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2008 Alaska Geocoins Now On Sale

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GeocacheAlaska! is proud to announce the release of the 2008 Alaska geocoin. We got started so late on the 2007 Alaska geocoin that it eventually morphed into the 2008 coin and we decided to release it early to make your holiday shopping easier.

 

The coins are 1.5" in diameter, gc.com trackable and come in four varieties this year:

 

Bronze in plastic flip, $9.98 each, 1st run: 500, Maximum: 1000

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1 ounce 0.999 Silver in airtight capsule and velvet display box, $34.98 each, 1st run: 100, Maximum: 200

 

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1 ounce 0.999 Silver w/ 0.9999 fine gold relief in airtight capsule and velvet display box, $54.98 each, 1st run: 50 (already sold), 2nd run: 50 (will be ready in about two weeks), Maximum: 100

 

 

1 ounce 0.9999 fine gold in airtight capsule and velvet display box, $1095.00 each, 1st run: 10, Maximum: 10

 

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Gold relief coin

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Back of coin (silver depicted)

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The coin features a custom icon:

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Matching 1" lapel pins are also being offered for $1.98 each in antique silver and antique bronze:

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For more information about the coins and pins, visit the GeocacheAlaska! 2008 geocoin page.

 

<Edit by moderator to add gold relief coin>

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After working with Ladybug Kids on correcting some links, this thread is now available for your viewing pleasure.

Eartha

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Got my order in. Toolman made drool-ly noises at the gold one.

 

Hmmm...I guess I'd rather pay the morgage payment this month and eat.

 

:rolleyes:

 

And pesky things, those utility folk. Ifn's you don't pay, they don't deliver!

 

Sincerely, these are beautiful coins. I bought the last one, too.

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I ordered some of the bronze the other day when I got the email. The others are just way out of my price range. How many people actually bought a gold so far?

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Alaska the dream. Being originally from Auburn, NY I have always wanted to visit "Sewards folly". I had to buy the Silver coin with the gold highlights. I will be in th dog house I am sure. I hope its worth it.

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I bought a couple of bronze as well as both silvers the other day when i got the email about them.

 

I would love the gold, but like someone else said, the mortgage, utilities, and food are more important. was wife already wasn't pleased about $120 on coins.

 

oh and my company just moved into a brand new facility which is about double the distance of the previous one, so more gas will be needed...money, this time of year is nonexistent :rolleyes:

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I just wanted to say that alaska really "gets" what geocoins are about. Fantastic design, wish I could grab one of those gold ones but I won't just be in the dog house, I'd be buried under it.

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Can you post a picture of the gold pin?

The pins haven't arrived yet, but I will as soon they do. The antique bronze and antique silver photo is the sample photo provided by the manufacturer. Note that the gold pin is "satin gold finish," not solid gold like the coin.

 

We'll be shipping the coins beginning tonight and follow-up with the pins as soon as they arrive so we can at least get the coins into most folks' hands before the holidays.

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Repost of the gold relief coin since I can no longer edit the original post:

 

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Edit: Fix spelling...next coin release, I'm taking time off from work since I get too punchy when sleep deprived.

 

Edit by moderator: to tell you I added the gold relief to the original post.

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I ordered some of the bronze the other day when I got the email. The others are just way out of my price range. How many people actually bought a gold so far?

Seven of the gold coins are sold out of our inventory, but some of those will be offered via another site by the folks who encouraged and supported that part of the project.

 

WHOA! That is simply amazing! I am truly impressed!

 

Gorgeous coin, ya'll... yet again!

 

Naomi :rolleyes:

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I ordered some of the bronze the other day when I got the email. The others are just way out of my price range. How many people actually bought a gold so far?

Seven gold coins are sold out of our inventory, but some of those will be posted on another site by the folks who encouraged and then supported minting the gold coins.

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We are approaching a sell out on the gold relief (15 of the 100 maximum left) and gold coins (3 of the 10 left) and I have to go work for a living where I can't continuously monitor sales and edit the webpage if a version sells out.

 

I will post in this thread as soon as I know a version sells out and issue refunds if necessary this evening once I return home.

 

Note to self: Learn how to add inventory control to the website.

 

We'll be stuffing envelopes tonight and hitting the post office right after that (we have a post office open until midnight), so US cachers should be seeing coins in their mailbox by early/beginning of next week. We've had some coins hit Europe in as little as five days in past years, so we'll see what happens this year during the holiday shipping season.

 

Also, a shipping note for the gold relief coins...The first run of fifty sold out very quickly and will be shipped in the order cachers' orders were received. A second run of fifty has been ordered which should be completed by the end of next week, so there is an outside chance of getting those coins into people's hands by the holidays. Once all the coins on hand are packaged and mailed, I'll send out an e-mail to the cachers who are receiving gold relief coins from the second run and keep you posted on the actual shipping date. If you don't receive an e-mail from coinsales at geocachealaska dot org by tomorrow night, that means your coins were mailed.

 

In advance, thanks for your understanding and wonderful support of this project.

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Oh a fantastic day!!!! I just got my x-mas bonus..... and I lucked upon this coin at just the right time.

Wow, GREAT COIN!!!!!! Maybe I should go and work in AK next... I like the cold!

 

Ordered coin today... now the wait begins. :rolleyes:

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I don't know who has the better of the deal Chris and I have, I get one of each coin he designs and he get one of every coin I purchase, and normally so does the Fox aka Fox-and-the-Hound.

Being that he was born in Alaska, I had to get 2 of the Silver and 2 of the gold releif, Merry Christmas if you are reading this LOL

Will have extra of the Bronze for trades or special missions. :unsure:

Beautiful coin agaian Ladybug, I do hope that we get to change the back next year as has been talked about, would love to get 2 new designs for the money :rolleyes:

Sorry, no gold for me :ph34r:

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Love the coin! I was fortunate enough to tour the Alaska Mint last summer when we were in Anchorage and also went up to Denali. Didn't see a polar bear on the prowl (guess that's good), but this one's still gotta come join our collection.

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I don't know who has the better of the deal Chris and I have, I get one of each coin he designs and he get one of every coin I purchase, and normally so does the Fox aka Fox-and-the-Hound.

Being that he was born in Alaska, I had to get 2 of the Silver and 2 of the gold releif, Merry Christmas if you are reading this LOL

Will have extra of the Bronze for trades or special missions. :unsure:

Beautiful coin agaian Ladybug, I do hope that we get to change the back next year as has been talked about, would love to get 2 new designs for the money :rolleyes:

Sorry, no gold for me :ph34r:

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Bought a silver. I never miss out on the silver Alaska geocoins. Any chance of putting the Alaska Raven on 2009's geocoins :ph34r: ?

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Offering a 2007 XLE Two-Tone Compass Rose for one of the Silver w/Gold Relief versions if anyone wants to trade. Thanks!

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We'll be stuffing envelopes tonight and hitting the post office right after that (we have a post office open until midnight),

Well, we didn't make it to the post office last night, but the coins we packaged went out today. Many thanks to Scobey and NorthWes who helped with the first round of envelope stuffing.

 

All bronze, silver, and gold coins ordered as of last night (Friday) shipped today along with all the gold relief coins we had on hand. All polar bear geopins will ship as soon as we receive them (sometime around December 15). See below for current information regarding currently unfilled gold relief geocoin orders.

 

I'll send out an e-mail to the cachers who are receiving gold relief coins from the second run and keep you posted on the actual shipping date. If you don't receive an e-mail from coinsales at geocachealaska dot org by tomorrow night, that means your coins were mailed.

I sent out the e-mail a short time ago.

 

Subsequent gold relief orders are definitely coming out of the 2nd run, so I won't be sending a similar e-mail for them. The second (and final) run gold relief coins are expected on or about December 15. The gold relief coins and geopins (if you ordered any with your coins) will ship together as soon as we receive them.

 

There are nine gold relief coins and one gold coin left along with plenty of first run bronze and silver coins.

 

Thanks, all, for your support of the project! :)

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The solid gold coins have sold out. There are three gold relief coins from the second (and last) minting available before they also sell out.

 

There are still plenty of bronze and silver coins and matching pins available.

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Beautiful coin agaian Ladybug, I do hope that we get to change the back next year as has been talked about, would love to get 2 new designs for the money :)

For the money...therein lies the rub. If two new dies were to be made, the bronze would cost about $2 more or the silver and silver with gold relief coins would cost about $5 more, assuming metal prices hold steady and historical quantities sell. However, metal prices have climbed for each edition of the coin, and the quantity of bronze and silver coins sold has decreased each year, so there are two factors working against continuing to produce these coins and still offer the bronze coin at no more than $10.

 

Besides, we're rather found of the prospector searching for his cache in the shadow of Denali and using him to tie each years' coins together.

 

To avoid taking this thread further off the topic of "sales," cachers are welcome to make their input heard in the GeocacheAlaska! forums in the 2008 Alaska Geocoin thread.

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The gold relief and solid gold coins are both sold out.

 

There are still plenty of bronze and silver coins available as well as matching pins.

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There Here! There Here!!

 

Mine arrives safely today and I love them!

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The gold relief and solid gold coins are both sold out.

 

Holy Kamoley! That's it - I'm making solid gold Tiki Coins now! :D

 

Seriously, though, these coins are fabulous! Beautiful design and execution. If anyone in Hawaii bought one of the gold ones, I'd love to get a look at it! :D

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Beautiful coin again Ladybug, I do hope that we get to change the back next year as has been talked about, would love to get 2 new designs for the money :(

 

For the money...therein lies the rub. If two new dies were to be made, the bronze would cost about $2 more or the silver and silver with gold relief coins would cost about $5 more, .

 

Besides, we're rather found of the prospector searching for his cache in the shadow of Denali and using him to tie each years' coins together.

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Received mine today, the 2 silver/gold are beautiful (Xander will be receiving his 2nd coin as his First Christmas present :D

 

The bronze is really a surprise :D I was not really sure that they could showcase the details as well as the Silver/Gold but WOW they are truly amaizing and have all the beautiful details.

 

The smooth background behind the Northern lights and bear makes this coin stunning!

 

Knew I should have bought more than 5 bronze, now I will have to be real picky what I trade them for :D

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Update on the second run of gold relief coins...they won't be done until late next week (around December 21). Also, the matching pins have not arrived yet. We'll ship all the back orders as soon as we have the items to ship.

 

All other orders for 2008 bronze and silver coins or other coins received during the past week will be shipped this weekend.

 

While the gold and gold relief versions of the coins are sold out, there are still plenty of solid bronze and solid silver coins and matching geopins remaining.

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I got my WOWWIE! silver Alaska coin and the two CNM pins.

 

I look forward to getting the pins that match the coins.

 

What a great coin.

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Got mine, too. Always happy to support this organization. And a coin that out as well.

Again, nicely done.

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Ordered mine, have to say the US shipping charge is very reasonable, can't wait to receive my coin.

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I received my silver coin yesterday and it is truly beautiful! Unfortunately, it will not be going travelling anywhere except in my collection but I can't wait to show it to others who are into coins!

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The geopins arrived in yesterday's mail. I will get the pins into the mail tomorrow for those who are backordered only for pins. The second run of gold relief coins is due on Friday, December 21, and I will ship those backordered coins with pins as soon as I receive the coins.

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Got ours today....WOW! It may be bronze but it looks "good as gold" to me. Nice job and great addition to our set.

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Wow! We won one of these at a caching holiday party, the silver one, it is absolutely breath taking!

 

It's our first coin... well at least until Christmas... Shhhhh! :(

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The second (and final) run of the gold relief coins was finished yesterday. All coin and pin orders (including the backorders) received as of this morning have been packaged and shipped.

 

There are still plenty of bronze coins and bronze and silver pins. There are also several silver coins from the first run available.

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