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 So now instead of the 250 coins that were originally made, there are now 600.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
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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