Edit: Orders for the production run have been completed. No more are being produced. Sorry if you didn't get one! You might want to consider posting in here and asking others if they'd be willing to trade or sell you their coins.
See the post for full details.
Here is how it is going to go:
Any orders that were submitted earlier via Paypal are being refunded. If you ordered by credit card, you will not be charged and that order will be cancelled.
Moving ahead. USCC has adjusted their production pipeline in order to ensure that it is possible to get coins by PAX and to make sure shipping is billed appropriately. The other side to this is that coins will be billed at a rate of $4.50 a coin (tax and shipping included). My apologies for quoting the earlier price, I didn't mean to get anyone's hopes up in vain.
US Challenge Coins is ordering the coins produced in lots. It's a little bit more expensive this way, but they're keeping track of stock on hand, and they will be able to receive and ship these out in a very timely manner this way. The coins can be ordered through their site for the next two weeks, but the sooner you order, the sooner you get your coins. If you order two weeks from now, there is no guarantee you will get your coin before PAX. If you order now, Patrick at USCC assures me you WILL get your coin before PAX (barring unforseen circumstances, like a single person ordering 300 coins at once). So to be clear, if you want coins before PAX, get your orders in ASAP. Orders will be shipped in the order they are received.
The coins will be available at http://www.uschallengecoins.com/store/
pax-east?___SID=U (delete the spaces in the URL, I purposely put them in there so search engines won't link that page). There is very little information on that page about the coin itself so that it doesn't get indexed in search engines. It is our real coin though, and this is something USCC set up just for this event. They will be up for 2 weeks, but we can not guarantee that orders placed at the end of that period will arrive before you leave for PAX. USCC accepts VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Paypal, and Google Checkout from their site.
As soon as there are pictures of the proof coin, these will be posted here. Again, my apologies for any problems we've had so far.
1-28-2011 PROPOSED OBVERSE:
Need comments! How's it look??
2-1-2011 MODIFIED REVERSE:
Let me know what you think below.
Oh no I di'int!
Yes, I did. I created the thread. Firstly, because I need control of the OP. Secondly, because I am intent on doing this. Thirdly, because it's clear to me that we need to discuss this now, as opposed to waiting two months before PAX.
So we PAX forumers made challenge coins for PAX Prime 2010. I organized the event. The result was this:
We are intent on doing it again for PAX East 2011. We are also intent on getting another great design.
Right now I am interested in discussing possibilities for the design. My first thought is that on the reverse we will do the following: Completely desecrate the George Washington statue in Boston Public Garden by portraying him from this angle (zoomed in/cropped, of course) with his free hand holding a DS:
The obverse is open for suggestions. As an initial idea, I am toying with the idea of putting a picture of a bust of a really nerdy person with a neck beard (because PAX is simply not complete without neck beards) from a 30 degree portrait angle, with the words "The Neck Beard" adorning it. I had another idea that I thought to be pretty capital, but I've since lost it. There will be plenty of time to determine what else could be on the coin, though. It is worth mentioning that although I am very partial to the design of the hand holding the DS, it has been done. On the other hand, if we could somehow incorporate it into the obverse design in an appropriate manner, I am not opposed to that either.
Because Northwest Territorial Mint is not set up for taking orders from multiple people, I suggest we go through US Challenge Coins (http://www.uschallengecoins.com/
), which has an online store that YOU can order from directly. I hear they do good work. Additionally, their coins are cheap and look better with more options for less money. We will also attempt to go with a better finish this time around, something other than antique brass. Some of their options are outlined here:
I personally have my eye on antique nickel.
I would also personally like to see George Washington and his horse in 3D:
Finally, I don't think we'll want to go with anything too extravagant for the edges, and I certainly don't want to go with the reeded edges like we did with the Prime coins. Perhaps we can even put our motto on the outside edging if we feel like spending the extra money.
Because orders will no longer be taken through me, I would also like to open up discussion on what we should do with whatever funds remain in the Challenge Coin Fund For the Nerdy and Underprivileged, which was established to purchase coins for those of stated financial need.
One of two things can be done: Firstly, we can leave the funds available for their original purpose: To place orders for those of stated financial need. The money is currently in my bank account that I set up for the purpose of challenge coin orders. Whatever is left after NWTM is finished extracting funds from my account can be used to order people coins. However, I will not be asking anyone to donate to replenish the fund. I am done being mediator for coin orders.
The other thing we can do is put the money toward the purchase of the die casting. Such a process is usually expensive. We will not go with this option until it has met mass approval by everyone in the thread. The money was originally earmarked by each person's request for persons of financial need. However, as mentioned, I am a tad weary of managing other people's money. I am willing to exhaust the current funds, but beyond that I will be finished with that.
So let us please discuss the fund as well.
Let us begin discussion of the PAX East 2011 PAX Forum Challenge Coin. If you have suggestions/propositions/mockups for designs, then please contribute your ideas. If you are leaning toward any particular design element that is showcased on USCC's web site above, post about that too.