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  1. I'll go with Vegas. Thanks for running this!
  2. This is the 10th year that I have produced a geocoin for Remembrance Day. This year's coin recognizes the sacrifices of Canadian soldiers in the liberation of the Netherlands and the enduring connection between these two nations. The coins measure 45mm in diameter and 3mm thick. There are five editions of this geocoin: De Schelde - antique nickel Nijmegen - antique bronze Apeldoorn - antique copper Groningen - shiny silver LE Wageningen - shiny gold LE The three RE coins are $15.00 CDN each, or can be purchased as a set for $40.00 CDN. The two LE coins are $16.00 CDN each, or can be purchased as part of the full set for $70.00 CDN. You can order these now as a pre-sale item at https://phdcoins.ca.
  3. We are closing in on 150 geocoins sold! Regardless of the total number of coins that are pre-sold, I will donate $400.00 Cdn each to the Canadian Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières). 150 geocoins = $219 each (topped up to $400 each) 200 geocoins = $424 each 300 geocoins = $835 each The pre-sale ends April 26th. Even if you are unable to make a donation, please do your part and help in the fight against COVID-19. Stay Safe. Cheers, Chuck #canadianredcross #doctorswithoutborders #COVID19 #geocaching #geocoins #staytheblazeshome
  4. Already over 100 geocoins sold! Thanks everyone for your generosity! The pre-sale will end on April 26th.
  5. In just a few short months, COVID-19 has grown into a global pandemic. Healthcare systems are overwhelmed and many people are struggling as social distancing and the economic impact takes a toll. I have created two geocoin designs to help raise money to donate to the Canadian Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders. These coins will be available as pre-sale items at https://phdcoins.ca on Friday, April 10th and all net proceeds will be divided evenly between these two charities. The cost will be $12.00 Cdn + shipping. Even if you are unable to make a donation, please do your part and help in the fight against COVID-19. Stay Safe. Cheers, Chuck
  6. 20th Anniversary of Geocaching Group Project On May 2nd at approximately midnight, the "big blue switch" was pressed and selective availability on civilian GPS receivers was removed. Twenty-four satellites around the globe processed new orders, and the accuracy of GPS technology improved tenfold. On May 3rd, Dave Ulmer placed a black bucket in the woods near Beavercreek, Oregon along with a logbook, pencil, and other various trade items - the first geocache. He shared the coordinates of his "stash" with an online community on sci.geo.satellite-nav and geocaching was born. Fast-forward almost twenty years and there are now over three million active geocaches in 191 different countries and on all seven continents. On May 3rd, 2020 we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of that first cache placement. Why not celebrate with your own geocoin? Get involved in a new Group Geocoin Project! The 20th Anniversary of Geocaching Geocoin is a multi-piece design that you can customize yourself. You can pick the finish of both pieces, different colours for each side of the main coin, and special features such as glitter enamel or glow-in-the-dark enamel. You can also get custom engraving to personalize your design even further. Get in on the project for as little as $400.00 US for a batch of 50 personalized geocoins. If interested, send an email to PHDGroupCoins@phdcoins.ca. Chuck Turner PHDCoins.ca
  7. Sent my info to Laval K-9: MARCH 20, 2019Name received from Laval K-9: MARCH 25, 2019Sent my gift: APRIL 10, 2019My gift arrived at destination: ?I received a gift: APRIL 24, 2019 My mission came in today! Thanks GeoCharmer81!
  8. Sorry I have been lax in updating things. Easter was a very busy season! Sent my info to Laval K-9: MARCH 20, 2019Name received from Laval K-9: MARCH 25, 2019Sent my gift: APRIL 10, 2019My gift arrived at destination: ?I received a gift: ? I haven't received a package and the I haven't seen a notice that the one I sent out was received. Cheers!
  9. Sent my info to Laval K-9: MARCH 20, 2019Name received from Laval K-9: MARCH 25, 2019Sent my gift: ?My gift arrived at destination: ?I received a gift: ?
  10. Sent my info to Laval K-9: MARCH 20, 2019Name received from Laval K-9: ?Sent my gift: ?My gift arrived at destination: ?I received a gift: ?
  11. The O Canada set has been completed. 12 geocoins with a total of 14 tracking codes and unique icons. I believe everyone who started collecting them has now ordered the complete set. But there are a number of complete sets still available or you can pick up an individual geocoin to represent your home province or to remember a great Canadian vacation! Here are the Coasts and the Territories: British Columbia Size: 59mm x 51mm x 3mm Finishes: Gold, Silver Cost: $19.99 Newfoundland and Labrador Size: 77mm x 54mm x 3mm Finishes: Gold, Silver Cost: $19.99 Yukon Territory Size: 36mm x 32mm x 3mm Finishes: Gold, Silver Cost: $15.99 Northwest Territories Size: 91mm x 54mm x 3mm Finishes: Gold, Silver Cost: $22.99 Nunavut Size: 97mm x 54mm x 3mm Finishes: Gold, Silver Cost: $22.99 True North (Nunavut Part II) Size: 66mm x 59mm x 3mm Finishes: Gold, Silver Cost: $19.99 Available now at http://phdcoins.ca
  12. PHDCoins.ca is now offering seamless tube-style bandanas featuring everybody's favourite antenna-enabled frog! The Signal™ Bandana is a multifunctional tubular accessory ideal for many activities. It can keep you warm in the cold but will also wick moisture (sweat) away from your skin when its hot. The lightweight, breathable, microfibre fabric is also wind resistant and extremely comfortable to wear. This can be worn as a neckerchief, headband, wristband, mask, hair-band, balaclava, scarf, scrunchie, pirate cap, beanie and bandana. Each bandana will come with it's own tracking number printed right on it! Available now for $16.99 Canadian at http://phdcoins.ca.
  13. Hi there, When viewing my statistics page on the maps tab I noticed that the flag for the province of Québec wasn't showing up. I took a quick look at the source and it appears that the page code simply takes the province name and uses it to reference the .png file in the /images directory. However, Québec has an accent on the first 'e', which is not allowed in a URL. The code needs to be modified to scrub out accents before using them in a url. Cheers, Chuck
  14. Looking at the source code for the All Geocoins page, the ID for the coin is 10356. My last order was 10306 on January 18, 2018 so this one was ordered sometime after that. The coin probably hasn't been made available for sale yet.
  15. I will be in Nepal for the next two weeks. I just found this thread but it looks like the number of caches hasn't changed since this thread was started. I'll be in Kathmandu for a couple of days and in Kakarvitta the rest of the time. No caches down that way so I'll have to find something in the capital.
  16. The next three coins in the Canada Series are now available for pre-sale! Manitoba Size: 43mm x 28mm x 3mm Finishes: Gold, Silver Cost: $15.99 Saskatchewan Size: 41mm x 20mm x 3mm Finishes: Gold, Silver Cost: $15.99 Alberta Size: 41mm x 23mm x 3mm Finishes: Gold, Silver Cost: $15.99 The pre-sale will run from November 20 - December 8 at http://phdcoins.ca On the pre-sale page you can also select the 'SHIP AS A SET' option to have all coins in the series shipped once they are all available and save on shipping.
  17. The first three coins will be available on the website again soon. The next three will be available as pre-sale items very soon too.
  18. Canada is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. From April 9th to 12th, 1917, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought side-by-side for the first time, securing a great victory. The ingenuity and fighting skills demonstrated at Vimy marked the coming of age of the Canadian military. Vimy became a symbol for the sacrifice of the young Dominion. In 1922, the French government ceded to Canada in perpetuity Vimy Ridge, and the land surrounding it. The gleaming white marble and haunting sculptures of the Vimy Memorial, unveiled in 1936, stand as a terrible and poignant reminder of the 11,285 Canadian soldiers killed in France who have no known graves. This year's coins commemorate the achievements of Canada's military at Vimy and the memorial that now stands there. The colours on the back of the four RE coins represent the colour patches worn by members of each of the four divisions of the Canadian Corps. Size: 45mm x 3mm thick Features: Edge engraving, 3d artwork, transparent enamel, unique icon RE Finish: Antique Bronze, Antique Silver, Antique Copper, Satin Gold LE Finish: Satin Silver Available now at http://phdcoins.ca
  19. In feudal Japan bushido ("the way of the warrior") was the code of moral principles which the samurai were required or instructed to observe. It is a code unuttered and unwritten; an organic growth of decades and centuries of military career. In order to become a samurai this code had to be mastered. The seven virtues are loyalty, courage, compassion, respect, honesty, honour, and integrity. As you can see this is not only a good code for a samurai to live by, but for those of any profession or hobby. Even geocachers! The coin is shaped like a tsuba -- the guard at the end of the grip on bladed Japanese weapons such as the katana. It contributes to the balance of the weapon, but more importantly it prevents the hand from sliding onto the blade. Size: 42mm x 4mm thick RE Finish: Antique Bronze, Antique Nickel, Antique Copper LE Finish: Black Nickel/Satin Gold, Antique Copper/Silver, Antique Silver/Gold Available now at http://phdcoins.ca
  20. The pre-sale for the Quebec and Ontario coins has begun! Quebec Size: 70mm x 63mm x 3mm Finishes: Gold, Silver Cost: $19.99 Cdn Ontario Size: 75mm x 55mm x 3mm Finishes: Gold, Silver Cost: $19.99 The pre-sale will run from August 10 - 27 at http://phdcoins.ca
  21. Next up in the Canada Series are the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. They are off to the mint to get samples made. http://phdcoins.ca
  22. The Canada Series of geocoins will celebrate the 10 provinces and 3 territories that make up our great country in this our 150th year of confederation. Each coin in the series will fit together to form a map of Canada. This project has been approved by Heritage Canada's Canada 150 Team and each coin will incorporate the Canada 150 logo. The series will also have the custom tracking code prefix 'EH'. Nova Scotia geocachers Beaver Pelt and hirtle are the brains behind this huge project. They approached me a year ago, and after being sworn to secrecy I began work on the difficult design. Now, finally, I am able to break the silence and announce THE CANADA SERIES! The first coin in the series covers the three maritime provinces -- Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. These three provinces are each comparatively small but of huge importance to our nation. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were two of the first four provinces to join confederation, and Prince Edward Island played host to the first conference where the union was discussed. This first coin is made up of four parts: the base, and the three provinces. Each provincial piece will have its own tracking number and its own unique icon -- so this is actually three geocoins in one! Each provincial piece is held on the base piece with a magnet. The base piece is shaped to show Canada's 200 nautical mile maritime limit. Size: 67mm x 38.5mm x 4.0mm Features: shaped coin; multiple levels; translucent enamel; multiple pieces Special: THREE tracking codes; THREE unique icons Finishes: Shiny Silver, Shiny Gold Price: $29.99 Canadian each This item will be available for pre-sale from May 18th until June 4th. http://phdcoins.ca
  23. The pre-sale for the Maritime Mega IV OCB geocoin ends April 30th. If you will be attending the Mega on August 5th you can save on shipping and pick it up at the event. Lots of people have already chosen that option!
  24. It's likely the most famous trackable in geocaching history: the Original Can of Beans. The first geocache was placed on May 3, 2000 in Oregon by Dave Ulmer. The items contained in the black plastic bucket included software, videos, books, food, money and a slingshot. The food included a can of beans. By October, the original cache had fallen victim to Department of Transport workers clearing brush. The Original Can of Beans (or OCB) is the last remaining piece of that original cache. When it was discovered, the can was quite damaged as it was partially buried and exposed to the weather. It was carefully straightened out, cleaned and treated with rust stopper and UV-resistant polyurethane. Now, it is taken to events around the world so people can see the history. The next stop will be this summer in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada at Maritime Mega IV (GC6MET1). The MMIV Organizing Committee requested that I design a geocoin to commemorate the visit. So now I present the Maritime Mega IV OCB Geocoin. Antique Nickel Antique Bronze LE Black Nickel A pre-sale for this geocoin will begin on Wednesday April 12th at 12:00 noon ET and run for the rest of the month of April. Coins will be shipped as soon as they arrive if you select the shipping option. If you know that you will be attending the Maritime Mega IV on August 5th, you can select local pickup and receive them at the PHDCoins.ca table.
  25. Canada is turning 150, and to celebrate, PHDCoins.ca will be creating a number of commemorative items. The latest is the O Canada 150 Suncatcher geocoin. It measures 45mm across and features the Canada 150 logo. The maple leaf motif is recognized at home and abroad as distinctively Canadian, and it fosters feelings of pride, unity and celebration. Antique Nickel "True North" edition Antique Copper "Strong and Free" edition LE Satin Gold "Glowing Hearts" edition All coins are also available with a matching pin.
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