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                         Today the 28  November 2017, Bitcoin prices exceeded $10,000 for the first time. This
               milestone day also made a Casascius coin the most expensove coin in the world. The following
               written by Elias Ahonen tells it all..

                 13.4M dollar physical bitcoin is now the most valuable gold coin in the world

               Nov 29th, 2017: Immediate Release. CALGARY, CANADA

               In 2013, the finest example of a 1794 Flowing Hair Dollar sold at auction for $10,016,875.00, the highest
               selling price of any coin in history. This record may soon be broken: there exist a few 1oz gold coins
               ‘containing’ 1,000 bitcoins each. As of today, the ‘liquid’ value of a ‘Series 2 Casascius 1,000 BTC 2011
               Gold Coin’s is well over 14 million dollars, to say nothing of how much additional value from their rarity.
               Though this may sound like a stretch, these ‘Physical Bitcoins’ and others like them have been around
               since 2011 when the coin now valued at over 13.4m could be purchased for just $5,000. Over 500
               different ones have been categorized in the full-color 286-page Encyclopedia of Physical Bitcoins and
               Crypto-Currencies, Revised Edition which was published in 2017. According to Elias Ahonen who wrote
               the encyclopedia, “these coins are now not only the most valuable ones in the world, but physical proof of
               the power of crypto-currencies. The world’s most valuable coin is no longer one that inspires thoughts
               about the past, but discussion of the future”. One does not need to buy his book to learn more about
               these coins, as 1/3  of the book is available as a free download from his website at
               Bitcoin is a digital currency created in 2009 that has taken the financial world by storm, rising over
               1,000% this year and now valued at over $11,000 each. Each Bitcoin is almost infinitely divisible, and can
               be transferred between computers. It is the first of hundreds of digital currencies. Bitcoin recently has
               ‘split’ into ‘Bitcoin Cash’, ‘Bitcoin Gold’, and ‘Bitcoin Diamond’ which now exist in addition to ‘Bitcoin’. As
               these gold coins were created long before these splits, they contain 1,000 of each ‘version’ of Bitcoin.
               So how exactly does a coin ‘contain’ bitcoin? To answer this question, one must understand that digital
               currency is stored in something called a ‘wallet’. This ‘wallet’ contains two components: a ‘Public Key’ (like
               a bank account number) and a ‘Private Key’ (like a bank account’s log-in information... or key to a safe).
               Both of these ‘keys’ appear as a string of numbers and letters. Anyone with the Public Key can see how
               much bitcoin (BTC) is in the ‘wallet’, and anyone with the Private Key is able to access the ‘wallet’ and
               move the bitcoin elsewhere.
               The coins in question are real 1oz 999 Gold coins with one clever twist: a tamper-evident sticker on the
               backside with a Public Key printed on it. If one peels the sticker, they will find a small piece of paper
               under it which contains the Private Key to access 1,000 BTC.
               Elias Ahonen has been recognized as “one of the first ‘bitcoin historians’” by, and began
               collecting these ‘physical bitcoins’ in his freshman year of university. He is now CEO of Token Valley Inc.,
               a digital currency consulting firm which is preparing to launch an oil-based digital asset called Oleum in
               December and a Blockchain Education portal on January 1 . Despite this, he clings to his ‘hobby’ of
               physical coin research and collecting, regularly connecting buyers and sellers of coins that can range
               from $25,000 to millions in value. “There is no taking the ‘coin’ out of Bitcoin; people are used to coins
               representing money, and ‘physical’ crypto coins have a place whether as a means of exchange or
               educational tool.” Indeed, hundreds of news articles about Bitcoin use these physical coins as a visual
               aid. “Collecting these coins is interesting because it combines the traditional hobby of coin collecting with
               the technical world of cryptocurrency”. As to why the coins are worthy of collection, he asserts that “the
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