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Monday, November 21, 2011

Register To Win A One Of A Kind Sample Compass Rose Geocoin From CoinsAndPins.com

Ever want for your geocoin collection that one show piece that makes everyone who sees it envious? Let me introduce you to the High Noon Compass Rose Geocoin from CoinsAndPins.com

This is no ordinary geocoin. This is a one of a kind SAMPLE geocoin that was used in the process of creating the 2011 Compass Rose Geocoin Collection. Below is the completed description. Just keep in mind that this coin is a bit thicker than the ones which will be mass-produced. Sample geocoins are HIGHLY coveted and you have an opportunity of winning this amazing geocoin for your very own. The instructions are very simple, read on.

To put in a single entry you can email your contact information to geocache@rvnn.tv with the subject of Compass Rose Geocoin. Only one entry per person is allowed and it must be received by end of day EST Wednesday, December 1st, 2011. The drawing will be done live on Geocaching World (RVNN) Thursday December 2nd, 2011.

Bonus Chance To Win! 
Aren't you glad you read this... During the Tuesday 11/22/2011 recording of our Geocaching World show we will give additional instructions out on how you can double your chances to win this amazing geocoin! You have to be viewing the show LIVE during our recording session which starts at 6:30pm EST on Tuesday 11/22/2011. Meet here in the chat room or for watching the show http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rvnn-live

Also, be sure to sign up to CoinsAndPins.com's mailing list to be notified when all of these amazing geocoins will be available. http://www.coinsandpins.com/geocoins/compass-rose-geocoin

High Noon Compass Rose Geocoin

The 2011 Compass Rose Geocoin® is about the critical importance of the sun and navigation. Navigation by the sun was practically second nature a thousand years ago, even though it was not as accurate without special tools as today's methods. It was very important to know where the sun tracked across the sky and exactly where it would rise and set depending on the season. Since the 1700s, knowing the sun's declination was imperative to calculate longitude. Knowing how to gain longitude was very important to calculate accurate navigation and map making.
The compass rose sun design on the 2011 Compass Rose Geocoin was derived from a map made in 1613 which covers half of the world on the Atlantic side. Normally, maps containing a great level of artistic detail were not accurate and made only for sale to the general public as display pieces. Ship's captains knew better than to use these kinds of maps; however, this map was not only artistic but also informative.
If you look closely at the different versions of the 2011 Compass Rose Geocoin, you will notice there are two different front side metal designs. One has a raised metal design and other has a recessed metal design. Not only did we make different versions with different colors and finishes, but we added another aspect of using two front dies which truly makes a variety of versions that are very different from each other.
The back of the geocoin illustrates the Copernican astronomical system. It shows the tilt of the earth at its equinoxes along with other planets. The outer ring outlines the zodiacs according to how the constellations are aligned with the sun during the year. Each planet in the coin is represented with a Swarovski gemstone.
  • Measures 2" in diameter
  • Imitation hard enamel colors
  • Two different front side dies
  • Swarovski gemstones
  • Trackable on Geocaching.com
  • A unique icon shows on your profile when you log a discovery
  • The limited edition coins have their own unique icon
Each coin version is named after different aspects of the sun's positions:

  • Midnight Sun (polished nickel, recessed front) - Represents when the sun is at its highest or lowest point in the sky (winter and summer solstices) when the sun shines for 24 hours day over the frigid winter landscapes.
  • Daybreak (black nickel, raised front) - Signifying when the sun first rises at the horizon and marking that location to gain an idea of your latitude based on the season.
  • Eclipse - (black nickel, recessed front) - Only occurring during a new moon, solar eclipses have played a significant part in referencing historical and religious events. The Chinese scientist Shen Kuo, 1031-1095 AD, also used eclipses as his reasoning for why planets were spherical instead of flat; an understanding that became vital for accurate map making.
  • Dawn to Dusk (polished gold, recessed front) - Tracking the sun from the morning to the evening is key to good navigation and knowing its ecliptic as each day passes through the seasons.
  • Twilight edition (polished gold, raised front) - Related to the sailor's weather predicting phrase of, "Red sky at night, sailor's delight."
  • High Noon (antique bronze, recessed front) - LE version made available to the public. This version represents true high noon when the sun is at its highest point in the daytime sky. This position of the sun is the most critical when taking sextant readings to calculate latitude.
  • Dawn's Early Light (polished gold, raised front) - Private LE version.
  • YemonYime version (green coloring) - LE version made for the artist who significantly helped with the artwork for this coin.
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1 comment:

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