + signature confirmation included in the price. I'll accept BTC or a plethora of alt coins, get in contact with me if you'd like to know if I'll accept whatever you are offering. I'm happy to use escrow, however I ask that you pay any escrow fees associated.

if you have any questions please feel free to ask.
18  Economy / Goods / Sticker Hat Modular Hat System HAT2.0! (Free Bitcoin Patch with order) on: January 10, 2018, 01:23:58 AM
Hey guys, Mushbuh (Mushroomized) and I are selling Sticker Hats: https://sticker-hat.com/

A modular hat designed by Mushbuh that allows you to change the design whenever you like. Like to walk around sporting a proud Bitcoin symbol? Stick it on. Annoying guy walked up to you, lecturing you word for word what they heard about Bitcoin on CNN? Take it off.

We are currently selling the Starter Kit and December subscription patches, and if you order using Crypto you will receive a free Bitcoin patch, pictured below.

We are handling Crypto sales manually, so you can pm me, post here, or contact us on our website if you'd like one. We don't have a subscription system in place for cryptos, but we'll let you know if that changes any time soon.

We accept Bitcoin, Litecoin, BitBean and Ethereum. If you have something else you want to pay with, just ask. If you have any comments, questions, or general hate and discontent, feel free to let me know.









In addition, our latest abomination creation! Hatputer! more information here:  www.hatputer.com



19  Economy / Collectibles / [Closed] 2011 Year of the Rabbit Gold/Silver Coins on: January 30, 2017, 08:17:41 PM
update: The 1 KG Silver rabbits are sold

Hi, today I'm offering (2) 1 Kilogram silver 2011 Year of the Rabbit Silver Coins (or should I say plates?) made by the Perth mint, as well as (2) 1/10th oz Gold MS70 ANACS graded 2011 Year of the Rabbit coins. The 1 Kilogram silver rabbits come in mint airtites containers. Shipping to the US is free, if you are outside the US we can figure it out. If you are outside of the US, please make sure you are aware of any import taxes or restrictions your country charges.

For each 1/10th oz gold, I'm looking for
And for each 1 Kilogram silver, I'm looking for





I'm not sure where I put the photo of the silver ones, so I'll snap a better picture shortly. Until then, I just attached a stock photo.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, grievances, bellyaching, or if you need life advice, feel free to ask. Of those, if they aren't relatively well related to the thread, send them via pm rather than posting here.  
20  Economy / Collectibles / [Pre ANN] Vulcanalia Mint Physical BTC and more on: October 13, 2016, 05:59:38 PM
*I will be updating the topic quite a bit while I think of better ways to word things, and as questions come in that help me address concerns, questions, and criticism. Think of this as a rough draft at the moment, but the topic will become more and more polished with time. I tend to write walls of text, so formatting changes will help overcome that.



Hi everyone, this is a pre announcement to something that has been quite a while in the making. I will soon be starting production on quite a few planned projects under the name Vulcanalia Mint. I wanted to first describe what Vulcanalia is all about, and then open it up to questions. As of the date of this post, I expect prototypes of my first projects to be done within a month or so, with sneak previews coming soon.

What this is:

Vulcanalia is its own mint through and through. The entire design and creation process is done in house, no third parties. Because of this, there will be some unique advantages and disadvantages to my work which I'll discuss below.

I'll first start by explaining the process for having Physical Bitcoins made. The creator designs what they would like, fronts the cash for materials and the order quantity, the mint has that design made into dies, the dies press blanks into coins, they are shipped back to the creator, and there you have it. The advantages to this, are that the coins can be mass produced quickly. The disadvantages however come in the terms of under utilizing creativity and material freedom. What happens if you want your coins produced as 1/8th oz parallelepipeds in blue gold? The mint will tell you get lost. What if you want your coins to be something other than coins? Again, they will tell you to get lost.

Vulcanalia will be able to produce non standard sized pieces with a greater range of creative freedom and material choice. If you have wondered why there aren't Platinum, Palladium, Rhodium, Blue Gold, Argentium, or Indium coins floating around, its because mints will not produce them. They are set up to punch out standard size rounds in mainly three materials, copper, silver, and gold.

Of course, there comes disadvantages. There are certain levels of two dimensional detail that I will not be able to achieve due to machinery restraints, and craftsman level consistency problems. Machines with perfectly set parameters will be able to infinitely reproduce the same exact work. introducing the human element invites error. But, with error comes charm, being completely uniform is boring. I intend to make up for the negative aspects of human error by overcompensating in favor of my customers.

What sort of products will you produce?

My setup is sort of a cross between a jeweler's setup and a forge. I can produce cast coins, as well as higher detailed pieces such as statues, or make rings, pendants, etc. I can produce just about anything in any type of non ferrous metal. If my firing kiln was a bigger, I could cast airplane parts.

Custom orders?

I will accept custom orders after I've established the mint a while. I'm going to need to fail a couple times before I'm confident that I can do anything, and I'd like to fail on my own terms before making promises and not being able to deliver.

What sizes and of what material will your products be made of?


You tell me, anything that I can melt, alloy, and cast will be done. Want a peg leg made of hepatizon? I'll let you know!


Why bother making a mint?


There have been a couple of things that have bothered me about the physical coin market for a long time. My introduction to numismatics was with collectors coins in precious metals and old world currencies. When the premium on a 1 ounce silver coin with a Bitcoin logo on it is the same as a 2000 year old silver coin in pretty good condition, it kind of bothers me. I want to reform the idea of Physical Bitcoins. A coin that is worth 1.03 BTC metal included selling for 2 BTC is not something that is exchangeable. Its a collectors piece I suppose, but its not going to change hands in the form of a gift, or to make semi Bitcoin payments to someone. I fully intend to have a line of exchangeable and affordable physical Bitcoins in addition to fancier pieces.

Keep in mind, anything that is made to be collectible usually is not.

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