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The Kintner Boy Gets The Jaws of Bruce

I recently had the pleasure of presenting Jeffrey Vorhees with The Jaws of Bruce collectors coin! Mr. Vorhees portrayed the ill fated Alex Kintner in JAWS. He traveled from his lifelong home on Martha’s Vinyard to New Jersey to appear at pop culture convention, Chiller Theatre. We had a nice conversation about the longevity of JAWS, the enthusiasm of fans, and his genuine appreciation for what he called his “little piece of history.”

Also, I am thrilled to add The Jaws of Bruce coin that Mr. Vorhees was willing to autograph for me to my personal collection!

Thank you, Jeffrey! Your piece of history of history is HUGE to us!! Enjoy The Jaws of Bruce!!

-Ralph Asbury, Icon Coins

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Richard Dreyfuss Receives The Jaws of Bruce

I recently had the incredible honor of meeting with Hooper himself, Jaws star, Richard Dreyfuss, to present him with The Jaws of Bruce collectors coin! Mr. Dreyfuss was quite impressed, commenting on the size, weight, and detail of the coin. We had a nice conversation about the design and minting process, which he was rather interested in.

To top it all off, Mr. Dreyfuss was willing to autograph a coin for my personal collection. While there is a nice smooth area on the front side of The Jaws of Bruce coin, it is a bit smaller than most items he is used to signing, so he had an idea…..

“I’m afraid if I sign my whole name it won’t fit, but I have a nickname that my friends call me, and it’s something that people used to call my dad. I love when people call me this. It’s ‘Dreyf’….. Would you mind if I signed it like that?”

Of course, I had no objection!

Thank you, Dreyf!!! Enjoy The Jaws of Bruce!!!

– Ralph Asbury, Icon Coins

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Concept to Coin: The Jaws of Bruce

Below is a walk through the process of creating The Jaws of Bruce Limited Edition Collectors Coin.

Theme: The Jaws of Bruce
This coin was designed to honor the mechanical shark, Bruce, who has gone on to become a legend in his own right outside the blockbuster success of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 smash hit, Jaws!  Although it is well documented that Bruce was not easy to work with on the set, his film debut terrified a generation and then some.

Concept Art: Once we pin down the theme of our coins, we create the concept art as a visual representation of the coin.  This is adjusted until it is an accurate example of how we envision the coin.

3D Model: When the concept art is completed it is used to create a 3D model. This model goes through various adjustments to ensure that key features are not only visually accurate, but also to ensure that they meet technical specifications for the minting process.

Finished Coin: Upon final approval of the 3D model, a die is cut and used to strike the coins into solid heavy brass.  This process is followed by a series of finishing procedures resulting in the finished high quality coins that we pride ourselves on at Icon Coins.

Design: Front
The “Heads” side of The Jaws of Bruce coin features a high relief closeup of Bruce as would be seen by the actors who filmed their final scene with Bruce.  Although Bruce was not a real great white shark, I could only imaging how scary it must have been to be in the water with him!!

Design: Back
The “Tails” features a high relief full view of Bruce perched upon his rig that was used to maneuver and control this mechanical menace, along with a set of familiar barrels, some spare teeth, and an iconic vessel.

Only 750 of these Jawsome coins are available worldwide!

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Concept to Coin: Santa Claus

Do you know Santa? We do.  Below is a walk through the creative process and design elements of our Around the World with Santa Claus Limited Edition Collectors Coin.

Theme:  Around the World with Santa Claus
When one thinks of Santa Claus one of the most amazing thoughts is the global journey he makes each Christmas Eve to spread cheer and the spirit of giving. To honor Santa and his efforts we wanted to design a coin that reflected who Santa is in various cultures and how he is able to make his annual trek.

Concept Art: Once we pin down the theme of our coins, we create the concept art as a visual representation of the coin.  This is adjusted until it is an accurate example of how we envision the coin.

3D Model: When the concept art is completed it is used to create a 3D model. This model goes through various adjustments to ensure that key features are not only visually accurate, but also to ensure that they meet technical specifications for the minting process.

Finished Coin: Upon final approval of the 3D model, a die is cut and used to strike the coins into solid heavy brass.  This process is followed by a series of finishing procedures resulting in the finished high quality coins that we pride ourselves on at Icon Coins.

Fun Fact:  One of the things Santa does in the “off season” is preside over weddings. He is known to present the newly married couples with The Marriage Coin as a gift!  If you would like to have Santa perform your wedding, visit Weddings by Santa!

Design:  Front
The “Heads” side of the coin features a high relief 3D portrait of the man himself, Santa Claus.  As you can see, he is reviewing his list to determine who has been naughty and who has been nice!  In order to create the portrait, we had to make sure we knew what Santa looked like, right?  Red suit, fuzzy hat, white beard….  Sort of….  We all have a basic idea of what Santa looks like. At the same time, we also know he has a lot of helpers.  We wanted the coin to look like Santa.  The real deal.  Truth be told, we have known Santa personally for quite some time, so we asked him to send us some reference photos.

Surrounding the portrait are twelve names that Santa goes by around the world:

English (UK): Father Christmas
Danish: Julemanden
Chilean Spanish: Viejo Pascuero
Chinese: Dun Che Lao Ren
French: Père Noël
German: Weihnachtsmann
Hungarian: Mikulas
Italian: Babbo Natale
Japanese: Hoteiosho
Romanian: Mos Craciun
Russian:Ded Moroz
Dutch: Sinterklaas

Fun Fact: The brass used to strike these beautiful coins was provided by Santa’s Workshop, and is the very same brass the elves use to create the reindeer’s sleigh bells. A special thanks to Smitty, the Workshop Blacksmith, for all his help!

Design: Back
The “Tails” side of the coin features a magical recreation of the compass Santa uses to travel the world on Christmas Eve!  Although lots of technological advances and upgrades have been made to Santa’s sleigh over the years, this trusty compass is the driving force to keep Santa on course.  While usually under tight wraps, Santa allowed us unprecedented access to the compass in order to accurately portray the finest details.  Thanks, Santa!

Surrounding the compass is a variety of languages from around the world proclaiming “Merry Christmas”:

English: Merry Christmas
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Irish: Nollaig  Chridheil
Albanian: Gëzuar Krishtlindjet
Italian: Buon Natale
French: Joyeux Noël
Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka
Finish: Hyvää Joulua
German: Fröhliche Weihnachten
Samoan: Manuia le Kirisimasi

Fun Fact: Ever wonder where Santa gets his belly? There is a good chance that it comes from one of his other “off season” activities, Santa’s BBQ Catering!  Check out all the goodies Santa whips up here.

Only 500 Around the World with Santa Claus Collectors Coins are available worldwide.

Click Here to Order Yours Today!

And of course, everyone here at Icon Coins would like to thank Santa Claus for sharing with us in this very special way, and for all that he does to spread joy, happiness, and the spirit of giving around the globe! 

Merry Christmas, Santa.
You are the truest of ICONS!!

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Thanksgiving Special at Icon Coins

Happy Thanksgiving from Icon Coins!  To help usher in the holiday shopping season we are offering a great Thanksgiving Special.  Simply buy 2 of our beautiful collectors coins and get one FREE!!

Here’s how it works…

Step 1: Choose the three coins you would like to purchase and add them to your shopping cart.

Step 2: Enter coupon code: TURKEY

We will deduct the full price of the third coin from your total giving you three awesome coins for the price of two!!

This offer is available from 11/20-11/23/2017.  One free coin per order. Cannot be combined with other offers or coupons.

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Thank You Oregon Bigfoot Festival

We would like to thank JC Mercer, Jr. and his entire event staff for putting on a great event this past weekend.  We at Icon Coins were very happy to sponsor this event!  The festival drew close to 4000 Bigfoot enthusiasts who enjoyed a host of activities throughout the day!!

The festivities included a special appearance by Finding Bigfoot star, Cliff Barackman, who treated fans to a special VIP Conference and Meet & Greet!

Keep up to date on info for next years event at the Oregon Bigfoot Festival website! Click Here!

If you would like to order a Bigfoot Collectors Coin, visit our store here!

Star of Animal Planet’s hit show Finding Bigfoot, Cliff Barackman and Shane Corson from Monster X Radio showing off their Bigfoot Collectors Coins from Icon Coins!
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Icon Coins Announces Santa Claus Coin

We are happy to announce that next addition to our line of high quality collectible coins is the one and only Santa Claus!  Stay tuned to IconCoins.com for updates and availability as we prepare to unveil the design of the coin in the coming weeks along with special announcements and information.

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The Roswell Incident Coin Now Available

We are happy to announce that our brand new The Roswell Incident Collectors Coin is now available!  These awesome new coins come just in time for the 70th anniversary of the infamous 1947 event that some call the most important happening in human history! The Roswell Incident Collectors Coin is limited to only 500 coins worldwide. Each coin includes a signed and numbered C.O.A. and an alien grey velvet coin pouch.

Stop by the Icon Coins shop page to order yours today!  Click Here
All orders ship within 24 hours except on Sunday!

Special thank you to everyone who pre-ordered The Roswell Incident Collectors Coin!  All pre-orders have shipped and will arrive to you shortly!