Puzzle design support for the painting “TORCHED H34R7S” by @coin_artist, 2015, Bitcoin private key encoding

@coin_artist specified the technical requirements for a puzzle containing a Bitcoin reward, and we discussed how to make it slightly harder for this particular work in her series “The Legend of Satoshi Nakamoto”.

Once we hit on a scheme that we both liked, I provided a verbal description of coloured flames representing six-bit chunks of the private key for a Bitcoin address starting “1FLAMEN6”. @coin_artist painted them around the edge of the painting “TORCHED H34R7S”. We checked them very thoroughly, and then @coin_artist put a high-resolution scan of the painting online for her audience of crypto puzzle trail solvers.

You can read about what happened over the next three years in this article.
Rhea Myers, BC, Canada