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21  Economy / Goods / [Interest check] Satoshi's Genesis Block newspaper on: July 24, 2015, 03:19:26 PM

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(decoded) ��EThe Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks

Not necessarily for sale, but figured I'd see if there's any interest out there. Was planning to hold this long-term.

This paper is EXTREMELY hard to come by. Garages and attics all over the world are filled with newspapers depicting historic events (man walks on moon! elvis dead! etc), but this particular copy of The Times was completely unremarkable the day it was published, and most of the edition likely ended up in landfills.  Super hard to find, and therefore super hard to price. Charlie Shrem talked about selling one of these for 8-10btc at a conference, but I can't find any solid info beyond that.

22  Economy / Collectibles / Physical Crypto General Discussion on: July 21, 2015, 03:32:27 PM

Use this thread to try wrapping your head around the pricing and trade of physical cryptos, as well as the insane behaviours of physical crypto collectors.

Other useful threads:
Casascius' original sale thread
Chainsaw's Collectible Marketplace thread (includes historical trades)
justbtcme's Trade Thread
23  Economy / Auctions / CASASCIUS COMBO AUCTION on: July 19, 2015, 12:04:30 PM

One 2011 1BTC Series-2 Brass, MS65 grade.
Very rare, 10% the mintage of 2011 "error" coins.

One 2013 1BTC Series-3 Silver, first-funded.
First batch, third roll. In air-tite since purchase.

The silver is ungraded, but other coins from the same roll have received MS67; if you were to send the silver for grading, it should fetch at least an MS67 grade.

Transfer of PGP custody chain on the silver coin is available for an additional fee, PM for details.

Starting bid: 5 BTC
24  Economy / Collectibles / Gauging interest: Casascius coins on: July 17, 2015, 10:39:26 PM
Not necessarily for sale, just seeing if there's any interest out there.

2011 1BTC series-2: rarest brass coin. 1/10 the mintage of the much more common "error coin" 2011 series-1.

2013 0.5BTC series-2: rarest silver coin. 1/5 the mintage of the next-rarest coin, the 10BTC silver+gold. First roll.

The brass coin is in an MS-65 ANACS slab and the silver coin would fetch MS-66/67+ if it were sent for grading.

25  Economy / Services / Royal Canadian Mint Concierge Service on: June 26, 2015, 01:43:50 PM
Hey folks,

As some of you may know, I collect coins. To this end, I have found myself in the perhaps-enviable position of being a member of the Royal Canadian Mint's "Masters Club", which affords me early access to new releases and occasional access to sold-out or in-store-only items, on a case-by-case basis. I have also recently been given access to concierge service, which means that I get new product alerts even earlier than regular Masters Club members.

Given the number of people around here who at least have a passing interest in numismatics, I figured I'd make the most of my unfettered access and pass on this service to you, my forum peers.

This is only for serious collectors like myself. If you do not want zero-day access to new coins or the ability to purchase sold-out coins, this isn't for you.

However, if this does sound like something you'd be interested in, I will forward advance product alerts to you as soon as I receive them, and I will also purchase coins on your behalf and have them shipped to you.

An administrative fee of $10/mo plus 2.5% of the value of any purchases will be charged for this service. Purchasing a coin will waive the $10 fee for the month in which the purchase was made.

All packages shipped promptly and discreetly from Canada.

PGP-signed version of this statement here.
26  Economy / Collectibles / [WTS] Royal Canadian Mint 10oz silver bar on: June 09, 2015, 01:31:45 PM
Just like the title says. $175USD in BTC.
27  Economy / Collectibles / Casascius 0.5 BTC Silver Series-2 on: March 26, 2015, 04:58:25 PM
Just a heads-up to those who don't often check the Auctions forum, here's an opportunity to pick up a rare Casascius coin for cheap -- current high bid is only 8.1 BTC, with just a week until auction end.;all
28  Economy / Collectibles / [WTB] Casascius coins with PGP chains of custody on: March 13, 2015, 12:50:50 PM
I *know* they're out there. Post details and asking price below.

N.B. The forthcoming complete lack of offers should be kept in mind when bidding on my coin which has PGP docs.
29  Economy / Auctions / Casascius 0.5 BTC Silver Series-2 physical bitcoin: NO RESERVE, 30-DAY AUCTION on: March 03, 2015, 07:44:58 PM

March 3, 2015, 7:45 PM - April 2, 2015, 7:45 PM UTC ("forum time")

One Casascius 2013 0.5 BTC Silver Series-2 physical bitcoin.

Extremely limited mintage of only 45: source

First roll. First owner. PGP chain of custody.
Ungraded, so as to preserve the chain of custody.

Handled with the utmost care: Many of my customers have received coins (silver and even brass!) from me that have later been graded MS66-MS67.

Starting bid: 0.1 BTC
Bid increments: 0.1 BTC

Payment must be received in full at 1GjMuz1n5n9w6vzh1LT4EGRi3g82EezAqS within 48 hours of auction end.
If this condition is not met, the transaction may be terminated by either party without prejudice.

Bids placed after 4:45 PM on April 2, 2015 and before the auction end will reset the auction end time to (bid time + 15 minutes).

PGP-signed copy of the above statement:
30  Economy / Scam Accusations / TECSHARE is a liar and a vindictive abuser of the trust system. on: February 26, 2015, 12:51:57 PM
TECSHARE is a psycho.

I was admiring my awesome trust page earlier today when I figured I'd click the "untrusted feedback" link to see what the people who don't matter think about me.

Surprise, TECSHARE left me this feedback -- 6 months after our transaction -- because we had a disagreement about a scammer last month:

"He also raised the price after I paid him the original amount he quoted. I regret trading with this user."

Here's how I "raised the price" after TECSHARE paid the original amount I quoted:

Hey there! I made an error in calculating shipping costs -- the actual cost to ship the poster flat (not rolled) is $40 instead of $20, which is a difference of 0.04btc.

If you like, you can pay the extra 0.04btc to have it shipped flat, or I can ship your poster rolled in a tube which is slightly cheaper, and give you a 0.01btc refund. Let me know which option you'd prefer -- if I don't hear from you, I'll assume you'd like it shipped via the cheaper method.


(Emphasis mine)

As you can see, the DEFAULT option in the above statement is a partial refund. TECSHARE chose to send me more money, even though the default was for me to actually give him some money back.

If he had not responded to my message, he would have gotten a partial refund *and* his product. Nevermind the fact that he bought TEN posters -- I guess he thought he could flip them for a profit.

Nevermind the fact that he knew what the posters looked like when he chose to pay extra to have them flat-shipped. I received his extra 0.04 BTC on September 3, one day after I posted photos of the finished product.

Photos posted Sept. 2:

Extra payment received Sept. 3:

Sucks that he doesn't like his posters anymore because he doesn't like me, but you can't stop people from being childish.

Based on this evidence, I am comfortable stating that TECSHARE is a plain-faced liar and an abuser of the trust system.

Avoid him at all costs.
31  Economy / Auctions / 2011 Casascius 1 BTC Series-1 ERROR HOLO on: February 09, 2015, 12:34:52 AM

February 9, 2015, 12:30 AM - February 16, 2015, 12:30 AM

One 2011 1 BTC Casascius Series-1 physical bitcoin, ungraded.

Starting bid: 0.1 BTC
Bid increments: 0.1 BTC

Payment must be received in full at 19CPaMnZHchi2868KWRehQc9Tb6iFKDDUf within 24 hours of auction end.

If this condition is not met, the transaction may be terminated by either party without prejudice.

Bids placed after 12:15 AM on February 16, 2015 and before the auction end will reset the auction end time to (bid time + 15 minutes).
32  Economy / Collectibles / [WTB] 2012 1 BTC Brass Casascius on: February 05, 2015, 12:54:06 PM
Just like the title says. Maybe the least impressive and least interesting Casascius coin, but the only brass I don't have.
33  Economy / Goods / [WTB] Laser-engraved blocks of wood on: January 25, 2015, 07:37:21 PM
Hi folks,

I've decided to see if there's any chance a laser-engraving service is something the community can offer.

I'm looking to have the following design laser- or cnc-cut into a block of wood:

Preference will be given to those who provide video of them damaging the finished piece with a dremel tool. Willing to pay the following price:

(cost of wood) + (actual cost of postage) + ($5)

Not interested in spending more than $50 total. Ground shipping is okay, as I live in Canada. 100% of funds must be held in escrow by global mod or similar.

Please PM offers; thread locked so as not to clutter up the sub.
34  Economy / Scam Accusations / Scam Warning: WoodCollector on: January 20, 2015, 12:04:54 PM
UPDATE 1: WoodCollector creates a hate thread in order to intimidate me into silence. He will post his evidence "soon":

UPDATE 2: A carver with 40 years of experience calls bullshit:

UPDATE 3: Several pieces are found to be using stolen artwork:

UPDATE 4: IMPORTANT: I have received PMs indicating that WoodCollector is contacting his customers privately, and attempting to extort more money out of them by claiming that he will provide them with video proof once they pay their outstanding balance. I urge any customers who have not paid in full to not give this scammer any more of your money as he runs out the door.

UPDATE 5: Thread where WoodCollector attempts to recruit paid shills to push his phony wares:

UPDATE 6: Thread where our Master Carver is tired of making $10 million a year, and is interested in a much more lucrative career operating a dark market website selling marijuana paraphernalia:

UPDATE 7: More stolen artwork:

UPDATE 8: WoodCollector resorts to using homophobic slurs to silence his detractors:

UPDATE 9: Several of WoodCarver's customers have PMed me stating that they realize they were ripped off for hundreds/thousands of dollars, but are currently too afraid to come forward for fear their personal information will be released.

UPDATE 10: A South African resident calls bullshit on everything WC has stated about his woods, with links to back it up.

UPDATE 11: WoodCollector locks both of his hate threads against me, after posting screenshots of him uploading a proof video. The screenshots turn out to be bogus:

UPDATE 12: WoodCollector can't figure out how to engrave straight lines onto wood with his laser engraver on November 29, 2014:

FINAL UPDATE: WoodCollector finally shares his video proof. It is a video of WoodCollector using a Dremel rotary tool to damage a piece of wood that he has laser engraved a design into. Note that the wood is already completely engraved when the piece is first shown!

WoodCollector's pieces truly are beautiful, but I believe he's SERIOUSLY misrepresenting himself as being a "master carver" and that his pieces are "carved by hand". It's too bad, because if he was honest about his production methods, people would still buy his products. They'd just know what they were paying for.

Reasons why I think WoodCollector is full of shit:

He claims to be a master wood carver, showing off insanely detailed "hand-carved" pieces:

But all of his "carvings" are impossibly perfect -- just as perfect as a laser etching tool.

Okay, well, maybe he's just that good at carving. After all, he's a master right?

But if he's so good at carving, why can't he cut shapes? Why doesn't he care that his BTC logo shapes are terribly deformed?

Look at the top two legs, as well as the inside cut-outs:

Here's another bad cut:

If he's so good at carving, why do all of his carvings have only two levels of height, as a laser cutter would produce, instead of varying height like hand tools would produce?

Check out the obvious difference in quality between the cutting of the shape and the engraving:

Here's an outlined version. Notice how the verticals do not line up, and are not even the same width.

He obviously has a laser cutter, as evidenced by these perfectly-rendered logos:

Laser cutters also etch wood to a consistent depth, like WC's pieces, whereas a hand-carved relief piece would have a varying height in the flat part.

He claims to be a MASTER CARVER making $10 million a year, but spends 130+ hours working at $18/hr because he "just loves bitcoin so much".

His normal rate is $450-800/hr.
My normal rate averages about $450 to $800 an hour depending on the difficulty of the wood i am working with.

His normal rate is $3,000/hr.
you are going to un-ass $30,000 and get about 10 - 20 hours worth of carving out of me

Yes, a MASTER CARVER who normally earns $450 (or is it $800 (or is it $3,000)) per hour is willing to make Butterfly Labs dildos for $18/hr.

Because he loves bitcoin so much, he makes BITCOIN THEMED DILDOS.

For 0.6% of his regular wage.

Yes, a MASTER CARVER who makes three thousand dollars FOR ONE HOUR OF WORK needs to take out a thousand-dollar loan to buy a new lathe:

WoodCollector, I hereby CHARGE YOU with MISREPRESENTATION of the first degree, and REQUEST the following in order to disprove my theory:

-pictures of your carving tools
-video of you carving a coin with your tools
-name of the master artisan you studied under, and in which country he is located

My apologies to anyone who purchased one of WoodCollector's pieces -- hopefully you bought it because you like it, not because it was "carved by hand" by a "master".

FINAL STATUS: WoodCollector has proven, without a doubt, his artistic skill.
35  Economy / Collectibles / [WTT] My gold for your BTC on: January 15, 2015, 11:55:41 PM
Just like the title says. Trade your worthless internet funbucks for cold hard metal. PM me to discuss an appropriate exchange rate.


1x 1oz South African Krugerrand
1x 1oz American Gold Buffalo

36  Economy / Collectibles / WTB 2012 1 BTC Brass Casascius on: January 13, 2015, 07:00:44 PM
Please post offers below. Best one received by the end of the month earns the sale.
37  Economy / Collectibles / Casascius 0.5 BTC Silver Series-2 physical bitcoin on: December 06, 2014, 07:52:51 PM
2013 Casascius 0.5 BTC Silver w/ Series-2 hologram


(sample image, see below)

Asking price: 25 BTC

I'm selling the rarest Casascius coin you (yes, YOU) can afford.

While there are many 0.5 BTC silver coins in existence, almost all of them feature the Series 3 hologram. This coin is unique in that it features a Series 2 hologram. Only 45 of these coins exist, which I believe is the lowest mintage of any coin/sticker combo aside from the 500+ BTC coins.

This coin comes with a PGP-signed chain of custody: I'll provide the buyer with a PGP-signed document from Mike Caldwell stating that I'm the original owner of the coin, and I'll also provide my own PGP-signed document, using the same fingerprint, stating that I've transferred ownership of the coin from me to you. I'll add your PGP fingerprint to my message, in case you'd like to sell this coin later on. Years from now, a chain of custody will be crucial in discerning real coins from fakes; this is a great opportunity to cover your bases while the pedigree of the coin is still known.

Please also note that this coin is ungraded, so as to preserve the PGP chain of custody, but is in immaculate condition and has been stored in an air-tite case since it was received.

The photograph provided is for reference only, but the coins shown are from the same roll, and I took the photo. Address and pictures of the coin to be provided to serious buyers only. Check my trade history, do your research.

High quality, straight off the roll, PGP chain of custody, first owner -- I dare you to find another seller offering this!
38  Economy / Auctions / RARE 2011 1BTC Brass Series-2 coin! [48h auction] on: November 13, 2014, 06:45:55 PM
Of the total mintage of 2011 1BTC Brass Casascius coins, less than 8% feature the Series-2 hologram.

The total number of these coins in existence is estimated to be only 516, with almost 100 peeled; these numbers are dwarfed by the "error coin" mintage of 5,993.

I don't normally deal in graded coins, as you all know, so let's try something a bit different: no pictures of the coin, just my sworn declaration that I have not tampered with the ANACS slabs and that the coins came into my possession bearing the grades listed below.

Two coins up for grabs: MS-64, MS-65.

Starting bid for the MS-64 is 3BTC, starting bid for the MS-65 is 4BTC. Free worldwide shipping, because why not?

Please indicate in your post which coin you are bidding on.

Auction ends precisely 48 hours after the time of this post, which you can see just up there ^ somewhere; compare it to the server time displayed way up there ^ somewhere else to see how much time you've got left.

Lowball bids discouraged.
39  Economy / Collectibles / WTS Original copy of The Times Jan 3 2009 quoted in Genesis Block on: October 24, 2014, 12:45:34 AM
Just like the title says. 10BTC or nearest offer. Buy from a trusted source! Free express shipping worldwide.

40  Economy / Auctions / 7-day auction: 5 Casascius 0.5 BTC Brass coins on: October 10, 2014, 02:14:22 AM
Just like the title says. Five brass halfs, straight off the roll. No cases, ungraded, never touched with bare hands.

Auction ends exactly 7 days from the time you see up there ^
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