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Equestria Twenty Five Bit Coin by SouthParkTaoist Equestria Twenty Five 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.
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lupus1970 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
From one brony numismatist to another... those are beautiful coins. My favourite being the 10 bit. It's a real pity about what happened to you and if I was still working full time I'd pay good money for a set.
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SouthParkTaoist Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :) glad other numismatist like the designs. 
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DerpyKotatsu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Wow, I would love to own one of these! They're perfect
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool!
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Kujiiro Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
These designs are incredible. You put so much work into the details and the meanings behind each one, it is such a shame to see someone abuse your talent that way. I would buy these up in a heartbeat.
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ShadowflashMLP Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
That's why a lot of artists make people pay half first before they continue with their artwork.

If you really want to commission, I suggest that you do the same. You draw sketches and display the sketches (with watermarks) to the buyer. If they want more, they have to pay half of what you're asking. Afterwards, when you're finished (or perhaps nearing completion) they need to pay the rest so that they will receive the entire commission.

At least, that's how I'd do it. A "half now, half later" sort of deal - to ensure your time isn't wasted.

That, or you can force them to pay immediately.
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muffinexplosion Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want these coins so hard!
They are the most beautiful coins i have ever seen!
Great work!
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wildwill2002 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
As a numismatist myself, I must say these coins are very beautiful. Before even reading the descriptions, they immediately reminded me of the "America the Beautiful" quarters. I can also see other little touches of early US coins (particularly the wreath). If they ever were to go on sale as real coins, I would buy them in a heartbeat.

I do have two critiques though. I think the use of Roman numerals and English to denote value is a little off-putting. I think that using either just the Roman numerals (like the V Nickel) or using "25 BITS"/"Twenty-Five BITS" would work a little better. My other critique is that the obverse of the Unicorn coin has a bit too much empty space.

Those minor issues aside, I still think they are by far the best pony coins I've ever seen. I saw different coins for sale a while ago. ([link]. The design of those coins was some artwork somebody made on Deviantart beforehand, unrelated to the coins. They just re-appropriated the artwork to fit on a coin. While the art itself was nice, I didn't buy it because it just didn't look like a real coin. These on the other hand were clearly made from the ground up to resemble a real US coin, which is why I love them so much.

I really do hope they get minted one day.

Best of luck!

-William
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SouthParkTaoist Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh thanks!

They were originally text, so ONE BIT and TEN BIT, like how old coins used to have ONE CENT and ONE DIME, but the person who was going to use these designs wanted numbers and personally I am not a fan of numbers as they only belong on game tokens. Like that hideous Presidential Dollar series. So this design was actually just a test run to see if Roman numerals work but he "did not need my services" after that point so I never had a chance to redesign it.

Also agree with your point on the empty space, but I am a fan of those mirror proof finishes and wanted to experiment how it would look with the proof finish representing the empty sky.

Again thanks for your comments and inputs. Always like feedback from my fellow numismatists.
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block1431 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
I read that description and I felt like flipping my desk. That really sucks :/. Honestly, if this man was being honest about "disliking the design," I'm a bit offended. Coins aren't meant to be decked out and absurdly detailed-- they're meant to be simple and clear, yet beautiful and elegant at the same time. Heck, looking at an everyday penny, all I see is the face of a president (Lincoln) on the front side and the Lincoln memorial on the opposite side, with some dates and minimal print on it. Yet to me, that's perfect: it commemorates one of our presidents, is unique and is recognizable instantly. When I see these coin designs, it actually feels like a real Equestrian currency; it captures a notable event, person, or location and pulls off that simple yet beautiful design that you'd see on a real coin. Kudos to you ^_^.

P.S. Hope you find someone willing to help you. These NEED to be printed.
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PeppermintShine Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Flip a desk, indeed. That guy is the last person I'd want to hear criticism from in regards to coin designs.

However, I'd like to point out that the level of detail and design complexity found in coins has historically varied, with precious metal coins tending to be more highly detailed. Consider the American silver Walking Liberty or the Mexican silver Libertad designs. Yet by far the most detailed modern coins that I can think of are actually base metal: the America the Beautiful quarters.

And while certainly there is a place for minimalism in any work of art that has to fit in one's pocket, take things too far in that direction and you end up with the Wyoming state quarter, or a Bronycoin.
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block1431 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Heh, I'm just a sucker for simplicity. It probably has to with my Occam's Razor view on everything. The simpler something is, the better it is (although there are always outliers.) Perhaps I should add a knew parameter into my view... xD

Anyways, have a good one.
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DestinyDecade Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here here. :)
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SouthParkTaoist Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Yeah as a coin collector these were really a labor of love, I put everything I like about the art of coinage into these pieces. Hopefully they will be made someday, if they are will make sure to save a set for you.
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block1431 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
I look forward to that day with much vigor.
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Fanatic-of-the-few Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Personally, I think he was an idiot for dropping you. These are excellent coin designs, and if nothing else, they have gone straight into my headcanon was to what a bit looks like.

Excellent work, good sir.
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SouthParkTaoist Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awww thanks!
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Is very impressive :O
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SouthParkTaoist Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awww thanks!
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
I think I would feel like a dragon guarding a treasure if you had one of those coins in my hands >:3
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FurryXXI-02 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's shiiiinyyyy~ <3
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