The Art of the Trade



1 Minnaar = $1,567 (USD)

Trading Cards start at $1.60

Trade Value increases daily until sold out


Minnaar #01701
11″ x 14″ watercolor on paper

Artist Steven Minnaar has created the world’s first tradable treasure hunt art collection of which only 10,000 will be released to the public.

Art lovers and treasure hunters can collect and trade Steven’s original artwork and trading cards which contain 1 or more of 24 words that can unlock a treasure of over 1 full bitcoin, 10 ounces of gold, 100 ounces of silver, and 1,000 Minnaar artworks.



1.01542170 bitcoin

10 oz gold

100 oz Silver

1,000 Minnaars


How to get Minnaars

To acquire Steven’s art you must trade him something for it or buy it on the secondary market.

How to Unlock the Minnaar Treasure

The private key to the bitcoin address below was created with a 24-word passphrase arranged in a specific order. Each Minnaar comes with all 24 words arranged in a random order.  Fractional Minnaars and Trading Cards come with just one word each and sell at a fraction of the price.

Collect and trade Minnaars to pick up all 24 words and then see if you can put them in the right order to generate the private key (click here for step-by-step instructions).

Be the first and you can immediately take the bitcoin. Then contact us to claim the balance of the treasure. The bitcoin balance is funded by treasure hunters from around the world who regularly add to the balance. How high will it go?

Bitcoin Address:


(click on address to view current balance)

Minnaar – 01060
18″ x 22.5″ watercolor

Exchange Value and Forever Art

Minnaars have a 1 to 1 exchange value which means they can be traded at any time for any other Minnaar available in the Trading Inventory.

Inventory is continually growing and changing as new pieces are added and traded. Search the inventory regularly to find the perfect piece to add to your collection.

Fractional Minnaars and Trading Cards

A Fractional Minnaar is one of multiple pieces that make up a complete Minnaar. Trading Cards are considered Fractional Minnaars. They are available individually at a fraction of the Trade Value of a full Minnaar. Fractional Minnaars can be exchanged towards another artwork at their fractional Minnaar trade value.

Fractional Minnaars contain 1 of the 24 words that can unlock the Bitcoin Treasure when arranged in the right combination. They come as small as 1/1,000th of a Minnaar and are a great way to collect in smaller denominations.

Minnaar – 00896 #4 of 24 (Fractional Minnaar)

Scarcity and Abundance – the best of both worlds

Steven will continue to create artworks for the remainder of his life but the total number traded to the public will be limited to just 10,000 Minnaars. Click here to see available Minnaars.

Any remaining Minnaars will be made available for trade only to existing Minnaar owners. As the trading inventory grows, so does the number of trading possibilities.

The Minnaar Collection has the best of both worlds – scarcity and abundance.

Minnaar #01045 “The Appraisal” 11″ x 15″ watercolor

Token of Authenticity

Each Minnaar comes with a Token of Authenticity (ToA) registered on the Liquid Network Blockchain. Possession of this token cryptographically proves provenance and supports authenticity.

The ToA helps protect buyers and sellers when transacting between private parties and it is required when trading-in your Minnaar artworks. Click here for suggested trading practices between private parties.

To receive a Token of Authenticity you will need a Liquid Wallet. We suggest downloading the or Blockstream Green wallet app. Open your Liquid wallet to generate a Liquid Address to receive your ToA.

Key Features of the Collection

  • Each Minnaar is exchangeable for any other Minnaar made available from Steven’s Trading Inventoryforever.
  • Each Minnaar comes with a Token of Authenticity that cryptographically proves provenance
  • Each Minnaar has one of 24 words to a combination that can unlock the Minnaar Treasure when arranged in the correct order
  • Minnaars have a variety of exchange values making them accessible to more collectors
  • Minnaars are scarce – only 10,000 full Minnaars will be released to the public with the balance held for trade (and public display when the Minnaar Museum is established)
  • Minnaars are abundant – owners of a Minnaar can exchange their Minnaar for any other Minnaar available in Steven’s growing Trading Inventory.
  • Community – we have a growing community of collectors and traders

Find Your Treasure – 5 Ways to Collect Minnaars

  1. Trade with Steven
  2. Host or attend in-person events where you can buy, sell or trade with other collectors
  3. Visit the Online Forum to buy, sell and trade with other collectors
  4. Contact Steven to exchange your Minnaar for another Minnaar in his Trading Inventory.
  5. Enter the Daily Drawing (see below)

Before trading with private parties please read the Safe Trading Practices


Q & A with Steven Minnaar

Minnaar #00545

What is the Minnaar Art Collection?

Minnaars are a collection of original artworks that I release as I create them. Only 10,000 will be released to the public with the balance made available for exchange to existing holders as each Minnaar can be exchanged for any other Minnaar that I have available now or in the future. Each artwork contains a clue to a hidden treasure. My goal is encourage people to experience more art in real life as opposed to looking at tiny pictures on a little screen.

Minnaar – 00400
“CD” 15″ × 18″ watercolor.

You have put the “ART” in BARTER – why barter?

When you hold dollars – or just about any other fiat money – you are indirectly supporting a debt slavery system that finances endless wars and impoverishes millions through corruption and inflation. Since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, the US Dollar has lost over 98% of its purchasing power. This is why things tend to “cost more” every year.

Bartering – and the use of other free-market money alternatives – are a way to give yourself a greater degree of autonomy and freedom. Through this project I have created art that can be traded and anybody can use it to barter with if they want to.

In my opinion, the simple act of using an alternative to fiat money is the most peaceful, revolutionary act that a person can do to create a better world. It is a great feeling to have bitcoin in your wallet and Minnaars on your wall.

Tell us about more about your art and creative process…

When I begin each day I may only have a basic idea of what I am going to create. I set the intention and then let the canvas tell me what it wants.

The collection is a real-time diary of my creative journey. My work is mostly whimsical, sometimes serious, and quite often just odd.

There is a world of difference between experiencing a work of art in real life compared to viewing a picture of it on a 3-inch screen. You cannot experience the true scale, color, texture and impact when looking at a tiny digital reproduction through your phone or computer.

Minnaar – 01050 “Voyeur” 11″ x 15″ Watercolor on paper

You paint in many different styles, sizes and mediums – why is that?

That is what is most interesting and challenging to me. I like to explore multiple themes, styles and mediums. Minnaars come in various sizes ranging from small pieces that can fit in your wallet to larger pieces that can be displayed on your wall.

There is nothing more satisfying to me than to start with an idea and then turn it into something tangible.  To grow, imagine and create – that is the essence of life in my opinion and it is the idea that dictates the medium and style that I use for each artwork.

Minnaar – 01404
The Minnaar Watch

Tell us about the Minnaar Treasure…

The Minnaar Treasure is a private key that controls over 1 full bitcoin and it unlocks the right to take the bitcoin and receive 10 ounces of gold and 1,000 Minnaar Artworks. Each full Minnaar contains all 24 words that can generate the “private key” when arranged in the right order. Trading Cards and Fractional Minnaars have just one of the words.

The order of the words was generated using a special randomization script so that no one – including myself – knows the correct order. It is regularly funded by treasure hunters and anybody can add to the balance. The first person to solve the combination can take the bitcoin and claim the balance of the Treasure.

Can you imagine what the Minnaar Treasure will be worth generations from now? I can see my great-grandchildren trying to crack it now…

What are the odds of getting the right combination to unlock the Minnaar Treasure?

About one in a gazillion! Nevertheless, once you have collected all 24 words, you will have unlimited guesses and it is possible to guess the correct combination on your very first try. It is like getting unlimited lottery plays.

Minnaar – 00527
30″ x 22″ Watercolor

Which Minnaars are you most proud of and why?

Ah, there are so many! Here are just a few (click on the images to magnify):

Minnaar – 00108 “The Cure” 22″ x 30″

00108 – “The Cure” – Historically significant, I painted this in 2020 when lockdowns were put into place.

Minnaar – 00124 24″ x 18″ charcoal on paper

00124 – I love this one due to its sheer eroticism. The expression on the lips, the posture, the hand…and the marbling texture of the breast. Charcoal is such a sensual medium to work with because you are able to blend and shape it with your hands.

Minnaar – 00550 22″ x 30″ watercolor
Minnaar – 00531 22″ x 27.5″ watercolor

00531 and 00550 I love these for their overall mood – they are both quite large and amazing to see in real life.

Minnaar – 00356 20″ x 16″ “Secrets of the Universe” acrylic on canvas

00356 thru 00367 – “Secrets of The Universe” I love this series because it truly does contain the secrets of the universe. They came to me through divine inspiration but I have yet to figure out what they mean…

Minnaar #00438 – 19.5″ x 15″ watercolor
#00439 – 11″ x 8.5″ pencil on paper

00439 and 00438 – I love these two for the colors, composition, and the expressions. Similar yet different.

00377 – “Pleasure and Pain” 20″ x 16″ acrylic and collage on canvas

00377 – “Pleasure and Pain” – Freud would have something to say about this one…

Minnaar #01630 – “The Meetup” 8.5″ x 11″ Original Signed Photograph

The Meetup” – Peer to Peer trading – what can be better?

01442 – “The Journey” 8.5″ x 11″ gouache on ivory paper

“The Journey” – Each painting in this series symbolizes, celebrates and honors our individual journeys.

Like the captain of a sailboat, we must frequently “adjust our sails” as we face new challenges in the pursuit of our goals and dreams.

While we set our sights on worthwhile destinations, it is this journey that is happening in the here and now that matters most. This is the adventure of life that we can experience in totality – in this moment!

Each original painting is similar yet different – every one is entirely unique – just like each of us. I invite you to search the series and find the perfect painting to symbolize, celebrate and honor your journey.

Find Your Treasure – 5 Ways to Collect Minnaars

  1. Trade with Steven
  2. Host or attend in-person events where you can buy, sell or trade with other collectors
  3. Visit the Online Forum to buy, sell and trade with other collectors
  4. Contact Steven to exchange your Minnaar for another Minnaar in his Trading Inventory.
  5. Enter the Daily Drawing (see below)

Before trading with private parties please read the Safe Trading Practices

The Minnaar Giveaways

Daily Giveaway

Each day we give away one Fractional Minnaar Trading Card from the Minnaar Art Collection to a member of our Telegram Group. Each Trading Card contains one of the 24 words needed to unlock the Minnaar Treasure.

It’s FREE to join and you will automatically be entered into each day’s drawing.

Monthly Giveaway

On the first of each month I hold a special drawing and give away one full Minnaar to a lucky Minnaar owner.

Here is how it works:

I take the total number of Minnaars created so far and randomly pick one (excluding fractional Minnaars). If you are the owner of that particular Minnaar you will win another Full Minnaar of your choice. I announce the winner in my Telegram Group and the winner has 30 days to claim their Minnaar. The more you own, the more chances you have to win.

These giveaways will continue indefinitely.

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