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Geocoin Copy First encounter. Is this normal?

#1 User is offline   Sivartius 

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 03:14 PM

I found my third cache today, and inside was something that called itself a "geocoin copy". The front had a picture of the front of the geocoin. It's this geocoin. On the back it says:
I am a geocoin copy
Please log me at

(and then there is a long blue smudge.)
Below that it says:
Than move to a new cache
(and has the tracking number.

Is this a/the normal way of dealing with a MIA geocoin? Reading through the logs it seems that it has been a copy for a while, but at least Oct 2008 it was "real". So what do you all think? :unsure: :unsure:

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 03:34 PM

View PostSivartius, on 19 September 2011 - 03:14 PM, said:

Is this a/the normal way of dealing with a MIA geocoin?

Yes, they're not very common, but you'll see them sometimes. When a coin disappears, you can re-use its tracking number, and the least expensive way is with a laminated photo. You can also buy or make a blank metal "proxy" tag, something like a Travel Bug, engrave the code on it, and release it attached to any object. You can track it just as if it were the actual coin.

The proxy coin usually means that someone's coin was stolen, so the coin owner made a "new one" to keep traveling despite this. More power to 'em.

This post has been edited by kunarion: 19 September 2011 - 03:38 PM


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Posted 19 September 2011 - 03:35 PM

Fairly common.
Geocoins are often stolen.

Sometimes the proxy is for one that has been stolen, and sometimes the proxy is for a coin with a savvy and wary owner.

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 03:55 PM

Once in a while, the original will reappear, and the copy should be called home. They aren't always stolen, sometimes they are lost and forgotten. You can't have more than one item traveling on the same tracking number.

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 04:13 PM

I've seen a few, always left them in the cache. Made me wonder if they paid for them with copies of money.

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 04:18 PM

I have moved quite a few of them along. I like trackables and will move them whenever I can even if they are virtual (laminated copies.)

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 04:46 PM

Quite common. I use real metal with a stamping number when I release my "missing" trackables. After a year or so with failed attempts to contact the user that is "holding" your trackable it is safe to assume that it is a goner. Geocoins are for collecting and sharing, not leaving in ammo cans for others to take.

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 05:15 PM

Could be wrong, but from the logs it seems like the owner may have the original, which he seems to show at events, but the copy is what travels from cache to cache.

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  Posted 19 September 2011 - 05:33 PM

I am moving this thread from the Geocaching Topics forum to the Geocoin Discussions forum.

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 06:08 PM

Very common around here and alot of people here ignore them so they sit in a cache for mouths. :rolleyes:

I feel they are geo trash. :ph34r:

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 05:56 AM

I feel that in a world in which recycling is now "in".... it is a great way to reuse the tracking number which costs at least 1.50 in order to have on geocaching.com ..... why not create a travelbug out of that number? I feel that even a copy of a coin is more interesting than the moldy/mildewed crap that is normally in a cache. :laughing:

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 05:18 PM

I find geocoins beautiful and increasingly more expensive. I've decided that I will make proxies of mine and send them out into the world and keep the originals. I have found that they get moved and don't disappear. It is always nice to find a real geocoin in a cache but I hope as I move them that they will stay active. If one of mine goes missing, it isn't a big loss. If a real one goes missing, it is at least a $10 loss. If cachers choose to leave the proxy in a cache or just discover it, I understand. I don't understand when a real coin goes missing and by sending out the proxy, I don't have to be concerned about it. I purchased a bunch of the dog tag like proxy tags earlier this year before the web site that made them folded so I now just have two laminated items keychained together - a two sided photo of the coin and a business card size tag with the name of the coin, the tracking number and the usual tracking instructions.

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