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  1. At this point, I’m sure most of you have heard about my adventure on creating the triple dragon geocoins. Problems after problems, and months after months of work spent and wasted. Finally, I got in touch with another coin manufacturer and started from scratch. So far, the results have been fruitful. I am happy to say that the Triple Dragon Geocoins sampling is now in process and I should be able to see some nice coins in a couple of weeks! Finally! Very exciting stuff!


    I have always revised the artwork for both front and back of the coin. Here are the images:




    Click here for a bigger image


    Sales should start in 3-4 weeks, but if you have not Reserve Your Triple Dragon Geocoin, do so and don't miss out! (I know there are only two-tones and antique finishing available on the reservations site as I have not made a final decision on plating)


    Coin stats:


    Diameter: 1.75"

    Thickness: 3mm

    Weight: ~1.7oz

    Metal: (I have not made a final decision on finishing, but 5 plating would likely be available)


    Antique Copper

    Antique Silver

    Antique Gold

    Black Nickel (This coin will only be sold in a set)

    Other features:

    Trackable on geocaching.com

    Custom prefix tracking code (DWXXXX)

    Custom icon

    Estimate Shipping Date: Early March, 2007


    Please contact me at derek@dwprods.com if you have any questions.



  2. I want to add that these are among my favorite geocoins ever.

    They are eyecatching and very well-made. After ordering two, I

    went back for more. I especially like the black nickel and to a

    lesser degree the two-tone. See my profile, I buy a lot.


    Also -- he ships right away, they are in stock! No pre-order.


    Unsolicited endorsement -- for the money, this is one

    to add to the collection while they are still around. Classy,

    large and very well made. I've seen enough "junk" to know.

    An expert engraver touched this.


    Thanks, Derek!





    Hey Tracy,


    Thank you very much for the kind words and glad you like the coins!!! I like the black nickel too (well, i'm partial to black coins so I'm a bit biased on that one...) But the matte silver is also very interesting!


    Thanks again and have a great day!



  3. I hit yet another road block... I spoke with the coin mint yesterday and they told me that since changing the size from 1.75" to 2" would be considered "a new project", they would have to charge me a NEW mold fee. Of course, they conveniently forgot to mention that they were unable to deliver high quality products and the hurdles I have jumped through.


    You cannot believe how mad I was!


    Well, since my rep will be on vacation till mid-Jan next year (and of course she neevr replied my email before leaving), it is safe to say that this project will be on hold till then, or until I decide it I will go with another coin mint.


    I will update when there are news

  4. :cool: no probs with the wait (I am sure my bank accont will appreciate it!) as to the changes I will echo everyone else in that you seem to know what you want so go for it!


    my only concern is that i would like to get a double dragon blank at the same time in order to save a little on postage. is this worth while or will all the doubles sell out before this is minted. i don't want to miss them?!? :rolleyes:


    Sorry for the late reply... been wicked busy with the year end stuff and all....


    No worries on double dragon non-trackable coins. I'll be sure to reseve a few of them for you so order them whenever you want! I have actually been sending them out to friends and family as x'mas presents. Cool gifts!

  5. Just a note to report on my experience with disputing customs charges on Geocoins coming to the US.


    I continue to receive refund checks on my disputed shipments. On occasion they will ask you for evidence of the nature of the item in the form of photos and (possibly) samples. So far, photos have been enough for me.


    In fact, thus far the only disputes to be kicked back were ones that were beyond the 180 day dispute time limit.


    The information you need to submit a claim is straightforward and should be on your FedEx bill and/or the packing information. If you do not get it, a simple call to FedEx and they will send it to you.


    Fedex Invoice #

    Inv Date

    Amount of invoice

    Amount disputed

    Entry #

    Entry Date

    Tracking #


    Then in the details indicate the incorrect HTC used and the one that should have been used.


    Pay the bill in the meantime, you will get a refund check. Paying the bill is required, if you don't you will start hearing from collection agencies.


    Hope this info can save some folks some $$ down the road. For some it may be too late to take advantage of this, but outside of the time and small hassle of preparing the dispute forms - I've found FedEx VERY easy to work with and extremely helpful.


    Unfortunately I hit a roadblock on this one.... I got a package from Fedex last night with a letter notifcying me that they need additional information from me (which I thought I have provided everything) + a $75 processing fee. $75!! My dadgum refund was $78! the FeDEx was very nice but that doesn't solve my problem.... she did suggest that I should file the claim directly to US Customs for reclaisfication andf to get the refund.



  6. I thought I was going crazy, I sort of remembered ordering the HongKong coins, got them & they are nice.


    Now I search out this thread & see I was not crazy...


    I cant see if I put in my reservation on this Ozymandiasism, or what the status is...


    so any ideas when we might see the Dragon 3 version?

    And if I have a reservation in? I dont want to try & reserve again & mess ya up.




    Diane S


    Heya Diane,


    Thanks for the msg. You've reserved the coins so don't worry! :)


    Unfortunately, this coin is on hold at the moment. After 3-4 different revisions of the mold, I am still extremely unhappy with the results. The back of the coin looks GREAT and I loved it... but the dragon side is just.... horrible. This is how I would describe it: cartoon dragons. The dragon heads look like cartoon dragon and I just cannot stand it. Even the bodies and the tails of the dragons took a few revision to make them look right.


    This is the same coin mint I used for the double dragon geocoins as well as the hong kong geocoins. I have never had so much problem with them with the double dragon but it has been quite an experience with the hong kong geocoin and now the triple dragon geocoins. I even had the mold artist to complete the first round of revisions and it still comes out like dirt. You have no idea how annoyed I am at this point.


    So after several rounds of revisions, these are the options I have right now:


    1) increase the coin size from 1.75" to 2"

    2) decrease some of the details on the coin


    Number 2 is just simply not an option to me.... so I think I might have to suck it up and make the coin bigger.... and have them completely recreate the mold, by the same mold artist that created the double dragon coin the first time around.... My rep is also going to be on vacation as well so I think I might touch base with her early next year... I would imagine the coin would come out by next mid Feb? Maybe?


    What do you guys think ijn terms of what I should do?

  7. Hey, glad you guys have recievd the coins. I am actually quite surprised at how fast they were delivered especially during the busiest time of the year. Kudos to USPS!!! Well, maybe it helps that I drop most of the packages off to the USPS distribution center (which conveniently located a little over a mile from my house) :)


    Yeah, the coins are HEAVY! Imagine carrying all those packages to the post office. Its like a workout!

  8. Ryder,

    You can go to the USPS website with the weight of your package click on international shipping, use the drop down for the Country and it'll give you the rate. You can also affix the form on and just stick the whole thing in your box. Make sure it goes on the right edge.


    Actually. I don;'t think it matters where the form goes, as long as it's clearly visible. I put all my customs forms on the bottom left corner

  9. Rather than try to figure out what needs to be weighed and what I can get away with.... I put custom forms on ALL canada and internaitonal packages. Rather safe than sorry. It is more of a pain to do but will have less frustrations down the line.

  10. All righty.... I have shipped out ALL orders from yesterday backwards (or onwards, however you see it). I stood in line at the post office waiting for 20min and another 25min to go through all the international packages. Oh let me tell ya... Me and this other guy practically owned the post office for 20min... people were MAD. Kinda funny actually....


    A fellow cacher emailed me that he has already received my coins and those were sent out on Sat morning! That was fast!!!

  11. signs.... :ph34r:


    seems like the coins are being delayed again... this time by customs... the shipment has been randomly picked for checking and seems th at there arecmissing information.... it'll be a couple of days late....


    sorry everyone and thanks again for your continuous patience...



  12. Yes, when I have wanted tracked shipping, I have used the shipping label generator on Paypal. Better still, I've not only generated the label but used Photoshop to reduce it to fit nicely on smaller containers. In all cases, it has been accepted and delivered without incident.


    You photoshop the labels??!?!


    dadgum that's a lot of work... not hard... but time consuming and tedious...


    well, I guess it's easier than writing the addresses by hand...


    reducing in photoshop is just a few clicks and a bit of typing. Best of all, you can make it an automatic script so the process is reduced to a couple clicks.The default Canadian label size from Paypal is 5.5" x 8.5" which is way too big for a lot of boxes. I assume it's similar for the US label.


    It is easier than writing the address by hand as the label contains the customs information as well, so it's not just a label, it's an official form.


    You are right. Once you have recorded the action, it should be smooth sail.


    I actually bought a label printer. The idea came from Crake. After purchasing a bunch of coins from him and seeing the type of labels he uses (comparing to the 5.5X8.5 labels), I realize how much of a time saver that is!


    hmm... speaking of crake... I need some coins before the holiday!

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