That is a good idea, but it's $1500 per 1000 tracking numbers. That's a lot of cash, not to mention the other expenses. Plus I honestly don't see 4000-5000 coins selling. Past experience shows that no coin here has ever had that much demand.
That's the whole point. We wouldn't have to order 4000-5000. There would be one NY geocoin order of 1000. 250 will have the Finger lakes on the back, 250 will have the Statue of Liberty, 250 will have the Montauk LH, 250 would have Niagara Falls... then we can keep going if we want. If The Capitol Region wants there own coin, they can have 250 with the AA Battery on it, the Adirondack can have a coin with some mountains and pine trees. The possibilities are endless and the cost shouldn't be prohibitive.
Jumping in with my 2 1/2 cents worth...i have designed and produced 2 geocoins and well as been part of a few other state geocoin projects.
you will easily sell 1000 coins. the collectors will be chomping at the bit to buy them...there are two coin clubs that i know of that will order up to 350 coins between them alone.
as for minting 250 of 4 different coins....die cost are about $75 per side. minimum orders from coins companies will have higher prices...usually 1000 coins is the best deal and you can get them done for about $2.80 -$3.50 per coin. add in the gc.com charge of 1.50 per coin and you are at $5 per coin.
i guess you would have to work it out with the coin company if they will make a deal.
as for the design..i love the front....like the divided conept with SOL, the Falls, the lighthouse, and skyline. You could put a circle in the middle with the script "G" for caching.