BitMEX said: “BitMEX will mint a one-of-a-kind physical bitcoin, similar to the Casascius coins of 2013, which will be delivered to the Moon by Astrobotic.
“The coin will hold one bitcoin at an address to be publically released, underneath a tamper-evident hologram covering.”
The company also addressed Mr Musk’s plans to put DOGE on the Moon, saying: “One Dogecoin protagonist/EV car innovator/space enthusiast recently laid down the gauntlet in saying he plans to send DOGE to the Moon.
“We’ve nothing against Dog Money, but we felt it was only right to help bitcoin get there first.”
Not one to shy away from a challenge, Mr Musk welcomed the announcement on Twitter.