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Lemon Fresh Dog

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  1. This sale is really just about thinning out some coins to get some photo and outdoor gear. I have a fixed amount that I am looking to raise and once that happens will just stop selling them - it's actually a bit of a hassle to sell them one-by-one. Also, as I go through them there are many fond memories and I'm getting re-attached to them! I think I may keep more than I thought I would and place a number into .... gasp! ... caches!!! I still cache, but don't log my finds (one day I will) - I tend to leave nicer items in caches and don't want to be followed. I'm behind by quite a bit in logging.
  2. In some ways I'm sad as well... however, I am using the funds to finance outdoor adventures (photo equipment and a new tent). So I sort of feel I am using the coins in a good way. At the moment, there is one person interested in getting the lot. This would be easiest for me and a real win-win (as there is a range on the coins). I am not sure if I have the trackable North Dakota coin - I did get a LOT of the early State coins though.
  3. Airborne Pasta Pal! Great to see your name! Glad you are well - things here are great. I, like you, planned to keep some - but found it too hard to choose. I'm trying to do some larger multi-day hikes and just need to get some light-weight gear. So I figure that selling some coins will mean I can take them into the woods in "spirit". I did contact Moun10Bike and while he does prefer they don't sell - he said once out of his hands he can't do much. However, my reputation and respect for others is paramount. So..... if anyone is hiking the West Coast Trail after I do - you may just find a Moun10Bike V2 (along with some Geobone V2's). I may save it for Nootka Island or the North Coast Trail in 2017/18 Great to hear from you - take care!
  4. Oh - I should note: in cases where I purchased a coin - it was a coin that was minted and sold. I did not buy "cache found" items. I've actually had more coins activated for travel lost than you can imagine - I'm hardly going to do that to others.
  5. I would never sell an activated or "found" coin. If they are activated it would be by myself and the new owner could adopt them. Even though I don't cache much - I would NEVER sell a travel item that I found in a cache. ALL of my coins in the 600+ were either traded or bought by myself. The only two that I need to really worry about are the Moun10Bike v2 and one by CalvaryScout (I think). They were also traded for - not found in caches, but I think I need to check because they may be offended if I sell the coin. That's the point of this thread actually. The coins were never about the money for me - I just liked having them. However, at this point, I just want to go "light-weight" on many things. I'm selling books, comics, and things that I haven't looked at or used in more than a couple years. My goal over the next 5-10 years is to do more multi-day hiking and I want some specific equipment to do this with - not coins In a "perfect" world - someone would just buy the lot of them at $10 a coin and we could call it a day. Anyone with $6000 out there?
  6. Cool! I loved making coins back in the day (I have about 5 of my own that I'll keep). I'll try to get a list here of some as soon as I can. My main concern is to ensure nobody is offended if I sell them - so shout out if you traded with me and would be offended. I'm selling these to buy some more hiking/camping/photo equipment for some extensive hiking (week(s) at a time)
  7. Hello everyone! Long time, no posting. I've been around for quite a few years though. I'm a pretty casual cacher and really only cache when I go hiking and traveling. However, back around 2004-2006 I created a few of my own geocoins - including the very first unique-shape coin: Lemon Fresh Dog's Geo-bone. (the Georgia Peach was the other one that released around the same time, but I'm pretty certain my design was first I did quite a bit of trading and purchasing of coins in the earliest days - for when I wasn't hiking and traveling. At any rate, I'm now thinking I should probably let most of my coins go into the hands of others than may enjoy them. I have around 600 or so of the earliest coins from the hobby. Which bring up a couple questions: 1) Is there any etiquette around coin dispersal I should know about? I have some that are pretty rare and don't want to offend any original owners. If you ever traded with me in the past and would be offended if I sold the coin we traded - just let me know. 2) What is the general best way to sell to fellow collectors? Like I said, I have 600+ of the earliest coins from 2004-2006/7 Really cool ones I'll check back here every-so-often to see what folks think/post.
  8. Well - I dropped a geobone in Austin this afternoon for any locals that are around. It's actually at the coordinates for a nearby earthcachce, but hidden for some lucky geocacher to find. Have fun!
  9. It's been a loooong time since I've been here, but my interest in coins remains high. There is one very important criteria for me though --- meaning. The coin has to have meaning for me. A rough design traded for face-to-face means more than a fancy design. A subject I care about (geocaching, art, navigation, science, stamps, etc) means more than a gimmick or joke coin. So it really comes down to meaning. I have about a thousand coins or so and I can honestly say that about 80% are very important to me. They have a sense of connection to them. They have some sort of meaning. A trade, someone I met in some way (f2f or virtually), gift, history, etc. They have no value - because they are never for sale. Yet they are very interesting to me and important. Priceless in fact. That aspect has slowed down for me - mostly because I'm a very casual cacher - traditionals and earthcaches only - and most often only when I travel or go camping. (not having any interest in micros makes my cache options very limited in many cases). So while interest remains high for me, opportunity for meaningful trades and acquisitions has shrunk.
  10. I'm in Austin this Sunday to Tuesday for a conference and will have a few Geobone version 2 coins with me if anyone is interested in meeting for a trade. I'll only have a few, but thought I'd at least throw it out there. I'm sure there will be some in any downtown traditional caches too!
  11. Hello all - I just thought I would share a happy story! It looks as if my TB "Ribbity" will soon reach 40,000 miles of travel! Wow! My daughter was only 6 when this one went out and she is now 9. It's great to see so many people take such effort in moving and even repairing this little frog. Its mission was to visit the top of the Eiffel Tower (which it did once in Paris and once in Las Vegas! ) The goal was to get "sophisticated" and make Signal the Frog unable to resist her froggy charms on her return. Take a look: TBJJQN
  12. I'm not sure which of mine you have. There are a few of them: 2005 (original Geobone: silver/gold) 2005 Red-Handed - not at all "dog" themed, just has "dog" from my name 2006 Round "doghouse" black nickle - no dog, just a doghouse/water/etc 2007 Round "doghouse" black nickle - no dog, just a doghouse/water/etc 2008 Geobone V2 (trackable with bone icon) I must have forgotten to do a 2009! (although the V2 were sort of a 2008/9 - I can't remember actually. I'm still using those for caches, so once I run out there'll be something else. Probably a V3 with X-country skiing or cycling or other outdoor activity depicted (by a dog) My actual dog is alive, but getting very old she's probably not too long for the world, so I'll do a tribute coin for her for sure.
  13. The cache I placed on the "easy" end of the lake has been very popular. Woss Lake Cache This new one would be on the other end of the lake. I'll see if I can get pre-approval on it.
  14. The safest places to cache are those that are off the beaten track ... like in the woods... in nature... crazy places like that. Downtown. ANY downtown after a certain time and during certain days/times of the week are dangerous because you run into people that are in desperate and/or different states of mind drunk/drugged/crazy. Generally, these folks are unlikely to do the 4 hour hike to a remote lake or hill or natural place of beauty. of course - there was that movie "Deliverance"....
  15. Wow - that's a lot of caches. I guess the trick is to set-up one of these power-trails to facilitate this happening - which looks like it's a more and more frequent event. As these trails get longer, then the record should climb higher, but I wonder what the absolute maximum can be? One cache every minute? It would certainly have been a funny sight to see... drive, stop, cache, drive, stop, cache...
  16. The area that I would like to place a cache would require a journey by boat to the end of a remote lake and the head of a river. This river then leads through another remote area to the ocean. What makes it an interesting trek is the fact that it follows an ancient trading route of the native people from the area. There is likely very few people that will be able to get there - let alone do any maintenance if someone reports it as missing (also unlikely as the area is very much unvisited). It would be a long trip for sure. I'd even be hesitant to suggest a float plane as the end of the lake is full of old logs. The lake sits between two steep mountains. (you can look it up - Woss Lake, British Columbia). I have actually placed three "vacation" caches there in the "olden" days, but they are maintained by my family and I can get to those ones very easily. They are less "vacation" than they are "second home" caches. This one certainly falls into a different "category" of cache though. To be honest, it's the type of cache I would prefer to find - nothing against nano caches every 700m in the city (sarcasm). The question is - If it's not "maintainable" is is litter? Going back to my original analogy, here where I live (the Rockies) we have plenty of "peak" logs. These have been around since as far back as people started climbing the mountains, but there really isn't a concerted effort on the part of the person placing the log to climb the mountain every year to check it (and given that many were placed in the late 1800's to early 1900's - the original "cacher" is likely dead). That would be pretty difficult to say the least. Maybe this doesn't really fall into the hobby of Geocaching. I was just looking to combine a couple of interests.
  17. Hello all. In the next month or so, I am going to an area that is, for lack of a better term, in the middle of nowhere. It's gorgeous, wonderful and a place of epic natural beauty. In a perfect world, I would love to place a cache somewhere in the site - the type of cache that *might* be found a couple times a year - at most. The problem is - it's not like I will visit this place more than once or twice every 5-10 years myself. It's really in the middle of nowhere and there are plenty of other places in the middle of nowhere I would like to visit as well. It's hard to get to and requires some planning. For those of you that climb - this is similar to a "Peak Log" type of cache (although, in my case it will be more sea-level). Peak logs are very common on most mountains, and depending on the difficulty in climbing said peak - can remain unvisited for years. So what about these types of caches? Obviously, there would be little little maintenance required and/or available and they would also most likely be far from ones home coordinates. Allowed? Not allowed? Should be allowed? Shouldn't be allowed? Add to the "game"? Do nothing for the "game"? So many questions. Hopefully I can get some answers to decide how to proceed. (if I can)
  18. I see a few challenges with icons for coins: 1) Many times the coins are not in the cache. It's not nice, but it is true - so the icon is somewhat meaningless already. I see it as a "probability indicator" rather than a guarantee. 2) As I don't even log a lot of caches - I personally don't understand people that cache for trackables. In fact, re-visiting a cache that you have already found in order to pull a trackable strikes me as a little unfair (although, I've done it - so I'm at least a self-aware hypocrite 3) I think the icons are simply a flag that says "here I am!" - and I don't see the benefit to cachers. I do see the benefit to those with less trusty motives. 4) I like surprises! I'd love to find a cache and see there was a trackable that I wasn't expecting. It's like finding a nice trade item. It's a little surprise. I completely understand the other opinion though. I'd just like more control over my own coins.
  19. Good times! Fond Memories! Wasn't there some "gold" ones and some screwdriver ones, etc, etc?
  20. Those examples are interesting: the Germany was a country coin, the Geobash was an event coin, and the Screw geocoin was a joke from way back when geocoins didn't have their own sub-forum and the folks in the Travel Bug section were getting a bit annoyed with all the coin posts The term "commercial" can be pretty broad. Even a trade is a commercial transaction of sorts. For me, I view the commercial coins as being those produced for sale without a connection to a country, event, organization, or person. So, at least to me, the only commercial coin in the above list would be the Screw coin. Even though the others were most certainly sold. It is coins such as the Screw coin that I, personally, have lost interest in. The older ones still matter to me (I get a chuckle from the Screw coin itself), but I never would purchase the follow-up's to the Screw coin (were there one or two that "tapped" the theme? - I think I saw some other variations.) This thread has made me interested in the tranquility coin. Is it nice?
  21. I knew you were just funnin' Tsun. Anyone from Montana can't be all bad The whole "connotation of commercial" is a challenge and gets people really excited. People attach emotion to the idea of commercial coins - which strikes me as odd. Although my interest has waned in the purchase of coins (which is a pretty obvious commercial transaction), the coins themselves have a great deal of over-all appeal! (maybe just not to me personally). Selling them for money doesn't make them "stinky"! I often see younger cachers that have no possible means of getting their own coin minted buying a personal or two at an event. Unless I'm at the event with coins. In that case, they tend to get special "pricing" on extra coins I have with me Having people sell coins is a very good thing (in my opinion, of course). I think the challenge is the fatigue caused by those initially obsessed with trying to get every coin minted So does having many new coins every month add or detract from interest? I can only point to other collectible markets. I'm both a stamp and a comic collector. Each of those hobbies has experienced a period of over-saturaization in the market. That over-supply has created a decrease in interest (or at least a perception of the decrease in interest). Each of those markets has also re-bounded to some extent when things returned to a "roots" of sorts. Coins minted and sold for whatever purpose (profit, collecting, caching, etc) are a valid, and dare I say, important part of the geocoin world. There are some issues and practices that I felt were slightly exploitive. However, my definition of exploitation might be another's definition of meeting and servicing market demand. As for finding one of my coins in a cache - they may be in places you least expect. I think I most certainly need to take a little spring camping trip to Waterton and Glacier. There's also this very cool hippie bakery just south of the 49th (somewhere near the place they make PowerBars)
  22. I was curious, in 2008 you sold 98 coins (I believe) of your personal LFD V2 coin. So you did "sell out" to the commercialism of the geocoin world Your memory fails you - or we define commercial differently. I've had the following coins: 2005 - Geobone V1. This was my first personal coin, minted 100, traded 100. Mostly for other personals and coins from organizations. 2005 - Red-Handed. This was a full-in commercial coin (although I sort of think of it as a "community coin"). It was sold at cost via pre-orders (gasp!). This was during a "simpler" time and I viewed myself as a co-ordinator of a cheap trackable coin. In hindsight it was naive to think that 600 coins would make them "common" and allow them to travel. At any rate, I think we created a nice, inexpensive trackable. All in, they came out at $6 a pop for a trackable coin. I collected orders for as many coins as people wanted and then sent the final numbers to be minted. Total orders back then were about 500+ and I bumped it to 600 and paid the difference of a few hundred dollars. 2006 - LFD1 - trade/cache/gift only 2007 - LFD2 - trade/cache/gift only 2008 - Geobone V2. In this case, I went trackable and was uninterested in trading. Most trade offers were for coins I could buy myself. So I sold 98 at cost with a one coin per person limit in an attempt to stem eBay sales - with some success. My motivation was that I knew people wanted the coins and I didn't want to trade for any other coins. So define that as you will. I also gave away 50 activated in my name through the mail as gifts. Call it commercial if you will, but I was more community motivated. I won't argue that nuance. I sold some. Importantly (and read this carefully) I don't care if people make commercial coins. That isn't the genesis of this thread. The question is: is interest in coins going down? To that end. My answer regarding commercial coins is a personal opinion of personal motivations/interest. It has nothing to do with an opinion on the value, validity, or freedoms associated with commercial coin production. In fact, "fill yer boots" as they say. All I am saying is that I PERSONALLY am less interested in the coins that I PERSONALLY see as commercial. I am definitely not standing in judgement of anyone that enjoys, produces or otherwise interacts with coins that are sold primarily for a profit/collectibility motive. Many of the coin vendors are people I have interacted with for years and I genuinely appreciate that they are producing coins that anyone can buy without the need to do an entire run of their own. I'm just not buying any myself (to return the the "interest" question). I highly recommend others buy them though. There are some nice coins out there and you can start a collection without the $500-$3000 up-front costs of minting your own. After all, some of the earliest coins were "commercial" in that they were sold for a profit. While it is fine to discuss your own motivations and interest in coins when answering a question in a thread such as this - I consider it impolite to tell others that their opinions are any less valid. Commercial vs. personal vs organizational is up to each person to define for themselves and then communicate their own personal opinions. So if you see any of my coins as "commercial" and you feel that this is at odds with my own lack of interest in commercial coins - rest assured - I don't personally define my coins as commercial and, even if they were - I maintain a high degree in this particular sub-class of commercial coins - my own.
  23. During WWII, when there was an air attack, people would kill the lights in order to hide where they were located. The idea was to make it harder for the bombers to find their target. Did it work 100% - no. Did it work a little? I think so. What has this got to do with Geocoins? Has progress ever been made on the suggestion that coin icons are not in cache listings? The idea that the tracking number is still associated with the cache, but only the coin page shows cache location - not the other way around? In this manner, if I own a coin, I could see every cache it has been in and track it, but anyone searching cache listings would not be able to see if coins are in the cache or not. Obviously, they would see it if they found the cache and be able to log it and drop it into the next cache. It just wouldn't appear on the cache listing or as an icon to alert the "bombers"
  24. I certainly think the interest in pre-sales and funding other people's projects has gone down. The topic "I have a great idea, but no money to create it" used to be more frequent and more accepted. It seems to me that if you want a coin today, you have to pay to have it made yourself. Then, if you decide to sell some, you can re-coup some of the costs. These are the coins I have lost interest in. I like coins that are made by a cacher, for the cacher, and then traded and cached. Coins are still, in my opinion, one of the very best signature items there are. They make lousy travel bugs and I personally don't see them as very interesting when they lack some context. For a long time, I enjoyed coins with a broader context than those I do today. Prior to the explosion, I enjoyed coins on a theme that I liked (technology, science, exploration, etc). Coins from geocaching organizations and related to GPSr, Satellites, Planet, Geography. Coins related to places I lived. wanted to travel to or other caching organizations also held appeal. That list was large enough. It got larger. Then, there were coins on areas I didn't care about, people I didn't "know", inside jokes, etc, etc. This is where my personal interest began to wane. So, while my interest has certainly changed and my scope has diminished, to answer the OP - interest has not gone "down" per se for me. Personally, my interest has "refined"
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