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Title: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 03, 2009, 07:52:26 PM
Wanted to give you guys a preview on the TSP Challenge Coin that is going to be coming in the next few months.  We're working on a design for the back of the coin, but in the mean time, here's what the front of the coin will look like:

(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/tspcoin02.png)

Val (the logo head) is raised up above the "S", so that the coin is 3d, which is why his head is the same color as the coin beneath it.

What do you guys think?  Would you be interested in purchasing these at $15 a coin?
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: ncjeeper on November 03, 2009, 08:11:51 PM
Obverse looks good. How about and ant eating a grasshopper on the reverse.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 03, 2009, 08:38:08 PM
Obverse looks good. How about and ant eating a grasshopper on the reverse.

That's a good idea!  We were thinking of a compass rose with some words and symbols on it.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Morning Sunshine on November 03, 2009, 08:49:27 PM
nah - I am liking the ant idea.  That was the symbol of the show for a long time on this forum.  the ant.  :)

speaking of which, we need an ant smiley, just because.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Mr. Bill on November 03, 2009, 09:02:59 PM
Looks pretty cool!

Missing an apostrophe in "DON'T".

Can you put thesurvivalpodcast.com somewhere on the coin?
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 03, 2009, 09:17:32 PM
Looks pretty cool!

Missing an apostrophe in "DON'T".

Can you put thesurvivalpodcast.com somewhere on the coin?

Apostraphes are no-nos on coins this size when there is color filling involved.  Doesn't turn out well at all - or so our coin guy says.

Putting thesurvivalpodcast.com MIGHT work.... Somewhere... Maybe on the back, where there's no color.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 03, 2009, 09:18:59 PM
nah - I am liking the ant idea.  That was the symbol of the show for a long time on this forum.  the ant.  :)

What about JUST an ant (instead of an ant eating a grasshopper)?

As for your ant smiley, I'll see what I can find.  ;)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Mr. Bill on November 03, 2009, 09:29:32 PM
Apostraphes are no-nos on coins this size when there is color filling involved.  Doesn't turn out well at all - or so our coin guy says.

Aha -- so that really is going to be filled in black like it looks in your picture.  Neato!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 03, 2009, 09:39:32 PM
Aha -- so that really is going to be filled in black like it looks in your picture.  Neato!

It's dark blue, actually.  ;)  *pokes you*
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: madcap1one on November 03, 2009, 09:51:45 PM
I am in for a few at that price, and concur that the ant, as opposed to compass ordinal points would be fantastic.

As an aside, and of course, depending on the "coin guy" you are using, one of the best challenge coins I have ever received has a very cool scalloped edge on both sides (not the side walls.)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: ogreboy on November 03, 2009, 11:17:25 PM
I'd be more apt to buy it if it was silver in the $25 price range, maybe $30.  $15 just seems a little steep to me for a non precious metal coin, but I'm sure it's expensive to get something like that made so I'm just giving you my opinion.  Looks very nice though.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 03, 2009, 11:42:04 PM
I'd be more apt to buy it if it was silver in the $25 price range, maybe $30.  $15 just seems a little steep to me for a non precious metal coin, but I'm sure it's expensive to get something like that made so I'm just giving you my opinion.  Looks very nice though.

No, it's not a precious metal coin.  But yeah, it is really expensive to have them made.  The issue is more the die (dye?) than the per coin price, though.  As for the Silver Coins, we can have those done too.  But the price would be a lot closer to $30 a piece.

Just so it's clear - the price on these isn't set yet.  This is just an idea, and your input is very much appreciated, because it helps us gauge stuff like member interest.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 04, 2009, 12:26:24 AM
here, does this work for the back?  Just note that unlike the front side, where it's pretty true as far as color, etc, this is NOT color true.

The black parts will not be black - they'll be raised metal.

Edit - I guess it would help if i posted a pic.

(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/antback.png)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: KC8SON on November 04, 2009, 06:47:06 AM
Actually, I was hoping for the ant eating the grasshopper myself. 

I would be in for one for $15 in non-precious metal.  I'm not sure if I would pay for silver since it's not going to be widely recognized.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Maddog on November 04, 2009, 06:51:54 AM
Sis,
I Like the front and back designs you have at this point. As for materials, I vote for silver, as they would make excellent gifts at any time of the year, plus seeing .999 fine silver would make me want to visit the website just to see what it's all about.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Maddog on November 04, 2009, 06:53:59 AM
PS - How many here are old enough to remember wooden nickels? You can't get much lower cost than that.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: mamabear on November 04, 2009, 08:20:19 AM
Okay, I do remember wooden nickels.

I have a question though. What is a "challenge coin"?
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: ncjeeper on November 04, 2009, 08:45:45 AM
I would prefer a non precious metal coin. That way I can carry it around in my pocket and when i reach for some change and pull it out people will ask "whats that?"
Yes wooden nickels would be cheaper, but wouldnt last very long in my pocket.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: bartsdad on November 04, 2009, 09:00:04 AM
Okay, I do remember wooden nickels.

I have a question though. What is a "challenge coin"?

WIKI Challenge coin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_coin)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Maddog on November 04, 2009, 09:13:34 AM
Guess I should have understood what a Challenge Coin was before posting. I agree wooden nickels are not good for this purpose, nor silver for that matter. Note to self: Research before opening big mouth.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Orionblade on November 04, 2009, 09:37:04 AM
Are these cast, struck, or MIM'd?

For the reverse - how about an ant or an ant head with crossed garden trowels behind it, or a garden trowel and an old fashioned break-open shotgun? Kind of fits the theme of self reliance and hunting/fishing/gardening/etc.

As for a background... *ponders*
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Ann on November 04, 2009, 09:46:09 AM
The pictures of the coins are not coming up for me (probably has something to do with work).

Will the coins be thick enough to possibly stamp the edge of the coin?  Granted, this will be too hidden for those that don't think very far (like me SOMETIMES), but it is available space.  Much like the "in God we trust" on the larger coins these days...
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Mr. Bill on November 04, 2009, 10:01:56 AM
The black parts will not be black - they'll be raised metal.

In that case, I think you'll want a physically bolder design with less fine detail.  If people will actually be carrying these in their pockets, the thin ant legs will wear off pretty quick.

If you did it the other way, with the ant incised instead of raised, the detail would be protected from wear.  But that might look weird.

Oh, yeah, speaking of wear: either move the lettering in from the edge a bit, or put a raised rim around the edge.  Otherwise the tops of the letters will wear down and it'll turn into inesurvivaipoocasi.com.

(Yes I was a nerdy coin collector as a kid, how did you guess?)

Will the coins be thick enough to possibly stamp the edge of the coin?

That would probably be extremely expensive to have done.

I'm not sure if I would pay for silver since it's not going to be widely recognized.

This is a very good point.  So if the silver version had on its reverse the well-known logo of the well-known mint that will be making the coins, that would actually be a plus.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: mxitman on November 04, 2009, 10:22:28 AM
Any thought of making these coins in silver?

I would be up for a whole roll of 20 coins if they were .999 silver ;D Northwest Territorial Mint http://custom.nwtmint.com/ (http://custom.nwtmint.com/) does custom coin minting. I think there even the ones who did the coins for Tea Part Silver. NWMINT is located about an hour from my house and I have gone there many times, it's a pretty cool place they will even give you a tour of their mint. It's also easier walking in with cash and being able to walk out with gold and silver.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 04, 2009, 11:20:07 AM
Yes.  NWT is our "coin guy".  Thanks.

So let's see what we have here.

Some of you want silver coins (on which there will be no color, obviously).

Some of you want challenge coins (maybe most of you).

aeellis - I cannot have the edge stamped (sorry).

Orion - I don't know the answer to your question.  Does it matter?  If it does, I'll ask NWT.

Mr. Bill - you rock.  The edge is raised on both sides, but I will probably have to make "thesurvivalpodcast.com" be all in caps anyway.  They're picky about that sort of thing.

Mad Dog - NO.  You post regardless of what you know, okay?  It helps me get a feel for what people WANT, regardless of the product (challenge coin, silver coin, or otherwise).  ;)  However, I am so not making wooden nickles.  :D

KC8SON - If you can find me a drawing of an ant eating a grasshopper that isn't copyrighted, let me know.  Otherwise, this is the ant I have.  I can make this ant less detailed, but I can't add teeth and a dead grasshopper to it.  I'm cool, but I ain't that cool.

Also remember that the coin is LITTLE.  Like a normal challenge coin.  So adding a detailed pic of an ant eating a grasshopper probably won't look really all that good.  At all.  I don't want this to be awful, or amateur.  :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: madcap1one on November 04, 2009, 11:51:28 AM
I also vote for a silver coinage option, key being optional - that of course begs the question of whether or not NWT then demands payment for two dies, or will use the same die on both metals.

I have used http://www.coinsforanything.com/sample_coins.asp (http://www.coinsforanything.com/sample_coins.asp) successfully in the past, if you are looking for options.

They do cool things with negative relief cutouts as well.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 04, 2009, 12:55:17 PM
I appreciate the help, but really, I'm good on suppliers, guys.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 04, 2009, 01:02:01 PM
madcap - they would use the same die for both coins, but it won't look the same (because the silver coins won't have color added to them).  Also, the option may be there eventually, but not right off the bat.  3 people telling me that they might be up for "a" silver coin doesn't justify the expense that it would be to make 50 or 100 (or more), when you consider that a hundred (or more) people said that they wanted t-shirts, and the t-shirts are not selling.  At all.

I'll make them eventually, when there is money for it.  But for now, the challenge coins are going to be the only option, until business picks up, and there's something on paper to show that investing a couple of thousand dollars will be worth it.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Orionblade on November 04, 2009, 01:17:54 PM
Struck = forged = minted = smacked in a die = pressed

cast  = poured = not great for wear and tear

MIM = metal injection molding = really not as good as cast for wear and tear, all other variables being the same. Cheaper, though.

In all honesty, if you're going with an actual mint, then there's little question that they're struck.

Be sure to hang on to double-struck coins - oopses in other words. Some folks might pay a premium for them in the future.

I can hear my grandkids now... "Oh yea, well I got a brilliant uncirculated double-struck morgan silver podcast! Your silver eagle is CIRCULATED!!!"

:-p
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 04, 2009, 01:42:46 PM
LOL!  Will do, iron boy.  Will do.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: BIG-TARGET on November 04, 2009, 03:47:45 PM
madcap - they would use the same die for both coins, but it won't look the same (because the silver coins won't have color added to them).  Also, the option may be there eventually, but not right off the bat.  3 people telling me that they might be up for "a" silver coin doesn't justify the expense that it would be to make 50 or 100 (or more), when you consider that a hundred (or more) people said that they wanted t-shirts, and the t-shirts are not selling.  At all.

Now that is a concept ;)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: madcap1one on November 04, 2009, 04:32:51 PM
Sis - I hear ya!

Its always a small percentage of those expressing interest, who actually pull the trigger and become purchasers... Disappointing, but the way of the world. TShirts, Silver coinage, RSVPing to my holiday party this year (and every other.)

Do what you think is right, and please do not misinterpret my chiming in trying to be helpful, with second guessing you, nor a lack of gratitude and appreciation for the incredible amount of effort you put into this initiative (amongst your many others here!)



Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 04, 2009, 05:43:14 PM
Do what you think is right, and please do not misinterpret my chiming in trying to be helpful, with second guessing you, nor a lack of gratitude and appreciation for the incredible amount of effort you put into this initiative (amongst your many others here!)

Heck no, I don't see anything you say as a lack of gratitude, or whatever.

I guess I was just kind of being irritated that so few people are buying tees.  But maybe they'll buy the MSB tees.  They seem to like those more anyhow.  Maybe if I put an ant on them, more people will fall in love.  :D

As for the silver coins - I REALLY want to do this.  REALLY.  Let's see how the challenge coins do, and if they work out, then after a few weeks, I'll put an order in for silver coins.  Sound fair?
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 04, 2009, 05:44:02 PM
Heck - I guess if nothing else, I'll end up with lots of extra silver in my collection, right?
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: ncjeeper on November 04, 2009, 05:50:55 PM
If you do pull the trigger on silver coins, hopefully it will be trading at a low when you purchase the blanks.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 04, 2009, 05:54:00 PM
I hope so too.  I'll keep an eye on silver prices.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: BIG-TARGET on November 04, 2009, 06:17:38 PM
Heck no, I don't see anything you say as a lack of gratitude, or whatever.

I guess I was just kind of being irritated that so few people are buying tees.  But maybe they'll buy the MSB tees.  They seem to like those more anyhow.  Maybe if I put an ant on them, more people will fall in love.  :D

As for the silver coins - I REALLY want to do this.  REALLY.  Let's see how the challenge coins do, and if they work out, then after a few weeks, I'll put an order in for silver coins.  Sound fair?

Good call on the ANT ;D
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 04, 2009, 06:32:05 PM
Oh for goodness sakes!!! You people are all ant crazy!

If I put an ant on the sleeve of the regular TSP t-shirt (the one that's in the store now), will you guys buy it?
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 04, 2009, 06:32:46 PM
Heck, while I'm at it, I may as well put an ant on the MSB t-shirt sleeve (the one opposite the "MSB" sleeve).
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: mamabear on November 04, 2009, 07:47:32 PM
Can we have sheeple on it somewhere with a big slash mark through it? J/k. :D
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Orionblade on November 04, 2009, 10:04:36 PM
Why would you ban sheeple?

They make such great postapocalyptic compost!


I'm waiting for the official post-apocalyptic TSP cardboard sign.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Orionblade on November 04, 2009, 10:15:38 PM
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_cvyR6SOCw-s/SvJfOSHF_SI/AAAAAAAAAHY/AoW58I4E0vU/TSP_Cardboard.jpg)

Concept art presented as a visual aid for future product planning. All rights reserved, (c) OrionBlade 2009
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Mr. Bill on November 05, 2009, 09:14:48 AM
Concept art presented as a visual aid for future product planning. All rights reserved, (c) OrionBlade 2009

I like it.  Inexpensive cost of raw materials.  Easy to find workers experienced in production of similar items.  Obvious value as a collectible.  Brilliant!

 ;D
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 05, 2009, 12:00:59 PM
I just got a PM regarding the challenge coins asking why we don't have a contest for art submission where we let you guys create the design for the coins.  The answer to this is no.  Not happening for 2 reasons:

1. We arent paying royalties to an artist.
2. We aren't interested in getting sued over the rights to the design down the road.

If you hate the challenge coin design, that's fine.  Maybe there is something we can do to change it.  But in the mean time, all art needs to be produced by us.

PS- orion, this has nothing to do with your joke.  It is a complete coincidence that your post is right there above this one.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Orionblade on November 06, 2009, 11:34:43 PM
Understood. I've dealt with IP rights before, and I'm a coniving SOB when I need to be. I hereby relenquish all rights to cardboard signage herein depicted to the public domain for all commercial and non-commercial uses, public and private.

I do have to warn you all, however, that I am the originator of "cosmic synch" so if I post about something that you're dealing with and it seems like a coincidence, be wary - end times are near!!!

:-p

I would, however, like to offer at some point to cast an oversized version for you. Since it's already your artwork, it would be simple as hell to do a transparency transfer to wax, carve it out by hand, and cast a big version of the medallion if y'all ever do an awards thing like for dirt time or something. I'm still trying to build my portfolio, so something pretty (done at metal cost) on my website is worth more than 80 bucks in my pocket for an hour's worth of work. My buddy and I have some experience with plating, so it would be pretty simple to do gold/silver/bronze too!

Just a heads up, though, when I post an idea here, unless I note it IN the post, consider it public domain, and feel free to copy it and improve - I'm very open source about most everything I work on. I'm a consultant - I don't make things, I just make 'em better ;-) (usually with a hammer...)

Orion
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 07, 2009, 01:04:20 AM
Understood. I've dealt with IP rights before, and I'm a coniving SOB when I need to be. I hereby relenquish all rights to cardboard signage herein depicted to the public domain for all commercial and non-commercial uses, public and private.

LOL!!!  You are so gracious.  :D

I would, however, like to offer at some point to cast an oversized version for you. Since it's already your artwork, it would be simple as hell to do a transparency transfer to wax, carve it out by hand, and cast a big version of the medallion if y'all ever do an awards thing like for dirt time or something. I'm still trying to build my portfolio, so something pretty (done at metal cost) on my website is worth more than 80 bucks in my pocket for an hour's worth of work. My buddy and I have some experience with plating, so it would be pretty simple to do gold/silver/bronze too!

We may take you up on that, but if we do, we will insist that you charge more than just the metal cost.  Can't be exploiting our members.  That would be kind of awful.

We'll talk about it later.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Orionblade on November 07, 2009, 09:08:50 AM
Ok, ok ok, you can pay for shipping too...

:-p

Or I can cover shipping and the ladies of the board can take advantage of me...

 ;D
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Artos on November 07, 2009, 12:32:05 PM
This is the one we had struck for our company coin.  The artwork was done by one of my soldiers.  Im sure he would be happy to do a concept for a 4 day pass...which I just happen to be able to grant...

Another option for something would be a custom poker chip.  We got those from the MND-N deputy commander in lieu of coins for our work in Balad Ruz. 

(http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs018.snc3/12562_197771721210_661876210_4333617_7628614_n.jpg)

(http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs038.snc3/12562_197771726210_661876210_4333618_6545308_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: The Wilderness on November 08, 2009, 12:55:56 PM
Nice CPT CAVEMAN!

TW
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Orionblade on November 08, 2009, 08:35:08 PM
Vurruh Pretteh.

Vurruh Pretteh indeed.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Saint on November 10, 2009, 11:59:36 AM
love it, normally we get our coins doen in mass and sell em at $5 a peice - but our squadron subsidizes a portion of it and we don't turn any profit.
front looks stellar, ant on the compass rose on the back works for me. Work on a "1 for $10, 3 for $20" deal and you'll probably get more takers.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: zendog on November 10, 2009, 01:10:36 PM
Wow!  The challenge coin looks great.  I have always been a fan of these for causes and events.  I also loved the idea of an ant on the reverse side.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 10, 2009, 01:16:16 PM
Prepper Saint - Yeah, they're a little more than that for us, but then the dies (dyes?) cost a lot to have created on top of the individual coin price.  Believe me, we aren't trying to hurt anybody (and we want them to sell).  We're still talking about prices.

Zendog - Thank you!  I'll work on a better ant today and tomorrow.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on November 10, 2009, 10:25:14 PM
I'll probably order a couple at that price when you post the final design.

I'll keep one and put one in a level five geocache.

 ;D

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 10, 2009, 11:44:23 PM
I'll probably order a couple at that price when you post the final design.

I'll keep one and put one in a level five geocache.

 ;D

LOL!  We haven't decided on prices yet.  They will probably NOT be 3 for $20.  We'll figure it out, though.  We'll do something good for you guys for very reasonable prices.  :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Orionblade on November 11, 2009, 01:09:46 PM
Have you thought about plastic poker chips imprinted with the same or similar design?

I'm thinking that would be a KICK ASS giveaway item that we could order five or ten of each, and pass out at events/functions when we run into someone that is interested in prepping.

Also, along the same lines, what would the rules be about having some vistaprint cards printed up as giveaways?

Think y'all could toss together an approved design with the website/forum address on it? I'm putting a link up on my blogs, but a physical card would be much better for "hey, man, if your'e into backpacking and all that... check this site out!"

Just a thought.

Maybe even toss some of the sponsors links on the back too :-p
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 11, 2009, 01:22:50 PM
Have you thought about plastic poker chips imprinted with the same or similar design?

I'm thinking that would be a KICK ASS giveaway item that we could order five or ten of each, and pass out at events/functions when we run into someone that is interested in prepping.

Also, along the same lines, what would the rules be about having some vistaprint cards printed up as giveaways?

Think y'all could toss together an approved design with the website/forum address on it? I'm putting a link up on my blogs, but a physical card would be much better for "hey, man, if your'e into backpacking and all that... check this site out!"

Just a thought.

Maybe even toss some of the sponsors links on the back too :-p

I thought about it, then dismissed it.  Now I'm thinking about it again.  I'll seriously consider it, if you guys really want poker chips.

As for the card, you're welcome to print out your own cards for free (or whatever ink and business card paper costs).  there's a thread about that somewhere here on the board where we tossed some ideas around.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 11, 2009, 08:19:24 PM
Ant head coin:

(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/antheadcoin02.png)

better?
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 11, 2009, 08:34:09 PM
sept... now he sorta looks like a kitty cat... with shovel ears and whiskers.  *sigh*
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Mr. Bill on November 11, 2009, 08:41:15 PM
Shiny!

I think it needs some minor tweaks to be a good coin design.  Like, the spades should be clearly behind the head (i.e. not raised as high from the background).  (So that he doesn't become a kitty cat.)  Also, I'm not sure about the fine outlining especially around the antennae -- that may be too thin to be minted.  Check with your coin guy about how thin the thinnest features can be.

But it's a very cool design.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Artos on November 11, 2009, 10:46:22 PM
You can see how fine they are by the fineness of the art on my company coin.  Most of them are laser etched now, so the detail is really amazing.  I look at coins I got 10 years ago and they look clunky by comparison. 

Very good effort SW!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Orionblade on November 12, 2009, 02:18:49 AM
Artistically it's a bit top heavy, but a cool start.

Reccommendations:

Kill the lacy outline as previously mentioned, but maybe beef up the antennae a tiny bit.

De-bold "THESURVIVALPODCAST.COM" maybe knock it down a point or two in font, or just lighten up the boldificationfulness.

Perhaps flip the shovels upside down, or extend the handles downward a bit

Add some kind of text or wreath or something to give the bottom of the coin some meat - that's the big problem since the edge of the coin and the field below the ant head kind of lead the eye downward, expecting something. The lightened text and emboldened antennae, combined with extended handles would give you something to look at as your eye moves downward across the coin. Hell, maybe invent a symbol regarding freedom and self-sufficiency using some wings and such with a globe or something inside. Perhaps a set of wings on a garden trowel?


Who knows, I just see a wreath or wings or something stretching out laterally along the bottom edge of the coin, something to add some texture and visual interest in an otherwise open field. Doesn't have to be jam packed, but at least visually balanced. Also, the obverse need not be symmetrical, just balanced, sho shuffling things around could go a long way to spreading out the visual texture if needed.

Otherwise, kick ass on the coin as a whole. No matter the material, I'll gladly plunk down my cash for a couple - I have a friend coming down a week and a half from now, and he's really looking forward to getting into prepping, so it'd be a perfect holiday gift for him.

Anyone thought that this might be a handy "hey, i'm one of you" identifier post-SHTF ina  relatively widespread disaster? It seems that most of us kind of link up on a local level, but beyond that, if, say, we get organized and head to some place that got smacked by a hurricane or earthquake or wildfire, anyone in that area with a coin might be able to ID themselves as "one of the family" so to speak, while still preserving their opsec if required. Nothing quite like having to say "Hey, I'm a prepper" while standing in line for that one item you don't have (gas), among people who also need everything else you do have (food, water, shelter, solar panels).

Just a thought.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 12, 2009, 11:14:24 AM
Cp'n Caveman:

Alright.  PM inbound.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: jasperg357 on November 12, 2009, 11:55:51 AM
I would be interested in getting a couple of these coins, especially in .999 silver but I realize there has to be enough interest to justify the extra cost. Either way I'll take a couple when they become available.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 12, 2009, 12:50:39 PM
We've decided that the silver coins will absolutely be done, but we don't have the money to do them just yet.  The Challenge coins will be made first, then as soon as there's some action at the TSP store, we'll for SURE be able to get the silver ones made.  :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Darkwinter on November 14, 2009, 04:59:07 PM
Ant head coin:

(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/antheadcoin02.png)

better?

That is pretty sweet sis
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on November 16, 2009, 09:56:47 PM
I'm really liking the designs! I'm looking forward to ordering a couple of these.

Is the obverse still going to be the image in the first post in this thread?

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 16, 2009, 09:59:00 PM
Yes, absolutely, truik.  The first post in this thread shows the only design we've actually chosen.  :)  It will definitely be the obverse design.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: ModernSurvival on November 18, 2009, 10:22:48 AM
I think I REALLY like the ant one for the reverse, very cool!  Do you guys see why Sis was chosen for this?
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on November 18, 2009, 06:01:08 PM
I think I REALLY like the ant one for the reverse, very cool!  Do you guys see why Sis was chosen for this?

Absolutely! Awesome job all around. I can't wait for the coins to go to production so I can order a couple!

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: ebonearth on November 18, 2009, 10:27:08 PM
I am loving the Ant design. Seriously.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: BerserkerPrime on November 19, 2009, 08:36:20 AM
There is no end to your talents there Sis!  Love the ant head!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: eph2 on November 19, 2009, 11:08:18 AM
Love 'em!  Want 'em!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Darkwinter on November 19, 2009, 04:12:57 PM
Sis, I love that Ant design, and I think it is EXACTLY what all the ant lovers were looking for.  YOU NAILED IT!!

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 03, 2009, 06:51:51 PM
Hey, what about this ant design?

(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/tspcoinback02.png)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on December 03, 2009, 06:59:20 PM
Very Cool.

Where's the order form?

 :)

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: teton traveler on December 03, 2009, 07:06:42 PM
That is just too cool. I only have two questions. Is it possible to put a . instead of DOT above? I don't know what the guidelines on that are. I just might make it a little bit easier to read the website. Also, are there any cool short phrases or sayings that can go on the bottom to balance the back of the coin? Those are just my two cents. I am excited to see the final product. They are turning out to be some of the sleekest, coolest challenge coins I have ever seen.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 03, 2009, 07:09:22 PM
Teton - I might have to strangle my coin guy to allow me to put a dot in there.  He gets all twisted when I try to use any kind of punctuation at ALL (even commas).

As for your other suggestion, check this one out:

(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/tspcoinback03.png)

It means "I think, therefore I am an ant"
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: teton traveler on December 03, 2009, 07:13:15 PM
I don't think anyone could ask for a cooler phrase than that. I don't know what others think, but that is a phrase I am going to have to memorize even if it never is put on the coin.
GREAT JOB.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on December 03, 2009, 07:13:40 PM
It means "I think, therefore I am an ant"

Or, with that ant image, it could mean "I sure could eat some formica!"

Seriously, I think the phrase is a great idea. If anyone googles it to see what it means, they may as well check out "thesurvivalpodcastdotcom" while they are there on their computer.


Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 03, 2009, 07:16:52 PM
Here Teton - I was able to get both of your requests taken care of with a bolder font.

So here's the front:

(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/tspcoin02.png)

And here's the back:

(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/tspcoinback04.png)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 03, 2009, 07:20:12 PM
Or, with that ant image, it could mean "I sure could eat some formica!"

LOL!  That's what I thought it meant when I first saw it.  I was like, "why would someone want to be formica?  *confused*"  :D
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: teton traveler on December 03, 2009, 07:21:09 PM
That is GORGEOUS!!! I still can't stop laughing at how cool that phase it. Nothing defines a prepper more than anything else than the simple ability to think and simply getting people to think can do wonders to change sheeple into ants.
Couldn't ask for better!!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on December 03, 2009, 07:21:37 PM
Here Teton - I was able to get both of your requests taken care of with a bolder font.

So here's the front:

(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/tspcoin02.png)

And here's the back:

(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/tspcoinback04.png)

Ok. This is perfect in my opinion. If this ends up being the final draft, I'll take two.

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 03, 2009, 07:25:54 PM
Well that sells me.  I'll contact my coin guy tomorrow morning and get the ball rolling to get these made.  How does that sound?  I was told that it's about 6 weeks from the time I call him with my final designs until they are shipped from the factory.  So probably 7 weeks until we have them at our door.  Maybe 8 with those pesky Christmas and New Years holidays getting in the way.

With that knowledge, do you want us to offer them for pre-order, or do you guys think we ought to just wait until we have them in our hands before you can buy them?
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: teton traveler on December 03, 2009, 07:30:44 PM
I think that what ever works best for you is what we should do, but If you offer a pre-order, I sure will put in for one. If not, I will just wait until they show up. I can wait 8 weeks to get something that cool.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on December 03, 2009, 07:36:10 PM
Well that sells me.  I'll contact my coin guy tomorrow morning and get the ball rolling to get these made.  How does that sound?  I was told that it's about 6 weeks from the time I call him with my final designs until they are shipped from the factory.  So probably 7 weeks until we have them at our door.  Maybe 8 with those pesky Christmas and New Years holidays getting in the way.

With that knowledge, do you want us to offer them for pre-order, or do you guys think we ought to just wait until we have them in our hands before you can buy them?

If you have a definitive price, it certainly wouldn't hurt to set up a pre-order.

If not, I can wait. As Teton mentioned, whichever is best for you.

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 03, 2009, 07:36:47 PM
I'll offer a pre-order then.  It doesn't cost us anything to offer it.  I just know how frustrating it can be to pay for something and then go "damn it, where's my product?!"

I will talk to TW and Jack tonight and come up with a definitive price.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on December 03, 2009, 07:38:21 PM
And make sure Jack mentions it in the housekeeping every day!

 ;D

By the way, I went back but I didn't see the size of the coin. Did I miss it? Is this a 1.5" coin?

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: teton traveler on December 03, 2009, 07:44:16 PM
And make sure Jack mentions it in the housekeeping every day!

Dido! You deserve credit for doing such an amazing job!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 03, 2009, 07:52:05 PM
You guys are too much.  ^_^

Truik, I was told the size of the coins, and I've quite honestly completely forgotten what it was.  I'll let you know tomorrow after I talk to the coin dude.  :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on December 03, 2009, 08:10:18 PM
Awesome. The coin looks great.

Post a link when you get the pre-order going!

Thanks.

 :)

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 03, 2009, 08:44:46 PM
Awesome. The coin looks great.

Post a link when you get the pre-order going!

Thanks.

 :)

I thought I had the price set, but hang on just a tick.  We're debating civilly on the matter.  Shouldn't be more than a few minutes before we get it situated.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on December 03, 2009, 08:50:17 PM
Tick...Tick...Tick

(http://www.k-kwoodworking.com/i/CLOCK-2.jpg)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 03, 2009, 08:58:26 PM
LOL!  OKAY okay okay.  They're AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER!

They are 2" coins (I just went through my old emails to check the size), antiqued copper (or was it bronze?  Dang it, I forget now...) and we're selling them for $8.00 a piece.  You can find them here: http://survivalpodcast.net/store/coins.html (http://survivalpodcast.net/store/coins.html)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on December 03, 2009, 09:00:52 PM
$8.00 each?!

I ordered three.

That's awesome.

Thanks!

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 03, 2009, 09:02:50 PM
It's just about what they cost us with shipping.  It really ain't all about the benjamins here.  :)  Thank you for your order!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on December 03, 2009, 09:10:35 PM
You could have sold them for $10 each and it still would have been a great deal.

I would consider giving yourself a decent profit margin. Of course, I can say that having already ordered mine.

 ;D

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: teton traveler on December 03, 2009, 09:27:23 PM
You could have sold them for $10 each and it still would have been a great deal.

I would consider giving yourself a decent profit margin. Of course, I can say that having already ordered mine.

Dido. I just ordered 2 and will likely order a couple more at a later date, but for now, I couldn't wait to put my order in. I couldn't believe that they are going for only $8. Who knows. Maybe you could have them pre-ordered for a period of time at this price, then raise the price later as a promotional deal. Thanks for getting them through so fast. I couldn't believe it when I looked and they were already available when you had finalized the design only a few minutes earlier.
THANKS!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 03, 2009, 09:40:12 PM
Just available for pre-order, mind you, darlin'.  I won't have these in my little fingers until the beginning of February.

THANK YOU for helping me get the design finished.  It's forum members like you two that make this whole damn thing worth while.

But you should understand - this isn't about profit-margin.  In the long run, we'd very much like to make this our life (since TSP is already our family).  But for now?  This is about making dang sure that there is a couple available (TW and I) who are capable of giving the forum members what they want, and making sure that the products don't come from, like, Tijuana or whatever.  :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on December 03, 2009, 09:52:51 PM
Well, my American-made challenge coins already have plans (even though they won't be here for a few weeks or more).

One of them is going to be a prize for the FTF (first to find) in a geocache I am going to make with a TSP theme.

The 2nd one is going to a buddy of mine.

The third one is mine! All mine!

So, what are you guys doing with YOUR challenge coins? Stocking stuffers? shotglass coasters?

Hey! Do we have TSP shot glasses?!

(Sorry. I must have had that planted in the back of my head when you said "Tiajauna".)

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 03, 2009, 10:01:38 PM
Well, my American-made challenge coins already have plans (even though they won't be here for a few weeks or more).

One of them is going to be a prize for the FTF (first to find) in a geocache I am going to make with a TSP theme.

The 2nd one is going to a buddy of mine.

The third one is mine! All mine!

So, what are you guys doing with YOUR challenge coins? Stocking stuffers? shotglass coasters?

Hey! Do we have TSP shot glasses?!

(Sorry. I must have had that planted in the back of my head when you said "Tiajauna".)



I highly doubt they'll be stocking stuffers, since we won't have them till February.  :D  But hell, if y'all wanna stuff, like, valentines stockings with challenge coins, GO FOR IT.  ;D

No - we don't have TSP shot glasses.  God only knows we don't need MORE motivation to drink.  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: mamabear on December 04, 2009, 08:04:34 AM
Just preordered a couple for me!!! They look awesome SW!
Title: The History of the Challenge Coin
Post by: RadioKrafter on December 04, 2009, 08:08:35 AM
Very cool idea on the TSP Challenge Coin as well as an offer of kudos to all the hard work which went into it.

Challenge Coins have special meaning and a place in military history that all may not be aware of.  The origin of the Challenge Coin have dates back to WWI.  There is also specific protocol as to their use.  While I don't always carry my Command coin, I make darn sure that sure on several military social occasions such as "wetting downs," and "dining outs" its in my pocket.  Its fun to initiate a coin check and just a fun to hold yours up if someone else initiates one.

Enjoy the History of the Challenge Coin

RadioKrafter

------

During World War I, American volunteers from all parts of the country filled the newly formed flying squadrons. Some were wealthy scions attending colleges such as Yale and Harvard who quit in mid-term to join the war. In one squadron a wealthy lieutenant ordered medallions struck in solid bronze carrying the squadron emblem for every member of his squadron. He himself carried his medallion in small leather pouch around his neck.

Shortly after acquiring the medallions, the pilot's aircraft was severely damaged by ground fire. He was force to land behind enemy lines and was immediately captured by a German patrol. In order to discourage his escape, the Germans took all of his personal identification except for the small leather pouch around his neck. In the meantime, he was taken to a small French town near the front. Taking advantage of a bombardment that night, he escaped. However, he was without personal identification.

He succeeded in avoiding German patrols and reached the front lines. With great difficulty, he crossed no-man's land. Eventually, he stumbled onto a French outpost. Unfortunately, the French in this sector had been plagued by saboteurs. They sometimes masqueraded as civilians and wore civilian clothes. Not recognizing the young pilot's American accent, the French thought him a saboteur and made ready to execute him. Just in time, he remembered his leather pouch containing the medallion. He showed the medallion to his would-be executioners. His French captors recognized the squadron insignia on the medallion and delayed long enough for him to confirm his identity. Instead of shooting him, they gave him a bottle of wine.

Back at his squadron, it became a tradition to ensure that all members carried their medallion or coin at all times. This was accomplished through a challenge in the following manner: a challenger would ask to see the coin. If the challenged could not produce his coin, he was required to buy a drink of choice for the member who challenged him. If the challenged member produced his coin, the challenging member was required to pay for the drink. This tradition continued throughout the war and for many years after while surviving members of the squadron were still alive.
 
The fighting men and women of the 48th Intelligence Squadron proudly continue this tradition.


A 'Coin Check' consists of a challenge and a response.

1. RULES:

a. The challenge is initiated by drawing your coin, holding it in the air by whatever means possible and state, scream, shout or otherwise verbally acknowledge that you are initiating a coin check. Another, but less vocal method is to firmly place it on the bar, table, Or floor (this should produce an audible noise which can be easily heard by those being challenged, but try not to leave a permanent imprint). If you accidentally drop your coin and it makes an audible sound upon impact, then you have just "accidentally" initiated a coin check. (This is called paying the price for improper care of your coin."
b. The response consists of all those persons being challenged drawing their coin in a like manner (other organizational coins are invalid). You must produce a coin with YOUR UNIT'S LOGO on it.
c. If you are challenged and are unable to properly respond, you must buy a round of drinks for the challenger and the group being challenged.
d. If everyone being challenged responds in the correct manner, the challenger must buy a round of drinks for all those people he challenged.
e. Failure to buy a round is a despicable crime and will require that you turn-in your Coin to the issuing agency.

2. Coin checks are permitted, ANY TIME, ANY PLACE'. (Keep OPSEC in mind, be smart!)
 
3. There are no exceptions to the rules. They apply to those clothed or unclothed. At the time of the challenge you are permitted one step and an arms reach to locate your coin. If you still cannot reach it -- SORRY ABOUT THAT!

4. A Coin is a coin. Coins attached on belt buckles are considered "belt buckles." Coins on key chains are considered "key chains." Coins placed in a "holder/clasp" and worn around the neck like a necklace are valid and are considered a coin.

(IN THE MEAN TIME, BUY A ROUND, YOU CHEAP SKATE).


Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: teton traveler on December 04, 2009, 08:36:52 AM
Just available for pre-order, mind you, darlin'.  I won't have these in my little fingers until the beginning of February.

I can wait until February to have the privilege of carrying one on me at all times. It will be a well designed constant reminder of the way of the modern survivalist. The other will probably be put up somewhere in my house for all to see. Who knows, it could start some interesting meaningful conversations. I could impress people with my extensive knowledge of Latin (which consists of two phrases now).

COGITO ERGO SUM FORMICA!
SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM!


Title: Re: The History of the Challenge Coin
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 04, 2009, 10:21:55 AM
Very cool idea on the TSP Challenge Coin as well as an offer of kudos to all the hard work which went into it.

Challenge Coins have special meaning and a place in military history that all may not be aware of. 

Thanks!  :)  I read that history when we first started talking about challenge coins.  I was hooked as soon as I read it.  It's a fantastic way to "prove" loyalties.  :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 04, 2009, 01:05:56 PM
Alright guys, just got off the phone with the coin guy.  He wants to make a few changes to the coins (VERY cool changes).  Nothing major is changing, and nothing is being deleted.  I'll show you guys the final artwork (from THEIR art department) at the end of next week, when I get it.

The coins, however, are ordered.  I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Fred_47460 on December 04, 2009, 01:26:31 PM
I guess I was just kind of being irritated that so few people are buying tees.  But maybe they'll buy the MSB tees.  They seem to like those more anyhow.  Maybe if I put an ant on them, more people will fall in love.  :D

Those shirts are for midgets......I'm "3XL Tall"


As for the silver coins - I REALLY want to do this.  REALLY.  Let's see how the challenge coins do, and if they work out, then after a few weeks, I'll put an order in for silver coins.  Sound fair?

I'd love a silver....or a Gold challenge coin. I'd actually carry the thing with me daily.
However, I know you're probably going crazy with all the folks saying "I want this", or "I want that". It's a big task getting something like this up and running on a limited budget. Thanks for your efforts....this is gonna be really cool....I would suggest, however, that for the immediate future you cut your hair VERY short.....it'll be harder to grip when you're wanting to pull your hair out! ;D

Fred
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: teton traveler on December 04, 2009, 02:15:59 PM
Alright guys, just got off the phone with the coin guy.  He wants to make a few changes to the coins (VERY cool changes).  Nothing major is changing, and nothing is being deleted.  I'll show you guys the final artwork (from THEIR art department) at the end of next week, when I get it.

The coins, however, are ordered.  I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm excited to see what they will look like.
Thanks again for everything!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 04, 2009, 02:27:55 PM
*sigh*  Okay.  I have (HAVE) to raise the price to $9 a coin (otherwise we'll be paying you to take the coins).  This has nothing to do with me playing games or any of that nonsense.  This is our coin producers going, "um.. you added color to the other side.  That costs a dollar more per coin."

I'm sorry, guys and gals.

Those of you who have already ordered coins, THANK YOU.  Your pricing will not be changed by us.  But from here on out - they're 9 bucks a coin.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: teton traveler on December 04, 2009, 02:35:02 PM
$9 is a good compromise between $8 and $10. I certainly wouldn't want you to be loosing money on this. I hope they sell like wildfire.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 04, 2009, 03:55:46 PM
We just added a deal where if you buy 6 of them, you get $5 off, and if you buy 10 you get 10 bucks off.

We also just added another special deal.  I started a thread about it here on the TSP Gear shop board.  Go check it out!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on December 04, 2009, 04:05:49 PM
Those of you who have already ordered coins, THANK YOU.  Your pricing will not be changed by us.  But from here on out - they're 9 bucks a coin.

I'm sure I'll be getting a few more in the future and that's still a great deal for challenge coins.

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Mr. Bill on December 04, 2009, 08:42:37 PM
It means "I think, therefore I am an ant"

My wife confirms your Latin is correct.  :)

Hey, with the bigger font, could you get that apostrophe in "DON'T"?  Because I know your supplier wants more last-minute changes.  ;)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 04, 2009, 08:53:01 PM
My wife confirms your Latin is correct.  :)

Hey, with the bigger font, could you get that apostrophe in "DON'T"?  Because I know your supplier wants more last-minute changes.  ;)

Your wife is awesome.  :)  But then, we knew that.

I don't know if I can get the apostraphe in "don't" - because the font is so much smaller (to fit all the words), but I'll press him and see what I come up with.  There are going to be a few additions to the coin as well, which I'm super excited about, but I don't want to spoil them by trying to render what he told me, just in case it doesn't look the same way when their art department finishes with it.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: BIG-TARGET on January 02, 2010, 04:24:04 PM
I was a good little boy, and used some of my christmas money and got 6 coins ;D
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on January 20, 2010, 09:06:41 PM
The Challenge Coins are SOLD OUT!

I think I'm going to lose my way over the price when the next batch comes out.  Seems these won't quite cover the fees, and would never pay back the die costs.

Don't expect the price to go up MUCH.  But it will go up next time around.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on January 20, 2010, 09:10:50 PM
The Challenge Coins are SOLD OUT!

I think I'm going to lose my way over the price when the next batch comes out.  Seems these won't quite cover the fees, and would never pay back the die costs.

Don't expect the price to go up MUCH.  But it will go up next time around.

That is AWESOME, Sis!

You do have a great coin design. And you should definitely raise the price to make sure you are definitely covering ALL your costs and still making a decent bit of the "other" type of coin for yourself as well.

I will be ordering some more when I receive my original order and see how the final design came out.

Are the "package" deals still good? What was it...six or more?

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on January 20, 2010, 09:24:00 PM
Are the "package" deals still good? What was it...six or more?

I don't know...  Probably some kind of discount for bulk orders will apply.  :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: oscar.45 on January 24, 2010, 04:45:57 PM
I went to order some coins today and I see their sold out  >:(.  For all of you who got them I hope you enjoy them :D

Will there be a second run or something new for the future?

Jerry
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on January 24, 2010, 04:49:02 PM
Yes, absolutely there will be another run of them in the very near future.  The price will be going up, though.  :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on January 26, 2010, 02:28:17 PM
WE GOT THE CHALLENGE COINS THIS MORNING!!!!!!!!!  OMG.  SO BEAUTIFUL.

I'll post pics later today, and these will start going out the door tomorrow.  I'm hoping they will ALL get out the door tomorrow.  :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: teton traveler on January 26, 2010, 02:54:04 PM
That is soooooo exciting. Thanks for the great work!!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: ebonearth on January 26, 2010, 03:41:24 PM
Woohoo! Yay! Hooray! Huzzah! Yippee!
Ahem, by the by I am heartily elated that the parcel has found its way to you Sister. ;)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on January 26, 2010, 03:54:51 PM
Woohoo! Yay! Hooray! Huzzah! Yippee!
Ahem, by the by I am heartily elated that the parcel has found its way to you Sister. ;)

Thank you, dearling.  :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: ColdHaven on January 26, 2010, 04:28:01 PM
Awesome! I can't wait to get mine!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on January 26, 2010, 04:34:56 PM
Whoo-hoo!

'looking forward to seeing mine in the mail!

Where are the pics?

 ;D

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on January 26, 2010, 06:46:16 PM
(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/coinfront01.jpg)

(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/coinfront02.jpg)

(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/coinback01.jpg)

(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/coinback02.jpg)

(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/coinback03.jpg)

(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/coins01.jpg)

(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/coins02.jpg)

(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/coins03.jpg)

(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/coins04.jpg)

(http://survivalpodcast.net/store/preview/coins05.jpg)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: longrifle on January 26, 2010, 06:51:08 PM
SW,

They look awesome! Can't wait to get my mitts on mine. ;D
Don't let me catch a TSPer at an alehouse without one! ;D

longrifle
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on January 26, 2010, 06:55:48 PM
The new post-SHTF currency.

 ;D

That is one smooth lookin' challenge coin!

Great job, Sis!

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: ColdHaven on January 26, 2010, 07:01:27 PM
Hehehehe. They look great! *Drools*
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: teton traveler on January 26, 2010, 07:18:39 PM
Once these photos get out, expect a LARGE second round of orders. All I can say is WOW!. Thank you so much!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: ebonearth on January 26, 2010, 07:22:23 PM
Oh wow. They are gorgeous! Well done!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Duke66 on January 26, 2010, 09:42:37 PM
Beautiful!  Can't wait to get mine!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: SigMan34 on January 27, 2010, 07:05:08 AM
DANG! I wish I would have ordered more in the first round!!!

Beautiful work!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Docwatmo on January 27, 2010, 07:35:46 AM
Those do look great.  I will order a couple when I get my taxes (The boys would just go nuts over them).

Until then I may take the one I got from the I Corp Sgt Major back in 1991 or 92 (His name escapes me) out of retirement.  Having just found my box of "Cool Army Stuff" as my kids call it.  Wonder what else is in the box I've forgotten about?  Haven't opened it in a number of years. :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Duke66 on January 27, 2010, 10:31:16 AM
Where's yours...?
(http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv219/Dhodge1025/Prepping/IMG_0240.jpg)

(http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv219/Dhodge1025/Prepping/IMG_0241.jpg)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on January 27, 2010, 01:28:36 PM
This thread is about the TSP challenge coins, Duke.  But that is awfully pretty.  :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Duke66 on January 27, 2010, 03:09:26 PM
My bad!  I got a little too excited about the TSP coins and felt like I had to represent!
Won't happen again SW!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on January 27, 2010, 03:11:24 PM
Hey whoa there, darlin'.  I LIKE your coins.  I just didn't want a whole buncha people following suit and making it difficult for people to get info about the TSP challenge coins.

I think you oughta start a thread in the campfire board about showing off your challenge coins.  I love seeing them.  :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Duke66 on January 27, 2010, 03:12:57 PM
 :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on January 27, 2010, 03:47:56 PM
Oh, definitely!

That was cool, Duke.

We need a thread just for people to post their challenge coins.

Thanks for sharing that, Duke!

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Spamity Calamity on January 27, 2010, 04:07:12 PM
Im not trying to be the thread wet blanket here seriously Im just curious but...well...what is the point of a challenge coin? Are they just to have and pull out of your pocket and look at? If thats the case why do some people say they are buying multiples. Is it just something to spend money on and support the show? Is it a way to spread awareness of the show? Because Im not paying 8 dollars or whatever per person I want to tell about the show. Why are they called "challenge" coins? If its just something shiny to look at and thats it thats ok Im just wondering. And finally I think Jack brought this up in an episode but I didnt listen to that one yet but why cant we get these things in silver?
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on January 27, 2010, 05:09:20 PM
Im not trying to be the thread wet blanket here seriously Im just curious but...well...what is the point of a challenge coin? Are they just to have and pull out of your pocket and look at? If thats the case why do some people say they are buying multiples. Is it just something to spend money on and support the show? Is it a way to spread awareness of the show? Because Im not paying 8 dollars or whatever per person I want to tell about the show. Why are they called "challenge" coins? If its just something shiny to look at and thats it thats ok Im just wondering. And finally I think Jack brought this up in an episode but I didnt listen to that one yet but why cant we get these things in silver?

From the very first page of the thread:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_coin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_coin)

1.  You are not required to buy anything to support the show.

2.  It's going to be $12.95 a person next time, since we sold out of this batch before they were even sent to us.

3.  Most folks bought 2 or more of these coins.  Challenge coins of this variety are collector's pieces (we will be doing different versions of these coins in the next few years), and they are to be carried in your pocket or bag, or purse or whatever you carry as a token of membership in an exclusive club, or as gifts for those who you know who are also members.

4. We CAN get them in silver, and plan to get them in silver fairly soon (in the next year or so).  The issue with getting them in silver is that they are NOT viable as investment pieces, and probably never will be.  We'd have to buy several thousand of them at once in order for them to be anywhere close to being as inexpensive as the silver you can get in a coin shop.  We simply don't have the money to put down $40,000 to $50,000 worth of cash JUST on silver coins and silver coins ONLY.  That is neither logical, nor reasonable, considering the investment we are already making on other items that members and listeners want, and have proven that they will purchase.  If you've ever looked at small-time collector's pieces in silver (like the John Galt coin at John Galt Gifts), you'll see that they seem to think that $38 an ounce is a fair price for a silver coin.  I'm not okay with that, and neither is any reasonable investor.

HTH :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on January 27, 2010, 06:08:35 PM
Im not trying to be the thread wet blanket here seriously Im just curious but...well...what is the point of a challenge coin? Are they just to have and pull out of your pocket and look at? If thats the case why do some people say they are buying multiples. Is it just something to spend money on and support the show? Is it a way to spread awareness of the show? Because Im not paying 8 dollars or whatever per person I want to tell about the show. Why are they called "challenge" coins? If its just something shiny to look at and thats it thats ok Im just wondering. And finally I think Jack brought this up in an episode but I didnt listen to that one yet but why cant we get these things in silver?

I buy them for several reasons:

1. They are a great token to share the word about Jack's show.

2. Challenge coins are a tradition steeped in history for many, many decades and there are tons of them out there which people often share and trade. I have several from geocaching. ( I was in the military but my group never developed a challenge coin.)

3. Ya know...in case I go to IHOP for a TSP meetup and get challenged! I don't want to have to buy everyone's breakfast!

4. They're just cool.

I'm not tryin' ta sell ya somethin ya don't want. I'm just answerin' the question.

 ;D

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: ColdHaven on January 27, 2010, 08:22:26 PM
3. Ya know...in case I go to IHOP for a TSP meetup and get challenged! I don't want to have to buy everyone's breakfast!


*Ponders this about the M&G in NC* Hmmmmmm....  :D
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Mr. Bill on January 27, 2010, 08:28:21 PM
Yeah, yeah, pretty coins and all that, but everyone has missed the most important thing:

THE APOSTROPHE IS THERE!!!

 ;D


(Waiting impatiently...) 8)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: teton traveler on January 27, 2010, 10:21:02 PM
Yeah, yeah, pretty coins and all that, but everyone has missed the most important thing:

THE APOSTROPHE IS THERE!!!


Wow, you're right. She did get EVERY last detail in there. Makes me even more excited to get them. Thanks again SW! ;D
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on January 27, 2010, 10:21:44 PM
Yeah, yeah, pretty coins and all that, but everyone has missed the most important thing:

THE APOSTROPHE IS THERE!!!

 ;D


(Waiting impatiently...) 8)


Didn't I tell you that you got your apostraphe?  It was the first thing I noticed when I saw the artwork!  I was like "WOO HOO!  MR. BILL WILL BE SO HAPPY!"  :D
Title: Two questions...
Post by: Vashti on January 27, 2010, 11:24:58 PM
What are challenge coins (they're gorgeous by the way) and how can I get my hands on one/some? I saw that they are sold out in the store...

Ok, edited this to add that I looked up Challenge Coin on wiki and have educated myself. Would love to get some though. Does anyone know when they will be available again?
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on January 27, 2010, 11:32:43 PM
What are challenge coins (they're gorgeous by the way) and how can I get my hands on one/some? I saw that they are sold out in the store...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_coin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_coin)

We're ordering another batch (actually we ordered them a few days ago, when we ran out of our first batch), and they will be for sale in the store soon!  I'll post here and let everybody know when that happens.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on January 27, 2010, 11:38:25 PM
They look great!  Can't wait to get mine.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on January 27, 2010, 11:56:00 PM
Thanks!  Yours are going out in tomorrow's mail.  :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on January 30, 2010, 03:24:02 PM
Got my coins in the mail today!

Ooh! Shiny!  ;D

And I love the Latin phrase around the edge.

Too cool!

 :)

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: ModernSurvival on January 30, 2010, 03:30:07 PM
Dorothy and I just returned from the rare days of actually "shopping" we allow into our lives any more and my coin was here.  Holding it and looking at it I have to say it feels like one of the true milestones in the history of TSP just occured.  Sis did a really amazing job with these.  Folks if you didn't get one in the first run do be ready to order some when she starts taking orders again. 

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: nimzy88 on January 30, 2010, 07:49:48 PM
Just got my coin in the mail, and my college roommate just sat googly eyed looking at how shiny it was. He loves the idea of the coin and even if gets a different one to fit his style it will still give me a chance to pull mine out and show it off. I can see already its a great intro to explaining what the podcast is to people (especially if they are chatty after a few drinks) and this coin I'm sure will pay for itself after a few challenges.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on January 30, 2010, 08:00:40 PM
I will be putting in another order when they are available again.

 :)

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Spamity Calamity on January 30, 2010, 08:40:36 PM
I buy them for several reasons:

1. They are a great token to share the word about Jack's show.

2. Challenge coins are a tradition steeped in history for many, many decades and there are tons of them out there which people often share and trade. I have several from geocaching. ( I was in the military but my group never developed a challenge coin.)

3. Ya know...in case I go to IHOP for a TSP meetup and get challenged! I don't want to have to buy everyone's breakfast!

4. They're just cool.

I'm not tryin' ta sell ya somethin ya don't want. I'm just answerin' the question.

 ;D



Ok thats cool. I will put these down in the "cool shiny thing category" nothin wrong with that I was just wondering.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on January 31, 2010, 01:31:06 AM
THE CHALLENGE COINS ARE ONCE AGAIN AVAILABLE FOR PRE ORDER!!!!!!

I wanted to wait until I had a specific date for shipment before I put them back up on the site.  We have a confirmed date for shipping by the end of February.  Feel free to order at will!  But best order 'em most ricky-tick, because they sold out FAST last month!  ;D
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on February 01, 2010, 12:50:43 PM
Sis,
Just got my coin!
Nice job!
Thanks for all you do.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: ColdHaven on February 01, 2010, 07:00:47 PM
I got mine in the mail today! Its awesome. It is sitting next to my other challenge coin from Ft Rucker.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: teton traveler on February 01, 2010, 07:28:49 PM
Just got mine and WOW!. Great job!!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: TwoBluesMama on February 01, 2010, 07:40:53 PM
Just got mine and WOW!. Great job!!

Dear SW (uwetsi agehutsa) - You did an awesome job with the coins!  We got ours today and DH was so excited to open the package.  He keeps slapping it on the table and telling me I owe him a beer.  They are truly beautiful and we appreciate all the hard work you do for TSP in spite of all the other hard work you do and going to school.  Thanks! unitsi
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on February 01, 2010, 08:37:54 PM
Shiny indeed.

Nice stuff, & heavy.

Well done.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: BIG-TARGET on February 02, 2010, 01:46:52 PM
My coins have arrived!  Well,to all you out there debating on getting one, these coins are worth every penny!! :D
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on February 02, 2010, 05:55:12 PM
My coins have arrived!  Well,to all you out there debating on getting one, these coins are worth every penny!! :D

And, if you decide you DON'T want to get one, I'd like to meet you in person...because THEN you would owe me a beer!

 ;D

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: BIG-TARGET on February 02, 2010, 06:27:24 PM
And, if you decide you DON'T want to get one, I'd like to meet you in person...because THEN you would owe me a beer!

 ;D



And since I'm alergic to alcohol, I'll settle for Diet Mountain Dew and smoker wings from Pic-a-lilli's ::)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Vashti on February 02, 2010, 06:33:47 PM
Just placed an order for two...can't wait to get them, and just in time for hubby's birthday in March!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: ColdHaven on February 02, 2010, 06:34:15 PM
And, if you decide you DON'T want to get one, I'd like to meet you in person...because THEN you would owe me a beer!

 ;D



I thought the way that works is that you can only challenge those who own challenge coins.

Mine is pretty. I like it alot.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Duke66 on February 02, 2010, 06:36:26 PM
Got mine today!
(http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv219/Dhodge1025/Prepping/2966ea98.jpg)
(http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv219/Dhodge1025/Prepping/51f36152.jpg)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on February 02, 2010, 06:38:42 PM
I thought the way that works is that you can only challenge those who own challenge coins.

Mine is pretty. I like it alot.

I thought you can challenge any member of your group. In this case, the group would be TSP listeners.

They either have one or they don't. If they don't, they buy the beer.

 ;)

 ;D

(I'm not actually planning to challenge anyone, so...)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Duke66 on February 02, 2010, 06:42:01 PM
I thought you can challenge any member of your group. In this case, the group would be TSP listeners.

They either have one or they don't. If they don't, they buy the beer.

 ;)

 ;D

(I'm not actually planning to challenge anyone, so...)

That's the way it's supposed to work...
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: longrifle on February 02, 2010, 09:44:36 PM
Got mIne today!


love it!

Again, don't let me show up at a TSP Meat-n-greet and you not have one!!

longrifle
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: ColdHaven on February 03, 2010, 08:56:00 AM
Well if that is the case then.... ;D
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Maddog on February 04, 2010, 07:29:33 PM
I love the concept of the challenge coin. Not having been in the military this is a new concept to me, but one I see a good deal of merit in. I received my 6 last week. Damn, they're heavier and bigger than I thought! My thought was to give one to each family member, attached to a chain that they would wear around the neck inside their clothing. Should any situation arise that help was needed, the coin could be produced outside the clothing to let me, or any TSP member know help was needed, without the BG knowing anything was up. No big display of "help needed", just a sign to let it be known the situation was not as it seemed. I'm still going to try this, but have also added the fact that I can wear it outside my clothing in public, after notifying the family. This would serve two purposes, 1. TSP members would know me as one of them and 2. Non TSP members would ask about it, giving me the opportunity to advance the cause. I carry one in my pocket too. I enjoy taking it out and spinning it on the bar, it's so heavy that it takes forever to stop and has quite a unique sound while doing so and always produces a lot of interesting responses. There is a helluva lot of people that think like us but think they are alone. I've been pleasantly surprised and as of yet had no negative responses. So, If you see a redneck cowboy, with a TSP challenge coin around the neck at your local IHOP, coffee bar, real bar, or AG store, come say hi, but if it's out on the side of the road, please ask if assistance is needed.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on February 04, 2010, 07:32:11 PM
I was thinking of using one to replace the Ford emblem on the grill of my truck.

 :D

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: A Pawn on February 05, 2010, 06:05:32 PM
Got mine today...WOW...They are Great Looking....and they are HUGE!! Thanks... 8)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: ncjeeper on February 05, 2010, 08:08:38 PM
Placed my order.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: ebonearth on February 06, 2010, 11:59:53 AM
I just got mine. It looks awesome!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: mamabear on February 10, 2010, 01:49:06 PM
I got mine today when I picked up the mail. They are beautiful. Thanks for all your work Sis!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Orionblade on February 11, 2010, 03:37:34 AM
"The coins of TSP do not fall lightly"...
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: SigMan34 on February 11, 2010, 05:31:15 AM
"The coins of TSP do not fall lightly"...


Oh, I like that; good one and so true!
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Ragzilla on February 15, 2010, 07:49:57 PM
Still waiting for mine.  We got an email. saying it was sent on the 27th.
I know we are in Canada but it shouldn't take this long.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on February 15, 2010, 08:15:33 PM
:(  You just got a PM.  I dont' know why the heck it is taking so long.  :(
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: archer on February 15, 2010, 10:10:44 PM
Great looking coins SW!!! Really enjoy it. But I think my EDC weight has now doubled....
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Ragzilla on February 16, 2010, 08:59:35 PM
It came today and it looks great.

Thank you
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: WiFiNetGuy on February 17, 2010, 07:00:51 AM
I ordered mine today. They look great (in pics).
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Spamity Calamity on February 17, 2010, 06:35:07 PM
When are they supposed to be shipping out? I ordered mine Feb.2nd. Im hesitant to post again in this thread because last time my post was deleted.   :-\
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: ncjeeper on February 17, 2010, 08:41:52 PM
When are they supposed to be shipping out? I ordered mine Feb.2nd. Im hesitant to post again in this thread because last time my post was deleted.   :-\
The coins being shipped out now are the ones that were part of the first order. If you just ordered then you are part of the second order and Sister Wolf hasnt received them yet. Once she gets them in then they will ship out.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: The Infidel on February 17, 2010, 09:11:21 PM
I would like to see a TSP coin with a blank back. Having a place for my local jeweler to personalize it for me would be awsome.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on February 17, 2010, 10:31:17 PM
Thank you, ncjeeper.  Yeah, it says (all over the website where you ordered your coin, as well as here in this thread) that the challenge coins are a pre-order.

And just so it's clear, your post wasn't deleted for rudeness, or anything like that, spamity.  You were notified of why it was deleted, and unless you planned to make the same mistake again, you had no reason to be hesitant to post in this thread.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on February 17, 2010, 10:32:25 PM
The Infidel - that's a fantastic idea!  I'll see if it's possible to order several with blank backs next time, so that you can have your jeweler put whatever you want on them.  :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: LvsChant on February 18, 2010, 07:30:36 AM
I am in on the next order... hope to have a challenge coin for the next DFW meetup (you guys buying my coffee?)...
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Docwatmo on February 18, 2010, 07:36:08 AM
I was just planing on Stamping my initials (above the ant) and the date (below the ant) into the back of mine when it gets here.  But thats not a bad idea.  I have an engraving tool in my Dremel that works well (as long as  spend some practice time with it  ;)).  If you do get some with blank backs I may be interested in a couple more.  I could personalize them and pass them out as gifts.

Great idea Infidel.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on February 18, 2010, 10:36:35 AM
Docwatmo, I'm just a little annoyed with myself that I didn't think of it first!  :D

It really is a great idea.  I'm hoping it's a possibility (why shouldn't it be, right?), and I'll email the coin guy and ask him right now.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: The Infidel on February 18, 2010, 11:42:55 AM
The blank back seems to be popular, sure hope it works out
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on February 18, 2010, 11:44:43 AM
Just emailed our coin guy, and he says that the blank backs are doable, but the price is the same for us (and thus, the same for y'all).  Next time we get close to running out, I'll order a bunch with blank backs and see how they do in the store.  ;)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: The Infidel on February 18, 2010, 12:24:11 PM
Sounds great, thanks SW
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Spamity Calamity on February 18, 2010, 04:37:31 PM
Thank you, ncjeeper.  Yeah, it says (all over the website where you ordered your coin, as well as here in this thread) that the challenge coins are a pre-order.

And just so it's clear, your post wasn't deleted for rudeness, or anything like that, spamity.  You were notified of why it was deleted, and unless you planned to make the same mistake again, you had no reason to be hesitant to post in this thread.

Ah thanks ncjeeper and sister wolf for clearing that up. I thought the first order had already been completed but yall are still catching up I see. I wouldnt exactly call my other post a mistake because its not my fault. I just casually mentioned what I noticed. I hope yall fixed that.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on February 18, 2010, 05:32:51 PM
Ah thanks ncjeeper and sister wolf for clearing that up. I thought the first order had already been completed but yall are still catching up I see. I wouldnt exactly call my other post a mistake because its not my fault. I just casually mentioned what I noticed. I hope yall fixed that.

Not yet.  Will be fixed soon.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: hd45hunt on February 24, 2010, 08:54:33 AM
"The coins of TSP do not fall lightly"...

How true, here is a picture of the TSP coin with a couple of silver rounds (from Tea Party Silver of course) and other challenge coins I have gotten over the years.  The TSP coin "is jus' a lil' bigger"
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4023/4384392489_02fa4a4fac_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on May 22, 2010, 03:24:17 PM
Challenge Coins are sold out, but I've JUST ordered a new batch, so you can place your pre-order right now if you want another one. 
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: kenlefeb on May 25, 2010, 07:16:47 PM
No, it's not a precious metal coin.  But yeah, it is really expensive to have them made.  The issue is more the die (dye?) than the per coin price, though.  As for the Silver Coins, we can have those done too.  But the price would be a lot closer to $30 a piece.

I would buy several, if you minted silver coins. Not really interested in bronze, but I can more easily justify buying some if they had value if/when the economy really collapses.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: JerseyVince on June 08, 2010, 05:39:13 PM
Just asking I am going to order anyway, are the TSP coins in or out of stock?
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on June 08, 2010, 07:18:56 PM
They are out.  They are due in in about 3 weeks.  Hopefully.  :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: JerseyVince on June 08, 2010, 07:26:42 PM
Thx for the quick update :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: BIG-TARGET on June 23, 2010, 11:10:57 PM
How true, here is a picture of the TSP coin with a couple of silver rounds (from Tea Party Silver of course) and other challenge coins I have gotten over the years.  The TSP coin "is jus' a lil' bigger"
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4023/4384392489_02fa4a4fac_b.jpg)

Looks like you got all your bases covered ::)
Isee alot of drinks in your future! ;) ;D
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: JerseyVince on July 06, 2010, 07:40:32 PM
Any news if the new batch of coins arrived?
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on July 06, 2010, 08:50:35 PM
Any news if the new batch of coins arrived?
Yeah they arrived today.  They're already on their way out (for anybody who has ordered them).  :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: JerseyVince on July 06, 2010, 09:55:23 PM
how do you usually ship, USPS or UPS? Will my patches be in the coin order too? ;)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on July 06, 2010, 09:59:14 PM
how do you usually ship, USPS or UPS? Will my patches be in the coin order too? ;)

PM me your name, and I'll check.  Never mind - I found you based on your email.  Yes, your patches and your coins are in the same package.  :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on July 06, 2010, 09:59:54 PM
Oh, and we ship USPS.  Paypal should have sent you an email telling you that your package shipped, and that email should have had a tracking link in it.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: JerseyVince on July 07, 2010, 09:05:00 AM
I received the tracking info this morning SW thanks. Email's been slow past cpl days between the heat wave here and power's been on and off for two days everything's in low gear by me. It's too hot and sticky to care either :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: JerseyVince on July 14, 2010, 10:13:38 AM
coins and patches made it this morning, Thank You. :)  The coins are very nice and solid, well made.
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: BIG-TARGET on July 15, 2010, 06:17:31 PM
coins and patches made it this morning, Thank You. :)  The coins are very nice and solid, well made.

Your coin has arrived!  Perhap we should get together over at Pic-a-lilly's, over in Shamong
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: oscar.45 on July 28, 2010, 09:47:00 AM
I ordered three have two left (gave one to my daughter).  Would there be any interest in a smaller challenge coin?  The current one is great but it is a little large to carry in your pocket.

Jerry
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: JerseyVince on July 28, 2010, 10:38:06 AM
Your coin has arrived!  Perhap we should get together over at Pic-a-lilly's, over in Shamong

South Jersey? ;)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Sister Wolf on July 28, 2010, 04:40:27 PM
I ordered three have two left (gave one to my daughter).  Would there be any interest in a smaller challenge coin?  The current one is great but it is a little large to carry in your pocket.

Jerry

Absolutely, Jerry!  We're looking at doing a run of themed coins starting in about a month, and they will be "typical" coin sized.  The originals will stay the same size they are now, and will go up in price when that happens. 

Hope that helps, buddy!  :)
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: BIG-TARGET on July 28, 2010, 08:09:54 PM
Absolutely, Jerry!  We're looking at doing a run of themed coins starting in about a month, and they will be "typical" coin sized.  The originals will stay the same size they are now, and will go up in price when that happens. 

Hope that helps, buddy!  :)
Themed challenge coins!!  If you want, I have ba few theme ideas, that range from cool ton silly!! ;D
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Truik on July 29, 2010, 05:04:00 AM
I like the idea of having an annual coin. Maybe a different theme for each year, kind of combining a different design stamped with the year with the various themes.

Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: Ablicon on July 29, 2010, 10:02:55 AM
Received my challenge coin. It is a great looking item.  Thank You
Title: Re: Challenge Coins
Post by: oscar.45 on August 04, 2010, 09:29:12 AM
Absolutely, Jerry!  We're looking at doing a run of themed coins starting in about a month, and they will be "typical" coin sized.  The originals will stay the same size they are now, and will go up in price when that happens. 

Hope that helps, buddy!  :)

Great, looking forward to them!

Jerry