The D'Arcy Geocoin Page
This page provides background and history of the D'Arcy Memorial geocoin. I first got the
idea of a memorial coin when my Mother died in 2006, and my brother and I were discussing ways in which
both of our parents could be remembered. As a keen geocacher I
already knew about the concept of geocoins and decided to commission a personal coin from oakcoins.
To distribute these coins more widely, between mid June 2007 and early 2009, I started the process which
provided an opportunity for fellow cachers to claim a free, un-activated coin when they found a special
Darcymob visiting card at a cache. All of the coins have now been distributed, so this process has come
to an end. I'm sorry if you have found one of the cards and you had got your hopes up!
Throughout 2009, we have been using up 2008 visiting cards, but I have crossed through the codes so you
know they won't do anything.
To find out more about the design of this coin, you can look here
What is a Geocoin anyway?
A geocoin is simply a token that carries a unique code that enables it to be tracked as
it moves from cache to cache. During the short history of geocaching, thousands of
designs of coins have been minted, many of which are quite intricate and attractive. The
coins themselves are reasonably common finds in caches, and they offer a fascinating way
to see how things move around in a chaotic environment such as geocaching.
Unfortunately, some of these coins have become collectors items in their own right, and
now some coins are stolen once released to go into private collections. In our case, of
the seven coins, of all types, we have released, all but two have been lost or stolen.
This trend has resulted in some concerned people actually releasing a "dummy" coin
rather than the real thing - this will be a mock up of the coin or even just a card,
that carries the tracking code.
All geocoins carry a tracking number and must be marked "trackable at Geocaching.com"
- only these coins can be logged and traced through the geocache site. Where more than
250 coins of one type have been minted, it's possible to purchase a logo that will be
used on the geocaching site to instantly identify the type of coin.
What about non trackable coins?
It is also not uncommon to find coins in caches that are not trackable. These are
intended as keepsakes. Sometimes they may carry numbers or other codes, but unless they
are marked "trackable on geocaching.com" they are not "official"
To see some examples of both trackable and collectable coins, take a look at the Oakcoins site, or UKgeocachers where you can also
purchase other coins for your collection.
About the Coin Design
The coins come in two finishes - gold and nickel. Each side of the coin tries to capture some aspects of
of my parents. On one side there is an image of a steam train and a reference to the North Norfolk Railway. This is a steam
preservation railway where my father used to spend many hours. He had connections with
this railway going back over 25 years and it was something he thoroughly enjoyed. The
irish gaelic motto links back to my father's irish roots - his grandfather came over
from Ireland in the mid-nineteenth century. On the reverse side there are two cross lace
bobbins. These reflect my mother's keen interest in making lace and crafts generally.
These are set against the backdrop of the English flag reflecting her Suffolk roots.
The claim page
If you've been out
geocaching and found one of the special Darcymob visiting cards with a code attached,
I'm afraid you're out of luck. Unfortunately, all of the coins available for
distribution were sent out some time ago. Thanks for your interest though.
Even though the coin claim process has come to an end, please do not remove the
visiting card from the cache!