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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #60 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!

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #61 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.

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #62 on: November 12, 2009, 11:14:24 AM »
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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #63 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.

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #64 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.  :)

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #65 on: November 14, 2009, 04:59:07 PM »
Ant head coin:



better?

That is pretty sweet sis

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #66 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?


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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #67 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.

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #68 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?

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #69 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!


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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #70 on: November 18, 2009, 10:27:08 PM »
I am loving the Ant design. Seriously.

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #71 on: November 19, 2009, 08:36:20 AM »
There is no end to your talents there Sis!  Love the ant head!

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #72 on: November 19, 2009, 11:08:18 AM »
Love 'em!  Want 'em!

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #73 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!!


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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #74 on: December 03, 2009, 06:51:51 PM »
Hey, what about this ant design?


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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #75 on: December 03, 2009, 06:59:20 PM »
Very Cool.

Where's the order form?

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #76 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.

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #77 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:



It means "I think, therefore I am an ant"

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #78 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.

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #79 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.



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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #80 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:



And here's the back:


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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #81 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

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #82 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!!

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #83 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:



And here's the back:



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


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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #84 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?

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #85 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.

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #86 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.


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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #87 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.

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #88 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?

« Last Edit: December 03, 2009, 07:44:15 PM by Truik »

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Re: Challenge Coins
« Reply #89 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!