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Topic: Friends of Caching #1 - Portneuf Greenway Foundati, Finally Taking Pre-Orders< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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    Posted: Jan. 06 2007,11:29 am QUOTE

The Friends of Caching Series was conceived as a means to take the geocoin craze and do some good for caching and for the land owners who make our activity possible.  A token thanks and perhaps some encouragement to be cache friendly.  A portion of the funds from sales goes to the land manager or land owner who actively supports caching. You can cut to the order part by skipping below the === line.

The first coin is The Portneuf Greenway Foundation.  The greenway is a non profit corporation who’s mission is to build paths that connect the community.  When I first moved to my new town, I decided to get permission from the Greenway for caches on their paths.  I called them out of the blue, talked about geocaching, appeared before the board and made my speech.  An approach that typically just invites questions and creates a ban or rules.  The board liked the idea each member gave me a yes and that was that. There was no formal vote, caching was approved just like that.  A couple of years later they hired a new Executive Director and I figured it was time to re-introduce myself.  She beat me too it when she introduced herself at a public meeting regarding one of my projects that would impact one of the greenways paths.  After the meeting the idea for the coin came up.  I called her up we made a lunch date and discussed caching, the coin, and the greenway. She asked about the Rainbow Bridge (a widely known cache incident in Idaho) and I talked about that as well.  When it was over she liked the idea, liked caching on the greenway, and knew more about the Rainbow Bridge.  She went to the board of directors got their support and wrote a letter of support for caching.  I started on the coin and started work on a task force to keep the series going.

About then life throw a bunch of fate cards my direction that took most all my time and the coin moved very slowly.  Now all the pieces are in place and we are ready to take pre-orders for the first coin.  We are taking pre-orders through February 6th.

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Friends of Caching #1.  The Portneuf Greenway Foundation.



This coin is 42mm by 4mm thick.  The finish is antiqued brass as illustrated below.
Tracking or Numbering is on the edge of the coin.  The coin has one version but options for numbering or tracking. We are working a bit on the reeds to better match the PGF Logo.

Prices for the Friends of Caching #1 coin are:

Geocaching.com trackable  9.99 each.
Terracachers.com/Travelertags trackable 8.99 (I’ve heard Travelertags tracks on TC.com but have not confirmed that)
Terracachers.org Numbered 8.49

Shipping & Handling is:
1 – 1.53
2 – 2.01
3 – 2.49
4 – 2.97
5 – 3.45
6 – 3.93
7-20 – 4.50

Send your pre-order quantity to: Idahogreenwaygeocoin@hotmail.com.  Specify which tracking option you want.  You will be invoiced when pre-orders are closed and we are ready to order coins.  If anyone misses the cut off they will be put on a waiting list.  Sample coins and errors if any will be retained and used later but hopefully there are no errors.  The Greenway plans on ordering some coins for their own use.

Note: The price is based on 500 coins.  If less coins are ordered the price will go up a bit to cover the fixed die costs.  The cost breakdown is below.

5.22 Coin + Die
1.50 for GC.com tracking.
1.00 for the GoTo Girls to pack and ship. They use the money for local projects I’ve suggested the greenway for this payment.
2.02.  Goes to the Portneuf greenway foundation.  Cost overruns or surplus funds go here.
0.25  for the friends of caching committee (members needed).  funds to keep this program going in the long haul.


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    Posted: May 20 2007,9:25 pm QUOTE

Update:

A few wrinkles crept into the mix on this coin. Long story short we only sold about 100 coins. That would have jumped the cost by 50%.  After looking at it we decided to take a chance and order 300 from the mint.  That still puts the price about 1.00 higher, but nowhere near the 50% cost increase.  However we have to work harder to sell all 300.

Next when we were ready to invoice for this coin I flat out was not able to communicate anymore with the Go To Girls.   Several weeks I tried to get in touch.  Finally after emailing a mutual friend I got an email back and spend several more weeks to no avail.  That was the one and only contact.  I’m going to assume they got cold feet and take this over directly.  Please contact me directly for questions on the coin.  The email address above is no longer good.

Next postal rates went up….

The sample coin is on the way for the approval of the Portneuf Greenway.  I’ll cross check postal rates, envelopes etc and revise S&H and set the final coin price ASAP.  Then I’ll invoice those who pre-ordered first.  After that it’s open to everyone until all 300 are gone.

Thanks for your patience.


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