Let me make another recommendation: if you send out a proxy or copy, make sure that you put that into the coin page's description -- make it really clear.
If you look through the Forum threads for other threads about proxies, you can see that it stirs up a lot of emotion. A lot of people will hunt a cache with the clear expectation that they will get to handle, examine, etc. a real coin, so get annoyed when they find that the "coin" is a xerox.
I imagine that this annoyance could be lessened a little if the copy were of really high quality -- OTOH, if you make it clear that the coin is a proxy in its page description, then people who aren't interested in proxies will know that it's a proxy (assuming that they look at the coin description, that is).
For what it's worth, I personally don't feel that sending out a proxy detracts from the game. The traveller belongs to the owner and it's up to the owner to decide how he or she will set it up to travel. I fully understand the reticence to send out actual coins, especially the expensive ones.
Having said that, however, I would much prefer to see a high-quality proxy than, say, a simple color copy. The "lame" factor, in my mind, is reduced by the amount of effort you put into the proxy in order to make it look good.
I really like this thread because the ideas are really good ones, and I think that the techniques we're describing are useful towards making really cool proxies. : )
Edited to add: I understand that sometimes, an unscrupulous person will make a crappy copy and replace the real traveller with it. Then, anti-proxy people get mad at the owner for not putting in the coin's description that the coin is a copy. So for the two coins I put out, I made sure the description said "this is a real coin, it is not a copy". That way, if someone tries the switcheroo on my coins, I'm more likely to get a note or an email from someone letting me know that the coin was switched and I can mark it as STOLEN with nice, big red letters.
Edited to add: Urp, Acadiahiker already said this, and a lot more succinctly too!
This post has been edited by Jackalgirl: 31 December 2008 - 03:03 PM