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Compass Rose Geocoin® 2014

Compass Rose Geocoin 2014 Protection

 

The 2014 Compass Rose Geocoin® is based on the Han Cosmic Mirror.

The Han Cosmic Mirror represents many aspects of life for the Chinese culture of long ago. However, to this day, it is still shrouded in mystery and its precise use is still unknown. One thing is for sure: the mirror was cosmologically significant. It was mass produced during the years of 206 BCE to 220 CE. These mirrors are also referred to as TLV mirrors by westerners because of the T, L, and V shapes in the design work, but not all mirrors incorporated all of these shapes.

In the design, the outer ring symbolizes the clouds of the round heaven, and the square in the center signifies the Earth as the Chinese believed the earth was square during this time. However, it is also believed that the square represents China as the "Middle Kingdom." Another diagnosis of the square center is related to the Gui Sundial. This sundial is divided into 100 parts and is the earliest known sundial in the world. The sundial is thought to provide time or direction. The area between the square the heavens represents the Four Seas. 'Four Seas' was a term not meant for water, but rather a representation of the four territories outside of China. The four "T" shapes around the square showed the four gates into the middle kingdom. The "V" shapes at the corners are thought to give compass directions. Overall the mirror is believed to show the five directions of North, South, East, West, and Center.

Also being regarded as a compass, the Cosmic Mirror was not only thought of for finding physical directions, but also for finding a direction in life. The mirror was believed to expel unpromising effects on daily life and to determine which days were going to be good days.

Dragons and Tigers are depicted on most Cosmic Mirrors. Dragons were an important symbol and signify strength, goodness and spirit of change. Maltese Tigers were revered in China and reported to live in the Fujian Province. Both figures are located on the outskirts of the Four Seas roving among the four quarters. Direction of the compass is believed to be ruled by creatures: white tiger for West, tortoise for North, vermilion bird for South, and dragon for East. The crane is a symbol of longevity and is able to fly souls to heaven.

The 2014 Compass Rose Geocoin is made in five different versions:

  • Cosmos is the Limited Edition black nickel with polished nickel background.
  • Immortality is antique bronze.
  • Protection is polished nickel with polished gold background.
  • Longevity is antique silver.
  • Fortune is made with polished 24k gold.

Specifications:

  • Measures 2" (50mm) in diameter
  • Translucent and solid hard enamel colors
  • Some versions have glow-in-the-dark colors
  • Swarovski gemstone on the front side
  • Trackable on Geocoaching.com
  • A unique icon will show on your profile when you log a discovery

Regular versions' icon:2013 Compass Rose Geocoin Icon - regular versions
Limited versions' icon:2013 Compass Rose Geocoin LE icon

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2014 Compass Rose Geocoin backs all versions

Presales started in Dec 2014 and ended Jan 2015.

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The Compass Rose Geocoins® and Navigation Geocoins are manufactured and distributed by CoinsAndPins.com. You can also find them at some of our distributors' stores.

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