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spe·cie
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   1. money in the form of coins rather than notes.


More fun than you ever thought you could have with silver!  
You have heard people criticize Bitcoin for not having a central bank and that Bitcoin isn't backed by anything.  Now thanks to you that complaint is no longer true.  Bitcoin has a decentralized bank and each of us can back our favorite virtual currency with Cold Hard Cash.  This makes all of us, the decentralized bank, more resilient, more powerful and smarter-in-the-aggregate than any central bank could hope to be.  

Scan the QR on these, or check the link above, to see their current value in bitcoin and in your local currency anywhere globally.
These are one of the best ways we have found to introduce Bitcoin to people unfamiliar with it yet.  


You may have seen the announcements or reports in the press of a new silver bitcoin specie available from the makers of New Liberty Dollar.  If not here are some:
http://www.slate.fr/story/76296/hacking-pas-ordinateurs-cuisine-musique   (in French)
http://bitcoinmagazine.com/new-liberty-dollar-silver-qr-coin-obtains-live-bitcoin-prices/
http://www.thebitcoinchannel.com/archives/19662
https://program.ohm2013.org/event/59.html
https://www.kitcomm.com/showthread.php?t=122771
http://bitcoinviews.com/new-silver-liberty-dollar-qr-coin-obtains-live-bitcoin-prices/
http://thebitcoinnews.co.uk/2013/08/07/new-liberty-dollar-silver-qr-coin-obtains-live-bitcoin-prices/
http://freedomwat.ch/2013/08/06/new-silver-liberty-dollar-qr-coin-obtains-live-bitcoin-prices/
http://bitkoins.com/discussion/25059/new-silver-liberty-dollar-qr-coin-obtains-live-bitcoin-prices
http://ewallstreeter.com/new-silver-liberty-dollar-qr-coin-obtains-live-bitcoin-prices-5554/

This thread will cover questions and will be used to keep our important and loyal friends here at BitCoinTalk well informed on the development of this project and in gratitude of the many of you that have made suggestions and comments and offered support in ways large and small.

The project was first announced at OHM2013 in the Netherlands and has been reported in Bitcoin Magazine here:
http://bitcoinmagazine.com/new-liberty-dollar-silver-qr-coin-obtains-live-bitcoin-prices/

I will make every effort to keep you updated as the project evolves.

ConditionGlisteningly Brillient Uncirculated
Composition.999 Fine Silver
Silver Weight 1 Ozt
Mint/BrandNew Liberty Dollar Presents: Cold Hard Cash, the Bitcoin Specie


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Thank you for the kind words.  As the project matures, we are very interested in the input from this, our community, so that we may refine and improve.  This thread is not self-moderated and so we also look forward to criticisms and healthy debate.  The best solutions are those that are based on the desires of the group they are designed to serve.  In this case that is you who are reading this now.  We have taken input from many here already (you know who you are!) and looking forward to more.

The goals of this project are many.  Here are some of the top items on our bucket list of what we hope to accomplish with this offering:

  • Create a durable and attractive specie for Bitcoin.
  • Provide a floor backing in hard physical asset for Bitcoin as a global currency with a distributed decentralized bank, all the holders of specie.
  • We wanted this to be a pocket-friendly piece, for easy daily carry as pocket change.
  • Pieces ought to be easily carried and useful for trade at point of sale without worry about damaging the piece, or waiting for confirmations.
  • Offer low-priced intrinsically-valuable high production volume quality piece that would be numismaticly attractive and innovative.
  • Provide options for the collector community without pulling any Bitcoins out of circulation in the blockchain.
  • Provide a means to swiftly and assertively present an accurate current value as both precious metal and bitcoin can suffer price volatility
  • Support both completely anonymous and non-anonymous transactions through total fungibility (most previous physical bitcoins are individually unique and serialized) just like paper currencies.
  • Support a definitive unit of account.
  • Provide a bridge to non-bitcoin users so that the bitcoin economy may expand through the use of this innovative project.
  • Global attractiveness, there should be something for everyone within the design, to encourage the peaceful prosperity that common units of trade have done through out the ages.
  • Sold at volume, these should be available at a slight discount to displayed trade value so as to engender an organic distribution network of folks naturally compensated for providing that distribution service to their local community.
  • Provide a commensurate but better value for money than was traditionally offered by the strongest specie offered by nations of old (US silver coins were 90% silver and 80% weight yielding 72% value for seigniorage).  Ours are starting at 75% and projected to increase.
  • Support the capability of conversion to any currency, crypto or fiat that a recipient of a trade may chose to honor, globally.

We do not seek to compete with any of the other physical crypto-currency available, but to provide a complementary offering.  We owe a debt of gratitude to the previous offerings that have helped to foster the Bitcoin economy from early days.  These are fundamentally different in an important way, they do not have any bitcoins embedded within them, they are fine gold and silver pieces denominated in Bitcoin.

The advantages of bitcoin and bullion are relatively opposite, but by unifying them, each gain strength from the other.
Bullion pieces are most useful in person and locally.  Shipping them is costly, requires security, and delay.
Bitcoin is less useful at point of sale, requires time to confirm, but Bitcoin is the best there is for long distance transactions.
Bitcoin's value is consensus based, not backed, and not intrinsic.  Bullion is the opposite.
The hope is that by providing this offering we create a way to unify these, and in so doing make each better than they could be alone.  


The idea is that these specie can be used at a point of sale for trade value (barter money) in the same way that a crypro currency can, but with folks that have never used or wanted any bitcoin...  It is a physical object, valuable to everyone, and as silver and gold are great conductors it will be warm out of your pocket but cold as it quickly offers up its heat.
Drop it into someone's palm and it will glisten with a nice BTC on it.  Flip it over and scan the QR code and show the current value of it in bitcoin (or dollar/euro/litecoin/yen...) and make your trade.

The recipient of it will be enticed to scan it to show it to their friends, and they will see the price of bitcoin change over time.  They may wish that they had taken the bitcoin instead of the silver.  They may also be happy that they took the silver instead of the local fiat.  Smiley  So they won't be entirely disappointed.


We hope you will let us know how we are doing after you learn more about this project.

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Definitely want one of these if the price isn't beyond reason. Prices similar to Casascius's prices would be good.

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Definitely want one of these if the price isn't beyond reason. Prices similar to Casascius's prices would be good.

First, please understand that these are not like the Casascius coins in that these do not contain bitcoins.  These are silver pieces denominated in Bitcoin.

They will be far less expensive, closer to one ounce silver spot price in BTC + a small premium based on quantity to compensate for those of you who will engage in distribution.  (You should be able to make money by spending these.)
Though if they are at all like the New Liberty Dollar sales, most sales will be in quantity >100.  

If you just want one, chances are that you can get it for less from someone near you who bought a lot more than one.

These pieces are not really made primarily for the collectors, but to be USEFUL commercially with easily determinable barter value (just like Bitcoin has with its exchanges).  They are designed to be trade-worthy, and pocket-friendly rather than sitting on a shelf.  We don't want you to fret if they accidentally go through the washing machine, they should still work just fine.

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From what I can tell, this is not really a "physical bitcoin". It is a silver "medallion" whose value in BTC is readily available. In other words, its value is the value of the silver it contains and nothing else (except for perhaps its collectibility).

I guess that is why you write that it doesn't compete with current physical bitcoins.

Yes.  Your understanding looks accurate.  That was one of our goals, not to compete but to be in a different and new market space.  They are not useful as wallets, or as containers for bitcoin in the way that other pieces are.  They are not unique, each is the same as all the others.

In the same way that a silver dollar does not contain a paper dollar within it, there is nothing contained within these.  They are only what they are.
I think of them as "Cold Hard Cash".

If we ought reserve the term "Physical Bitcoin" for pieces that can function as wallets with tamper-evident holograms, then these would not qualify.
Perhaps calling it Bitcoin Specie would be more accurate nomenclature?  It would be best to avoid confusion.  The "Physical Bitcoin" descriptor was created by the BitcoinMagazine article.  Folks will describe them in ways that make sense to them.

Additionally, with one of these to check current value, other pieces may be included in a trade that of similar composition but of different maker.  So a "used" physical bitcoin could be traded as a fair value by checking the QR for example on one of these.

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Looks really nice. Thanks for doing this. Interesting approach.

Also thanks for the mention in the article. Much appreciated.

Aloha  Smiley

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Looks great.. Can't wait to order some!

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Thank you for the kind words!  

Edit: No more waiting!  Now for immediate delivery, you can order by PM or any of our other order communication channels.

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In the recent judicial opinion memorandum on the Pirateat40 case...

There are some elements suggested against bitcoin being money:
https://www.courthousenews.com/2013/08/06/Bitcoin.pdf
One being that it is not regulated by a central bank, and the other being that there is no specie or precious metal.

I'm not interested at all in the first, central banking, but the second, absence of specie, is close to my heart.
For this opinion, the memo relies upon http://illinoisjltp.com/journal/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Dion.pdf which in turn relies upon an unpublished version of the Satoshi white paper that states: 'the Bitcoin system does not require any backing or “trust”'.
The authoritative version available at http://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf does not include this statement.

Notwithstanding this argument by Pirate that bitcoin is not money, there does exist some examples of specie, such as the Casascius physical bitcoins, many of which are also precious metal. https://www.casascius.com/

The step proposed in this project (which incidentally is almost completed and ready for sale which is why it is here in "goods" rather than in "projects") is for a pure specie offering.  As these pieces become more widely available, they can form a type of decentralized backing for bitcoin (even though bitcoin needs no backing).  Because we will accept bitcoin as payment in purchase for the specie (as well as anyone else might do the same, we are not patenting anything), this creates a type of ad-hoc backing of bitcoin with precious metal.

Further, in order to most widely spread this, we are setting prices as close as possible to actual costs, while leaving a little margin for those that volunteer to purchase at wholesale and aggregate sales for a locality.  Bitcoin users, coin dealers, miners, and anyone with a local bitcoin community can play this role simply by purchasing in enough quantity to get the lowest premiums.  This will allow the high volume purchaser to get "Bitcoin Cold Hard Cash" (We are adopting this nomenclature to distinguish from the "Physical Bitcoin" term used for Casascius, but please feel free and welcome to call them whatever you think appropriate.)

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Just to clarify - these coins do not have any actual BTC value in them at all - they are silver rounds only, deriving their value from being made of silver.  I like the QR code concept on the coin, but everyone should know if you buy these, you're not investing in BTC, you're investing in silver.

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A coin that will stay shiny and not tarnish significantly with regular use (exposed to air) would be an advantage.
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Great concept!!! Any idea if we are, roughly speaking, days vs. weeks vs. months from release?  I'm eager to buy before silver gets too crazy  Grin

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Just to clarify - these coins do not have any actual BTC value in them at all - they are silver rounds only, deriving their value from being made of silver.  I like the QR code concept on the coin, but everyone should know if you buy these, you're not investing in BTC, you're investing in silver.

YES.  THANK YOU.  This deserves repeating.  This is not bitcoin, it may be considered a type of bitcoin specie.  For that, it may provide a new hard money backing for bitcoin (to the extent that bitcoin may be redeemed/exchanged for it).  It is silver only (and soon gold as well).  The value of bitcoin and these COLD HARD CASH pieces are however not bound to each other except for those that may voluntarily trade one for the other, and for this trade the QR displays the recommended trade value based on the current exchange pricing.  There is also .025 BTC emblazoned on the obverse as a recommended trade value (and to commemorate the value of Silver/BTC in 2013).

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Days to weeks.  I'll announce a first day of issue date which might be a week or ten days out from the announcement and take pre-orders up to that date.  There will likely be some specials available for quantity purchases on or before first day of issue that will not be available later. The OP will be updated with order instructions when the time comes for that.
Progress is continuing:
Initial marketing pieces are being minted, final touches are being put on the QR landing page.  
Other website development is needed as well, but can proceed once these basics are solid and tested out.  I am as eager as you are to progress!

Dwdoc:
Some folks like the tarnish (more properly called "toning") on silver pieces, others not.  They can be put in Airtites, or lacquered for preservation if you don't like tarnish, but they should do just fine with normal wear and use as pocket pieces too.  OR you can wait for the gold pieces.  Gold does not tarnish at all.

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August 12, 2013, 02:14:29 PM
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We have had some requests for purchasing some of the first strike pieces made for the marketing phase. Typically we have reserved these to be awarded to those that are assisting in the project development.  Some few have already been committed for this, and there will be more needed for that.

We recognize that we have done precious few sales through the BitCoinTalk forum, and have not engaged in any auctions through this site.  So if you are interested in getting one of these early released pieces, and would be willing to help us test this process out by doing so through an auction here, let us know and we will work to arrange an auction swiftly.

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August 12, 2013, 05:09:19 PM
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We have had some requests for purchasing some of the first strike pieces made for the marketing phase. Typically we have reserved these to be awarded to those that are assisting in the project development.  Some few have already been committed for this, and there will be more needed for that.

We recognize that we have done precious few sales through the BitCoinTalk forum, and have not engaged in any auctions through this site.  So if you are interested in getting one of these early released pieces, and would be willing to help us test this process out by doing so through an auction here, let us know and we will work to arrange an auction swiftly.

I'd be interested.

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August 13, 2013, 06:54:49 PM
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id be in if an auction was afoot Smiley
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August 14, 2013, 01:15:27 AM
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We have had some requests for purchasing some of the first strike pieces made for the marketing phase. Typically we have reserved these to be awarded to those that are assisting in the project development.  Some few have already been committed for this, and there will be more needed for that.

We recognize that we have done precious few sales through the BitCoinTalk forum, and have not engaged in any auctions through this site.  So if you are interested in getting one of these early released pieces, and would be willing to help us test this process out by doing so through an auction here, let us know and we will work to arrange an auction swiftly.

Sounds interesting to me!

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August 14, 2013, 01:38:56 AM
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I will wait for gold or gold-plated.
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August 14, 2013, 01:44:53 AM
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Great! It looks like there are at least a few folks that will take part.  Thank you all for that.

At auction will be one of the first strike pieces, suitable for presentation.  
I'll organize the details as soon as we get some of the photography back (so you can at least see more clearly what you will be bidding on).

I appreciate all the fellow collectors here (as I am), but really this piece is made to be worthy of circulation and trade more than as a collectible.  Durable enough to carry in your pocket and still be fully functional after years of wear and use.  It represents a lot of earned expertise in private minting design, and a deep love of the great Bitcoin experiment.  We hope they will be around and in use for many years to come and should hold up well.
Only time will prove that out, but as long as you have at least one current piece that has a good readable QR, your stack should be easily traded at current display value.

They are made to be inexpensive enough that everyone should be able to have one in their pocket and not worry about it too much.  We will not limit the minting of these pieces going forward, they will be produced to meet demand ad infinitum.  In quantity, can get prices that will let you use them at a small profit and they are priced to move.  We know that we are not going to get rich from these and those that distribute them will have a better margin than we the producers will have.

All that said, these are also ground-breaking pieces, the first of their kind and a little bit of history in the making.  There are only 40 of these first strike "hero pieces" made for photographic purposes and they are highly coveted by all of us working to make this project come to fruition so hopefully the auction winner will have something they can treasure.

We are also contemplating some early release volume sales (with some important limitations).  If you are interested in getting some of the brilliant uncirculated general release pieces ahead of our launch, that might be possible.  All we would ask would be that you not offer them for resale until after the formal launch date Oct 1 2013 at The European Bitcoin conference.

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