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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, 2013 and 2014 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 2014 Alaska Geobling!!!

Sourdough Members: When you enter our online store via the above link, you will be on the Cheechako store page.  Please continue into the Sourdough store via the link at the top of the Cheechako store page.

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 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. 

Also note that, like all areas of GeocacheAlaska!, our store is staffed by volunteer efforts.  None of the folks who staff and run GeocacheAlaska! are paid for the work and we all have day jobs.  Orders placed via our online store are batch processed by our volunteer staff.  Please allow some extra time for your orders to be packed and shipped.  International orders require even more processing time due to USPS paperwork and the requirement to present all international packages in person at a USPS facility during regular business hours.  

2014 GeocacheAlaska! Geocoin    

The concept for the obverse of the 2014 Alaska geocoin was drafted by GeocacheAlaska's own Joel Vos (NeverSummer) in Homer, Alaska during the 2014 pathtag design contest.  The contest theme was Birds of Alaska.  This design was not submitted as a pathtag design, but as an original in-house design for a geocoin.  The fundraising committee, headed up by SSO JOAT, took the original pencil-sketch design and worked it into a mint-ready geocoin design.  This coin was minted in 300 pieces, split between satin gold and silver finishes.  A matching black nickel pathtag was also produced from slightly simplified artwork.  

 


Satin Silver (left) and Satin Gold (right) finishes at different lighting angles 

The reverse of the coin is based upon the design used for the Alaskan geocoins produced in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.  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 obverse, including two shades of translucent blue for the ocean over a textured wave pattern.  The geocoins are offered for sale individually and bundled as two finish sets with the 2014 GeocacheAlaska! pathtags. 

Individually (satin silver or gold):  $10 Sourdough / $12 Cheechako (and non-members)

Sets of one satin gold geocoin, one satin silver geocoin, one set of five 2014 GeocacheAlaska! pathtags: $28 Sourdough / $33 Cheechako

 

2014 GeocacheAlaska! Pathtags

GeocacheAlaska! once again held a design contest within the pathtags community to solicit designs for a 2014 pathtag set.  The contest theme was Birds of Alaska.  We received a number of great designs, which were debated within our Fundraising Committee and the Board of Directors until we had selected four quarter tags.  The fifth tag is from our geocoin design.  The Alaskan bird featured in the 2014 series are the Spectacled Eider, Tufted Puffin, Boreal Owl, Trumpeter Swans, and Willow Ptarmigan.  

2014 Annual - Spectacled Eider ducks - Limited Edition of 350

The Spectacled Eider is a striking bird that brings people from around the world to see it in our great state of Alaska. The entirety of the world's population of Spectacled Eiders calls Alaska "Home" for the winter. They spend from 9-12 months a year at sea, only coming to shore to nest and breed. From 1952 to 1993 they have seen a 96% decline in numbers in the Yukon Delta region alone. So, in 1993, the Spectacled Eider was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and critical habitat was designated throughout the species’ North American range. Threats to eiders at breeding areas include ingestion of contaminants, particularly lead--through a hunter's expended lead shot, and predators.
GPS itself is what helped discover the Spectacled Eiders in the winter! Until GPS receivers were attached to them, nobody knew where they went after departing their nesting grounds. Now that research continues to learn more about their lives, migration, and habitat, we can bring attention to this beautiful bird in Alaska as we Geocachers all recreate responsibly in the outdoors.

2014 First Quarter - Tufted Puffin - Limited Edition of 330

"Tough guys wear black" is the easy way to remember that black-bodied, yellow-tufted football that just flew by while along Alaska's expansive coastlines. Found all the way from Japan to mid-California in the United States, this bird is a likely sight as you scan the ocean during the summer in Alaska. While numbers in Washington, Oregon, and California are in significant decline for unknown reasons, the Alaskan population is another example of tenacity. These birds prefer high, steep areas for nesting in burrows. While their wings make for awkward flight where they need long runways or high cliffs to get airborne, they are excellent swimmers.

2014 Second Quarter - Boreal Owl - Limited Edition of 330

The Boreal Owl, one of the smallest owl species, is not uncommon in Alaska, but is rarely seen. Also called the Tengmalm's Owl in Europe, this owl is only 8-9 inches long, with a wingspan of 21-24 inches. Sometimes heard up to 2 miles away, their call is usually the only sign of their presence. If you keep a keen ear open at night, you may hear them start calling in January through April in boreal forests around Alaska. A skilled night hunter, your best way to see these small, adorable killers in the wild is to look deep into boreal trees, nearest the trunk.

2014 Third Quarter - Trumpeter Swans - Limited Edition of 330

Trumpeter Swans are an important and beautiful Alaskan bird. As the world's largest member of the waterfowl family of birds, males can average 28 pounds and females 22 pounds. That large size, and their notable white plumage made them a target for market hunters in the lower 48. In fact, in 1932, biologists only knew of 69 trumpeters in the wild. That was until the discovery of breeding Trumpeter Swans in Alaska in 1954. In 1968 extensive surveys were undertaken by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to determine the future for these birds. Trumpeters pair for life, and those animals found in Alaska helped to bring numbers up to around 13,000 by 1990. No longer on the US Endangered Species List, the discovery of breeding animals in Alaska goes down as a great success story and recovery for not only Alaskans, but also all of America as well.

2014 Fourth Quarter - Willow Ptarmigan - Limited Edition of 330

We'd like to introduce you to the Alaska State Bird! A typical bird of the arctic tundra, the Willow Ptarmigan is the largest and most numerous of the three ptarmigan species. Known as the "Willow", or Red Grouse in the British Isles, this member of the pheasant family can be found year-round in Alaska. The Willow Ptarmigan is the only grouse in the world in which the male is regularly involved in parental care. Pairs remain together from the beginning of the breeding season until their chicks are independent. Often seen in the open tundra, this bird is well known in birding circles, as well as around the hunter's table.

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

Sold only as sets of all five pathtags:  $10 Sourdough / $11.50 Cheechako

 

2013 GeocacheAlaska! Pathtags (limited quantity still available)
 

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:  CLEARANCE SALE!  $7.50 Sourdough / $9 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).  The latest run of this tag now features the custom Alaska back. 

 

Package of five tags:  $10 Sourdough / $11.50 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 and 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 each (must order directly from GxProxy)


2006 Wolf


2007 Micro Mosquito


2008 Polar Bear


2009 Brown Bears


2010 Caribou

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