The Art of Money

Minnaar Money are original paintings and drawings that I have created to be traded or spent like money and each original artwork contains a clue to a hidden treasure.

Minnaar Money – 01351
11.5″ x 14.5″
Watercolor and crayon on paper


There are currently less than 1,500 Minnaars in circulation and I create and release just a few each week.

Exchange Value

One Minnaar always equals One Minnaar. This means that you can trade your Minnaar for any other Minnaar that I release and make available now or in the future. You can also trade Minnaars with other collectors. This allows you to lock-in today’s price and experience new artworks each time you trade.

Fractional Minnaars

A Fractional Minnaar is one of multiple pieces that make up a complete Minnaar and they are sold individually at a fraction of the price.

Each Fractional Minnaar contains 1 of the 24 words that can unlock the Bitcoin Treasure when arranged in the right combination. They come as small as 1/100th of a Minnaar and are a great way for collectors to buy in smaller denominations.

Minnaar – 00896 #4 of 24 (Fractional Minnaar)






The Minnaar Treasure

The Minnaar Treasure consists of 1,000 Minnaars, 10 ounces of gold and 1 full bitcoin.






“The Minnaar Prospector”  18″ x 22.5″ watercolor – Minnaar #01060

How To Find The Hidden Treasure

The private key to the bitcoin address below was created with a randomized 24-word passphrase. Each artwork contains one or more of these words. Collect and trade artworks to pick up all the words and then see if you can put them in the right combination to generate the private key (click here for step-by-step instructions). Be the first and you can take the bitcoin instantly and claim the gold and Minnaars:

Bitcoin Address:


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

NFT Certificate of Authenticity

At your request, each Minnaar artwork can include a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) in the form of a Non-fungible Token (NFT) issued on the Liquid Network. This token can support the authenticity of the accompanying physical artwork. The NFT COA can help protect buyers and sellers when transacting between private parties. Click here for suggested trading practices between private parties.

If you do not have a NFT COA for your existing Minnaar artwork you can contact me to request authentication and issuance.

To receive a NFT COA you will need a Liquid Wallet. I suggest Blockstream Green. Open your Liquid wallet to generate Liquid Address to receive your NFT COA.

Vault Service 

You can now receive your NFT COA and leave your Minnaars “on deposit” until you are ready to take delivery. My complimentary Vault Storage will allow you to grow your collection as large as you like without the need for extra storage. Just let me know in the “notes” section when checking out below if you would like to leave your Minnaars “on deposit”.

How To Get Your Minnaars

6 Ways to get Minnaar Money:

  1. Choose from available Minnaars (new works are released weekly) and then click on “Order(subscribe to my newsletter to receive a weekly email notification of new releases)
  2. Pre-order to lock-in today’s price and then choose from new releases as they come out
  3. Attend in-person events where you can buy, sell or trade with other collectors
  4. Visit the Online Forum to buy, sell or trade with other collectors
  5. Trade something for a Minnaar or Fractional Minnaar
  6. Accept Minnaars/Fractional Minnaars as payment

Before trading please read the Safe-Trading Practices


Q & A with Steven Minnaar

Minnaar – 00545
Steven Minnaar – Self Portrait
30″ x 22″ watercolor

What is the Minnaar Art Collection?

Minnaars are a collection of original artworks that I release as I create them. Each Minnaar can be exchanged for any other Minnaar that I have available now or in the future and 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 a tiny pictures on a little screen.

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

Tell us about more about your art and creative process…

When I begin each day I may only have a basic idea what I am going to create. I set the intention and then let the universe tell me what it wants. The only constants are that Minnaars are exchangeable one-to-one and each artwork is physical and tangible.

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. In keeping with the idea of creating a concentrated store of value, Minnaars come in various sizes from small pieces that can be stored in a safe or a suitcase 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 plus 1,000 Minnaar Artworks that are set aside from the collection. Each of my artworks contains one of 24 words that can generate the “private key” when arranged in the right combination. It was created using a special randomization script so no one – including myself – knows the correct order. It is funded by collectors and traders and anybody can add to the balance. The first person to solve the combination can claim the Minnaar Treasure.

I believe everyone should own bitcoin, gold and collectibles like Minnaar Art. This gives them the advantage of owning some of the world’s rarest assets. These assets can be a refuge from the storm that is coming as a direct result of governments destroying their currencies through inflation.

With limited supply and increasing demand, I see the prices continuing to rise. Can you imagine what the Minnaar Treasure will be worth generations from now if it remains undiscovered?

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 soon after the pandemic started and the lockdowns were put into place. The audacity to declare some jobs “non-essential” was an insult to humanity. This painting came to me in a dream and it was born out of this frustration. It represents the heavy-handed response that caused far more harm than good. I actually carried this painting in several lockdown protests in Southern California. 00378 thru 00381 were also in response to the lockdowns.

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 not figured out what they mean yet…

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…

“Walking Around Money” – Minnaar #01029

01029 “Walking Around Money” These are my smelly, old Converse shoes. They have served me well and I turned them into money – Minnaar #01029.

They are size 10.5 and could use a serious deodorizing. I wear them frequently and will continue to do so until someone trades me for them.

Minnaar – 00556 “The Pursuit of Happiness” 15″ x 19″ watercolor and pencil

00556 – “The Pursuit of Happiness” – This one also came to me in a dream. I think it is self-explanatory…

If you could summarize, what makes Minnaars valuable?

There are as many reasons as there are collectors. For some it is the aesthetics. For others it is the conceptual themes that surface throughout the collection. For many it is the community. Then there are the treasure hunters, the savers and the speculators. Many collectors have found that it is more profitable to have a Minnaar on the wall than it is to have money in the bank. I am always interested to see what inspires people to own a Minnaar. For me, an artwork must stir something inside which causes the inescapable desire to possess it.

How To Get Your Minnaars

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