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A pocket sized black hole that you can carry with you.
A pocket sized black hole that you can carry with you.
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A pocket sized black hole that can be carried with you. This is an actual black hole (it's not) that you can carry with you. If you're not aware, black holes are dangerous so please be careful near the event horizon because nothing can escape the gravitational pull of a black hole. The escape velocity of a black hole is faster than the speed of light which basically means that nothing can get away.

As a young boy, unlike most young boys, I couldn't have cared less about black holes, planets, solar systems or anything in our cosmos. I have no idea why, just didn't care. Recently (possibly my mid-life crisis), I've become more than fascinated with all things space. I'm not going to claim to be anything remotely close to an astrophysicist, astronomer or astro-anything for that matter. I can't even call myself an amateur astro-anything, but I learn something new every day and with every new bit of knowledge comes a dozen more topics I have to look up. The cosmos is too much. No, really, it's TOO much! Many of you already know this but for those of you that don't...look it up. Look anything up. Look up the size of the sun or the distance between planets or how long it took the Voyager to exit our solar system. Not familiar with the Voyager, look that up too. One of the most incredible facts to me is the distance of everything! It's all too mind bending and more than our feeble human minds can comprehend. So here's my little homage to my newfound love...

I combined my new love of the cosmos with what I currently do...make spinning things (for the most part). I enlisted the help of my favorite coin maker, Shire Post Mint, to help me bring it to life. They nailed it. Exactly what I'd imagined. A bonus that I wasn't even considering is how tactile the top surface is. Quite soothing indeed...which is ironic because black holes aren't soothing at all.

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  • Black holes do not suck.
  • Einstein didn't discover black holes.
  • Black holes will spaghettify you and everything else.
  • Black holes could spawn new universes.
  • Black holes literally pull the space around them.
  • Black holes are the ultimate energy factories.
  • There is a supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy.
  • Black holes slow down time.
  • Black holes evaporate over time.
  • Anything can become a black hole, in theory.

If you're intrigued by any one of these facts, you can read a little more detail about it by clicking this link. I also recommend reading/watching anything by Neil Degrasse Tyson. For me, he's been the easiest to comprehend so far. There are obviously countless other sources but, as you know, all you have to do is say "cosmos" into that gadget you're holding and you will be reading and watching for months.

Brief explanation of the art.
Brief explanation of the art.
Carrying this many Black Holes is not advised and extremely dangerous.
Carrying this many Black Holes is not advised and extremely dangerous.
  • 99.9% pure blackened Iron
  • 1.25" diameter
  • Approximate .25" height (varies)
  • .125" ceramic ball contact point (singularity)
  • Pocketable
  • Tactile and soothing (sort of a worry coin in that sense)
  • Minted in the U. S. of A.
  • Black suede carrying pouch included
  • Spin times vary from 3-10 minutes (too many variables to be specific)
Blackened 99.9% pure Iron
Blackened 99.9% pure Iron
loads of spinning entertainment
loads of spinning entertainment
How Black Holes are made...
How Black Holes are made...
A rare glimpse into the Cosmos
A rare glimpse into the Cosmos

 Coincidence?

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 About Us

J. L. Lawson & Co. was founded in 2011 with the idea to machine some rings and have a side gig. My dad is a manual machinist in the middle of the desert so work isn't easy to come by. The company began to grow in 2012 so pops had to start training me (Anthony) in the shop. We made some spinning tops that year and machining was kicked into high gear since then. A few years ago, I came up with the idea to have a Decision Maker coin minted. Shire Post Mint was the first place I found and connected right away with Woody. This is my fourth coin design from the Shire and I couldn't be happier with the results. Finding good vendors for various businesses I've had has always been a nightmare so it's a true pleasure to find someone that I can trust and rely on.

Risks and challenges

We don't anticipate any risks but there are always some challenges. That said, the dies are made, samples have been created, material for a few thousand coins is ready to mint, packaging is already in progress and I've done quite a few campaigns in the past so fulfillment has become much easier. We are fairly certain that challenges will be minimal if at all.

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