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#1 User is offline   Kasakato 

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 08:28 AM

Are you allowed to make your own geo coins? Me and my friend are getting into melting metal and pouring it into molds. Its interesting stuff. If so, how would we get a valid tracking number?

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 09:01 AM

You would need to get the design approved by Groundspeak, before they would sell you the tracking numbers. At a minimum, the design would have to include similar wording to: "trackable at geocaching.com" on the coin for it to be approved. I have not heard of anyone attempting to do this for a hand cast geocoin yet.

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 09:21 AM

Even if you decide to not make hand poured coins trackable, they're still excellent to make/place/trade. The Tiki coins are hand-poured and they're absolutely wonderful.

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 09:35 AM

View PostAtlantaGal, on Jul 14 2006, 10:21 AM, said:

Even if you decide to not make hand poured coins trackable, they're still excellent to make/place/trade. The Tiki coins are hand-poured and they're absolutely wonderful.

I totally agree there! There are also a few sites (some free, some not) that will do offsite tracking of items, if you can't get the geocaching.com tracking worked out. Another way to go (but, obviously, more expensive) is just to attach real travelbug tags to them. <_< We've done this on a bunch of various non-trackable geocoins.

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 10:29 AM

Love to see the final product and maybe work out a trade. Keep us informed on your progress!

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 10:34 AM

Also if you do buy tracking numbers its a min. of 100 for 1.50 each and if you want an Icon its a min. of 500 plus 150.00 for the icon. I would agree that it would be almost better to not mess with the tracking them being handmade would make them great.

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 10:56 AM

View PostTeam Jsam, on Jul 14 2006, 10:34 AM, said:

Also if you do buy tracking numbers its a min. of 100 for 1.50 each and if you want an Icon its a min. of 500 plus 150.00 for the icon. I would agree that it would be almost better to not mess with the tracking them being handmade would make them great.

Yep - 500 codes + icon = $900

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 11:07 AM

Hmm. There's no other off-site place where they can be tracked? Maybe they will just be my signature type of item.

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 01:31 PM

For private tracking,check out Markys site!
If you make these,we would be interested!
R3 & BH

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 01:53 PM

View PostKasakato, on Jul 14 2006, 03:07 PM, said:

Hmm. There's no other off-site place where they can be tracked? Maybe they will just be my signature type of item.


Talk to Marky (he posted earlier in this thread). He has a site where some caching swag and coin items are able to be tracked.

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 02:02 PM

You could also checkout Traveler Tags and see how they could help.

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 02:11 PM

View Post501_Gang, on Jul 14 2006, 02:02 PM, said:

You could also checkout Traveler Tags and see how they could help.


Not to bash but that site is a pain to use. Most cachers I know wont pick up TB from them becasue logging is a pain in the butt.

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 02:34 PM

View PostTeam Jsam, on Jul 14 2006, 03:11 PM, said:

View Post501_Gang, on Jul 14 2006, 02:02 PM, said:

You could also checkout Traveler Tags and see how they could help.


Not to bash but that site is a pain to use. Most cachers I know wont pick up TB from them becasue logging is a pain in the butt.


I had a problem registering with that site. I kept sending emails (at least 10 times) trying to get it fixed, but never heard back once. That's not great service for a site that charges to track things.

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 03:15 PM

Even if it doesn't have tracking on gc.com, I would be interested in those coins.

But I think you would need to promote them through one of the coin sites, because I don't think you are allowed to promote a non-gc.com trackable coin on this forum. :)

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  Posted 14 July 2006 - 07:27 PM

One possibility for hand-poured coins, if you can't afford to have them trackable on GC, is to add a small ring to the mold, such that a T-Bug chain could be looped through it. If you sold just the coins, but emphasised the loop, there are some (us, perhaps? :o ) who might go the extra cost and add a tag to the coin. A lot would depend upon how much you decided to charge for the coin.

As for other means of tracking, you could always set up your own website for it. The code is fairly simple. I don't think it would be fair to GC (or prudent, for that matter) to go into the details here, but it can be done relatively easily.

Finally, I have to agree about TravelerTags. Customer service there is, from my experience, a completely unknown concept to them. They do not reply to e-mails, except for their automated query-registry, and in several parts of their website you are refered to another part that doesn't exist. The concept is a nice-enough idea, but whoever is running it is obviously not paying any attention to it :)

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 09:02 PM

I would like a hand made coin too ,sound neat!

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 09:08 PM

I rarely use the travelertags, so I wasn't sure how good they were. It was just a suggestion. As for tracking goes, it's nothing of importance for me. I collect the coins I like trackable or not.

I really look forward to seeing the final product though.

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 08:12 AM

Thanks for the sites and support! I am currently making a mold and trying to master the art of pouring. Its hard (and hot) stuff!

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 07:24 PM

Trackable or not I would be interested - the Tiki Coins are really cool and I like the uniqueness.

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Posted 16 July 2006 - 06:59 PM

Like everyone else I would be very interested in seeing what you come up with. Along with the method and materials you used to do the minting. I've considered making my own but thats an area I know so little about i'm a bit hesitant to try...

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Posted 19 July 2006 - 08:43 PM

How's things going? Any progress yet? :lol:

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Posted 20 July 2006 - 05:55 AM

Just wondering what metal are you using ...how hard is it to melt & pour & what are you making your moulds out of?

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Posted 20 July 2006 - 10:27 AM

Aloha!

When you get some cast up I'd love to trade a tiki coin for one! I'm a big fan of hand made coins!

Mahalo,
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Posted 20 July 2006 - 11:10 AM

I've asked before but got no replies, those of you who already make your own coins are there any sites or advice you could point out to those of us wanting to give it a try?

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