Available now: Trackable DatastormUsers.com Geocoins!NOTE: Supplies of the coins are starting to run low, and I plan to preserve some for future giveaways at rallies, etc. Accordingly, the coins-for-donations program will end at the end of February, 2009, or possibly sooner if supplies run too short.
New: A custom collectable/trackable geocoin from DatastormUsers.com. These are heavy, 1-1/2 inch-diameter minted coins, 3.5mm thick. The coins are plated with copper, nickel, or pure polished gold. This is a limited edition of 500 coins; no more will be minted with this pattern. If we ever do another run, a new face will be designed, although the back may remain the same. These coins are not for sale, although those who have them are free to sell them (typically a coin of this sort brings $10 or more on e-bay).
Instead of selling them, coins are given as a commemorative to those who donate for the ongoing operation of this site. Copper for $25 or more, Nickel for $50 or more, or Gold for $100 or more.
For those who have donated prior to this program, the next donation will be added to prior donations to determine eligibility for a copper, nickel, or gold coin. For example someone who has previously donated $10 will receive a copper coin with their next donation if it is $15 or more, and so on.
The pictures below depict the front and back of each metal - the copper is more "coppery" than it looks here. For those who are regular repeat donors, there is no limit to the number of coins which you can receive.
Click image for an even larger look.
These coins have www.geocaching.com tracking numbers, each unique to that coin. They become trackable when activated, and an activation code is available online for each coin. If you are not a geocacher, or don't plan to release a coin in a geocache, you may choose not to activate the coin - the coin's value as a collectable is reduced after it has been activated. Similarly, if you depict any coin's image online you should blur out the tracking number.
If you do not know anything about geocaching, read up on it at the geocaching.com site, or ask in the forums here. Many DatastormUsers members are geocachers, and it is a great hobby to combine with travel when you have internet access!
Feel free to ask questions in the forums about the coins or anything else to do with geocaching, donating, or the operation of DatastormUsers.com.