Rare Elements- Universal Currency for RPGs & tabletop games
Kerry Bodenbender's hand illustrated fantasy art, immortalized in die struck RPG coins.
The intricate detail of Kerry's art is brought to life by our time honored tradition of coin making. Her illustrations are handcrafted then sculpted by some of the worlds finest engravers, to bring you beautiful three dimensional struck medallions.
Osborne Coinage has a 178 year history of striking coins & medallions with incredibly fine detail out of materials that will endure the test of time.
Rare Elements is a set of 60 coins & has been designed for RPGs & tabletop board games, to enhance your game play & create a sense of reality in your favorite fantasy realm. Each unique denomination will feature artwork representing one of 6 elements. Below are more details on these substantial coins.
Qty Denomination Element Size Weight Thickness
2 100 FIRE 1.54" 26.50 Grams .115"
3 50 WATER 1.34" 13 Grams .075"
5 20 EARTH 1.073" 6 Grams .061"
10 10 AIR 1.073" 8.15 Grams .110"
15 5 MAGIC .984" 4.04 Grams .061"
25 1 TIME .984" 4.17 Grams .055"
The set will have a variety of shapes, designs & materials to give a more realistic feel to the currency.
Please see the illustrations below for more specific details.
We've finished production on the first coin in the set; Fire Dragon, represents 100 & is made of Antique Nickel Silver. But we need your help to create the rest!
The backs will have a consistent design, featuring Dethek Runes, the denomination & one of 6 elements; Fire, Water, Earth, Air, Magic & Time.
In the next image you'll find examples of the Metals each denomination will be made of. Ranging from Nickel Silver, Brass, Copper plated zinc & the only bright coin, (20 denom) Bi-metal (similar to the euro) Nickel Silver & brass.
**Please note this image is for your reference only, these are NOT examples of the future designs - they are representative of the METAL & SIZE only.
Kerry's latest illustration, Water Naga will represent 50 & be made of Antique Brass.
As the campaign continues & hopefully grows we want to involve YOU in our process. Soon we'll be posting polls (for backers) to pick the next concept for the 20 denomination, representing the element, Earth.
A lot goes into making a coin & our process is very similar to that of the United States Mint, check out this link to see the steps involved.
The process from initial sketch to finished coin, requires a lot of work & 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 quality, die struck, realistic currency. We hope there is enough enthusiasm for Kerry's amazing art & this awesome concept to bring it to life.
We're working on a few unique add ons & enhancements, as well as minting a few of these in .999 fine silver. Check out the Pledge Levels for Fine Silver & other options!
One of the enhancements is a full color coin!
The Fire Dragon color coin will only be available during this Kickstarter!! (More photos to come!)
Another is a Limited Edition Fire Dragon Keychain!
In addition to these handcrafted coins, each set will include beautifully illustrated cards. 7 cards, one for each element & a unique "mystery" card. (Watch for updates on the art in the coming days & weeks!)
UPDATE (10/2/13) Here is the first concept sketch for the Water Naga card!!
Update (10/7/13) Final Line artwork for the 50 denom - Water Naga coin - is below!
This illustration has been turned over to our sculptor who will add in the textures & render the image to cut the die.
You can see in the image Kerry laid out partial textures to give him a guide where the scales will be. It looks great & we couldn't be happier! This coin will be minted in antiques brass, 34mm.
As we move forward, all sketches, illustrations & concepts will be posted here as well as on our Facebook page, so you will be able to watch this project unfold. We want to make this process as engaging & exciting for you as it is for us. So stay tuned & check out the awesome pledge packages we put together!
Onward to Glory!!
Risks and challenges
There are always challenges but we are confident & passionate about creating coins & have been doing so since 1835!
As a private mint the challenges & risks associated with producing coins & medallions is minimal for us (& you).
Regular status updates on the designs & our production process will be posted here & on our social media. Check out our bio & links to stay up to date & learn more about us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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