This thread was just brought to my attention. Either I or my AJAYHAWKFAN geocoin was mentioned numerous times in this thread so I thought I would explain my thought on my geocoin.
However, before that I needed to clear somethings up written by Arthur & Trillian.
A & T, I have never paraded up and down the streets saying I own my coins. (I have never stated my coins are better then anyone else's either.) Many people have one of my coins and I consider them theirs.
Also. Some of us do put stipulations on our coins. We don't do it for ego we do it because that is how we want the coins treated. There is NOTHING wrong with that. We paid for the coins and we can request that. It has nothing to do with ego.
A & T, those statements show how ignorant you are because you don't know me and you don't know the facts behind my coin.
Regarding my AJAYHAWKFAN geocoin:
When I had my coins minted in late 2005 my plan was to place them in caches. I never intended on selling any of my coins (I did sell a set of coins for the American Cancer Society). I was also going to activate all of them because I wanted to see where they traveled.
I did plan on trading a few and at first traded with almost everyone. That had to be stopped because there were more request then I ever imagined. So I limited my trading to states where I have cached and coins of cachers I have met. Everyone who trades with me knows the coin will be activated and that they need to log it. After they log it, it is theirs to do what they want.
I received my coins in Feb. 2006. I started placing them in caches. I would guess I have placed close to 250 coins in caches in at least 20 different states. They are all activated. If someone finds the coin and wants to keep it, they are welcome to as long at they log it. I hope they take it to events. Again, I like seeing where they travel.
A few people have been kind enough to write and ask if they could keep the coin found in a cache. I request a trade. My trade it to place any 2 coins in the wild to replace the coin they took. I have had no one turn that trade down. (I am going to ask them to place the two in the wild with a missing to find me.)
If someone has possession of my coin through a legitimate way, they can do with it what they want. I only ask that if they trade, sell of give the coin away the new owner logs it.
I not going to fight to keep my coins being sold. In my opinion that takes to much energy and I have better things to do.
The saddest part to me about putting coins out is that so many are taken from the cache and never logged. I consider those coins stolen. I would estimate the number of stolen coins is in the 40% range. When I know for sure one was stolen I will put a note on the web page stating that.
I hope that explains my thought about my coin.