A new silver collectible piece backed with bitcoins is expected to
hit the market this winter.
The first of the Sol Noctis
series of 1-ounce .999 fine silver pieces denominated in bitcoins
is known as the Binary Eagle and will be made available by TopWorldCoins on Dec. 5.
piece, which will sell for €79.90 (about $100 in U.S. funds), contains
.01 bitcoin — noted on the medal as 1 bitcoin cent. At 10:30 a.m. ET
on Nov. 5, 2014, that bitcoin cent was worth approximately $33.80,
according to Google’s currency converter.
created Sol Noctis to mark the point where two worlds meet:
traditional numismatics and a payment system of the future, and so to
push the limits of both of them,” TopWorldCoins general manager Danylo
Knysh said. "It’s a thrill to integrate such a unique and
universal cryptocurrency into a high quality physical product.”
The Binary Eagle was struck by the Mint of Poland. Each piece features an obverse
occupied completely by an image of an eagle’s face — eyes, beak and
feathers. The reverse contains the inscriptions, 1 BITCOIN CENT, SOL
NOCTIS 2014, and AG .999 1 OZ., as well as a prominently placed
On the bottom portion of the reverse is a
sticker with bitcoin wallet keys printed on it, protected by a
"A special technique of E-Beam Nanogra
was applied to create a hologram with maximum protection against
counterfeit,” a release from TopWorldCoins reads. "Thanks to it,
four levels of security features are embossed into the holographic
foil with a resolution of 550,000 dpi.”
A private key is
needed to redeem the face value and is located under the piece’s
The holder of the Sol Noctis piece
is the only person who has access to it and can realize the face value
of the medal at any time.
The total quantity of Binary
Eagles minted will not exceed 2,009 pieces, according to TopWorldCoins.
"Sol noctis” means “nighttime sun” in Latin.
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