About this project
“Civilization begins with distillation” ― William Faulkner
The Tempus Spin Coin
This started out as a spinning coin that would decide who's buying the next round or picking up the tab but the possibilities may be endless. Think of it as your spinning, fidgeting, EDC decision making coin. Once again, I teamed up with Shire Post Mint and Major Design to make my vision a reality.
Available in Bronze, Copper or .999 Silver, you won't want to leave the house without your Tempus Spin Coin.
Find out more about us at JLLawsonco.com.
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We just added a 30K stretch goal! Help us get there to unlock the Mokume Gane Tempus Coin. I'm a big fan of using this material for my spinning tops so wanted to give it a try with the Tempus. The samples came out incredible and each one will be a one of a kind due to the variance in patterns. Mokume Gane is a decorative metal that is made by fusing different non-ferrous metals together through heat and pressure. These will be a blend of brass, copper and nickel silver.
Choose the Mokume Gane pledge or simply add $120 to your existing pledge for each Mokume coin.
Too many pledge options can get confusing for fulfillment so simply add on the extra funds to your pledge if you'd like more then one coin. You will also have the option of purchasing more coins after the campaign ends through Backerkit if you decide you need more.
Spin times. For those of you that are interested in spin times, my average time ranges from 7-9 minutes. Considering the art isn't balanced, the spin is fairly balanced but, keep in mind, this coin wasn't intended for perfect spinning. It's more to help keep you entertained at the local bar.
.25" thick (approximate)
3/32" ceramic ball bearing tip for long spin times.
weight: Copper 35 grams, Bronze 30 grams, Silver 35 grams
The .999 silver coin is 1 Troy ounce.
There are four basic steps to the minting process (after design is complete, of course).
Engraving the die starts with a pantograph machine that reduces the art down to coin size and gives a rough start. After that the die is hand engraved and heat treated once complete.
Blanking is the next step which is taking the desired material, rolling to the desired thickness and then cut in the blanking press.
The minting is then done on an antique press that is appropriate for the job.
For this coin, there is an extra step of putting the coin in the lathe to set the ceramic ball.
Finally, the patina is applied to the coins and tumbled to finish.
Click the link above for high resolution press images.
Once again, thanks to my beautiful wife, Lisa, for supporting any wacky idea I come up with. Mike Major for pulling the design from my head and putting it on paper. Woody Maringer for the incredible work ethic and providing quality goods.
Risks and challenges
The dies are made and ready to mint as many coins as we need. The biggest challenge, as always, will be fulfillment but having done this a few times before, we have a pretty good handle on it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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