215Re: As long as we're talking coins.... CCGC Coin development is under way!
- Oct 26, 2005Hey! Did I hear my name? Sounds like another opportunity for an
Event :) Hmmmm...although I might like picking mine up at 99 Bottles.
Keep the production limited, keep the purchasing within CCGC and
GCSC, skip the tracking but number the coins.
On the tracking issue, I agree with Dave. They almost always end up
on someones fireplace mantle, so there's little point in paying for
the tracking. Marky's site is great, but it seems like a waste of
his time to set something up that's only going to have one log per
coin (at best). On the other hand, numbering the coins gives them
a "limited" feel and I think it's worthwhile to have the numbering on
them (particularly for the single digit coins).
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Lance" <sgt_stitches@s...> wrote:
> Hi everyone-
> Per Ben's request, Kealia and I are tag teaming the production of
the CCGC geocoin and
> trying to relieve some of the burden of coin development from Ben
(who by the way has
> done a GREAT job!).
> So here's the plan:
> Kealia is submitting the last draft of the CCGC coin by Biggeek Ben
(with shading of
> underwater canyon) to Coins and Pins for initial quote and to ask
for suggestions on how
> best to implement the coin (eg: 2D die with multiple layers or 3D
> I will handle pre-orders ( WAIT! NOT YET! :-D ) and try to
arrange a consensus within
> the group for the best way to handle orders, distribution etc. I
will try to set up a poll
> using the Yahoo!Group Poll process to gather opinions, etc. The
model we plan on using
> follows the Santa Cruz Geocachers coin methodology. (Can you tell
I'm an engineer?)
> So there are a couple of questions we need to decide as a group.
Many of the questions
> are related, so I will try to summarize at the end what I think
seems to be the going "Best
> Practice" for developing geocoins:
> 1. How many to make?
> Earlier consensus was to make just enough to get a price break on
the coin.. about 300.
> There should be no problem selling that many to just the locals and
it keeps the coin out
> of the realm of "Geocoin Craze". It keeps the coin both affordable
and unique to our area.
> 2. Who will be able to pre-purchase a coin?
> Again, early consensus seemed to be that we should limit the
purchasing of coins to
> members of CCGC, people who live and cache in the CCGC area....
which seems to extend
> as far south as King City and as far North as Santa Cruz...and as
far east as the Hwy 101
> corridor, including Salinas, Prunedale, San Juan Bautista areas.
If we have trouble selling
> 300 locally, we could pay an increased cost (about $1 per coin) to
have a smaller amount
> minted or we could open up sales outside the area. As a reference,
colored coins, with
> odd shape, probably run ($5-$7), but cost won't be known for sure
until the artwork is
> 3. Distribution?
> Coins will only be distributed by hand (no mailing saves overall
cost and a LOT of
> headaches and extra work). Most likely we would hold an event or
maybe two events to
> distribute the coins and then also have a couple of local
distribution reps (eg: someone in
> Santa Cruz, someone in Monterey...Did I just hear Touchstone
> 4. To track or not to track? That is the question.
> Some people love to track coins... to set them free in the wild
frontier of geocaching. We
> can get tracking numbers similar to Travel Bugs from geocaching.com
for $1.50 per
> coin.... but would need to purchase a minimum of 500 coins to have
the coin tracked as a
> personal coin... or much higher (1000+) to have it tracked like a
state coin with its own
> Alternatives to tracking are tracking sites like geocoin.net run by
Marky for free or
> geocointracking.com which will track coins for a modest fee.
Either of these methods only
> requires that the coins have unique numbering, which is a
negligible cost in the
> manufacturing process.
> So, here is a summary of "Best Practices" and a suggestion for how
we do this:
> Make 300 numbered coins, distribute them only to members and
locals, by hand, at an
> event and through area representatives for those unable to attend.
Pre-orders will be
> through a database here on the Yahoo!Group. Payment will be via
paypal, or check.
> So waddya think?
> I'll set up a poll to get an idea of the numbers of coins locals
are interested in.
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