We’re told not to take any wooden nickels, but wooden bitcoins are hard to resist.
A collaboration between Cryptopods and the Bitcoin Penny Company, this wooden bee coin that I was lucky enough to land is an example of a trend in bitcoin collectibles: items of such limited production that they are essentially art projects.
This coin is unique, the only one of its kind. It is part of a set of 10 insect-themed wooden coins, each with a different doodle by the creator of Bitcoin Pennies: ant, bee, butterfly, centipede, dragonfly, flea, ladybug, mantis, wasp and worm.
Each coin has a unique vanity address starting with “1Wooden”, with the key secured on the back under a Cryptopods hologram. The coins were then auctioned off on the bitcointalk forum.
They’re rough, but that’s part of the fun: wooden tokens featuring hand-drawn sketches, part of a set whose appeal is very niche. Will someone, someday, try to track down and re-unite the set? Maybe. Or maybe these will simply be unique items in collections around the world.
What makes a collectible, anyway? When we think of collectible coins, we think of things that have been mass-produced, albeit in controlled numbers. But art can be collected too, and each piece is unique. Both worlds are combined in delightful projects like this.