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Jonathan RocheBy Jonathan Roche
First created
Jonathan RocheBy Jonathan Roche
First created
$880
pledged of $2,850pledged of $2,850 goal
18
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, July 1 2017 7:44 PM UTC +00:00

About

The purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds to strike 1,000 location-specific copper medals, 500 each of two designs, the first two in a series of limited-edition medals celebrating and commemorating the Eclipse Across America of August 21, 2017. If this campaign succeeds, it will not only fund this specific pair of medals, but also encourage me to push ahead as strongly as possible to finish the entire series, before the eclipse if possible. If not, I will evaluate whether this is a viable project, and consider wrapping it up early.

The Eclipse Across America will be the most widely experienced total solar eclipse ever seen in the United States. It is estimated that about 12 million people live within the path of totality, and that the population within the path will double on Eclipse Day.

Everyone will want a memento of the big event. There will be hats, there will be t-shirts, and of course there will be eclipse glasses.  In my opinion, the ideal souvenir is a commemorative medallion.

I envision a series of medals focusing on nine key locations in the Eclipse Across America:

  • landfall in Oregon;
  • leaving land behind in South Carolina;
  • crossing the Continental Divide;
  • maximum duration in Illinois; and
  • passage over five state capitals (Salem, OR; Lincoln, NE; Jefferson City, MO; Nashville, TN; and Columbia, SC).

I hope to accompany this series with a similar series focusing on Fremont County, Wyoming (aka Wind River Country), possibly the best region for viewing the eclipse and the region from which I intend to witness it.

Each series will feature a common obverse anchoring several location-specific reverses as well as a reverse listing the key locations and the times at which totality begins at each.  The two series are linked by a medal combining the two obverses, and also by a location common to both: the Continental Divide.

The two obverse designs
The two obverse designs

The location-specific reverses have similar designs, with an eclipsed sun and the location's name in the center.  The surrounding legend states the time at which totality begins and the duration of totality.  The legend will rotate around the different reverses so that the central symbol in an eclipse sequence appears at the azimuth of the eclipse at that location.  For example, in the Continental Divide reverse, the symbol appears at 136 degrees (with zero degrees at the bottom and 180 degrees at the top).  This location-specific data makes each medal more meaningful to people who witness the eclipse at that particular location.

Continental Divide reverse
Continental Divide reverse

The location-specific medals will each be limited to no more than 500 examples in copper.  I also plan to produce a small number of silver medals for each.

Dies are engraved and medals struck at the Regency Mint, located in Orem, Utah.  So far, we have created three medals:

  • Eclipse Across America / Wind River Eclipse double obverse;
  • Eclipse Across America obverse / Location-List reverse; and
  • Wind River Eclipse / Location List reverse.

Initial minting has been completed for the first two and is in process for the third.  These medals can be seen at www.eclipsemedals.com.

Each of these first three mintings includes 125 brass medals, of which 100 of each are reserved for Kickstarter rewards.

The first location-specific reverse to be created is the Continental Divide reverse, the subject of this campaign.  The die is paid for and has been engraved, and funding for silver minting is in place.  Five hundred copper medals will be created using the Eclipse Across America obverse, and another 500 using the Wind River Eclipse obverse, for a total of 1,000 copper medals.  The direct cost of producing 1,000 copper medals is $2,380; this campaign's $2,850 goal allows a little extra for Kickstarter fees and for postage for mailing the rewards.

Packaging has been designed, tested, and implemented. Each medal will be placed in an Airtite capsule, which will be inserted with a barcoded descriptive label into a clear plastic clamshell package for retail display.

If this campaign does well, it will be followed by two more to create copper medals, one campaign each for the Eclipse Across America and Wind River Eclipse series.  Medals will be made available to the public through resellers in the key locations and through online sales.

Risks and challenges

As stated above, the first three medals in the series, forming the core from from which the remaining medal designs will be extended, have already been completed or are actively in process, and all have been paid for. With respect to the specific goal of this particular campaign, the Continental Divide reverse die has already been engraved and has been paid for, and funding for the silver portion of the Continental Divide minting is already secured.

The risks to Kickstarter backers are the natural hazards, human weaknesses, economic/political disasters, or acts of God that might prevent the Continental Divide medals from being delivered to me, or that might prevent me from sending out the rewards as promised.

The custom minter, Regency Mint, has a strong track record in the industry and has already completed and shipped the first two medals in this series. I have every confidence that Regency will complete the Continental Divide minting once the copper funding is complete and they are authorized to begin striking.

You can judge from the progress to date on this medal project whether it is likely that I will persist to the completion of this campaign's goal.

Regarding delivery of rewards, my various work experiences have included customer service and retail store management and I have a plan for packing and delivery. I have been selling (mostly coins) on eBay for years under the name "coinshowman," with 100% five-star feedback.

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    All contributions will pay for custom minting of copper medals. Reward: one brass medal pairing the two obverse dies. (NOTE: This brass medal is limited to a mintage of only 125, of which up to 100 are earmarked for rewards for this Kickstarter campaign.) The goal for this campaign assumes production of 500 copper medals of each design (1,000 total); if the campaign exceeds its goal, excess funds will go to accelerating the creation of dies for other medals in the series.

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    Copper & brass quad-medal sponsor

    All contributions will pay for custom minting of copper medals. Reward: three copper medals and one brass medal: one of each sponsored design, plus one copper medal and one brass medal pairing the two obverse dies. (NOTE: This brass medal is limited to a mintage of only 125, of which up to 100 are earmarked for rewards for this Kickstarter campaign.) The goal for this campaign assumes production of 500 copper medals of each design (1,000 total); if the campaign exceeds its goal, excess funds will go to accelerating the creation of dies for other medals in the series.

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