London must seize the opportunity and embrace bitcoins

Very soon, thanks to the statelet of Alderney in the Channel Islands, you may be able to have a bitcoin you can put in your pocket, rather than just hold on your smartphone. Alderney is working with the Royal Mint and the Treasury on a special issue of a physical version of the digital currency for the spring of next year.

Whether it gets the go-ahead, and whether there will be any demand, remains to be seen – after all, the whole point about bitcoins is that they are virtual rather than real. The techno-nerds who are the [...]

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