Casascius Bitcoins are physical coins you can hold – and each one is worth real digital bitcoins.
Perhaps you’ve heard about Bitcoin, the open-source peer-to-peer “cryptocurrency” that you can send over the Internet without a bank or a middleman. Once upon a time, Bitcoins were completely virtual and you couldn’t hold or touch them.
Not anymore. Each Casascius Bitcoin is a collectible coin backed by real Bitcoins embedded inside. They come in two denominations: 1 bitcoin, and 25 bitcoins. Each piece has its own Bitcoin address and a redeemable “private key” on the inside, underneath the hologram.
These will probably end up being worth more as collector’s items, but it’s an interesting glimpse at what could end up being the “future of money”. Holograms and crypto. Gold pressed latinum.