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MusedFable Inactive Member14 Dec 2011 8:45 a.m. PST

I've always wanted metal coins in gold, silver, and copper so I figured I'd try and get them made. Here's the kickstarter link link . I'm not trying to spam. I lurk these forums and figured some of you would be interested in them.

PatrickWR14 Dec 2011 9:13 a.m. PST

You want 'em for gaming? There are companies that sell coins for that exact purpose.

It looks like they're plastic … but you didn't really want to make yours out of real silver and gold, did you?

MusedFable Inactive Member14 Dec 2011 9:53 a.m. PST

Campaign coins are really expensive.

My coins are made of brass, nickel, and copper. So far there seems to be quite a bit of interest on the kickstarter page. This is going better than I thought.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2011 10:11 a.m. PST

Will they be stamped? Cast?
$5000 startup seems awfully low.
Do you know how to "make" them, or have you contacted someone to do that?

MusedFable Inactive Member14 Dec 2011 10:25 a.m. PST

They'll be stamped between two steel dies. $5000 is roughly the break even point.

They'll be made by a mint. I've worked everything out with them, and have a full itemized list of costs.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2011 10:40 a.m. PST

Well then, good luck!

Mako1114 Dec 2011 11:01 a.m. PST

I'd love to see some reasonably priced, metal, doubloons, reales, pieces of eight, and other pirate coins.

Most of the nice looking, metal ones I've found on eBay are the price of real $1.00 coins, or more.

MusedFable Inactive Member14 Dec 2011 11:02 a.m. PST

I'll definitely do pirate coins if these work out. I've been trying to figure out what should be on the sides of the pirate coins. They'd cost 33 cents just like these do.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2011 11:08 a.m. PST

Google "Pieces of 8" images.

"Gold doubloons and pieces of 8
Handed down to Applegate!"

Cherno14 Dec 2011 12:04 p.m. PST

Maybe just "get inspired" by the aztech gold from Pirates of the Caribbean ;)

Ivan DBA14 Dec 2011 12:25 p.m. PST

Ironwind metals sells some fantasy coins cast in pewter. They are nicely sculpted, but a little on the small side. Still, might be a possible alternative.

Farstar Inactive Member14 Dec 2011 12:47 p.m. PST

Maybe Campaign Coins are plastic *now* (I don't know), but the original box of them I acquired a few years ago are certainly metal.

000 Triple Aught Inactive Member14 Dec 2011 1:56 p.m. PST

Metal gaming coins at an affordable price point. Sounds great to me! You've caught my interest. Best of luck in going forward.

Alxbates14 Dec 2011 3:02 p.m. PST

Good Luck! It's a cool idea!

Zephyr114 Dec 2011 3:16 p.m. PST

If you do make replicas of real coins, make sure they are stamped with COPY. (And now to draw the ire of numismatists) Of course, another option is to look over to China. Counterfeiting coins is a cottage industry over there (and some of them have even fooled coin experts with their quality), and you'd probably be able to find them cheap too.

MusedFable Inactive Member14 Dec 2011 6:26 p.m. PST

It's only been a few hours and it's already over half way. These coins are going over really well.

28mmMan Inactive Member14 Dec 2011 6:29 p.m. PST

Not to tack and steal your wind, but if it is just coins you want, and it does sound like fun to me…how about real coins from foreign places?

Pennies from heaven as it were




Mako1114 Dec 2011 7:12 p.m. PST

Sounds great.

One of the pirate coins I like (historical), has a shield, with embossing on it.

The other side has a cross, if I recall correctly, but not 100% sure about that.

A review of the historical coins dug up from the Atocha shipwreck, and/or others would work.

Looking for coins from the 1600's, up through about 1720 or so, myself.

Most of them aren't perfectly round, being crudely cut, stamped, or whatever process they used in those days, so they are fairly irregularly shaped, making them look interesting.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2011 7:24 p.m. PST

Ask the mint what they already have in stock.
If it's a commercial mint, they probably already have "not-doubloons" and "not-pieces of 8" on the shelf.

Goose666 Inactive Member09 Jan 2012 9:07 a.m. PST

A local LARP system here in the UK had litterally thousands of metal silver, gold, copper coins produced by a mediallion place in china.

The biggest problem I believe, was not the costs. It was the fact, the maker delivered them all, in individual clear display sleeves that took the organisers an age to remove from the thousands of coins.

Some of the coins, were 40mm plus in diameter. Really chunky things. Very nice touch.

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