Congratulations! No, this is not one of those trackable coins that give you a moment of happy hope before you realize you're not allowed to keep it... the RealWorldAvatars coin is our signature item, which means if you find one in a geocache, it's all yours.
We only have one request: please, don't sell this coin off on eBay. We created them for people to find in caches and enjoy, so if you find one and you don't want it (or you already have a couple of 'em), please leave it in the cache for the next person to find. That way, the caching community will get the most fun out of our coins!
There are three varieties of RealWorldAvatars geocoin: bronze, silver, and gold. Bronze RWA coins are numbered 0101-0300 and will be the ones we most commonly leave in caches or give to friends. Silver coins are numbered 0026-0100, and will be left in caches that we particularly enjoyed finding. Gold coins are numbered FTF01-FTF25, and are found either in our own caches, or in caches that we found before anyone else. If you found a gold FTF coin, double congratulations; they're rarer than hens' teeth.
Either way, of course, I hope you enjoy adding our coin to your collection of geocoins, cache swag, or signature items. Please drop us a note to tell us what you think of it... it's our first design, so we hope people like it!
Oh and hey, if you bought it on eBay, the person who sold it to you is an evil weenie-head. (It's bad karma to buy from evil weenie-heads.)
Additional info for people who clicked here randomly:
What the heck is geocaching?
Call it a 21st-century treasure hunt, or a real-world pirate game. "Caches" of hidden toys and trinkets are hidden all over the world, and anyone can go out and find them. Instead of the traditional map-with-a-big-X, cache hunters carry a GPS receiver and a set of coordinates (smart cache hunters also carry flashlights, a walking stick, extra batteries, bug repellent, band-aids, pens, more extra batteries, and -- if you're a really, really smart cacher -- a notebook in which to jot down the coordinates of where you parked the car).
If you'd like to try finding one of the (no exaggeration) hundreds of thousands of active caches worldwide, stop by geocaching.com for a history of the game and a handy location tool.
So, why geocoins?
When you find a cache, it's traditional to take something out and put something in. Many people have "signature items," which they place in each cache that they find. These items take many forms, from homemade beads to imprinted wooden nickels to custom pens or magnets. And some folks have their own coins minted, complete with personalized designs and slogans. We thought that was pretty darn cool, so we commissioned our own.
Who minted these coins?
In our case, it was the folks at AllAboutCoins, a Florida-based company who specializes in military "challenge coins", promotional coins for various causes, and of course geocoins. Thanks again, guys!
Are there other geocoins out there?
By the truckload. Unfortunately, many of them are created simply to travel from cache to cache, instead of as goodies to take. It's a bit of a bummer to trek thirteen miles over rough terrain, scrounge a battered ammo box out of thick blackberry brambles, and triumphantly pop it open, only to discover that the only coin inside has a tracking number on it and isn't for keeps. Sometimes, though, the fates come through and the coin is just a memento of the previous finder. For an extremely comprehensive list of circulating geocoins, take a peek at the database on geocoincollection.com.
Who can I bug for more details about geocoins?
Although there is a geocoin forum on geocaching.com, it's primarily for those coins which are trackable through their site. I also recommend the smaller but more general forum at geocoins.net. They're all nice people!