Forgotten Creatures is available in the Foundry Shop as PRE-ORDER for a limited time!
Rare Elements creates realistic fantasy currency inspired by folklore, myth and classic pen and paper RPGs. We explore the primordial battle between good and evil, highlighting it’s intersection of the natural elements.
Our coins can be used in practically any tabletop rpg, board game or larp- as treasure, markers, rewards, magic items or of course as currency.
In this, our Forgotten Creatures series we’ve designed coins without denomination so they can be used in an even wider range of games.
Those of you familiar with our previous coin campaigns and our actual products, know you can depend on quality craftsmanship, attention to detail, swift fulfillment & a highly qualified team that is dedicated to bringing fantasy to life.
Please check out the links above to see our previous campaigns which were under the Osborne Coinage account.
As of October 2017, we are no longer a division of Osborne Coinage, though all of our coins are still produced in their facility in Cincinnati, Ohio (100% Made in the USA). They have a long history of producing coins with crisp detail out of pure materials that will withstand the test of time.
The quality and attention to detail you have come to expect from us will continue!
Our journey continues with this Kickstarter - while we are no longer employees of the mint, we still have their faith & support. Because we can no longer depend on their financial backing, we are not able to produce coins before successful crowdfunding.
They still believe in us, which is why they agreed to create the Swarm of Pixies & Water Dragon dies & a few samples for us to share with you, upfront.
All of the artwork for each design is complete and we are ready to begin production of the remaining dies, with your support.
All of our coins used together give an even greater depth, as multi-cultural currency that reflects your travels through various realms.
Each step from initial sketch to finished coin requires a great deal of precision to meet our high standards. Kerry & Miya take the design of each coin very seriously. We proof & revise every step of the way, from concept art, final line work, the engravers renderings to the final die.
Our coins differ greatly from cast coinage, (not all, but most gaming coins are cast, not struck) where molten metal is poured into a mold. All of our coins are solid metal, die struck using the same process as U.S. currency.
Updated, Foundry Hoard reward tiers:
Updated, From The Vault reward tiers:
Additional photos and descriptions on our website.
Additional product descriptions and photos of our existing items can be found on our website.
How to calculate add on items: Backers may purchase as many additional coin sets as they wish by adding the appropriate amount to their pledge.
Calculate the correct amount to pledge by adding the price of the add on item(s) you would like, to the price of the reward tier you have selected.
Reward tier prices include domestic shipping, so as you will notice, Add On pricing for the same item is a little less.
Fine Silver! - Please see Backer Update #14 for more details! Available as an Add On Item & in new Reward Tiers!!
The reverse, is shown below, a striking rendering of the Faun Queen, encircled in ancient runes, featuring the year and metal weight.
Each will be minted as a 39mm, 1oz Fine Silver coin that will be edge numbered, come in a capsule, inside a wax sealed RE bag with a coordinating numbered, Certificate of Authenticity.
This item is available as an ADD ON, has been added to the ADD ON item menu & all backers at the $22.00 or greater reward tier can add it to their pledge.
This blade is an ancient relic, forged within the Foundry itself & imbued with the power not only to defend against Air creatures, but to sway them in your favor.
Once unlocked, every backer at the Full Set Reward Tier ($70 or +) will receive, FREE +1,
1.073” brass or Ni-Silver coin from one of our previous series (no option, it’s a surprise!) Please check out our Instagram or website for more photos. Possibilities include, Gnoll, Wraith, perhaps an Oceanscape or Manticore may find their way!
Once unlocked, this item will be added to the ADD ON item menu & all backers at the $22.00 or greater reward tier can add it to their pledge.
This blade is an ancient relic, forged within the Foundry itself & imbued with the power to defeat even the fiercest Water creatures.
At $36,000 we will upgrade ALL Leviathan coins, no cost increase to you, on single packs or full sets.
Originally .984", upgraded to 1.073" - still antiqued Nickel Silver.
Once unlocked each backer at the Full Set level will be upgraded to 15 Griffin Coins!
Since we are no longer employees or a division of the mint, we no longer have insider access to behind the scenes & production. And while we are intimately familiar with the process, due to confidentiality agreements with our manufacturer we can only disclose so much of that process. As a private mint (the oldest in North America!), they have obvious reasons to keep trade practices confidential.
The basic manufacturing process starts in two different places: With the dies & the coin blanks. Both are made in house.
Kerry’s fine art and Miya’s reverse designs are translated into 3D by Master Sculptor, Randy Caskey, final materials are turned over to Osborne so that their engravers can cut the final production dies.
The coin blanks are punched from metal strip, on site at Osborne. They are washed & processed before they are ready to become a coin. Next is the “coining” process, the blanks & dies finally meet! The coin is struck only once using both dies. Most of our coins & all in the Forgotten Creatures line, are Antiqued. This is a complex process that involves multiple steps & accurate chemistry. The freshly struck coins are oxidized, buffed & lacquered. This creates the aged, ancient feel & brings out every line of detail in Kerry’s artwork.
Kerry & I proof each step of the way, ensuring we get an expertly detailed scene, die struck onto solid coin blanks that will withstand the test of time!
The creatures, people and lore depicted on our coins exist in a world plagued by an ancient magical corruption that is slowly breaking free of its primordial cage.
Ages ago a pair of fearless sovereigns sacrificed themselves to lock away this great corruption found deep beneath the forest.
Over the millennia their power has begun to wane and a foulness seeps up from the very earth, mutating everything in its path.
Few remain who know the secrets of the Foundry and the whispers of dark times to come. The guardians of the Foundry can no longer hold back the force that is corrupting the very fabric of our world, polluting minds and devastating the lands.
We’ve created a unique universe and are thrilled to share our take on classic myths and creatures. We hope you enjoy the tales we weave and the art we create.
At it’s core Rare Elements Foundry is dedicated to melding fine art, design and craftsmanship to produce high quality coinage. But we also hope to tell a compelling story. Both with the coins themselves & the lore we develop.
Look for our Adventure Prompt contests on FaceBook & follow our blog posts, which will explore the myths, legends and lore we have created. Our coins can be used with any campaign or adventure, but we hope you will enjoy & be inspired by what we have created!
We guarantee our coins are the highest quality, minted using the same standards as United States currency, with pure materials and timeless craftsmanship. But don't take our word for it - here are testimonials from our previous backers and customers.
"I received my shipment today and am very pleased. The quality of the coins are impeccable, communication as to what I was getting and the status of the project was solid, the speed of shipment from the end of the project was simply the best I have experienced in any kickstarter project. A model for other projects for sure." - Richard
"Rare elements is by far one of the best fantasy coin makers I have ever encountered. The details on each coin and the feel of each one is undeniably high quality. We use these coins with great honor with all our fantasy games now and forevermore. You will not be upset with your purchase of these fantastic pieces of art." - Tim
"Just got my fire dragon, and all I can say is...WOW! The detail is superb! That sound you hear is me kicking myself for not getting the entire set! I'll ask what is probably a premature question: do you have more KickStarter plans?" - Alan
"I JUST got my box in the mail! THE COINS LOOK/FEEL MARVELOUS! The 500 Smoke Denom is spectacular, and a lovely thing to behold. I'm left breathless by the quality. Count me in for backing any and all future campaigns you offer!" - Keegan
“Been with you guys since the beginning of the first Kickstarter and am absolutely blown away by delivery. Exceeded expectations. Worth every penny. THANK YOU SO MUCH. SINCERELY.” – Chris
“My coins arrived about 1/2 an hour ago. They are truly amazing! Wish I had pledged for more, guess I'll have to check out the new webstore once it is up and running! Will definitely continue to support you guys as long as you continue to put this much skill and passion into gaming coins. Any chance you have considered Sci-Fi themed coins for a future Kickstarter? That would please me and my gaming group immensely!! :^D” – Michael
“I just got my shipment of coins and they blew my MIND!~ All of the coins are so beautiful and detailed. I have to say that pictures don't do the Smoke Behemoth justice. It's an amazingly huge and lovely coin. I will definitely be purchasing more in the future. “ - Crystal
"So glad I opted for the Silver Dragon! It has to be one of the most beautiful pieces in my precious metals collection. No need for any extras to gain my loyalty, you have a fan for life, and I will back all of the projects you care to launch. I'm really looking forward to the next set, especially since you've set the bar so high with this one. Thanks for this project, it has been nothing but enjoyable from beginning to end." - Roger
Founded in 2013 - Miya Sohoza developed the concept for Rare Elements in the hopes to bring high quality fantasy coins to pen and paper RPGs. She knew the art had to be unparalleled in its detail, imagination & quality - thats why she reached out to Fine Artist Kerry Bodenbender.
They have developed an unbreakable bond of friendship, a deep dedication to their craft & hope to continue designing dynamic fantasy coins for years to come.
Kerry Bodenbender, Artist
Miya Sohoza, Founder
Risks and challenges
Our close proximity to, as well as, our relationship and history with the mint minimizes any challenges or risks associated with producing coins for us (& you).
Miya is a 10 year veteran of the coin industry. Kerry has studied under Masters in sculpture, lithography & etching; has earned a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art, and her work has been featured in multiple gallery exhibitions. Combined Kerry & Miya have created 3 coin series since founding Rare Elements in 2013.
They understand what it takes to produce quality coins & fulfill successful crowdfunding campaigns. With your support, they will be producing their 4th, Forgotten Creatures!
Osborne Coinage has been producing high quality coins since 1835, that legacy coupled with the RE Minions drive and passion to create dynamic gaming supplements helped them fulfill the first 2 Kickstarters within 8 weeks of funding.
Fulfillment is estimated at 12 weeks for this campaign, but domestic backers should receive packages even sooner!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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