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COINTEST: 2011 Compass Rose Geocoin #2


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The 2011 Compass Rose Geocoin Cointest is back!

 

We had such a strong response from the 1st Cointest that we thought we would offer a second limited edition coin. Just in time to win a coin as a holiday present for your loved ones.

 

As before, this is your chance to enter and win a fully trackable pre-production sample of the 2011 Compass Rose Geocoin (Available December 2011).

 

Cachebox Geocaching Store in partnership with CoinsAndPins is giving you the opportunity to enter and win a one of a kind pre-production sample of this years upcoming 2011 Compass Rose Geocoin. Several fully trackable samples were created before the final minting of this new design. We decided that rather than keep these coins for ourselves, we would hold a simple cointest to give one of the samples away to a lucky member of the Geocaching community.

 

Be sure to signup on the CoinsAndPins Mailing List to be notified of regular coin sales and special deals.

 

2011 Compass Rose Geocoin Details:

 

The 2011 Compass Rose Geocoin is about the critical importance of the sun and navigation. Navigation by the sun was practically second nature a thousand years ago, even though it was not as accurate without special tools as today's methods. It was very important to know where the sun tracked across the sky and exactly where it would rise and set depending on the season. Since the 1700s, knowing the sun's declination was imperative to calculate longitude. Knowing how to gain longitude was very important to calculate accurate navigation and map making.

 

The compass rose sun design on the 2011 Compass Rose Geocoin was derived from a map made in 1613 by Pierre de Vaulx, the map covers half of the world on the Atlantic side. Normally, maps containing a great level of artistic detail were not accurate and made only for sale to the general public as display pieces. Ship's captains knew better than to use these kinds of maps; however, this map was not only artistic but also informative.

 

The back of the geocoin illustrates the Copernican astronomical system. It shows the tilt of the earth at its equinoxes along with other planets. The outer ring outlines the zodiacs according to how the constellations are aligned with the sun during the year. Each planet in the coin is represented with a Swarovski gemstone.

 

Each coin version is named after different aspects of the sun's positions:

 

Midnight Sun (polished nickel, recessed front) - Represents when the sun is at its highest or lowest point in the sky (winter and summer solstices) when the sun shines for 24 hours day over the frigid winter landscapes.

 

Daybreak (black nickel, raised front) - Signifying when the sun first rises at the horizon and marking that location to gain an idea of your latitude based on the season.

 

Eclipse (black nickel, recessed front) - Only occurring during a new moon, solar eclipses have played a significant part in referencing historical and religious events. The Chinese scientist Shen Kuo, 1031-1095 AD, also used eclipses as his reasoning for why planets were spherical instead of flat; an understanding that became vital for accurate map mak

 

Dawn to Dusk (polished gold, recessed front) - Tracking the sun from the morning to the evening is key to good navigation and knowing its ecliptic as each day passes through the seasons.

 

Twilight edition (polished gold, raised front) - Related to the sailor's weather predicting phrase of, "Red sky at night, sailor's delight."

 

High Noon (antique bronze, recessed front) - LE version made available to the public. This version represents true high noon when the sun is at its highest point in the daytime sky. This position of the sun is the most critical when taking sextant readings to calculate longitude.

 

Dawn's Early Light (polished gold, raised front) - Private LE version.

 

YemonYime version (green coloring) - LE version made for the artist who significantly helped with the artwork for this coin.

 

 

Coin that will be up for grabs during this cointest:

 

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  • Edition: Dawn to Dusk - Antique Silver (one of a kind finish)
  • Measures 2" in diameter
  • Imitation hard enamel colors
  • Two different front side dies
  • Swarovski gemstones
  • Trackable on Geocaching.com
  • A unique icon shows on your profile when you log a discovery. This LE version has it's own unique icon on Geocaching.com

 

Here are the rules, regulations and details for this cointest:

 

What can you win?

A fully trackable one of a kind pre-production 2011 Compass Rose Geocoin. One lucky winner will have an unactivated coin mailed to their address of choice free of charge.

 

Who can enter?

Anyone and everyone!

 

How can I enter?

Send your answers to the cointest question below via the cointest contact form. Make sure to mention "2011 Compass Rose Geocoin Cointest #2" in your answer. Please include your Geocaching username so we can use it when we announce the winner on this forum topic. Do not post your answers here! All answers must be sent via the email form.

 

Can we make posts via this topic?

Of course! We would love to hear your feedback about the new 2011 design. Feel free to share your opinions.

 

How long will the cointest run?

You can submit answers until Saturday December 3rd 2011, 11:59pm MST.

 

How will the winner be chosen?

Winner will be determined by a random drawing. The winner will be announced Sunday December 4th 2011 via this forum topic.

 

How many times can I enter?

One entry per person please. This gives everyone with the correct answer a fair chance to win.

 

If I win, how will I receive the coin?

Shipping will be provided to your address of choice free of charge. Tracking information will be sent to the Cointest winner as soon as the coin has been shipped.

 

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Cointest Question:

The 2011 Compass Rose Geocoin is based upon the Copernican astronomical system. What was the name of Nicolaus Copernicus's astronomical model in which he demonstrated that the sun was the center of the solar system? (A bit more challenging question this round)

 

Good luck to all our participants. Remember, to enter you must send in your answer using the cointest contact form with "2011 Compass Rose Geocoin Cointest #2" mentioned in your answer. Please also include your Geocaching.com username so we can announce the winner here in this topic when the Cointest ends.

 

Logan Wealing

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Is this cointest over? According to the first post, it ended last Saturday.

 

GregsonVaux,

 

This is an entirely NEW COINTEST based on a second LE coin. Notice the "#2" in the topic title.

 

Enter again if you wish to have a chance to win. :D

 

Logan Wealing

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Is this cointest over? According to the first post, it ended last Saturday.

 

GregsonVaux,

 

This is an entirely NEW COINTEST based on a second LE coin. Notice the "#2" in the topic title.

 

Enter again if you wish to have a chance to win. :D

 

Logan Wealing

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Sorry, I missed the subtitle that says it ends on Dec. 3rd. What I meant was in the body of your post above, you forgot to change the end date. It is right below the bold lettering that says, "How long will the cointest run?".

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Is this cointest over? According to the first post, it ended last Saturday.

 

GregsonVaux,

 

This is an entirely NEW COINTEST based on a second LE coin. Notice the "#2" in the topic title.

 

Enter again if you wish to have a chance to win. :D

 

Logan Wealing

*indirect link removed by moderator*

 

Sorry, I missed the subtitle that says it ends on Dec. 3rd. What I meant was in the body of your post above, you forgot to change the end date. It is right below the bold lettering that says, "How long will the cointest run?".

 

Updated the original post to reflect the December 3rd date. Thanks for letting us know.

 

Logan Wealing

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