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Enhance your board game, tabletop RPG or LARP with realistic fantasy currency, die struck in America's oldest private mint.
Enhance your board game, tabletop RPG or LARP with realistic fantasy currency, die struck in America's oldest private mint.
528 backers pledged $68,858 to help bring this project to life.

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As we move into the last hour of our project - we want to remind all of our backers that we will be using BackerKit for fulfillment. Backerkit will streamline add on items & fulfillment. You will receive an email invitation - please follow the instructions in that email.

UPDATE - 

Rare Elements Foundry seal bags available for add on - See update #13 for details!
Rare Elements Foundry seal, 5" x 6" bag
Rare Elements Foundry seal, 5" x 6" bag
 

Rare Elements is a realistic fantasy currency system inspired by classic pen and paper RPGs. The coins are designed and minted by a team of passionate geeks in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a division of Osborne Coinage.

Our Alignment currency features unique art in nine denominations that can be used with a variety of tabletop RPGs and board games.

Each coin is handcrafted from only the purest metal in our small family owned facility.

Our Alignment currency is consistent with our Elemental currency, featuring dethek runes and Kerry Bodenbender’s fine art.
Mixed group of Alignment and Elemental currency
Mixed group of Alignment and Elemental currency

We designed both sets to be used in harmony, as a multicultural economy, to reflect your travels through the realm. Combine different metal finishes, to create an even richer sense of reality.

Check out our previous Kickstarter campaign - for more information on our Elemental coins and testimonials from previous backers!

60 Alignment coins per currency set.

Qty    Denom     Alignment               Size           Metal

2        100         Lawful Good           1.54"         Antiqued Copper

3          50         Chaotic Neutral      1.34"         Antiqued Brass

5          20         Chaotic Evil             1.073"      Antiqued Brass

10        10         Lawful Evil               1.073"      Antiqued Nickel Silver

15          5         Chaotic Good           .984"      Antiqued Brass

25          1         Neutral Good            .984"      Antiqued Copper

Alignment currency set. (60 coins)
Alignment currency set. (60 coins)
Detail of the Phoenix, 1 Denomination
Detail of the Phoenix, 1 Denomination
Detail of the Wraith, 10 Denomination
Detail of the Wraith, 10 Denomination
Lawful Evil, 10 Denomination, detail
Lawful Evil, 10 Denomination, detail
Satyr, Chaotic Neutral, 50 Denomination with original concept art
Satyr, Chaotic Neutral, 50 Denomination with original concept art
Detail of the Gnoll, 20 Denomination coin
Detail of the Gnoll, 20 Denomination coin
Wraith, Lawful Evil, 10 Denomination with original concept art
Wraith, Lawful Evil, 10 Denomination with original concept art

The alignment of each coin is indicated by the upper pair of inset runes.

Below you can see that the Lawful Neutral, Half-Dragon is represented by the runes for L and N, just above the 500 denomination.

Half-Dragon, Lawful Neutral, Rune detail
Half-Dragon, Lawful Neutral, Rune detail

The outer edge of runes is consistent with our Elemental set: Handcrafted from the foundries of Rare Elements

Alignment backs.
Alignment backs.
Mix of Alignment currency, featuring the stretch goal, Yeth Hound 1/2 denomination
Mix of Alignment currency, featuring the stretch goal, Yeth Hound 1/2 denomination

A great deal of work goes into each coin we produce. The process from initial sketch to finished coin requires a great deal of precision to meet our high standards. We have a great team, from our designers & engravers to our coining experts & it takes all of us to bring you high quality realistic currency.

Ki-Rin, Lawful Good, 100 Denomination coin with initial concept art.
Ki-Rin, Lawful Good, 100 Denomination coin with initial concept art.
Half-Dragon, Lawful Neutral, 500 Denomination coin with concept sketch.
Half-Dragon, Lawful Neutral, 500 Denomination coin with concept sketch.
Half-Dragon digital rendering
Half-Dragon digital rendering

Kerry & Miya take the design of each coin very seriously, we proof & revise every step of the way, from Kerry's initial concept sketches, her final line work, our engravers renderings & the final die. Above you can see one of the many steps that every piece of art, rendering, die & coins go through. 

Our process differs greatly from that of cast coinage, (most gaming coins are cast, not struck) where molten metal is poured into a mold. All of our coins are die struck using the same process as US currency.

We think these coins are amazing, but you don't have to take our word for it, below are podcast reviews of our Elemental set. 

The Victory Point 

Pair of Dice Paradise

There are several add-on items available immediately and as we unlock new items, they will be added to the lists below.

Backers may purchase as many paid add-on items 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.






 
1oz solid copper, layered in 24 carat gold - Ki-Rin & Fire Dragon 100 Denomination Add on items.
1oz solid copper, layered in 24 carat gold - Ki-Rin & Fire Dragon 100 Denomination Add on items.
Fire Dragon Keychain - Add-on item
Fire Dragon Keychain - Add-on item
Bright shiny finish, Elemental currency
Bright shiny finish, Elemental currency

Color Fire Dragon coin
Color Fire Dragon coin
A Kickstarter exclusive, Fire Dragon, 100 denomination in vibrant color.
 
Color Fire Dragon, detail
Color Fire Dragon, detail


Elemental Currency set (60 coins)
Elemental Currency set (60 coins)

Full Elemental Currency Set
Qty     Denom     Element      Size
2          100           FIRE        1.54"
3           50            WATER    1.34"
5           20            EARTH     1.073"
10        10             AIR           1.073"
15          5             MAGIC        .984"
25          1             TIME           .984"

Fine silver, Ki-Rin
Fine silver, Ki-Rin

 The .999 ounce, Fine Silver Ki-Rin & Fire Dragon coins are limited run, Kickstarter exclusives!

500 Denomination, Smoke Behemoth, antiqued finish
500 Denomination, Smoke Behemoth, antiqued finish
500 Denomination, Smoke Behemoth, shiny finish
500 Denomination, Smoke Behemoth, shiny finish

 
Antique Finish, Smoke Behemoth, Elemental 500 Denomination - Add on item - detail
Antique Finish, Smoke Behemoth, Elemental 500 Denomination - Add on item - detail


Our stretch goals vary from paid add-on items to free additional coins per currency set. If we can generate enough support to reach higher stretch goals  we will not only unlock free items, but we will be able to commit to designing currency in other genres. 


 

$30,000 - Unlock Add on items:

1/2 Denomination - Neutral Evil - Yeth Hound

.900" Antiqued Brass coins 

25 coins per pack - add $16 to your pledge

1/4 Denomination - Alignment Runes

.650" Antiqued Nickel Silver coins

25 coins per pack - add $16 to your pledge

Yeth Hound, Neutral Evil, 1/2 Denomination - Stretch Goal
Yeth Hound, Neutral Evil, 1/2 Denomination - Stretch Goal
Detail of the 1/2 Denomination, Yeth Hound coin- Stretch Goal
Detail of the 1/2 Denomination, Yeth Hound coin- Stretch Goal
1/4 Denomination, Alignment Runes coins - Stretch Goal
1/4 Denomination, Alignment Runes coins - Stretch Goal
Detail of the 1/4 Denomination - Stretch Goal
Detail of the 1/4 Denomination - Stretch Goal

$35,000 - Unlock Add on item:

500 Denomination - Lawful Neutral - Half-Dragon

1.75" Antiqued Brass coin

1 coin - add $16 to your pledge

Half-Dragon with original concept art
Half-Dragon with original concept art
Detail of the Half-Dragon, Lawful Neutral, 500 Denomination coin
Detail of the Half-Dragon, Lawful Neutral, 500 Denomination coin
Detail of the Half-Dragon, Lawful Neutral, 500 Denomination coin
Detail of the Half-Dragon, Lawful Neutral, 500 Denomination coin

$40,000 - Unlock Backer Exclusive Metal Finish Options

Select the original antiqued finish, a bright shiny finish or the blackened ore finish.

The shiny and blackened finishes are only available during our Kickstarter campaign. Mix and match finishes with both Alignment and Elemental coins/sets. (1 finish per set, select - Antiqued, Shiny or Blackened ore.) 

Packs (example: 10 pack of Ki-Rin or Fire Dragon 100 denoms 1 finish per pack)

Individual coins - pick any finish

Please note - The Earth Element Manticore coins will come SHINY unless you request them blackened or antiqued.  

Example of shiny metal finish
Example of shiny metal finish
Example of blackened ore metal finish
Example of blackened ore metal finish
Mix of antiqued, shiny and blackened Alignment and Elemental currency
Mix of antiqued, shiny and blackened Alignment and Elemental currency
Antiqued Earth Element, 20 Denomination coins
Antiqued Earth Element, 20 Denomination coins

 A Kickstarter Exclusive, the bi-metal Manticore Earth coins from our Elemental currency will be available antiqued.  

You will declare your finish preference once the campaign has ended. 

$45,000 - Unlock Limited Edition Add on item:

1000 Denomination - True Neutral - Hydra

1.75" Bright - Pure Nickel (Not available to be antiqued)

1 coin - add $35 to your pledge

True Neutral, Ice Hydra, 1000 Denom - Concept art
True Neutral, Ice Hydra, 1000 Denom - Concept art

 $50,000 - Unlock Add on item:

1000 Denomination - Para Elemental - Shadow Mephit

1.465" Blackened Brass coin

1 coin - add $30 to your pledge

 $60,000 - Backer Exclusive Rare Elements Foundry Campaign Setting PDF

Explore the Rare Elements Foundry! Make your way through the forgotten city above, into the cavernous mines below. Search for the hidden vaults filled with glittering treasure and defend yourself from the creatures that protect it. 

Rare Elements Foundry - Initial concept map
Rare Elements Foundry - Initial concept map

Illustrated by Kerry Bodenbender, designed by The Rare Elements team.

(Fulfilled in Fall of 2014)

$75,000 Backer Exclusive Alignment Character Cards PDF

A set of 9 Alignment cards, illustrated by Kerry Bodenbender and designed by The Rare Elements team.

(Fulfilled in Fall of 2014)

 $100,000 - Free coins! 

We will add 5 Phoenix, 1 Denomination coins to each full currency set.

65 coins total per set.

*You must pledge for at least 2 sets to be eligible for all FREE coin stretch goals.

 $125,000 - Free Coins!

We will add 5 (more) Phoenix, 1 Denomination coins AND 5 Djinn, 5 Denomination coins to each full currency set.

75 coins total.

*You must pledge for at least 2 sets to be eligible for all FREE coin stretch goals.

$150,000 - Free Coins!

We will add 5 Wraith, 10 Denomination coins to each full currency set.

80 coins total per set.

*You must pledge for at least 2 sets to be eligible for all FREE coin stretch goals.

 $175,000 - Free Coins!

We will add 5 Gnoll, 20 Denomination coins to each full currency set.

85 coins total per set.

*You must pledge for at least 2 sets to be eligible for all FREE coin stretch goals.

 $200,000 - Free Coins!

We will add 2 Satyr, 50 Denomination coins AND 1 Ki-Rin, 100 Denomination coin to each full currency set.

88 coins total per set.

*You must pledge for at least 2 sets to be eligible for all FREE coin stretch goals.

What are stretch goals?

Stretch goals range from paid add-on items, to free backer exclusive items and additional coins per set.

Who gets stretch goals?

Backers for 2 or more currency sets are eligible for FREE stretch goals.

How to calculate add on items:

Backers may purchase as many paid add-on items or additional currency sets as they wish by adding the appropriate amount to their pledge. Not all add-on items are stretch goals, some are available right away. 

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.

Example:
Reward tier 1 full set $68

Add on 1 Elemental Full set $68

Add on 1 Smoke Behemoth $16

Add on 6 stands $5

Total amount to pledge $157

Fire Dragon, Fire Element, 100 Denomination, detail
Fire Dragon, Fire Element, 100 Denomination, detail

The RE team is driven to produce dynamic gaming supplements, but we can't do it without your help.  

For behind the scenes updates on current & future projects please follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

We hope you will show your support & pledge today. 

Wish us luck & please spread the word!

Risks and challenges

Osborne Coinage has been producing high quality coins since 1835, that legacy coupled with our drive and passion to create dynamic gaming supplements helped us fulfill our first Kickstarter within 8 weeks of funding.

As a private mint the challenges & risks associated with producing coins & medallions are minimal for us (& you).

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