One of the most significant Bitcoin-related events to take place in 2014 has to be the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl. Multiple hours of Bitcoin and Bitpay promotion on ESPN, which remains one of the most prominent US sports channels/ Even though there are some kinds to be worked out between BitPay, ESPN and participating merchants for the next two editions, it was a great day/night for Bitcoin enthusiasts. ANd I am one of the few people who will for always commemorate that event with the Bitcoin Bowl physical coin.
The Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl coin is created by Mike Caldwell, who is the creator and designer of the Casascius line of physical Bitcoin coins and bars. Most of our readers will have notice how there was no official Casascius coin for 2014. The Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl physical coin is the only model to be created by Mike in 2014.
As is usually the case where Casascius coins are considered, these Bitcoin Bowl commemorative coins are a limited edition collectible. According to an earlier statement by Mr. Caldwell, 2,000 coins were produced officially, of which quite a few were being used for gifts and presents, while the rest of the stock went up for sale on the Stryde Athletic web shop.
In terms of pricing, the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl coin is up for sale for just US$100. The first 50 pre-orders, which included my order, were subject to a coupon giving you 10% off your order amount, meaning I received my coin for the price of US$90. Do keep in mind these prices do not include international shipping costs, which is just US$10 for non-US citizens.
Shipment of the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl physical coin takes place via USPS, and it took roughly two weeks for my coin to arrive. Unfortunately for me, I also had to pay import VAT for the coin (20 EURO), but for such an awesome collectible item, I gladly pay that price. Serge, who also reviewed the coin in this article, did not have to pay import VAT.
Unlike the Ravenbit NODE .999 Silver Edition coin, which I reviewed a few days ago, the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl coin does not come with a pouch, stand, sticker or anything other than the coin and encasing for that matter. It wasn’t advertised otherwise, so I still received exactly what I ordered. Just odd how sometimes you can get far more for US$20 less, but still.
The Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl physical Bitcoin was wrapped in plastic bubble, similar to the Ravenbit NODE .999 Silver Edition coin. While this might seem like a cheap way to package an item for overseas shipment, it remains one of the most secure ways to ensure the item arrives in perfect condition at the destination. Plus, my cat still loves playing with it. Chalk it up as a win-win.
Once you remove the plastic bubble wrapping, you are presented with a see through plastic case, inside of which is the coin itself. I would recommend not opening the plastic case itself in order to protect the coin from any damage. For those of you unaware, (collectible) coins are prone to damage if they are taken out of their protective casing. As this coin will not be loaded with Bitcoin (simply because it isn’t intended to be loaded), there is no real reason to take it out of the casing in the first place.
Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl Coin Design
Every coin has two sides, and the front side of the Bitcoin Bowl coin is a typical Casascius-esque layout. In the middle, we see a big gold plated Bitcoin logo, which is clearly visible against the silver medallion’s background. Speaking of gold plating, the entire rim of the coin is gold plated as well, giving the coin a professional finish.
On the back of the coin, we see the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl logo, which is also gold plated. Personally, I really like the Bitcoin Bowl logo itself, qs it also has a small Bitcoin logo in the bottom of the shield, just below the football itself. Needless to say, I am a fan of American Football, and combining that with Bitcoin is the best of two worlds for me.
Overall, I am very pleased with my purchase. Do keep in mind I bought this coin to commemorate the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl itself, as well as add another Bitcoin collectible to my growing stash. Plus, this coin is used for this article, which means it also serves a professional purpose.