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    Default Geocoin history.

    How did the idea of geocoins come about? I wonder who had the idea to mint a special coin and then release. And indeed why coins? Why not diecast cars, rings, buttons.

    What was the first geocoin and when?

    Maybe some kind person could enlighten me.

    I'm in Cornwall next on holiday and shall be releasing our first coin. Hope no muggle nicks it.
    Ho hum!

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    I think I read somewhere that the first coin was minted my Moun10biker, they are unber-rare and highly collectable.

    I think coins were chosen as in the USA they have a long history of minting coins for presents and 'challenge coins' especially in the military. I guess its one possible reason, I'd be interested to see how long before I get corrected.

    Its actually a very interesting question and I hope someone out there has more info.

    Ian
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    I received my Rule Britannia 2007 coins today. Fantastic coins, fantastic design but dare I release one!

    Can't wait for the Help For Heros coin. I'll be buying several of those.
    Ho hum!

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    I think you might be right about the Moun10biker coin, but can't be sure...

    This was the first UK geocoin produced:



    Is there a geocoin buff in the house??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Blorenge View Post
    I think you might be right about the Moun10biker coin, but can't be sure...

    This was the first UK geocoin produced:



    Is there a geocoin buff in the house??
    Ah, Veni Quaesivi Inveni - I proposed that legend, but I never got my free coin for coming up with the winning suggestion, sob... :
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    Great thread, hope it doesn't stop at the first geocoin though, I would enjoy seeing how the geocoin thing developed.....

    In a similar vein, but raised on another thread, I had hoped that the history of UK caching and cachers might have been started. I think it fizzeled out though, but it might provide some entertainment now the nights are drawing in.

    IMO it would be good to have some history of the games development in the UK, I bet it's well documented in the US - must have a look sometime.

    It would be a shame to leave it too long, none of us are getting any younger

    Hopefully stuff like this will really get this forum going

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    Quote Originally Posted by L8HNB View Post
    Great thread, hope it doesn't stop at the first geocoin though, I would enjoy seeing how the geocoin thing developed.....

    In a similar vein, but raised on another thread, I had hoped that the history of UK caching and cachers might have been started. I think it fizzeled out though, but it might provide some entertainment now the nights are drawing in.

    IMO it would be good to have some history of the games development in the UK, I bet it's well documented in the US - must have a look sometime.

    It would be a shame to leave it too long, none of us are getting any younger

    Hopefully stuff like this will really get this forum going

    H
    I've started a new thread about the history of caching in the General forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D (wwh) View Post
    Ah, Veni Quaesivi Inveni - I proposed that legend, but I never got my free coin for coming up with the winning suggestion, sob... :
    Hmmm... OK, having only done Latin for 2 years, then giving it up because I didn't find translating things like "The soldiers are preparing their swords for the battle" very interesting... What does it mean?

    (Don't make me go and Google it, now )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Blorenge View Post
    Hmmm... OK, having only done Latin for 2 years, then giving it up because I didn't find translating things like "The soldiers are preparing their swords for the battle" very interesting... What does it mean?

    (Don't make me go and Google it, now )
    I believe that its something along the lines of:

    Veni Quaesivi Inveni - I came, I sought, I found
    "I Cache, therefore I am"

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    Quote Originally Posted by studlyone View Post
    I believe that its something along the lines of:

    Veni Quaesivi Inveni - I came, I sought, I found
    Spot on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D (wwh) View Post
    Spot on!
    Yay, its one coin that I would love to add to my collection (bit of a union jack freak here). Its a great geocoin, just a pity its no longer available.
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    Yep, the 2005 UK coin was a cracker and only the second coin I bought.
    The first was the EU coin (the blue and silver one) and perhaps for that reason it has become one of my all-time favourites.
    Mind you, I can also blame it for costing me a small fortune since :lol:

    Yep, the Moun10bike coin was the first trackable coin as far as I know and the one that really kicked it all off.
    One question that I would like to know is which was the first publicly "ownable" coin, as the Moun10bikes are pre-activated by the man himself?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Klever Boys View Post
    Mind you, I can also blame it for costing me a small fortune since :lol:
    You have got the most extensive coin list on your profile that I've seen within UK. Do you try and get everyone? It must be getting impossible to keep up with them all now, as there are so many appearing.

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    Collectible geocoins come in all shapes and sizes, and can be tracked in the same way as Travel Bugs.

    A geocoin is a special coin created by individuals or groups of geocachers as a kind of signature item or calling card. They travel from geocache to geocache or are shared among friends, picking up stories along the way. Like Travel Bugs, each geocoin is assigned a unique tracking ID which allows interested parties to participate in its adventures online.
    Moun10Bike's geocoins were the very first - the original - geocoins available. Moun10Bike is an exceptional geocacher who has provided much assistance to geocaching.com over the past few years. It is exciting to find one of Moun10Bike’s geocoins out in the wild. Today, the variety of geocoins is impressive! Coming in all shapes and sizes, they are made by other geocachers to commemorate special events or as a signature item to leave in caches. Some people choose to keep collectible geocoins in private collections; this is done with the consent of the coin owners.


    From here

    http://support.groundspeak.com/Suppo...id=282&nav=0,5

    I still have two of those UK coins unactivated in my collection at home.
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    The first ownable geo coins were the canadian geo coins

    The first trackable on GC were USA geo coins and i remember that these were quite rare this side of the pond.

    There are lots of trackables out there such as geofish, geocaching army , pathtags and of course the coins and jeeps and diabeties tags.

    Many coins are available by exchange only so the easiest way to get a large collection is to create your own exchange only coin.

    I have a few rare ones in my collection such as the dreamcatchers and morpho butterflies most of my collection comes from the first few years when collecting them was just taking off so its now worth quite a lot more than when i bought them (rather the UK coin club under team maddie bought them)

    Hope that helps !!
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