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Dig That Box Collectible Arcade Tokens
-The Coins That Started a Phenomenon

Written By: Elliott S. Thomas

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Back in 2010 we created our very first Dig That Box collectible arcade token. Since that time our coins have grown into a gaming phenomenon. Our extremely popular coins have been distributed to every state in the nation, and to 48 different countries around the world. As of January 2018 we have created 17 different coins, with no signs of stopping. All of our tokens have become highly valued collectibles. Catch up on the entire Dig That Box arcade token collection and learn the history behind each of our special coins.

Each Dig That Box collectible coin starts with a vision from out site founder, Elliott S. Thomas. However, none of these coins would be possible without the partnership of some of the most talented artists and graphic designers in the business.

Coins #1 through #15 were co-created by Elliott S. Thomas and artist Christian George-Morehouse. Christian is an extremely talented graphic designer. He is widely considered one of the best in his field. This multi-talented artist has also produced several amazing custom made toys and movie prop replicas that have been sold to dealers and collectors all around the Globe. His attention to detail and his commitment to perfection are unmatched. To this day Christian still designs all of the packaging used for our coins, and he also does all of the graphic design work on our website. His artistic creations will return on future coins at a later date.

Coins #16 and #17 were a collaborative effort between several creative forces. The "Lost" Explorer coin was co-created by well renown retro gaming artist Vladimir Zuniga, also known has VHZC, and site founder Elliott S. Thomas. Coin #17 was jointly created by three different people. The front of the coin features a logo born from the extremely creative minds at Retro-Bit.com. The B-Side of the coin features the combined efforts of Vladimir Zuniga (VHZC) and Elliott S. Thomas. Vladimir is one of the best in the business, and it's our privilege to work with him. He is one of the most popular and most talented, retro gaming artists working today. His creations have been seen by millions of people worldwide, and have been featured on everything from original prints to t-shirts and coffee mugs. His populatiry grows more with each passing day and we're lucky to have him.

#01 - The Original Dig That Box Yellow Brass Arcade Token (2010)

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Production Date: 5/01/2010
Number of Units: 5000
Material: Yellow Brass
Size: 0.984" Diameter

This is the token that started it all, our very first collectible arcade token. When we created this coin back in 2010 we wanted to use an iconic image that reprsented all of video games. Everyone on our staff agreed that the classic Space Invader was the universal symbol of video games. The image had become a rallying point for gamers around the world. It had been featured on dozens of websites, magazines, TV shows and in many other forms of art. Dedicated fans have even tattoed this image on their body. This token was created with classic Yellow Brass and was limited to 5,000 units. It is now retired and is no longer available from this site.

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FUN FACT: Did you know that the very first person to receive a Dig That Box Collectible Arcade Token was none other than legendary actor Leonard Nimoy?! Read all about our encounter with Mr. Nimoy in this article from the E3 Expo. It was a huge honor to present the man who is the soul of Star Trek with the very first Dig That Box Arcade Token! [Read More Here]

#02 - Dig That Box Silver Invader Arcade Token (2011)

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Production Date: 5/07/2011
Number of Units: 3000
Material: Nickel Plated Brass
Size: 0.984" Diameter

In the second year of our arcade token giveaway we wanted to up the ante and produce a collectible coin of even greater value. Our Nickel Plated Coin was far more expensive to produce so we had to reduce the size of the batch. This coin was produced for only one year and limited to a run of just 3,000 units. It is now retired and is no longer available from this site.

#03 - Dig That Box Copper Invader Arcade Token (2012)

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Production Date: 5/05/2012
Number of Units: 1000
Material: Copper
Size: 0.984" Diameter

To celebrate the third year of our arcade token giveaway we released three brand new tokens. The first new coin was this beautiful Copper arcade token. Copper is rarely used when making arcade tokens. It has a very unique color that truly stands out against the other coins. We wanted to release this coin to complete the Classic Invader trio of Gold, Silver and Copper. This token was limited to a run of 1,000 units. It is now retired and is no longer available from this site.

#04 -Dig That Box Red Brass Invader Arcade Token (2012)

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Production Date: 5/05/2012
Number of Units: 1000
Material: Collector Grade Red Brass
Size: 0.984" Diameter

This collector grade "red brass" token isn't actually red. Instead it has a highly reflective, mirror-like finish that shines like polished gold. Unlike traditional yellow brass tokens, red brass coins are heavier and more resistant to scratches and tooling marks. The higher quality material also allows for greater detail on letters and artwork. Red Brass is often used in Hollywood movies as a double for real gold. This luxurious high quality token was limited to a run of only 1000. It was the second of three new tokens produced for 2012. It is now retired and is no longer available from this site.

#05 - Dig That Box Emerald Green Invader Arcade Token (2012)

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Production Date: 5/05/2012
Number of Units: 1000
Material: Anodized Emerald Green Aluminum
Size: 0.984" Diameter

This lucky Emerald Green Token is made from Anodized Aluminum. This truly unique collectible coin shines like a rare jewel. It was the third and final token created for our 2012 three year celebration. This coin was also created in honor of the 2012 Classic Gaming Expo. It was limited to a run of just 1,000 units. It is now retired and is no longer available from this site.

FUN FACT: To ensure that no one else would be able to recreate our original Invader coin, we confiscated the original mold and had it DESTROYED!

#06 -Dig That Box Gold Space Battle Arcade Token (2013)

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Production Date: 5/01/2013
Number of Units: 1000
Material: Yellow Brass
Size: 0.984" Diameter

Here is the first of two new tokens we produced for our 2013 Arcade Token Give-Away. This new collectible coin features a brand new, double sided custom design. The front side of the coin features the heroic "Attack Fighter." On the other side of the coin is the deadly "Pixel Invader!" This arcade token was limited to a run of just 1,000 units. It is now retired and is no longer available from this site.

#07 -Dig That Box Silver Space Battle Arcade Token (2013)

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Production Date: 5/01/2013
Number of Units: 1000
Material: Nickel Silver
Size: 0.984" Diameter

Here is the second of two new tokens we produced for our 2013 Arcade Token Give-Away. This new collectible coin was produced in high quality Nickel Silver. This is the second coin in our "Space Battle Token" series. This arcade token was limited to a run of just 1,000 units. Both the Gold and the Silver versions of this coin have been retired and are no longer available from this site.

#08 - Dig That Box Copper Space Battle Arcade Token (2014)

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Production Date: 5/07/2014
Number of Units: 1000
Material: Red Copper
Size: 0.984" Diameter

Here is the first of two new tokens we produced for our 2014 Arcade Token Give-Away. This new collectible coin completes the Space Battle Trilogy of Gold, Silver and Copper Arcade Tokens. The front side of the coin features the heroic "Attack Fighter." On the other side of the coin is the deadly "Pixel Invader." This collectible arcade token was limited to a run of just 1000 units. It has now been retired and it no longer available from this site.

#09 - Dig That Box Five Year Anniversary Token (2014)

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Production Date: 5/07/2014
Number of Units: 1000
Material: Dual Metallic - Outer Ring: Nickel Silver - Inner Circle - Yellow Brass
Size: 0.984" Diameter

Here is the second of two new tokens we have produced for our 2014 Arcade Token Give-Away. This collectible coin celebrates the Five Year Anniversary of the Arcade Token Give-Away. This exclusive Dual Metallic (Bi-Metallic) coin is made from two different metals. The outer ring is made from high quality Nickel Silver. The inner circle is made from traditional Yellow Brass. The front side of the coin features the deadly "Pixel Invader!" He is the official mascot of DigThatBox.com. The reverse side features a brand new design celebrating our Five Year Anniversary! Look closely and you will see tiny Attack Fighters in the outer ring. This luxurious coin is the most expensive and valuable token ever produced by this website. It was limited to a run of just 1000 units. It has now been retired and it no longer available from this site.

#10 - Dig That Box Sapphire Blue Pixel Invader Arcade Token (2015)

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Production Date: 5/05/2015
Number of Units: 1000
Material: Anodized Sapphire Blue Aluminum
Size: 0.984" Diameter

Here is the first of two new tokens we produced for our 2015. This Sapphire Blue collectible coin was made with the highest quality materials. The front of the coin features our classic Pixel Invader logo. The B-Side of the coin features a brand new design celebrating a popular gaming expo. It was limited to just 1000 units. This coin has been retired and is no longer available from this site.

#11 - Dig That Box Ruby Red Pixel Invader Arcade Token (2015)

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Production Date: 5/05/2015
Number of Units: 1000
Material: Anodized Ruby Red Aluminum
Size: 0.984" Diameter

Here is the second of two new tokens we produced for our 2015. This Rube Red collectible coin was made with the highest quality materials. The front of the coin features our classic Pixel Invader logo. The B-Side of the coin features a brand new design celebrating a popular gaming expo. It was limited to just 1000 units. This coin has been retired and is no longer available from this site.

#12 - Dig That Box Portland Retro Gaming Expo Arcade Token (2015)

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Production Date: 10/01/2015
Number of Units: 1000
Material: Yellow Brass
Size: 0.984" Diameter

Here is a very special coin that was produced exclusively for the 2015 Portland Retro Gaming Expo. The front side of the coin features our iconic mascot, the pixel invader. The B-Side of the coin features a brand new design celebrating PRGE 2015. This coin was only made available at the show and to members of our elite Arcade Token Collectors Club. This gorgeous looking yellow brass coin has now been retired and is no longer available from this site.

#13 - Dig That Box - Retro Bit Generations Sir Arthur Coin (2016)

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Production Date: 8/01/2016
Number of Units: 1000
Material: Yellow Brass
Size: 0.984" Diameter

In Summer of 2016 we reveled our first "Super Secret Coin." This coin was developed in secret, and made in partnership with the folks at Retro-Bit to celebrate their Retro-Bit Generations product line. This amazing looking collectible coin also features a fully licensed image of Sir Arthur, the hero from the Ghosts 'n Goblins series by Capcom. This extremely unique coin was distributed exclusively at the So Cal Retro Gaming Expo. It was limited to just 1000 units. As you can imagine, it was a big hit. Supplies disappeared immediately. This coin has now been retired and is no longer available from this site.

#14 - Dig That Box Portland Retro Gaming Expo Silver Arcade Token (2016)

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Production Date: 10/01/2016
Number of Units: 1000
Material: Nickel Silver
Size: 0.984" Diameter

Here is a very special coin that was produced exclusively for the 2016 Portland Retro Gaming Expo. This nickel silver version of our PRGE coin was designed as a companion piece to our 2015 Yellow Brass version. The front side of the coin features our iconic mascot, the pixel invader. The B-Side of the coin features a design celebrating the Portland Retro Gaming Expo. This coin was only made available at the show and to members of our elite Arcade Token Collectors Club. This gorgeous looking nickel silver coin has now been retired and is no longer available from this site.

#15 - Dig That Box Lucky Seven Arcade Token (2016)

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Production Date: 5/18/2016
Number of Units: 1000
Material: Yellow Brass
Size: 0.984" Diameter

The "Lucky Seven coin" features our iconic mascot the Pixel Invader. He is presented here in a larger scale than ever before, almost filling the the entire face of the front of the coin. On the back of this coin is a brand new Lucky Seven design. It's decorated with good luck symbols including four leaf clovers and the lucky number seven. This coin is made from ultra shiny yellow brass. Our press photos simply do not do it justice. One of our greatest coins was also one of the most difficult to photograph. This coin was so shiny that every time we took photos we were forced to tone down the lustre so that you could actually see the coin detail. The yellow brass version was limited to just 1000 units and is no longer available from this site.

FUN FACT: Although this was the first coin we minted in 2016, it was actually the last to be distributed to our readers in that year. This is why it is listed as the third coin in our 2016 roster.

#16 - The "Lost" Dig That Box Treasure Hunter Token (2017)

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Production Date: 5/05/2017
Number of Units: 1000
Material: Yellow Brass
Size: 1.125" Diameter

There's quite an amazing story behind the "lost" Dig That Box Treasure Hunter Token, and if you have one, you own an extremely rare collectible. We originally planned to release this coin at a popular gaming expo in Los Angeles. Unfortunately we did not meet the deadline for logo approval. Worse yet, we were confronted with a new fee for distributing our coins. A massive $30,000. In the past we had always distributed these coins for free in partnership with various exhibitors at the show, so paying this kind of money was simply out of the question. Since the coins were dated for a show that we did not attend, the entire batch had to be destroyed. We decided to have the coins melted down for their valuable raw materials. Unfortunately while at the recycling plant in East Los Angeles the coins disappeared. We don't know if they were stolen by employees of the plant or if they were taken by someone visiting the location. Either way, our beloved Treasure Hunter Token had disappared for good. A handful of these coins leaked out to our family members and friends. However the vast majority of the coins, an estimated 98.5%, have vanished into the jungles of Los Angeles, never to be seen again.

FUN FACT: When we first received this batch of coins from the mint, we sent a small sample to our artist who lives in Chile. Unfortunately the coins that we sent him were lost in the mail! This coin is truly the "lost" Dig That Box arcade token!

#17 - Dig That Box - Super Retro-Cade Mega Man Token (2018)

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Production Date: 12/18/2017
Number of Units: 1000
Material: Yellow Brass
Size: 1.125" Diameter

This incredible new coin was made in partnership with our friends at Retro-Bit.com. This officially licensed coin features Mega Man, one of the most popular, beloved, and enduring characters in all of video game history. The other side of the coin sports a new Dig That Box logo created by celebrated video game artist Vladimir Zuniga (VHZC). He is well renowned for his expansive catalog of classic video game inspired artwork. It is an incredible honor to be working again with our friends at Retro-Bit to celebrate the release of their amazing new Super Retro-Cade gaming console.

This finely detailed coin is the start of a new tradition here at Dig That Box. Our coins will be bigger and better than ever before! Our coins have increased in size from the original 0.984" diameter to a much larger 1.125" diameter size. This amazing new coin is also much heavier, as it is minted in full, 16 gauge, high polish yellow brass. It's an eye-catching, shiny treasure that you must see with your own eyes, and hold in your hands, to truly appreciate it's beauty.

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Tokens Around the World:

From the day that we created our first token in 2010 we have now shipped coins to 48 different countries around the globe. We shipped tokens to the following nations: Austria, Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Egypt, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Serbia, Sweden, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Trinidad/Tobago, Ukraine, and the United Arab Emirates.

Famous Faces:

We have been lucky enough to present tokens to a number of famous folks. Here's just a few names on our prestigious list. Buzz Aldrin, Tomonobu Itagaki, Charles Martinet, Shigeru Miyamoto, Yuji Naka, Leonard Nimoy, Keith Robinson, Kevin Smith, Tommy Tallarico, Verne Troyer, Fred Williamson.

Tokens By The Numbers:

Since 2010 we have produced 17 different coins. The total units produced are 23,000 tokens and counting. Here's a breakdown of how many coins we produced each year.

2010 - 5000
2011 - 3000
2012 - 3000
2013 - 2000
2014 - 2000
2015 - 3000
2016 - 3000
2017 - 1000*
2018 - 1000

*We're including the "lost" Dig That Box Treasure Hunter Token in our totals.

Special Thanks to Osborne Coinage®:

All of our coins have been produced by Osborne Coinage®, America’s oldest and most esteemed private mint. Their brands include, Tokens Direct, Roger Williams Mint, Kilmartin Industries, and Van Brook of Lexington. The company produces high quality custom coins, tokens, key chains, and medallions.

Please visit: http://www.tokensdirect.com/

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