Antique Silver 12 days of Caching Geocoin

 

12 Days of Caching

12 Days of Caching

           I like this geocoin. I had no idea that SupremeMe ordered it, so I was happy to open it when it arrived. This geocoin came with a nifty little snowflake ornament. The  2008 12 Days of Caching coin is available in an Antique Silver and an Antique Bronze finish. It is approximately 2 inches in diameter and has a hole so that you can hang it as an ornament.  It is a Crake coin, and they sell for $8.90. You can pick up both coins together for $16.90. That is a pretty good deal!

      Edited for Bill: Yes, this coin is trackable. It also has a unique Icon. As of this morning it was still available for sale at Crake's store.

    So what exactly are the 12 days of caching?

12 Satellites Tracking

11 Puzzle Caches

10 Gallons of Gas

9 Bottles of Water

8 Multi-Stages

7 Hours of Sleep

6 Ammo Cans

5 First to Finds!!

4 Travel Bugs

3 Geocoins

2 Trekking Poles

And a New Color GPSr!

 

This one might be fun to sing with the kids in the car. :)

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2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Penelope - December 20, 2008 at 8:17 pm

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Gold Let It Snow Geocoin

 

let it Snow!

let it Snow!

            I do not know much about this coin.  SupremeMe and I decided that we would cut back on buying geocoins. I logged in to see a coin that he wanted to show me and this one came up on the same page when I did my search. It is adorable! Once again we are buying geocoins. I swear it is a sickness that can't be stopped. I have an entire Christmas Tree decorated in snowman and snowflakes and this coin is just perfect for it.

            The coin was available in both a Black Nickel and Gold finish. 25 Artist Editions were minted in Silver. It is a sun catcher. One of the window panels spins around. On one side it says "Let it snow" and on the other it reads "Some of my best friends are Flakes". Fun stuff. It even has a little loop on the top so that you can hang it on a tree as an ornament. 

        The coin was released in 2007. I believe it is a Hogwild Stuff coin. It was created by LoriDarlin and Mama Cache. However, I picked mine up on eBay. As of right now there is one for sale in the Holiday section of the cool geocoin store. The coin measures just about two inches across. It is a  trackable item and it comes with its own unique icon.

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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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Crappy Cache Geocoin

 

Crappy Cache GeoCoin Front

Crappy Cache GeoCoin Front

 

Crappy Cache Geocoin back View

Crappy Cache Geocoin back View

         Here we have another mystery coin. As such I have absolutely  no information on it other than that it was minted in silver and gold. I found a reference to it on groundspeak from July 07, so it has been around for more than a year. As with most mystery coins, I was excited to get this one.  This coin was purchased from eBay. More mystery coins can be found here.

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Good News

       SupremeMe and I are expecting a baby!  I am due to deliver some time in July. It is an exciting time. I am eagerly awaiting SupremeMe's return from his business trip to Asia so that we can celebrate this happy news together. So that is the good news. The not so good news is that I have been sick as a dog for a couple of weeks now. :p It is hard to feel motivated to post when the bulk of the day is spent trying to keep food down. I shall do my best to keep plugging away though. 

    SupremeMe is lonely and is keeping himself out of trouble by shopping for geocoins. So our collection is growing. I don't think I am ever going to catch up!

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Binary Mystery Coin, the gold version

 

The elusive gold binary geocoin

The elusive gold binary geocoin

               The Binary Geocoin, take two. I had no idea there was such a thing but apparently there was a gold version of the "read between the lines" geocoin. How did we find it? Well, we found it on eBay. We bid on it and lost it at the last second. Boy is that frustrating. So, SupremeMe emailed the seller and asked if there were any more. As luck would have it, he was able to buy one. We have an idea of who put these out, but we'll keep that to ourselves. Lol. We are probably wrong anyway but it sure is fun to speculate! According to the listing, only 20 of these were minted. Of course it is a mystery coin so that can't really be verified. I saw one listed this morning and it looks like there might be a few more auctioned off, so, if you want one, this is probably the time to try to snag one here.

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AE Crystal Ball Geocoin

Crystal Ball Geocoin

Crystal Ball Geocoin

The Crystal Ball Geocoin was designed by Paula at Geocoin Designs. The Coin is is 2” x 1 1/2" and is 3.5mm thick. The coin was sold through Trackable Treasures. The gypsy geocoin is trackable on the geocahing website and has its own icon. The crystal ball geocoin was minted in Antique Gold and Antique Silver. The side with the gyspy is done with imitation hard enamel and the crystal ball is done in a white glitter. It's pretty!

The asking price was $8.99. They were available for pre sale August 12th 2007 at 6pm. The expected ship date was Sept 10th. There were 125 crystal ball geocoins minted in the Antique Gold. Another 125 were minted in the Antique Silver. 300 coins were minted total. In addition to the 250 gold and silver, 30 were minted in Antique Copper. 20 coins were also minted as an artist Edition.

Only the Gold and silver Crystal Ball coins were for sale. The Copper ones were divided between mustangjoni and 9key. The artist editions went to Paula! The one pictured above is one of the AE Crystal Ball Geocoins.

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Claddagh Geocoin

Red Claddagh Geocoin

Red Claddagh Geocoin

This is the Claddagh Geocoin. It was designed by CinemaBoxer and was sold through their geocoin design website. The initial run consisted of 350 coins and was as follows

100 Antique Gold with Green Translucent Enamel

100 Antique Nickel with Amethyst Translucent Enamel

85 Rhodium with Sapphire Blue Translucent Enamel

65 Two Tone with Ruby Red Translucent Enamel

They went on sale on April 21st 2008 and went for $10 (USD). An additional 400 coins were minted. Only a few of the original green ones were added and new colors were introduced. There was an antique silver with translucent black, an antique copper without enamel and a limited edition two tone black nickel with rhodium in teal enamel. That is the one I want to see.

So what exactly is Claddagh? Usually the Claddagh comes in the form of a ring and is called a claddagh ring. Traditionally it is either Irish or Scottish and is given in friendship or is worn as a wedding ring. The ring was first produced in the 17th century during the reign of Queen Mary II although some of the design elements are much older. There are several legends as to the origin. The design is made up of 3 features. Two hands clasping a heart with a crown. The heart symbolizes love, the hands symbolize friendship, and the crown stands for loyalty. I've been fond of this design myself for quite some time. Once upon a time, before I had children, I sold jewelry. One of the very first things I purchased for myself was a gold claddagh ring. So I was pretty stoked to get this coin. I think traditionally you are supposed to be given it as a gift, so I may have jumped the gun on that one. But its okay, because this one was given to me as a gift.

You can look for the Claddagh and other Celtic Geocoins here.

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2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Penelope - October 18, 2008 at 1:00 am

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Binary Mystery Geocoin

Binary Mystery Coin

Binary Mystery Coin

Binary Mystery Coin

Binary Mystery Coin Front

Well, I tried to find information on this coin but it appears as though this is a mystery coin. It is not a trackable item. What I do know, is that this coin goes by two names. It is known as the "Binary Mystery Coin" and the "Banned From the Forum" Mystery geocoin. We like to call it the "Read Between the Lines" geocoin.

I'm guessing that SupremeMe bought this coin because he thought it was funny. It did not come with any information about it. I've lost a couple of hours of my time searching in vain for information on this particular coin to no avail. I did learn a little bit about mystery coins along the way though.

Mystery geocoins are not trackable. Since the geocoins don't have tracking numbers on them, it makes it kind of hard to hunt for one in a local cache. Because the geocoins are hard to find they are very sought after. It isn't just because you can't do a search for them on the geocaching site that makes them desirable. In addition to not being able to track them, you also can't buy them, or at least you aren't suppose to be able to. From what I have gathered, mystery geocoins are distributed. If you get really lucky, somehow whoever made the coin will stumble upon your address and you'll find one in your mailbox. Steps are taken to make sure that you don't know who the coin is from. I've also heard that they are randomly dropped in caches for people to find. I'm sure some cachers have been alerted when one was dropped in their area. This begs for the question: How did we manage to get our fingers on a binary mystery geocoin?

Simply put. eBay. At least I think that is where he got it. I'm sure SupremeMe bought it because he thought it was a cool geocoin. He sure got a giggle out of it when it arrived. Mystery coins are not supposed to be sold though unless it is for a charitable purpose. (I have no idea whether this one was for charity or not, I'll have SupremeMe look in to that when he returns from Europe) and understandably so. Geocoins are not cheap to make. If someone goes through the trouble and expense of making coins and then distributes them freely, it seems rude to make money off of them. Rest assured, we won't be selling this coin.

I have to wonder about this particular coin though. The "Banned From the Forum" geocoin, is pretty offensive. With a big ol' Eff you on it, I'm not not so sure it would have made me feel good to have been on the receiving end. I wonder if the coins were accompanied by any unfriendly notes? If that were the case, I could certainly understand someone's desire to make some money off it. I doubt that is the case though. I bet whoever made this coin has one heck of sense of humor. I feel pretty lucky to have one in our collection.

I find it odd that this coin has two names. The binary geocoin makes a lot of sense. As I've said, we've called it the "Read between the lines" geocoin, although now that we know its real name we might stick with that. What I want to know is how it got the "Banned From the Forum" geocoin name. I bet there is a great story there and I'd just be pleased as punch if someone would share it with me.

I have no real information on this coin. I don't know how many binary geocoins were minted. I suppose that just makes them more valuable.

I wrestled with adding a category for mystery coins as they aren't supposed to be sold. However, since some of them are sold to raise money for charities I have decided that it is an acceptable thing for me to do.

You can try your hand at finding Mystery Geocoins here.

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Digital Hell Geocoin

Digital Hell Geocoin

Digital Hell Geocoin

This was an interesting coin to learn about. When I start searching I always just enter the name of the coin in to google and see what comes up. The Digital Hell Geocoin was a custom order for Xibalba01. I found the coin on Mygeocoin.de. I also found some of them on eBay. I found some inconsistencies though.

Xibalba01 about his idea:

"The name of this coin is derived from my GC-Nickname Xibalbá, which means Entrance to Underworld, especially the ?-level underworld of the Maya culture. The artwork should show fire as a symbol for hell as well as an item of our modern age ... or rather digital age."

I think that is very creative and it is a pretty cool coin to boot.

Originally at the German site it said that this was a personal custom order. A total of 250 pieces were minted. There were three finishes. (note I said originally)

Red Hell Edition: 195 pieces. Polished silver nickel with a transparent red flame on the front and a tranparent green board on the back.

Black hell: 50 pieces with a max of 1 per customer. 2 tone. Raised metal is black nickel while the recessed metal is silver nickel.

Blue Flame: 5 pieces minted, not for sale. Polished silver nickel with a transparent blue flame.

50mm wide, 3mm thick, trackable with its own icon. So what is the problem?

Ours is gold.

I found an interesting thread on Groundspeak about the Digital Hell geocoins. It appears that after the coins sold out in Germany Castle Coins said that they were going to have some of the coins. They were going to get 50 Gold/red, 50 Nickel/Purple and 50 limited Copper Green edition. 50 more gold and nickel would follow. Here is the funny bit, they said that the copper was limited to those 50 and no more would be made. Another 100 were reminted of the original red for the store in Germany. So now instead of the 250 coins that were originally made, there are now 600. That probably explains why they are so easy to find on eBay. I went to Castle Coins and I saw no reference at all to the Digital Hell geocoins. So I am basing that they did sell them on what I read on Groundspeak.

In the opening advertisement for the coins on groundspeak it said that 250 would be available. They were advertised to international customers as being able to buy tax-free from the German Site. The coin was 8 Euros. I'm not sure how much the shipping was. BUT, I think Id be pretty irritated if I ordered coins internationally and found out after the fact that I could have gotten one here. Also, I bet those 5 blue coins are pretty well sought after, as there aren't very many of them. I'm sure if one ever went on Ebay, that it would go for a pretty penny but only because there are so few. If more were minted later, the value of the coin would drop. Anyone who bought one would be pretty pissed. While the original red ones weren't as valuable to begin with as there were almost 200 of them, when they re-minted the extra 100, that is exactly what they did. They sold 195 of the coins, which is a high number to begin with, then devalued the coin by dumping another 100 of them in to the market. In a collectable market where cost is driven by supply and demand, it is a pretty shitty thing to do. It reminds me of when Ty declared in 1999 that they would no longer be making Beanie babies and then reintroduced a new line in 2000.

This is a 2008 coin. There are now 6 versions of the coin total.

The 3 from Germany:

red flame/nickel metal

red flame/black nickel metal

Blue Flame/nickel metal

The 3 from the US

Red flame/goldmetal

Purple flame/nickel metal

Green/flame copper metal (personally I want one of these)

In hind site I remember SupremeMe telling me about the brouhaha when he got it. Who would have thought that there would be so much drama with geocoins.

Look for the Digital Hell Geocoin Here

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