The story of Cancer the Crab is said to be connected to Heracles. Some storytellers say that during Heracles' fight with Lernaean Hydra, Hera sent a crab from a swamp to snap at Heracles' toes because Hera had sworn to kill Heracles. Heracles was able to kill the crab by smashing its shell with his foot. As a reward for its efforts serving her, Hera placed the crab in the sky and it became Cancer.
Geocache Land have been working with artist Karen Jordan to produce a very special series of zodiac based geocoins and this is the second in the series.
Karen Jordan is a UK based artist who works in Pixelism (tiny dots), so each of her works of art take hours to complete. Karen has produced a series of artwork based on the signs of the zodiac for Geocache Land to produce as geocoins.
Each of the twelve pieces of art are being painstakingly converted to 3D mint ready designs by Jon-Paul Barr (JP's GeoDesigns). As you will understand, to keep as much of the original detail as possible this is a very slow and painstaking process.
This geocoin has been designed by Jon-Paul Barr, based on Karen Jordan's idea. Karen's original artwork did not fit in with the series, so Jon-Paul started afresh using all Karen's work as inspiration. The final version features a Hermit Crab using a human skull as a shell. On seeing the artwork Karen instantly approved it to be the Cancer geocoin.
Karen's original artwork
These coins are 75mm in diameter, 8mm thick, full 3D, and weigh 114g. They are trackable on Geocaching.com with their own icon.
- Regular Edition, Silver- 56 coins made, £15
- Limited Edition, Gold- 50 coins made. £16
- Extra Limited Edition, Antique Copper - 38 coins made, £18
- Extra Limited Edition, Antique Silver - 38 coins made, £18
- Karen Thorn Artist Edition, Satin Gold - 16 coins made, £20
- Private Edition - Antique Gold - 10 made (not for sale from Geocache Land)
Also in the series: