Bitcoin is the most important change to happen to money in generations. By decentralizing control of money out of the hands of the warmongering state and the banks, you get an amazing form of money with ridiculously low fees that is accepted worldwide by countless businesses. To learn more about bitcoin, please visit Bitcoin.com.
Bitcoin is very widespread in the Shire. Shire Society members appreciate a money that doesn’t require asking anyone’s permission to use it. It’s easy to use and works well. Even local businesses have started to use bitcoin across the Shire. You can see an interactive map of some of them here.
Bitcoin transactions keep your value away from predators like the state, whose paper dollars they can endlessly print (bitcoin is not subject to the whims of politicians) and use to go to war around the world. Therefore, bitcoin is one of the greatest tools for peace in addition to personal empowerment. That’s why the Shire Free Church launched Shire Bitcoin on November 5th, 2014 when we placed our first Bitcoin Vending Machine at a store in Keene at 661 Marlboro St.
The goal of Shire Bitcoin is not to profit, but to assist in spreading bitcoins so as to foster peace, the church’s mission. Bitcoin and USD earned from our BVMs are invested in our bitcoin and other church outreach projects.
For instance, after finally covering the cost of buying the BVMs, in October of 2016 we launched :60 advertisements on local radio and TV in Keene to promote the businesses in the area that are accepting bitcoin! The ads are a great introduction to bitcoin for area consumers, positioning bitcoin as an international, but also very local currency. “It’s Keene to buy local” and the second ad in the series makes it clear the benefits to our community when businesses to stop sending 3% of their sales to credit card companies by adopting bitcoin and encouraging customers to do the same.
In April of 2015, the Keene machine was upgraded to the Lamassu brand Bitcoin Vending Machine. The Lamassu was created in the Shire and is run by Free State Project early movers. The original Keene unit, the Skyhook brand, is still used for special events.
After more than a year of operation in Keene, we launched a second BVM in Manchester in January 2016 at Murphy’s Taproom on Elm St., which is basically Manchester’s main street. The Manchester “General Bytes” brand BVM continues our mission of providing the most affordable bitcoin possible to the community.
It’s important to note that the church’s Bitcoin Vending Machines are not ATMs, though many confuse the two terms. The machines sell a product, bitcoin, for cash, like any other vending machine. The BVMs do not do the reverse. The machines are stocked with bitcoin and sell from that stock. The BVM is not making buys on an exchange. Machines that do that have ridiculous identification requirements. Your bitcoin is your business and as a customer of the church, your privacy is respected. (While our machine does not require identification, there is security monitoring the premises.)
Locations & Hours
Keene: Route 101 Local Goods is at 661 Marlboro St. in Keene, open six days per week, Tuesday – Saturday 10a-6p and Sunday 11a-5p. If you’re traveling a long distance and want to call the store in advance to make sure they are open, dial 603-499-4949. If you have any issues with the machine, please email shirebtc at gmail.com as soon as possible.
Manchester: Murphy’s Taproom is open all seven days per week, 9:00a-2:00a. You can call and confirm they and the machine are open at 603-644-3535. If you have any issues with the machine, please email shirebtcmanch at googlegroups.com as soon as possible.