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NameYear of the Tiger
GC Series3518
MintCache Advance (Cache Addict)
Activation Codeshttp://www.geocaching.com/track/ActivationCodeRetrieve.aspx
Artist NameJackalGirl
Size1.75in
Thickness3mm
Editions5
Total Coins???
Added7/28/2010 8:02:24 AM
DescriptionThe Year of the Tiger coin celebrates the Metal Tiger of 2010 (running from February 14 to February 2, 2011). Since the type of Tiger this year is metal, the actual Tiger image in the center is represented in the base plating of the coin. Specific metals associated with the tiger are gold and silver, accounting for two of the RE platings, with the copper plating being the "odd tiger out". The Chinese characters on the front of the coin are the heavenly stem and earthly branch of this year's tiger: the /geng/ (evening star) and the /yin/ (tiger). The tiger is adapted from a photo by HKCpedia (a photographer who has contributed work to Wikipedia Commons*, from which the photograph was sourced) and depicts the tiger sculpture from a Chinese Zodiac statue series in Hong Kong's Kowloon Walled City Park in China. The tiger watches over an ammo can against a backdrop of five lucky geocoins. Five is one of the luckier numbers in the Chinese lucky/unlucky number system, associated with the five elements (wood, water, fire, metal and earth) and thus tying geocaching into a global, holistic activity, and implying that geocaching is a "kingly" pursuit (as the number 5 is also historically linked with the Emperor of China). The front of the coin is rounded out with tiger stripes in the outer background. As per Wikipedia (link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_zodiac), persons born in a Tiger year are "Unpredictable, rebellious, colorful, powerful, passionate, daring, impulsive, vigorous, stimulating, sincere, affectionate, humanitarian, generous. Can be restless, reckless, impatient, quick-tempered, obstinate, selfish, aggressive, unpredictable." Accordingly, the back of the coin features the Chinese character for "Dare", and in the spirit of daring exhorts the cacher to "discover...explore...pursue". The pattern behind the "dare" character is an extremely stylized version of a star, representing this year's heavenly stem, and bears an extremely passing resemblance to a tiger's face and its stripes.
IconNameFinishMaterial# MintedMintingMintDate
JackalGirl Edition Unknown??UnknownUnknown
Green on CopperShinyCopper??UnknownUnknown
Error AEShinyGold15UnknownUnknown
Red on GoldShinyGold??UnknownUnknown
Blue on SilverShinySilver??UnknownUnknown