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The Eclipse Across America on August 21, 2017 was the most widely experienced total solar eclipse ever seen in the United States. It is estimated that about 12 million people live within the path of totality, and that the population within the path doubled on Eclipse Day.
Everyone is going to want a memento of the big event. There are hats, there are t-shirts, and of course there are eclipse glasses. In my opinion, the ideal souvenir is a commemorative medallion.
I envision a series of medals focusing on nine key locations in the Eclipse Across America:
I hope to accompany this series with a similar series focusing on Fremont County, Wyoming (aka Wind River Country), possibly the best region for viewing the eclipse and the region from which I intend to witness it.
Each series will feature a common obverse anchoring several location-specific reverses as well as a reverse listing the key locations and the times at which totality begins at each. The two series are linked by a medal combining the two obverses, and also by a location common to both: the Continental Divide.
The Eclipse Across America obverse shows the path of totality from Pacific to Atlantic over a map of North America, centered on southern Illinois, the point of greatest duration of totality. Nine dots along the path indicate the nine key locations.
The Wind River Eclipse obverse features the logo created by the Wind River Visitors Council with the slogan, "The Best Seat in the Galaxy," similar to the WRVC tagline for the event. (By the way, I agree with that assessment! I intend to observe the eclipse from somewhere near Pavillion, Wyoming if possible.)
The location-specific reverses have similar designs, with an eclipsed sun and the location's name in the center. The surrounding legend states the time at which totality begins and the duration of totality. The legend will rotate around the different reverses so that the central symbol in an eclipse sequence appears at the azimuth of the eclipse at that location. For example, in the Continental Divide reverse, the symbol appears at 136 degrees (with zero degrees at the bottom and 180 degrees at the top). This location-specific data makes each medal more meaningful to people who witness the eclipse at that particular location.
The location-specific medals will each be limited to no more than 500 examples in copper. I also plan to produce a small number of silver medals for each.
Dies are engraved and medals struck at the Regency Mint, located in Orem, Utah.
Individual copper medals will be available through selected resellers in and near the key locations and through eBay. Silver medals, copper medal sets, and 12-medal wholesale lots will be available both on eBay and through this website. Silver medal sets and larger wholesale lots will be available only through this website. Special very limited mintings in brass will be offered preferentially to those who support early production through Kickstarter.
Eclipse Across America
Visible only from the continental United States, the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 reaches the coast of Oregon at 17:16 Universal Time (10:16 am PDT), crosses the Continental Divide within minutes, and departs South Carolina at 18:49 UT (2:49 pm EDT), passing through five state capitals on its way: Salem, Oregon; Lincoln, Nebraska; Jefferson City, Missouri; Nashville, Tennessee; and Columbia, South Carolina. The greatest duration of totality, 2 minutes 40 seconds, occurs in the Shawnee National Forest near Makanda, Illinois.
Wind River Eclipse
The high altitude and dry climate of Fremont County, Wyoming offers outstanding conditions for viewing the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. The eclipse center line follows the Old Yellowstone Highway and passes very close to the communities of Dubois, Crowheart, Pavillion, Riverton and Shoshoni. The entire Wind River Indian Reservation, home to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho, falls within the shadow of totality.