Three years ago we set out to do something we’d never tried before on theCHIVE. But we’ve always zig’d when everybody else zag’d.
It began with our obsessions with coins. We started making plated gold, silver, and bronze BFM Coins. We used them for subscriptions and even did a special Canadian run of the silver coin. Honestly, we just thought the coins were so cool.
What we never guessed was that the BFM coins would bring us all together. We began allowing Chivers with the Gold Plated BFM to join us for our famous Friday happy hours. Right about now, I miss those Friday’s the most, and can’t wait to get back to it.
Eventually though, we set out on a quest to create something lasting, something with real value that you can pass on to your kids or sell when the time is right, whatever you like. Solid gold, silver, and bronze BFM’s.
We thought this process would be easy, it was not. Turns out minting precious metals is a tall order, but we were up to the challenge.
Finding a mint to craft a ‘proof coin’ is damn near impossible. A proof coin is crafted with flawless precision. Bill also specified there must be a huge charity component and, also, the coins had to be made in America. We found our guys at a family-owned mint in Rochester, New York, at North American Mint. Rochester was one of America’s first boom towns and a manufacturing hub. It’s also home to one of the best mints in the world.
I was surprised how much of the process is hand crafted. It begins with a sketch. Then you need a perfect mold, also made by hand. Then there’s the stylus and a cutter, the coin must be sand blasted and burnished, it must have depth but somehow possess a perfectly clean surface. If there’s even a hint of imperfection it must be thrown out. Bad coins are a dime a dozen. A great coin is a craft, a magic, and a work of art.
North American sources their gold and silver from the same place as the US Mint and we’re making the Ltd. Edition coins available today, complete with a Your Are Awesome hologram and John-signed Certificates of Authenticity.
The 1 oz. solid silver BFM coins are being made available for $99. We were going to sell them for a lot more but that seems a bit silly given the circumstance. The solid silver BFM will get you entrance to theCHIVE HQ for happy hours, for life. And we’re only doing one run of these so they will gain tremendous value on both primary and secondary art markets over the years I’m sure.
Let’s be honest, you misfits are going to drink a helluva’ lot more than $99 worth of our beer anyway. Especially given that we’re extending happy hours from 4-8pm. Get it
And then there’s the the best part. I’m hosting an annual in Austin Silver and Gold Dinner the Thursday before Green Gala. I’m renting out half of the Capital Grille and opening it up to all Chivers who have the solid silver and gold coin. All you can eat, all you can drink. Simply present your coin at the door, no RSVP necessary.
Oh, I almost forgot! All coin purchases are eligible for Sezzle payment plans so people can make four interest-free monthly payments of $24.75 if ya’ want! Free beer for life and steak dinner on me, plus the coin? Yep,
My brother has used this downtime to add some major enhancements to theCHIVE HQ. Here’s the first-look at the new initiative to make theCHIVE even more of an adult theme park than it’s even been. Now, when you enter theCHIVE, you’ll see the famous Chivery facade for real! Just beyond the bear you’ll see the slide, and the Copper Bar. I never imagined I’d seriously use that sentence, and yet here we are.
I hope you enjoy our little science experiment. We minted the highest quality coins ever, it only took 3 years and we learned a lot. These collector pieces are going to support a great charity and a great American business. And we just had a lot of fun doing it. Get your Gold, Silver, and Bronze BFM coins right here!
UPDATE #1: BFM Gold Coin is SOLD OUT.
UPDATE #2: Silver now completely sold out. A few Bronze BFM’s remain!
To qualify for the next offering of Gold and Silver BFM’s sign up for notifications under the respective coin!
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