When it comes to owning your very first physical Bitcoin coin, there are quite a few different “manufacturers” to choose from. Perhaps one of the most famous brands are the Casascius coins, created by Mike Caldwell. More recently however, a new player entered the market. May I present to you the newly announced 2015 Kialara Labyrinth Limited Edition physical Bitcoin coin!
The 2015 Kialara Labyrinth Limited Edition coin is a very limited run, as there will only be 2,500 coins ever produced. That amount is exactly the same as the 2014 Kialara Original Limited Edition coin, which has seen an overwhelming success on various platform, such as BitcoinTalk, the Maxfield.me website, and even Ebay.
Each 2015 Kialara Labyrinth Limited Edition coin is a buyer-funded 0.1 BTC stainless steel & aluminum physical coin. Depending on which production number you receive, that coin will be either contain five .999 silver ball bearings (coins 01-700) or five high-precision ceramic bearings (coins 701-2500). Do keep in mind these coins come unfunded, and it is advised never to load the coin with more than a 0.1 BTC balance.
Customers living in the United States can order a single 2015 Kiala Labyrinth Limited Edition coin for just US$99, which includes taxes and free priority shipping. These coins are also made available to international customers, but a minimum order quantity of 5 coins is required. Pricing for international customers is US$540 per 5 coins, or free shipping if 10 coins are purchased all at once for the price of U$990.
Personally, I was intrigued by the design choice, as it is something I hadn’t seen in a physical coin before. It turns out the inspiration comes from a collection of dexterity puzzles owned as a child by the creator of the Kialara coins. After taking a closer look, I do remember these kind of puzzles from when I was younger, as you have to get the five balls into the center circle. #Thosegooldolddays, right?
Orders for the 2015 Kialara Labyrinth Limited Edition physical Bitcoin coins will start on January 21st 2015, and all coins will be shipped in the order in which they were purchased. International customers can keep an eye on BitcoinTalk, where there will most likely be a group buy for these kind of coins. Payment options include Bitcoin (duh!) and Paypal.