+Eclectic Penguin Posted March 4, 2010 Share Posted March 4, 2010 (edited) Pre-announcing our second coin which is currently in production in parallel with our Miner's Safety Lamp coin (see its own thread): South Wales Geocacher's Golfer's Geooin (working title) I think a lot of the artwork speaks for itself to be honest but I'll give some explanation. The Ryder Cup is coming to South Wales for the first time this year to the amazing Celtic Manor Resort (I was there yesterday to find the five superb caches placed by the resort themselves around the 18 hole course. It's the first time I've had to look for a cache on the roof of a large building!). We have a number of avid golfers in our Geocaching community and we thought a Geocoin to celebrate this event would be a great idea. Obviously a heavy golf theme on both sides - each side will be cast with a 3D die. The golfer will have a lot more realistic 3D look about him in the final metal version, I can assure you - this is effectively an artists sketch. The more observant will notice that in this version the dimples appear to be the wrong way round (unless I've misunderstood the artwork) - they're bumps - we'll have that resolved of course, but other than that, the artwork depicts the completed coin. On the same side - for those wondering the significance of what the dragon logo represents - well, Great Britain is made up of four countries. England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and by no means least Wales! The Welsh national flag depicts a red dragon on a white and green background - and it is this dragon that is represented here. We're definitely minting it in 2 versions initially - Satin Nickel and probably Antique Silver. There may be a sneaky third limited collectors edition (gold or some other one-off metal, with a limited edition serial number etched on it) in the near future too, depending on how sales/pre-sales go and if there's enough interest. We're not dawdling about with this coin and as with the lamp coin, we're about to go into production of an initial run of 250 coins (125 of each metal). The coin will naturally have its own icon - this will be published as and when I have the inspiration as to what it'll depict... I hope you guys like it. It's a departure from our previous coins (and for me as a coin designer). As with the miner's lamp, any money made on this coin will go straight into funding future events put on by the South Wales Geocachers - and we have some tidy, if not adventerous ones planed for the future, let me assure you! We're hoping for a parallel release - miner's lamp and golfing coin so that we can possibly make special multiple offers on postage and perhaps sets. As with the lamp coin, there are a couple of hitches with setting up pre-orders at present but we're not dependent on getting pre-order money for these coins - they're already ready to go to production thanks to the generosity of a number of Geocachers in our community who have backed both this and previous coins. As with all of our previous coins and planned future coins (2 of which are in early design stages), they are being produced by our good friends at Oakcoins as we've been very impressed by their work on both my personal coins and also our South Wales Geocachers 2009 coin. Edited March 4, 2010 by Eclectic Penguin Quote Link to comment
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