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Help Fund Estonia’s First Geocoin

Jon-Paul Barr wants to produce Estonia’s first-ever geocoin – if he can raise enough coin.

Jon-Paul Barr

Last month the antique furniture restorer and part-time graphic designer (GC handle: jpbarr) from the Estonian capital of Tallinn began fundraising online to achieve his goal.

Through crowd-funding platform RocketHub, he’s hoping to raise US$2500 to produce 250 Estonian geocoins – some of which he will distribute in local caches or give away at events, while the rest will be sold to help fund another trackable.

“Geocaching in Estonia is becoming more and more popular but the general income here does not allow the average geocacher to produce a coin. This is where you come in, to help me to produce something that will bring the national identity of Estonian geocachers to the world’s geocaching community,” he wrote on his appeal page.

The front of Barr’s coin is based on an antique brooch, “with an oak leaf and acorn – which was a sacred tree – and the Estonian coat of arms featuring its three lions”. On the back are other Estonian symbols, including a cornflower, a barn swallow and a verse by local poet Lydia Koidula.

“Her poetry has held an important part of the Estonian independence. This verse symbolises everyone’s need to go out and find their own way but reminds us not to lose sight of home,” says Barr, who grew up in Cyprus but moved to his wife’s homeland in May 2008.

Since taking up geocaching last year, he has created two other geocoins – Gator Ate My Cache and Celtic Compass – through American company Cache Addict, as well as six pathtags for fellow players.

To the point: Barr’s Celtic Compass geocoin.

For his Estonian design, Barr has chosen a 1.75″-diameter (44mm), 3mm-thick coin in an antique silver finish. And the three colours used – blue, black and white – are those of the country’s flag.

He boosts that the response to this coin has been great, adding “I can say with confidence that if it was a finished product it would have sold out already”.  He’s even been featured on a recent PodCacher episode.

To-date, his RocketHub appeal stands at 24 per cent. If Barr doesn’t reach his total by the November 1st deadline, he has a Paypal account with which he will continue fundraising. 

Barr even plans to reward his supporters, as promised on RocketHub, regardless of whether he is successful first time round. “Everyone that has a reward coming to them will still get it,” he says.

“The same with the geocoin, it will just take a bit longer to raise the money and have them made. I will take the names and addresses of anyone who should be getting one of the coins and as soon as it is made they will be the first to get one.

“Obviously, the sooner we can have it made the better, but I understand that raising money takes time. If our RocketHub goal is exceeded then I will be able to mint a larger amount or if the fundraising goes way over our goal, then I will start on my second design.”

[notice]It’s Not About The Numbers has pledged its financial support for Jon-Paul Barr’s first Estonian geocoin project – and we hope you will do the same. Every dollar helps – and the more you give the better the reward you’ll get in return. If you can’t spare any cash, help spread the word about this geo-fundraiser to friends, family and strangers.[/notice]

*For more information about Jon-Paul Barr’s Estonian geocoin appeal or his geocoin design services, check out his Facebook page or RocketHub fundraiser.

 

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  1. Jon-Paul Barr

    Thanks for such a great write up, lets hope it catches the attention of more Geocachers out there 🙂
    A quick update, we are now just below 28% of our goal. Some people have preferred to contribute through Paypal, so here is the account to send to if you like that option better.
    beeswax.ou@gmail.com
    Please include your name, caching nick and address, so I know where to send the rewards to 🙂

    Thanks to everyone that is supporting this project

    jpbarr

  2. Jon-Paul Barr on Facebook

    Thanks for such a great write up, lets hope it catches the attention of more Geocachers out there
    A quick update, we are now just below 28% of our goal. Some people have preferred to contribute through Paypal, so here is the account to send to if you like that option better.
    beeswax.ou@gmail.com
    Please include your name, caching nick and address, so I know where to send the rewards to

    Thanks to everyone that is supporting this project

    jpbarr

  3. Jon-Paul Barr

    Its nice when people like my designs this much 🙂

    Including what has been sent to my paypal account the project is at 30% of it’s goal. So, it’s slowly creeping up.
    Everyone has been fantastic in getting behind the Geocoin. Even though I don’t think I will reach my goal on Rockethub I will continue to raise funds through Paypal and events and keep you all up to date with info until it is produced and everyone has their coins 🙂

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