Bristol’s local currency have this week unveiled plans to hide thirteen treasure troves containing Bristol’s money around the city. The treasure hunt, which is being held to celebrate the currency’s fifth birthday, will run from 12 – 18 September when daily clues will be released via social media to lead Bristolians to uncover prizes of up to £B100.
Since its launch in September 2012, the Bristol Pound has achieved much success and grown its reputation as the largest city-wide alternative currency scheme in the UK. It’s the only alternative currency that can be spent on local taxes, on bus and train fairs and for local energy suppliers. Over £B2 million was spent in the city last year.
The Bristol Pound Treasure Hunt invites Bristolians to celebrate Bristol’s radical characters, its protests and struggles, while giving participants the chance to win some cash! The treasure hunt will introduce Captain BrizBeard, the pirate banker who, having revolted from his job in the city of London, fights his way back to Bristol to spread wealth among the people.
Clues leading to the whereabouts of the treasure packets, each containing £B20, will be posted through the Bristol Pounds Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds. To mark the end of the birthday celebrations, the treasure hunt will be brought to a finale with a jackpot, where one lucky winner will find £B100 hidden somewhere in the city.
CEO of the Bristol Pound, Ciaran Mundy, commented: “A long history connects Bristol and its pirates to the emergence of the first global currency, made from silver mined in South America. The coins were often split into smaller change called ‘pieces of eight’ used across Europe and the Americas. Our very own pirate Captain Brizbeard has ‘buried’ treasure around the city. I am hopeful no blood will be spilled in finding it, instead some fun and understanding that money can be for building the local economy and supporting community.”
The Bristol Pound works to create a circular economy, where local independent businesses are favoured over large corporate chains.
Join the Bristol Pound treasure hunt by following their social media channels: @bristolpound on Twitter using the hashtag #BrizzleTreasure, Bristol Pound on Instagram or www.facebook.com/bristolpound for their Facebook page. Keep up to date with all their latest news through their newsletter on www.bristolpound.org
Rules of the treasure hunt:
- There will be 2 posts per day released at midday on the 12th-17th September 2017. The posts will be through Bristol Pound’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- Use the clues to find the treasure, which will be inside a golden envelope
- If you find a prize, take a selfie with it and share it using the hashtag #BrizzleTreasure
- There will be one final clue with a prize of £B100 on 18th September