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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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Island of Legends 3D Art Revealed

Icon Coins is proud to reveal the 3D artwork created for our upcoming Island of Legends Collectors Coin. This is the 3D rendering created from the concept design that is used to create the die mold used by the mint to strike the coins. On the left are the front and back 3D images, and on the right are multi angle views with topographical coloring that indicates relief, or height, in the coin design.

The Island of Legends Collectors Coin is a Limited Edition collectible piece
limited to only 500 coins minted worldwide and is currently available for Pre-Order Here.

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Pre-Order Bonus Announced for Island of Legends Coin

The Force is strong with our Island of Legends Limited Edition Collectors Coin!  Officially released on July 15th, 2019, this awesome new coin is available now for Pre-Order.  In addition to our special Pre-Order pricing, all advance orders will also include an EXCLUSIVE Twin Suns Car Magnet featuring the full color version of the coin art!  These magnets measure 3″ x 3″, are durable, and weather/waterproof!

Note:  All Pre-Orders will receive this bonus, including those placed prior to this announcement!

Click Here to Pre-Order

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Bigfoot Collectors Coin Featured in Festival Game App

Imagine this:  You are playing Super Mario Brothers, but instead of Mario, you are Bigfoot.  And instead of collecting plain old generic coins, you are collecting Bigfoot Collectors Coins by Icon Coins!!  Too good to be true!?!  No!

Gearing up for this years 3rd Annual Oregon Bigfoot Festival on Saturday, August 17th, 2019, organizers have teamed up with Gaggle Games to bring you The Oregon Bigfoot Festival: Bigfoot Arcade! Available in the Google Play Store, this FREE app allows you to romp around as Bigfoot collecting Bigfoot Coins, squashing creepy-crawlies, and avoiding pitfalls and obstacles. Along the way you will also become familiar with some of the great sponsors and supporters of what is quickly becoming one of the premier Bigfoot events in the country, The Oregon Bigfoot Festival!!

Download Bigfoot Arcade – Click Here

For Full Oregon Bigfoot Festival Details Visit:

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Icon Coins Sponsors 3rd Annual Oregon Bigfoot Festival

Icon Coins is very happy to announce that we will be sponsoring the Oregon Bigfoot Festival for the 3rd year in a row!  We will be providing some awesome coins to the event including our popular Bigfoot Collectors Coin and our BRAND NEW coin celebrating THE YETI!

The 3rd annual Oregon Bigfoot Festival will be held on Saturday, August 17th, 2019 at Glenn Otto Park, in beautiful Troutdale , Oregon. There is a $5 suggested donation for adults and $2 for kids 12 and under for the FESTIVAL ADMISSION. Festival hours are 10am – 5pm.

You may also purchase tickets for the OREGON BIGFOOT CONFERENCE featuring special guests Cliff Barackman and James “Bobo” Fay from Animal Planets “FINDING BIGFOOT” ®

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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