Alaska Geocoin Information


For a gallery and history of past GeocacheAlaska! geocoins, click here.


Activation Code Retrieval:

Click here to retrieve activation codes for your 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Alaska geocoins and other GeocacheAlaska! trackables directly from Groundspeak.  If you are unable to retrieve your activation codes from Groundspeak, e-mail your tracking numbers to us at coinsales@geocachealaska.org and we'll send your activation codes via e-mail.

Click here to retrieve the activation codes for your 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 Alaska geocoins from Oakcoins.


Click here to order your 2013 Alaska Geobling!!!


A note about our prices:  GeocacheAlaska! is a 501(c)(3) non-profit education organization.  Our purpose is outlined in Article II of our by-laws.  We price our products to earn a modest profit to help underwrite expenses incurred in meeting the organization's goals.  Expenses for PayPal fees, packaging, postage, and insurance are charged at as close to our cost as possible within the constraints of the PayPal shipping calculator.  For our overseas customers, we feel your pain regarding international postage rates which have quadrupled since 2010 for packages weighing less than an ounce $1.44 versus $6.55 (yes, it now costs that much to mail a set of five pathtags overseas) and more than doubled for heavier packages.

You will see a two-tiered price system.  "Sourdough," a reference to someone having spent an entire winter north of the Arctic Circle and refers to their tradition of protecting their sourdough bread starter during the coldest months by keeping it close to their body, pertains to Sourdough members of GeocacheAlaska! who are eligible for member merchandise discounts.  "Cheechako," a reference to someone new to Alaska, pertains to anyone else who is not a Sourdough. 

 

2014 GeocacheAlaska! Photo Calendar

  

Alaskan geocachers submitted their favorite Alaskan caching photos to the scrutiny of their peers and the thirteen favorite photos were chosen to adorn the cover and pages of this 2014 calendar.  There are even more photos on the back cover!

These calendars are printed at Zazzle.com and you may view all the photographs by clicking here.  Calendar size is nominally 8.25" x 10.5" closed and 16.5" x 10.5" open. 

Many thanks to Anchorage cacher SSO JOAT for making this calendar possible!

$20 Sourdough/$23 Cheechako

 

2013 GeocacheAlaska! Geocoin   

The concept for the obverse of the 2013 Alaska geocoin was designed by qaplake, who also designed the 2013 GeocacheAlaska! Pacific white-sided dolphin and orca pathtags, with modifications by members of the GeocacheAlaska! Fundraising Committee.  It features an adult and a young orca cavorting in the waves at sunset.  The killer whale (Orcinus orca), also referred to as the orca whale or orca, and less commonly as the blackfish, is a toothed whale that is actually the largest of the dolphins.  Killer whales are found in all oceans, from the frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas.  They are frequently found in Alaskan waters throughout the coastal areas.  The orca grows to between 23 to 32 feet in length and weigh up to 6 tons.  They travel in family pods of up to 40 whales and hunt fish and other marine mammals.  Killer whales are regarded as apex predators, lacking any natural predators.  Killer whales are highly social; some populations are composed of matrilineal family groups which are the most stable of any animal species.  Their sophisticated hunting techniques and vocal behaviors, which are often specific to a particular group and passed across generations, have been described as manifestations of culture.  Their pack behavior and hierarchy are comparable to that of wolves. 

          
Left to right: Shiny gold front and back and shiny nickel front and back  

The reverse of the coin is based upon the design used for the Alaskan geocoins produced in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.  It features a Sourdough cacher using a modern GPS to locate his traditional food cache in the shadow of Denali (Mt. McKinley), the tallest peak in North America with an elevation of 20,320 feet (6195 m).

The geocoins are 38 mm in diameter, 4 mm thick, and feature a multi-color enamel obverseThe geocoins are 38 mm in diameter, 4 mm thick, and feature a multi-color enamel obverse, including translucent blue for the ocean and glitter in the splashes,  and a deep 3D

  

The geocoins are offered for sale individually and bundled as sets with the 2013 GeocacheAlaska! pathtags.

Individually (shiny gold or shiny nickel):  $9 Sourdough/$10 Cheechako

Sets of one shiny gold geocoin, one shiny nickel geocoin, one each of five 2013 GeocacheAlaska! pathtags: $27 Sourdough/$30 Cheechako

 

2013 GeocacheAlaska! Pathtags
 

2013 Sounding Gray Whale, silver, edition of 500, by Webbler
The gray whale, (Eschrichtius robustus), is a baleen whale that is found in coastal areas of the northern Pacific ocean ranging from Mexico to South Korea with large numbers ranging through Alaska’s Gulf Coast and up through the Bering Sea.   They make an annual migration between southern breeding grounds and northern summer feeding grounds and may travel over 12,000 miles each year.  The gray whale reaches a length of 40 to 50 feet and a weight of 30 to 40 tons.  The gray whale feeds on the ocean floor by rolling on its side and dislodging small crustaceans from the sediment with its snout and scooping them up with baleen strainer plates in the jaw.  The gray whale was hunted to the brink of extinction in the mid-1800s, but following an international ban on hunting in 1947, the population has rebounded to nearly their original population size in the Pacific Ocean.

2013 First Quarter Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, black nickel, edition of 500, by qaplake
The Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) is a very active dolphin found in the cool to temperate waters of the North Pacific Ocean and range throughout Alaska’s Gulf Coastal areas.  The Pacific white-sided dolphin grows to 7-8 feet in length and weighs about 300 pounds.  The Pacific white-sided dolphin is a very active and acrobatic swimmer who often rides the bow wake of large ships for extended distances.  They can often be seen leaping and somersaulting through the air.  They travel in large herds of up to 100 dolphins and frequently interact with other species of dolphins.  They are carnivorous hunters that feed on small, schooling fish and squid, most often at night.

2013 Second Quarter Breaching Humpback, shiny gold, edition of 500, by Webbler
The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale that is found in all oceans on Earth.  They frequent the southern Alaskan Gulf Coastal and Bering Sea during the summer months and migrate every winter to warm equatorial waters for breeding.  A popular migration route takes these whales 3,000 miles between Alaska and Hawaii in as little as 36 days twice per year.  The humpback whale grows to between 48 and 62 feet long and weighs up to 40 tons.  The humpback is a very powerful swimmer that often performs acrobatic leaps from the water known as breaching.  These whales are known for a complex song lasting 10 to 20 minutes, which males repeat for hours at a time at their winter breeding grounds.  They feed only during the summer months and use a unique pack feeding technique known as bubble netting where individuals have different roles in distracting and then herding small fish and krill into a tight cluster before lunging upward to catch them.  A humpback whale can consume up to 3,000 pounds of food per day.

2013 Third Quarter Orca, copper, edition of 500, by qaplake
The killer whale (Orcinus orca), also referred to as the orca whale or orca, and less commonly as the blackfish, is a toothed whale that is actually the largest of the dolphins.  Killer whales are found in all oceans, from the frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas.  They are frequently found in Alaskan waters throughout the coastal areas.  The orca grows to between 23 to 32 feet in length and weigh up to 6 tons.  They travel in family pods of up to 40 whales and hunt fish and other marine mammals.  Killer whales are regarded as apex predators, lacking any natural predators.  Killer whales are highly social; some populations are composed of matrilineal family groups which are the most stable of any animal species.  Their sophisticated hunting techniques and vocal behaviors, which are often specific to a particular group and passed across generations, have been described as manifestations of culture.  Their pack behavior and hierarchy are comparable to that of wolves.

2013 Fourth Quarter Narwhal, shiny gold, edition of 500, by Old Man 124
The narwhal (Monodon monoceros) is a medium-sized toothed whale that lives year-round in the Arctic coastal waters and is sometimes referred to as the unicorn of the sea.  Its primary range is along the northern coast of Canada through Greenland and across the northern Atlantic and northern coast of Russia, though they have occasionally been seen in the waters off the northern Alaskan coast. They are related to the beluga, orca, bottlenose dolphins, and harbor porpoises.  Narwhals grow to between 13 and 20 feet long and weigh up to 3,500 pounds.  Narwhal males are distinguished by a long, straight, helical tusk, which is actually an elongated upper left canine that can grow over 8 feet long.   Narwhals are carnivores and feed on fish and shrimp at the bottom of the ocean.  The narwhal is one of the deepest diving whales that can reach depths of up to 1500m and stay submerged for up to 25 minutes at a time.

Each design has a unique serial number and features the custom Alaska back.

Sold only as sets of all five pathtags:  $10 Sourdough/$11.25 Cheechako

 

Alaska Aurora Pathtags

Back by popular demand is the Alaska aurora pathtag.  These pathtags are produced with shiny gold plating to replicate the Alaska state flag's eight stars of gold and sport glow-in-the-dark enamel to simulate the aurora borealis (northern lights).  

    

Package of five:  $10 Sourdough/$11.25 Cheechako

Those who geocache in the 'Banks Pathtags

"Those who geocache in the 'Banks" is a unique group of Interior Alaska geocachers. This path tag, designed by firemanak, is a small representation of our addiction. The Golden Heart City of Fairbanks is our home base where we cache with the wild life of moose on a regular basis.

This path tag is to help support our addiction of caching, events and meet & greets with a BIG THANKS to Geocache Alaska! for additional support.

Only a limited one-time production that will not be remade.

 

  

Individually:  $3.00 Sourdough/$3.50 Cheechako
Package of five:  $13 Sourdough/$15 Cheechako 

 

GeocacheAlaska! Trackable Travelers  


GeocacheAlaska! Nomads are laser engraved into a multi-layered sheet of acrylic and cut to 42 mm by 42 mm by GxProxy.  They are available in the colors depicted in limited quantities of each.  The Nomads are trackable on geocaching.com and linked to the GeocacheAlaska! Travelers custom icon (shown in the above title block).

$9 Sourdough/$10 Cheechako

 


GeocacheAlaska! TrekTags are produced for us by GxProxy.  They are available in the colors depicted in limited quantities of each.  These military style dog dogs come in a package of two tags and a 26" ball chain.  If your traveler goes missing during its journey, the tag can be replaced for a nominal cost by GxProxyThe TrekTags are trackable on geocaching.com and are linked to the GeocacheAlaska! Travelers custom icon (shown in the above title block) .

  $6 Sourdough/$7 Cheechako


GeocacheAlaska! License Plate Tags are produced for us by Oakcoins as part of their State Tag series.  The tags are cut from aluminum and come with a ball chain for attaching a traveler.  The Fundraising Committee perused all the Alaska license plate designs and chose the one that we felt best depicted the spirit of the Greatland.  The front design features the "eight stars of gold" of Ursa Major (the Big Dipper) raising over Denali (Mt. McKinley) and Sultana (Mt. Foraker) with a caribou migrating along the spruce-covered foothills of the Alaska Range.  The back design contains fun  facts such as the state motto, statehood date, and capitol.  The plate number is the tracking number.

 
$5 Sourdough/$6 Cheechako

 

Blank GeocacheAlaska! Stunt Doubles
Create Your Own Proxies of Past Editions to Release to the Wild

Have you purchased past editions of GeocacheAlaska! trackable geocoins, but not wanted to release an ounce of silver to the wild?  GxProxy provides the perfect solution in the form of a "stunt double," a more durable version of the laminated coin duplicates oftentimes found in caches.  Each aluminum stunt double is 55mm in diameter and 5 mm thick and features a laser engraved front of past years' GeocacheAlaska! trackable geocoins.  Each double has a space where your geocoin's tracking number may be engraved or applied with a fine-point permanent marker.  These stunt doubles are available in several colors.  

  $3.00 Sourdough/$3.50 Cheechako each


2006 Wolf


2007 Micro Mosquito


2008 Polar Bear


2009 Brown Bears


2010 Caribou

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