There's so much amazing art out there and so little room. Over the years I have found myself with prints I don't have space for, art books I really couldn't afford that are collecting dust, and a plethora of cheap items from conventions and fairs.
I also have collected lots of exonumia over the years; coin-like things such as bus tokens, pressed pennies, challenge coins and geocoins. I love how inexpensive they are but lasting. Plus, they've always been easy to store, unlike many of my collectables.
Here come the coins.
I want to combine my love of collector coins with my desire to give artists, and myself, a venue to display their work that's less costly than hand-made jewelry, more durable than a print and exciting to own. I'm both an artist and a fan, and want to produce coins with fun, fandom-themed images.
I feel 12 designs is a good start. Compared to similar collectable and coin projects, this is ambitious, but starting out strong will be the best way for you to know this will be a stable, and strong collector item for the future.
To test the design process I ordered two reward coins for this campaign, so rather than theoretical numbers and images I can give you solid details from experience.
It starts with art.
Each coin starts out as an image that I modify to fit a circle that is 25.75mm in diameter. That's about the size of a Canadian loonie.
I forward them to a company who has a strong history of producing pins and coins. They create a blueprint and I proof it.
The turn-around time for that is 2-4 days, barring changes. After 2 to 3 weeks the coins are packed up and sent to me via FedEx, which usually takes an extra week.
The finished coins are highly polished and brightly coloured with tons of detail.
In this example the factory made an error, which they informed me before it left them. As well as fixing it, they sent me the mistakes (which lacked the glitter I asked for). All around good customer service!
Here's an idea of scale. Large enough to be a piece of jewelry, small enough to fit in standard coin books or your pocket.
Unlimited imagination, limited numbers.
A collectable is only as good as it's rarity. Unlike challenge coins, geocoins or other collectable items where there's no clear idea how many were made, every Paw Coin will have it's own run number on the back.
ULTRA RARE: 50 piece
COMMON: 300 piece
VERY COMMON: 500 piece
With many standards for collection often starting at editions of over a thousand, I hope these tight runs will be appreciated by the serious coin enthusiast.
To begin with, I plan on producing 12 designs to be sold on a future website and at conventions.
The rare coins will be produced in themed groups with similar designs. Beyond these coins, I have over twenty more designs for stretch goals, as well as designs from artist friends I would like to produce and include.
Our primary goal is to reach $4500 CDN. That will cover coin production as well as import duties and KickStarter fees.
Should we meet this initial goal, I have a few stretch goals to produce more coin designs, including the next designs in our rare series, 9 more flags and 3 ultra rare designs.
As each level is unlocked, it will reveal the next stretch goal.
Beyond the finished designed coins, we're offering 4 KickStarter Exclusive designs:
Our KickStarter Friend coin will be produced only in the number demanded for this campaign and never again. A great way to get a cheap coin and get involved.
The KEVIN AND KELL COIN will be limited no more than 150 made, 25 of which will be given to the artist of this great anthropomorphic webcomic. If you're not familiar with the granddaddy of all webcomics, check it out here.
The Trailblazer Coin is limited to 140 pieces and was made just for this campaign, for the bold few who want to lead the way.
The Angel Coins are Ultra Rare, 50 piece coins. Due to a company error, we have a plain variant as well, which I'll offer for the angels who don't quite want to break the bank.
Risks and challenges
I am fully able to meet the risks of this project because many of them challenged me when producing the reward coins.
• Blueprint creation which may mean the final coins won't be able to look exactly like the initial art, and design compromises might be made.
This happened in the pre-project stage and with communication and work we made the coins look as close to the art as possible given technical limits.
• Errors in production requiring coins to be remade.
This also happened in the pre-project stage and was caught at the factory before mailing. My involvement with the factory has shown they are willing and able to replace their errors in a timely fashion.
• Mailing loss/issues
I will be holding back a small number of the limited run coins in case of mailing loss so that our backers will be certain to get their rewards.
• Delays in production
The factory has shown timely turn-around but went through a holiday while I was waiting on my coins. When told of my deadline they sped up final production and sent the coins soon after.
What I've learned with my initial production of the KickStarter reward coins has made me prepared to handle any issue with the production of the final coins. My past with coin collecting and trading has prepared me for the rigours of mailing coins safely and efficiently.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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