Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Equestria One Bit Coin by SouthParkTaoist Equestria One Bit Coin by SouthParkTaoist
I am a numismatist and have been designing coins for a while now for my Military Academy as well as commemorative and military challenge coins. Since joining this fandom back in 2011 I have been wanting to see some MLP themed coins made. I designed a coin back in Nov 2011 and have been working with different groups of people to see it made, but after almost two years nothing happened. Finally, I found someone who was making Brony Coins and hoping to see this coin finally realized offered to lend my design.

The new person commissioned me to design new coins. Since I was recently cut off from my family, needed to pay for rent, and wanting to see my original design realized as a physical coin, I took the job. It was my first time doing commissioned work for the Brony fandom, normally they are through professional companies that manages all the contacts. I have heard horror stories of people not getting paid for art commissions in this fandom, plus my busy pre-med, military schedule, was the reason why I never took any online commissions.

The person who hired me to design the coins was sketchy, asking for personal information (like where I lived or went to school), not having a contract, if I was a brony, not allowing me to talk to other people about our emails or conversations, etc. Also the fact he specifically stated he is not a brony and purely are making these coins for business. I designed these coins based off classic 20th Century American coins which I collect, which are considered the most beautiful coins in the world.

The problem started to come when I had to do a redesign, and given limitations “don’t use Hasbro ponies” “don’t use Hasbro cutie marks” which is understandable for copyright reasons. But as most coins have a human profile, that limits the subject matter that could be used for the coin. I decided that the America the Beautiful National Park Quarters was the way to go, with their beautiful landscapes.

I decided to base three coins around honoring the three pony races. Each coin was one part of the whole and made use of that theme. One would each be of a three coinage metals, copper, silver, and gold. And each had one part of a three part Latin motto, each representing one of the three races but together representing Equestria. Each coin also has a symbol honor one of the three princesses Celestia, Luna, Twilight (Cadence is for another design).

This first coin honors the Earth Ponies and is of copper. I decided to have a view of Sweet Apple Acres frosted on a proof mirror finish. The back is a wreath of apple leaves with a horseshoe.

The second coin honors the Pegasus and is of silver. I decided to have a view of Cloudsdale. The back is a wreath of clouds and lightning bolts much like an Air Force Officer’s cap.

The final coin honors the Unicorn and is of gold. I used a shot of Canterlot for the image. The back is a wreath of oliver branches representing the wisdom of the unicorns.

After a third redesign of all the coins and a finally touch up, I sent the designs in, only to be told my services weren’t needed.

“I don't think this partnership is going to work out.
I thank you for your work and wish you success in all of your future endeavors… I have to get your designs finished by another designer. I am not happy with the designs or the time it takes to get work from you… ”

Again this is coming from a man who thinks a giant comic sans 10 on a coin with nothing else is a beautiful coin design. I will not name names as I don’t believe in smearing but it does still annoy me that I would not be paid for my art which he would give to another artist to redesign. So that is my first experience with doing brony commissions, having my time wasted and artwork stolen. If you do see my coin designs out there being used without my permission please inform me thank you.

While I would like to see this design as a physical coin, I do want to be fair and not try and get this minted at the present, until this situation clears up. However I still would like to get that coin design I have been hanging on since Nov 2011 finally get made ([link]. So if you know a mint and would like to help out, that would be appreciated.
Add a Comment:
Was resurrecting an old idea I had regarding Equestrian currency and was looking up what other people had done with it and came across this one. What impressed me most about this one was
(a) you bothered to come up with more than one denomination
(b) all the symbolism has meaning.. it's not just a bunch of stuff tossed in
(c) it's not overly simplistic .. I can see actual coins being minted like this.

I had my own ideas but could never really flesh out (b) or (c) to my own satisfaction
One idea I had was to have non-base-ten units.  It's a bit sad that nowadays nearly every currency these days is decimal so I wanted my own Equestian currency to have different units with different names ('bit' being the 'base unit')

jangle (1/4 bit) - the smallest sub-unit and reference to "My Little Pony Tales" series from 1992
bit - base unit
furlong - 8 bits (there'd also be a 4-bit 'half-furlong' coin as well)
crown - 8 furlongs (64 bits) (also a 32-bit 4-furlong 'half-crown' coin)
largest coin unit being the 3-crown 'triple crown' coin (192 bits) (horse-racing reference)

All coins would have 'sun' and 'moon' sides as opposed to 'heads' and 'tails'.

Overall there'd be 7 currency units spanning about 2.8 orders of magnitude which is a little low but would be reasonably functional (Canada for instance has 10 common currency units spanning 3.3 orders of magnitude)
Tjeb Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
I hope you like this, after all it's your design.

Equestria One Bit - comes with case by Tjeb  
DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice!

You should see my version of an Equestria silver dollar.
caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
very cool :D
batosan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Look at these.....I wish you luck.
SouthParkTaoist Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That is the guy who scammed me.
tidalkraken Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
He used to be my seller when I was making the one, five, and ten bit coins. how'd he scam you?
batosan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wondered.....Coins for anything is a Challenge coin manufacture.
SouthParkTaoist Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I used them before, when I designed a coin for my Military Academy. Was thinking of using them, but not sure if I should spend money making these coins. Probably cost me too much.
batosan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand! Money! A simple brass order for 100 coins at the 1.5 inch size is a minimum of approx.$300.00. Akili ran into trouble by using "Kick Start" for financial backing, kind of making a big public to do that brought Hasbro down on her! So the purchase has to be private and preferably from a single party.I know I want to see more coins (retired USAF, 31 years, so I have a coin or two from the sand box and all over the world!).
SouthParkTaoist Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have done a few military challenge coins through Coinsforanything, they are normally good. Right now to get them done in time for Brony Con, my last con, I would need to pay them $600. Which I don't think I have. Akili's coin looks beautiful, but the BronyCoin guy was the one who did not fully pay me for my designs, so not sure.
Add a Comment:


Submitted on
June 27, 2013
Image Size
474 KB


131 (who?)