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Celtic Sword & Shield Geocoins


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After a few months of designing/sampling, I'm going to have a large 2 part, 3D design coming out in June. The 'Celtic Sword & Shield Geocoins'.

 

Being half Scottish, the theme of this coin is something I've wanted to do for a while (so it's sort of a personal coin), but it took a while to come up with a design I liked to go with the idea.

 

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The Shield part of the coin measures 2.25 inches wide, is 13mm thick at it's thickest point and weighs around 100g. The front side is 3D, and is based on a Scottish 'Targe' shield design. The raised/3D part of this coin also contains a slot through it which will hold the Sword coin.

 

The back side is 2D and features the Waddell family coat of arms (my surname) and has the Waddell family motto 'Orna Verum' meaning 'Adorn the Truth'. The shields will have imitation hard enamels (with textured metal and designs under the translucent enamels), and some with two tone finishes.

 

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The Sword coin is based on a Scottish Claymore sword and is made of stamped copper. It measures 3.5 inches long and 3mm thick with two tone finishes. It has nice 3D details, and the base of the handle has a lions head symbolizing my connection to Africa where I was born and grew up.

 

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These coins will be sold as pairs (A trackable Shield with matching trackable Sword), and will come in a custom velvet bag (as shown above).

Then there will also be some extra swords available on their own. They will all be trackable, and will share an icon.

 

Right now I've ordered 50 pairs of each sword/shield, with a small number of extra matching swords. There will also be one additonal sword version (Shiny Gold/Antique Silver - shown above) which is the only version that won't be paired with a sword. Due to their size and how they are made, these will be more expensive than previous coins. Pricing is still to be finalized but the single swords will probably be around £15, and the Sword/Shield Pairs around £35.

 

I'm going to be away for most of April/May, so I will only have the final coins in early June. So will post more details on pricing, the sale and any reservations in June.

 

So for now here is a picture showing the size (compared to my 2 inch Global Nomad coin) as it's hard to tell the actual size from the above photos.

 

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And here are all the versions that are being made (though the bottom Black/Gold version is being changed, from the Black Nickel base to a Shiny Gold base).

 

- Antique Silver Shield with Antique Silver/Shiny Nickel Sword

- Antique Gold Shield with Antique Gold/Shiny Nickel Sword

- Antique Copper Shield with Antique Copper/Shiny Nickel Sword

 

- Two Tone Antique Silver/Gold Shield with Antique Silver/Shiny Nickel Sword

- Two Tone Antique Gold/Silver Shield with Antique Bronze/Shiny Nickel Sword

- Two Tone Antique Copper/Gold Shield with Antique Copper/Shiny Nickel Sword

 

- (for final version) Shiny Gold/Shiny Gold/Black Wipe Shield with Shiny Gold/ Shiny Nickel Sword

 

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Larger photos of all the versions can be seen on my Facebook Group, where I'll also post more updates: CW88's Geocoins

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It took a while, but all the final coins have arrived, and they will be going on sale from my webstore on Sunday, June 21st at 7pm CEST (Central European Summer Time).

 

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For final numbers, there are 50 of each Shield (7 versions), 65 of each Sword (5 versions) plus and additional 45 LE Swords (only available on their own, with Shiny Gold/Antique Silver finish).

 

As they were designed to fit the swords, the Shields will be sold as pairs with their matching Sword (as shown below). Each coin has their own individual tracking number, but will share an icon. And there will be a small number of single swords available on their own.

 

The pairs will come in the custom velvet bags, but the single swords will come in small plastic bags.

 

And just to confirm the sizes: The Shields measure 2.25 inches wide and 13mm thick, with imitation hard enamels. The Swords are 3.5 inches long, around 3mm thick and are 3D, made of stamped copper and all have two tone finishes. Together the Sword & Shield weigh around 115g.

 

The coins did end up being expensive to produce, so these might be the only ones made unless there is enough interest for a remint. Then maybe a few new versions might be made. But for pricing, all the pairs will be £35 each (that's for 2 trackable coins), and the single 'RE' swords will be £15 each and the LE's £17.

 

All the pairs can be seen below.

 

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For final numbers, there are 50 of each Shield (7 versions), 65 of each Sword (5 versions)

 

Now I have problems counting. :anicute: So there are 50*7=350 Shields total and 65*5=325 Swords total... Ups! Something is wrong here... I guess that copper and silver hilt Swords have higher mintages as there are two Shields for each of them to fit into.

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For final numbers, there are 50 of each Shield (7 versions), 65 of each Sword (5 versions)

 

Now I have problems counting. :anicute: So there are 50*7=350 Shields total and 65*5=325 Swords total... Ups! Something is wrong here... I guess that copper and silver hilt Swords have higher mintages as there are two Shields for each of them to fit into.

 

You're right - I only counted one each of the 50 copper and silver swords.

There were 350 swords with the pairs and 120 extras including the LE's.

 

The correct numbers of the swords should be:

 

Antique Gold: 50 + 15

Antique Bronze: 50 + 15

Antique Silver: 100 + 15

Antique Copper: 100 + 15

Shiny Gold: 50 + 15

 

LE: 45

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Got Mine in the mail today. First off I want to know what brand of tape did you use. My razor sharp knife just kept skimming on the surface and would not cut, could not stab it either, I had to break out mu trauma shears to cut into the package. When I got in, WOW!!! beautiful coins, nice weight to them. Great Job and thank you.

 

Colorado Bear

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Yep, just got mine today also, and they are amazing.

Also will second the tape. I used a knife to poke into it, to get the cut started, then was able to slice it open. Well done sir! (I grabbed a mandala coin also, which was on-par in it's awesomeness as was the Sword/Shield combo)

thanks!

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Got Mine in the mail today. First off I want to know what brand of tape did you use. My razor sharp knife just kept skimming on the surface and would not cut, could not stab it either, I had to break out mu trauma shears to cut into the package. When I got in, WOW!!! beautiful coins, nice weight to them. Great Job and thank you.

 

Colorado Bear

Jay

 

Glad you like them :D And I just use regular parcel tape for most of them, but probably overdo the tape a little just to make sure the envelopes don't break :P (I don't quite trust the envelopes completely after a couple of them split in a row a few years ago and coins went missing).

 

Hopefully the majority of coins arrive ok - I've had about 5 people find the top part of the coin has separated during shipping. I was told they were meant to be soldered on, but it actually looks like it was glued on which I'm a bit annoyed about. But I've found a bit of superglue fixes it fine (and probably stronger than whatever glue was originally used). Hopefully the rest of the coins that were sent out will get to everyone soon.

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