The Forrest Fenn Gold Medallion Treasure Hunts Update…

BY JENNY KILE · DECEMBER 31, 2018

We are so excited!  The Forrest Fenn Gold Medallions have arrived and the Treasure Hunts begin on January 3rd!  Get ready for the fun to start!

The Medallions are BEAUTIFUL! I’ve already received offers to purchase them for over $1000 dollars, but they are NOT for sale!  There have been a limited 50 ANTIQUE GOLD FINISH Medallions created with the date January 3rd, 2019 (launch date of FFGM Treasure Hunts), at my expense, for the prizes of the Forrest Fenn Gold Medallion Treasure Hunts (and possibility of a few future GiveAways or prizes in other MW Treasure Hunts).

These are the only ways someone will be able receive one of these first edition Forrest Fenn Gold Medallions. (other than Forrest, Genetic Blend (the winner of the Design Contest), Dal, and myself have received one each for the service towards the Forrest Fenn Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt and Gold Medallion Treasure Hunts)

Although the idea to keep the back of the Medallion design secret for the finders was planned, this has changed.  Dal and I (and Forrest) have decided to reveal the entire design of the Medallions for all to see and admire!   The Medallions are hefty, stunning, and absolute treasures!

As mentioned, the back was to include special doodles by Forrest.  He had sent a few doodles to myself, via mail, for Dal and I to use, and gave us permission to use any other doodles of our choice from his books.

Here are those ‘Doodle Cards’ sent to me.  (I took them out of the frames I have them in)

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Fenn Doodles card 2

As you can see below, a few doodles from the Cards, and the books, were used, to create an awesome, one of kind, ‘unique’ Forrest Fenn Doodle Designed Medallion back!

The front design of course was chosen from the multiple designs submitted in the FFGM design contest held earlier in the year.  A huge thanks goes to GeneticBlend (Beth H.) for creating such a wonderful front.  Thank you ALL for your enthusiasm for the Medallions  and the upcoming Treasure Hunts.   We’ve had such a positive and exciting response to them!

Here they are!  Who wants one?!

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And although many of the details were posted previously about the Forrest Fenn Gold Medallions Treasure Hunts, and remain the same (except the revealing of the back), here they are again with a few clarifications.

The clues for the first FFGM Treasure Hunt will be posted on Dal’s site on January 3rd, 2019.

The clues for the second FFGM Treasure Hunt will be posted on MW’s site on January 17th, 2019.

The clues for the remaining FFGM Treasure Hunts will be posted 2 each month in the months February, March, April, and May. One on Dal’s Site.  One on MW’s site.  (10 in total for this first series of FFGM treasure hunts (second series to follow. We have 46 Medallions to giveaway as prizes- but the second series might have Medallions hidden in other locations or be total armchair treasure hunts. More on the second series of FFGM Treasure Hunts after release of all clues for the first 10))

A searcher who finds a FFGM Treasure Hunt Stone MUST use the email:  FFGMTreasureHunts@gmail.com to make a claim for the Medallion.  An image of the FFGM Treasure Hunt Stone and CODE found on the Stone must be provided in the email with the forwarded claim. (Remember the Medallions themselves have not been hidden for reasons provided before- previous post here) 

Also remember ONLY one Medallion is allowed to be claimed by household/searcher/person.  Because of the limited supply, no multiple wins/claims of Medallions will be awarded.

Below is a map of the area where the 10 FFGM Treasure Hunt Stones MAY BE hidden in the first series of hunts.  It includes all of the different areas of the Great Appalachian Valley noted on the map.

Greatvalley map

Also shown below are 4 examples of the FFGM Treasure Stones hidden to claim a Forrest Fenn Gold Medallion (obviously the back is not shown. The back has the CODE to use to claim) (an image of FFGM treasure stone will be posted with Clue for its hunt)

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Example of FFGM Treasure Stones hidden to CLAIM the Forrest Fenn Gold Medallions (codes on back)

Any other additional details for the hunts will be posted with the clues on the 3rd!

See you all then!

Best of luck with all that you seek!  Always Treasure the Adventure!

 

Forrest Fenn Gold Medallion Design Contest

October 2018

by dal…

 

 

THIS CONTEST IS NOW OVER AND THE WINNER WAS ANNOUNCED

A Forrest quote:
“I wish I had another treasure to hide in the Appalachians.”
From Jenny Kile’s Mysterious Writings blog…HERE

Jenny wants to make Forrest’s quip become a reality by hiding several specially minted gold plated medallions in the Appalachian Mountains for folks who live over on the far side of the known universe, to find and keep.

The Appalachian Mountains are outlined in blue

There will be clues of course. Probably less difficult to comprehend than the clues in Forrest’s poem ( just sayin ). But before the medallions are hidden and the clues published we need a medallion.

A blank medallion ready for your imagination

So, use your winter imagination to come up with a design for these keepsake medallions. That’s the first step. Creating a medallion…which has two sides by the way…but this contest is only for the design of one side.

In the next few weeks we will ask for design submissions for the medallion…one side only…

Medallion contest submissions are now closed. Thanks to everyone that made a submission..
We’ll keep you posted about what happens next…

The winning design will be selected by Jenny and me and a third (yet unnamed) person. Forrest will approve the design. Jenny will have 10 or so of them minted and take care of the hiding…

I am not certain who will come up with the clues…I hope I get to play with a few of those…
We might hide a couple in some other mountain range between the two oceans as well…but more about the hidey places and clues later…

Right now it’s time to consider what one side of these coins should look like…

To get you in the spirit…
Are you familiar with James Still…the Appalachian writer?

I first became acquainted with him around high school. I read his novel, River of Earth, about a struggling family, barely subsisting between farming and coal mining in eastern Kentucky in the 1930’s. I don’t know why I bumped into that book. I doubt that it was assigned and I rarely read for pleasure at that point in my life, libraries were a place to be sent when you were being punished for something…but I devoured the folks in that novel…perhaps because of the perplexing differences between their hardscrabble rural existence and my own sanitized urban humdrum. His writing is filled with a sort of Americanistic soul that folks rarely hand out today.

Here is a stanza from one of James Still’s poems called “Spring on Troublesome Creek”

Not all of us were warm, not all of us.
We are winter-lean, our faces are sharp with cold
And there is the smell of wood smoke in our clothes;
Not all of us were warm, though we have hugged the fire
Through the long chilled nights.

Medallion contest submissions are now closed. Thanks to everyone that made a submission..
We’ll keep you posted about what happens next…

Click HERE to look at the medallion designs that have been submitted.

-dal

 

 

Vector This App…

Writis, a commenter on this very blog has created an app to aid the searcher who likes to use vectors when searching a particular site…

This app may not be for the geographicly challenged, but for those who use maps and lat/lon this can be very helpful in drawing an “x”on your good map.

It’s strength lays not only in its ability to calculate an “x” but also in it’s ability to create a spreadsheet so you can track your x’s, vectors and points.

What is a vector you ask…Read on. I’ll let Writis explain…

Called “Fenn Treasure X Tools” I decided to make it free, but limited to a 75 mile radius search area centered on Denver,  then a one time in-app-purchase to unlock the full search area.
This way you can see how it works, and if you think it would be useful in your search.
Watch the video (and read the text) on how to use the app at the website:
(website has a link to the app in the app store)
I am really happy about how it came out,  and how well it works.  you can even visualize your “X” in the app.
I am excited to see some solutions show up here on Dal’s blog using the tool, and good luck in the search.
-Writis