AOCS First Strike Pics, Christmas Sale and TRTAM

I figured I would do one blog post on all three of these items to keep from flooding everyone’s updates today.  First up as promised on today’s episode I did recieve pictures of the first strike of the new AOCS TSP Copper rounds.

Currently we have sold over 6,000 of the first run of 10,000 coins.  Odds are they may sell out before we ship them in January so you may want to order yours now.  They can be ordered at the TSP Gear Shop Here.

First the Obverse (front)

Second the Reverse (back)

I really feel like the Mint and Rob’s Folks at AOCS did an awesome job for us on this.  Also the design by Tiffany Rockwell is one of the most stunning examples of AOCS currency every created in my view.  Be sure to let Tiffany know what a great job she did when you get the opportunity.

I am honestly blown away by how quickly these are selling so again if you want some from the first run I would seriously consider pre ordering.

Again you can do that at the TSP Gear Shop


Next up remember the back of the coins display the URL of a new website we launched called The Real Truth About Money located at  Initially was simply going to have the ocassional blog post about our economic system and have a simple PDF download of about 10 pages detailing the truth about our economic system.

Well over the last month I went into complete over drive and the 10 page PDF is now a full fledged book of  about 80 pages.  This book will be available in a few days at as a free electronic download, with in a few weeks at most you will be able to order paperback versions via at about 2 dollars over our cost per book, this should be around 10 – 11 dollars a copy or less.  My hope is that along with the soft and hard copies of the book and the new AOCS rounds can be use to help awaken your friends and family to the true slavery in our current economic system.

The electronic version of the book will remain free to all. uses a print on demand technology so I don’t have to hold inventory of the books.  We are simply doing the print version to make them available to those who want hard copies for personal use and giving away to others.     I am sorry the hard copies won’t be availble for Christmas but it just isn’t in the cards at this point.  Hey writing a full book in 30 days was hard enough!

The book itself is completed in full, this week I am simply adding resources to the end for people to learn more on the subject of financial literacy and economic policy.  The beta version of the soft copy will be released before Christmas come heck or high water!  If you have websties, books, DVDs, Youtube Videos or anything to suggest for the resources section please let me know in the comments below.  If you have not subscribed to updates by email or by RSS at you may want to get over there now and do so.

I am also seeking contributing writers to blog at you can get more on that here.


Lastly, I just want to make sure that those of you who may be behind on listening know that this week all the way till midnight on Christmas (central time) I am running a sale on the Members Brigade.  For the next few days you get the first year for only 30 dollars using the discount code “christmas” (yes I know to capitalize Christmas but the codes work best with all lowercase).

For those that want to use the mail in form you can just write Christmas on the form and mail it in with your first years payment.  Also during this sale I will take one ounce of pure silver in any form for a year of MSB or $1.25 cents of face value in pre-64 90% silver US Coin.  So if you have been on the fence about MSB now be the time to join or get a membership as a gift for a loved one.

You can Join the MSB Here

19 Responses to AOCS First Strike Pics, Christmas Sale and TRTAM

  1. Now that’s a good looking striking!

  2. Nice copper rounds!

    Pertaining to, what would it take to convince you to also provide the e-book in a format compatible with Kindle (or other e-readers)? The pdf format does not work well for normal reading on the standard size Kindles, (I understand the DX size is better for pdf, but that’s probably not what most people use). Of course, you can do a conversion from pdf to kindle format, but if the pdf files have anything other than standard text formatting (such as pictures, charts, graphs, special characters, etc.), there can be significant problems with the conversion.

  3. Modern Survival

    @Dan actually pdfs seem to work fine for me on my kindle (not the DX). When I put the book on Lulu I will also do their electronic version and perhaps that will be better.

    I honestly don’t have a clue how to make an actual “kindle version” from my document.

  4. Hey Jack,
    The first strikes look great. I pre-ordered 50. I didn’t get a confirmation email though. How are they being handled, or did I miss that? Thanks and keep it going.

  5. Modern Survival

    @Clancy you should get a confirmation from Paypal with a receipt, if you didn’t please contact the gear shop to be sure your order was received. I don’t run the store and I don’t have access to customer service records for it.

  6. Hey Clancy! I need you to email me with whatever name you used in the order. Email =

    Off the cuff, I don’t see a “Clancy” in our recent orders anywhere.

  7. Not sure about tools for publishing books in Kindle format, but there’s a free utility called Calibre (sorta like iTunes for the Kindle) that I use to convert from PDF, TXT, LIT and several other formats to the MOBI format the Kindle seems to like best.

    I’d recommend Calibre for anyone with a eBook, it allows you to backup your downloaded books in the even that your lose, break your device since there have been rumors that some book purchases from Amazon don’t allow a second download. I’ve not experienced this myself, but I like to have the option to backup my books, just in case.

  8. Just an FYI – When I went to the OpenCurrency website to investigate becoming an accepting vendor for my services, I was surprised to find a big WOT (Web of Trust) warning stating poor trustworthiness, privacy, vendor reliability and child safety:

    I’m still interested but the warning concerns me.

  9. Looks great! I pre-ordered 5 and plan to order more now that I know how they look!

  10. Modern Survival

    @Rebekah Jones

    I find WOT about as useful as an Alexa Rating. Rob Gray an AOCS are completely above board and I one hundred percent back them. You might want to read the objections on that WOT link you posted. WOT is about peoples opinions not reality. For every legitimate participant there are 20 odd idiots that rate a site they have never done business with and know absolutely nothing about.

  11. I too placed an order, but don’t have any type of e-mail confirmation.

  12. I do have a Paypal withdraw of funds on Dec. 9th for the purchase,can you check on this for me Sister Wolfe? I just want to make sure I get the coins when they are released. Thank you!

  13. Hey Danny, I can’t check for you unless you email me your full name. 🙂 Email it to and ask me to check for you to be sure the transaction went through.

    Just to be clear, you’ll receive the transaction receipt at the email address that is connected to your paypal account. 🙂

  14. Fair enough. WOT removed. Thanks for the heads up Jack. 😉 I’m just a little military-based taxi service but maybe my exposure can break this idea into the military circles as they leave training here and station throughout the world. Great idea. An iPhone app, in the future, to help locate accepting vendors near your location would be a FANTISTIC tool.

  15. Modern Survival

    Going to say this one time, really nicely. Blog comments on TSP are not a substitute for sending customer service emails to the gear shop. One notice, further such use of the comments will result in deletion. :>)

  16. Nice looking coins.

  17. Darryl and Jack,
    Thanks for the thoughts on Kindle conversion. Amazon will convert a pdf to Kindle format if I email the file to my Kindle address. Unfortunately, I have experienced some of the issues I mentioned above. I will give Calibre a tryout, and see if that’s better. Of course, I might be worrying about nothing, since I haven’t yet tried converting Jack’s book!

    Jack, I don’t know if you have experienced this. When I view a standard pdf on my standard size Kindle 3, I magnify the text to a larger size so that I can see it, but then I end up having to do a scroll around the page to read each page, since the Kindle does not treat pdfs the way it does normal Kindle formats. I find the scrolling function highly irritating. If the document is in double column format, it’s even worse.

  18. Modern Survival

    The beta of the pdf (very beta) is now available. Details on options for eReaders, hard copy and how you can contribute to the final version are in the official announcement at

    Beta Verson of the Book Now Available