Jupp Nümms Dirtbag Coin
Jupp Nümms Dirtbag Coin
This personal geocoin was designed by Chris Mackey. Its main themes are nostalgia, traditionalism and local (Münsterland/Westfalen/Germany) history.
Front side: You see a bearded version of a Kiepenkerl, the most iconic figure in my region in terms of tradition. Many things are still named after this travelling vendor. And there are multiple statues, the most “famous” one in Münster. This one seems on his first steps of a longer journey on a road lined with oak trees. In their foliage you see the motto „Fernste Frühe ist dem Herzen nah.“ A quote from one of my favourite bands „Heimdalls Wacht“ (whose songs also have the same theme as this coin):
Alt ist dies Land, noch weht in seinen Räumen,
was sagenhaft von Ahn zu Ahn geschah.
Und fernste Frühe ist dem Herzen nah.
It does not translate to English smoothly. Something in the vein of “The earliest/farthest of mornings is dearest to the heart” maybe.
In the background you see to the left an example of the architecture of last centuries' typical rural buildings. Agriculture was (and still is) an important part of my area. To the right there is a megalithic grave. History doesn't end where Christianity wants you to think it ends. Some pagan prehistoric glimpses pop up here and there. The Kiepenkerl can also be interpreted as Odin the Wanderer with his two ravens Hugin and Munin flying in the far back.
On the bottom you see my alias Jupp Nümms. A name with roots in „plattdeutsch“, a nearly extinct old dialect of my area. Around you see hops and barley, a hint to another tradition dear to me. ;-) Of course, my favourite animal had to make an appearance as well. Let me know, if you find the little furry friend you may recognise from my Ratatoskr Geocoin!
Back side: This side is dedicated to the Dirtbag Geocaching Society, in which I recently became a proud member. But with a little local touch to it.
The typical skull and bones iconography is altered by replacing the human skull with a horse skull. You can also see two horses in the background. The white horse „Westfalenross“ is the heraldic animal of Westfalen. It derives from a tribal symbol of the ancient Saxons, the Germanic tribe, which settled in my area centuries ago. The runes on the side of the skull origin in that ancient times as well. They are Raido (ᚱ - for journey/traveller) and Algiz (ᛉ - for protection). You may notice that the runes are layered three times (carving a rune three times magnifying its potency). There are also 5 sets of 3 dots on the edge of the motif, spaced to form a pentagram if you connected those with lines. This is also a hint to the Waldgeist, who wants to be appeased by the knocking on wood three times for good luck. Superstition often is where ancient tradition and beliefs survive in our modern age.
On the bottom it reads „Drietebüel ut Westphaolen“ which translates to Dirtbag from Westfalen, again in plattdeutsch.
Lastly you can spot two symbols in the background. The Sunwheel and the Leviathan's Cross. The Sunwheel (⊕) is a symbol that has been used again and again throughout history as a marker of independence in advancement. It is a solar symbol of auspiciousness, good luck, divinity and spirituality and is associated with new direction and free thought. It's also one of the oldest historical symbols ever established in northern Europe dating back to the stone age and early survivalism eras. The Leviathan Cross is a sign of free choice and protection. It's upper half can be seen as a stroke-through "equal-to" (≠) to show that every person has their own life while pointing out the balance between persons. The infinity sign underlines the constant and infinite nature and symbolizes the eternal universe. The association with the biblical beast Leviathan makes it a symbol of depth and surfacing.
Chris Mackey on designing the geocoin: "It's easy when the client has a clear image in mind of what they want to convey! While it's a very detailed coin, this came together pretty smoothly because we both had very similar creative goals. It took some time and a LOT of thoughtful consideration, but I think it was worth every minute."
Disclaimer: This is no official Geocoin of the Dirtbag Geocaching Society. It is a personal coin and as such contains personal views and topics, being a Dirtbag just one of many.
- Size: Ø 55 mm
- Thickness: 8 mm
- Weight: 65 g
- Prefix: JN
- Shape: round
- Minting: 3D
- Idea: Jupp_Nümms (formerly known as St.Jocosa)
- Design: Chris Mackey
- Total tracking codes: 144
- Icon number: 12348
- Trackable at geocaching.com with own unique icon and micro icon
|Icon 32*32||Icon 16*16||Auflage||metal||colour||edition name||front||back||edition||shop||published|
|111||Antique Silver||white (glow in the dark)||Antique Silver||RE||personal trade||2021|
|33||Antique Copper||dark green/blood red||Antique Copper||FO||friends only||2021|
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