Shire Cryptocurrency Vending

Status Updates

You can now track the status of NH’s Cryptocurrency Vending Machines from the Coin Radar site here.

About Shire Cryptocurrency Vending


Bitcoin LogoBitcoin (BTC) was 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 low fees that is accepted worldwide by countless businesses.  Since Bitcoin’s launch in 2009, hundreds of competitors have popped up.  We can’t really say if any one of Bitcoin’s competitors is better than the others, but DASH and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) have been highly used at Keene retailers so we renamed this project Shire Crypto Vending and now offer all three – BTC, DASH, BCH – for sale at our Cryptocurrency Vending Machine (CVM) locations at the Bitcoin Embassy NH in Keene and Murphy’s Taproom. In 2020 we added top privacy coin Monero (XMR) to these two locations as well.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are widespread in the Shire. Shire Society members appreciate money that doesn’t require asking anyone’s permission to use it. Cryptocurrency is easy to use and works well. You can see an interactive map of some local businesses that accept crypto and here’s another map that shows retailers accepting crypto and the last time someone used it at each location.

Cryptocurrency transactions keep your value away from predators like the state, whose paper dollars they can endlessly print and use to go to war around the world.  Since cryptocurrency like Bitcoin is not subject to the whims of politicians, it is therefore one of the greatest tools for peace in addition to personal empowerment. That’s why the Shire Free Church launched what was then called “Shire BTC Vending” on November 5th, 2014 when we placed our first Crypto Vending Machine at a store in Keene.

BVM BuyerThe goal of Shire Crypto Vending is not to profit, but to assist in spreading cryptocurrency so as to foster peace, the church’s mission.  Funds earned from our Crypto Vending Machines are invested in our cryptocurrency outreach and other church outreach projects.

For instance, after finally covering the cost of buying the CVMs, in October of 2016 we launched :60 advertisements for months 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.  Around here, “It’s Keene to buy local”, and the second ad in the series makes clear the benefits to our community when businesses stop sending 3% of their sales to credit card companies by adopting cryptocurrency and encouraging customers to do the same.  Later in 2017, we launched months of print ads promoting Bitcoin in the Monadnock region.

In April of 2015, the Keene machine was upgraded to the Lamassu brand Bitcoin Vending Machine. The Lamassu was created in the Shire by libertarians.

Crypto Vending Machine at the Bitcoin Embassy in Keene, NH

Crypto Vending Machine at the Bitcoin Embassy in Keene, NH

After more than a year of operation in Keene, we launched a second CVM in Manchester in January 2016 at Murphy’s Taproom on Elm St., which is basically Manchester’s main street.  The Manchester “General Bytes” brand CVM continues our mission of providing the most affordable, privately-purchased bitcoin possible to the community.

In 2017, Keene’s unit was upgraded to a top-of-the-line General Bytes brand machine in Spring of 2018. The original Keene Lamassu was then moved downtown to the Keene State College neighborhood at Thirsty Owl bar.

It’s important to note that the church’s Crypto Vending Machines are not ATMs, though many confuse the two terms. The machines sell a digital product, cryptocurrency, for cash, like any other vending machine. The machines are stocked with crypto and sell from that stock. The CVM is not making purchases for the customer on an exchange. Machines that do that have ridiculous identification requirements. Your crypto is your business and as a donator to the church, your privacy is respected.  While our machine does not require identification, there is security monitoring the premises.


Locations & Hours

Keene – College Area:  Thirsty Owl is at 141 Winchester St., open seven days per week, Sun-Wed 11a-11p and Thu-Sat 11a-2a. Due to recent business restrictions in 2020, call the store in advance to make sure they are open, at 603-355-8166. If you have any issues with the machine, please email keenecrypto at as soon as possible.

Keene – Route 101:  Bitcoin Embassy New Hampshire is at 661 Marlboro St. in Keene on Route 101, open by appointment. Please call 603-499-4949 to ensure you can come by. Trusted buyers will be allowed to enter remotely. If you have any issues with the machine, please email keenecrypto at as soon as possible.

Manchester:  Murphy’s Taproom at 494 Elm St. in Manchester is open all seven days per week, 3:00p-8:00p.  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 as soon as possible.