Geocaching

The Origin of the First Geocoin

The first geocoin ever made

Browsing around today, I came across this good article about the first geocoin and how it came to be.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

"The idea of a custom coin as a signature item immediately struck a chord with me. It was an object that would be unique, immediately identifiable, easy to carry around in a backpack, and – based on the popularity of coin collecting – highly desirable."

"With some leads from Silver, I started researching online businesses that produce coins and got to work on coming up with a compelling design. The design was the easy part: I used my mountain biking logo (which I had developed years earlier for a t-shirt design for my riding buddies and me) on one side and an alteration of the Groundspeak logo (one that fit better on a round surface) on the reverse. "

"Deciding on a supplier for the coins was a bit more difficult, but after some web surfing and several phone calls, I had one picked out. I decided on the features that I wanted on my coins (color, numbering, etc.) and then I sat back and waited for the coins to arrive."

Read the rest of it here.

Take a look at the geocoins in our store:  Geocoins for Sale

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Penelope - December 10, 2008 at 9:48 pm

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Sunburst Nature Walk Geocoin.

Suncatcher Naturewalk GeocoinSunburst Nature Walk Geocoin when held up to a light

I am sure that SupremeMe will correct me if I am wrong, as this is another one of his coins. If you really look closely at the photo you'll see tape up across the back. You see, this coin wasn't perfect when he got it. There was a tiny bit of metal poking out around the frame and SupremeMe felt it needed to come off. So he pulled at it and ended up popping one of the panes of color out of the frame. I want to say he has since purchased a replacement, but I don't have photos of that one yet. I chose to put this one up today so that SupremeMe can see how pretty his coins are when they are photographed in front of a light source.

This Sunburst Nature walk Coin is silver. I'm not sure if it is one of the ones with the antique finish. I don't believe it is. I have found a site though that references the antique silver finish. Apparently there were only 300 of those minted. The coin measures 1.75"(45mm) in diameter. It is trackable at geocaching.com and comes with its own unique icon. I know that it was also available in Bronze and Gold. The quote around the outside edge of the coin reads: "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks" The quote is by John Muir.

The Sunburst Nature Walk Coin is a really pretty coin. I hope that SupremeMe displays all of his suncatcher and sunburst geocoins in a lit cabinet.

If you decide that you would like to Purchase a stained glass geocoin, do a search for both suncatcher and sunburst geocoins.  I have included both terms at my coolgeocoin site so that it will do the work for you, or you can just click here!

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4 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Penelope - July 31, 2008 at 10:23 am

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Try Something New! Geocaching Art!

Bored? Have lots of time and a GPS? Creative? Very creative?  Then this hobby may be your thing.

Take your gps and map your co-ordinates to create an image.  The artist below decided to do a self portrait.  Very ambitous!  Me, I would probably do a square or something.  =) 

geocaching art. Self portrait using a GPS

Earlier this week, some Swedish dude got a lot of notoriety for pretending to "draw" a planet-sized self-portrait using GPS tracking. Today, we bring you a Finnish guy who is doing it for real, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale.

Antti Laitinen has used a GPS to "draw" his face across maps of various European forests and cities. He started by tracing his portrait on a map. Then, with a GPS recorder in his pack, he started trying to walk the line he drew, using just a map and a compass to get his bearings. (The GPS was just for recording his path.) When he was done, he uploaded the GPS path to his computer. The result: A self-portrait of the artist as a drunken psychotic. But hey, GPS lines are a little wobbly.

"All pictures are different even if i used always same photo," Laitinen said in an email to Wired.com. "Because  in the cities i cound't go through buildings and in the forest there were lakes etc. And in the forest it isn't easy to go the exact route just with the compass and the map."

Laitinen repeated his project in a variety of locales. Each of his walks took about 6 hours and covered about 30km (18.6 miles), he says. He assembled all of the "drawings" into one composite image that, he says, "starts to look a little bit like me."

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