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The Fire Dragon coin is available to ADD ON, please see Add On Menu for details.
+1 Shadow Mephit coin to all Adventurer's Pouch Reward Tiers!
Thank you! 11/5/18, we unlocked the Shadow Mephit coin. +1 will be added to every Adventurer's Pouch Reward Tier & it is available to add on as a single coin & in a 5 pack. Please see add on menu below for more details.
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.
With this collection we are able to bring our coins together like never before.
Some with a set denominations, others without.
Some bright with that freshly minted shine, others darkened by age and use. A true multi-cultural currency that only a true adventurer would carry!
Unlike our previous campaigns which focused on developing and producing new coins, From the Earth features only 1 new coin. Paired with it are some of our most requested out of mint designs.
Before leaving the mint in 2017 Rare Elements created currency sets on Kickstarter under another account. Please visit the Kickstarter page on our site for links, photos & more details!
We need your support to bring these coins to life!
Why is this funding goal less than previous projects? We are only creating 2 new dies (1 new coin). The other coins already have existing dies. This cuts back on the upfront cost to produce them.
Why thats good for you! Without our previous backers we never could have produced these coins. Thank you! To that end we hope to add something special to every Adventurer's Pouch reward tier - If the Shadow Mephit Stretch Goal is unlocked - we will include 1 per reward. A $18+ value added to your reward.
4 years out of mint, it is one of our most requested coins. Not only rare, but a unique size and design.
I selected a reward tier that does not offer the option to Add On additional packs, Why is that? Our coins are heavy. Increasing the weight of a package, increases the cost of postage. Each reward tier has been weighed & reflects cost for International & Domestic shipping. ****After the campaign concludes, you will have an option to Add On more coins & add additional postage in BackerKit, if necessary.
**Updated 10/18/18- We added 2 new reward tiers that offer upgraded shipping, due to popular demand. The above option to add on in BackerKit will remain available once the campaign ends.
Why aren't all of your items available? We need your help to produce coins. Without crowdfunding, we could not produce new coins, or bring back original ones. Unfortunately not all of our designs are still available. The reasons range from lack in demand to unavailable materials (The metal we used once, is unavailable now.) We have considered, striking them on a new material. But that will be for a later campaign!
Can we decide which coins you bring back? Yes! Over the last few months we created surveys on our website asking what items you want to see & how you want certain aspects of the project structured. Without your feedback & support we could not bring these coins back! The coins in this campaign are our most requested over the last 5 years. We will continue to ask your feedback for future projects & releases. (Sign up for our newsletter on the homepage if you did not get notified.)
Why can't we decide the metal finish of each coin? We are a small team of 2. The logistics to a completely open/custom reward selection for each backer is far out of our scope. It also changes the cost dynamic.
Why can't we purchase items available on your site, here on Kickstarter? We wish there was a way to include everything. Unfortunately, we do not have a way to limit stock of add on items. So if we have a limited supply of something we can't list it on KS.
Will you use a pledge manager once the campaign ends? Yes! This is one of the most requested options from our last project. We WILL be using BackerKit with From the Earth. You will not receive a link/invite to join until this campaign closes.
Will Fine Silver be available in this campaign? Unfortunately, no.
I'm buying this as a gift, will it arrive before the holidays? We wish it were so! The coins will not go into production until after the close of this campaign. Most likely around Thanksgiving (end of November). That said, if you're buying a gift, we will be sending PDF "gift" cards, at the close of the project, featuring art from this campaign for you to print and share with your loved ones -letting them know they have treasure coming soon.
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.
39mm ( 1.54" ) Antiqued Nickel Silver.
Obverse of coin - The Awoken Dragon rests on a crumbling castle turret.
Reverse of coin - Beautifully depicted in this scene is the Earth Blade, driven deep into the skull of a gnoll. The blade has rested for years touching soil and bone, growing in strength and power.
The inscription "From the Earth" in dethek runes along with the Foundry mint mark adds a true numismatic feel to this coin.
This will be the first time our original coins have been produced since their original Kickstarter campaigns.
All of our coins used together add an even greater depth to role playing and reflects your travels through various realms.
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.
Additional Stretch Goals - will be updated as we grow!
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 turned over to Osborne so that their engravers can cut production dies.
The coin blanks are punched from solid 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 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.
We guarantee our coins are the highest quality, minted with pure materials and timeless craftsmanship. But don't take our word for it - here are testimonials from our previous backers and customers.
"What good is a coin in the hand without the proper clink? The proper weight? The proper sense of ancient importance! :) RE provides all of that without question. Even their business card (read: coin) is gorgeous. I definitely recommend that you at least pick up a few to try. I guarantee you'll want more of them." - Jon
"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, Designer
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. Combined Kerry & Miya have created 4 coin series since founding Rare Elements in 2013.
They understand what it takes to produce quality coins & fulfill successful crowdfunding campaigns. They also learned a lot of lessons with their last campaign!
International shipping & meeting the demands for a pledge manager were the biggest hurdles. We've made strides to address these so your experience will be smooth & pleasant!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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