Fortune Favors the Bold in Geocoins Posted June 2, 2008 Who can tell me what the symbols mean first? The 5 shamrocks are easy, but do you recognize the other ones? Who said that quote? Be the first to get them all correct and you might get something extra nice in the mail someday soon! OK Chris, let me try this again. Symbol: The Chinese Good Luck Knot - means good luck. Symbol: A Swastica (Nivens Tablet, The Four Forces of Fate) Wind Symbol: The Five Good Fortunes Wealth, Health, Longevity, Love, and Virtue Symbol: A Horsehoe Symbol: Gibo Auja "We make our Fortunes..." Quote is from Benjamin Disraeli. "Fortune Favors The Bold" is from Virgil. Letters intersperced within the design spell out PROSPERITY You got it! We have a winner!! Niven's finding are still much debated, but the source I originally based the design on goes back to the story of the Tower of Babel and was later repeated in cultures all around the world and particularly in North and Central Americas. The swastica is said to depict the "the four winds of fate". It symbolicly and pictorially depicted both wind and direction of movement. Benjamin Disraeli of course was the former Prime Minister of Britain and I love that quote. It seemed very fitting to pull the two coins together The horse shoe I decided to tip on an angle because theories of luck seem to be split 50/50 on whether the points should be pointing up or down for luck Good job!!! Thanks for putting in the super-fast research and sorry I couldn't answer back sooner when I got a bit tied up this weekend I have your addy and I'll send along something fun soon Wow Yay I won the first round! Thanks so much, you know I REALLY wanted to. I love looking at your coins and finding the hidden surprises!