S1 5 BTC 2012 ‘Error Bitnickel’

Manufacturer: Casascius
Year: 2012
Denomination: 5 BTC
Type: PF, DIY

Material: Nickel Pl. Brass
Diameter: 28.5 mm
Thickness: 1.7 mm
Weight: 7.4 g
Country: USA
Best Grade: MS-68


Released in January 2012 with the series 1 hologram, these coins were priced at 6 BTC each. At release, Casascius announced that a silver-tone hologram would be released soon.

All 5 BTC coins appear to have signs of wear on the ‘S’,‘I’, ‘N’, ‘E’, ‘R,’ and ‘I’ of the ‘Vires In Numeris’ motto,seemingly created in the minting process.

Casascius later released an unknown number of 40-coin rolls without holograms as blanks, identifying them as ‘Roll Your Own’. Such a roll came with sheets of laser cut private key tabs and solid gold colored stickers allowing the buyer to create their own coins by using either the provided private keys or by inserting their own. This sale was likely done due to an excessive stock
of Bitnickels.