Dice Coins

Frequently Asked Questions

How do Dice Coins work?

History of Dice Coins?

Limited Edition Dice Coin?

Layout vs regular dice?

Varies in appearance?

Are Dice Coins accurate?

Spinning surface/space needed?

What else are they used for?

 

How do Dice Coins work?

They are a different take on dice that combine elements of coins and dice so you can generate random numbers by spinning the coin and stopping it with your finger.

 

Dice Coins are primarily used in role playing games and board games.  Individual Dice Coins correspond to all the standard RPG dice from d4 - d20.  However, they can also do odd numbers such as d3 or d5, utilize letters, or other symbols.  

They work just as well as regular gaming dice but allow amazing 3D sculpted artwork to be displayed on each coin. They can also be used as rotatable stat counters and game markers.

The logo side of the coin has a knob molded into the metal. Players use one or two hands to spin the coin like a top. Once the coin is spinning at full speed (which just takes a second), the player puts their finger at the bottom of the coin and stops it. The result is the first completely visible number, word, or symbol to the left of the player's finger. See the photos and videos on the product pages.

They spin on almost anything you would roll a dice on such as tables, gaming play mats, notebooks, etc. 

History of Dice Coins?

Dice Coins was created by Joe Ward who is the owner of Ultimate Custom Coins and now Mythic Nation. The current version was introduced on Kickstarter in 2018.  It quickly became one of the most popular coin projects ever with over 35,000 coins sold in TWO months.  It has received fantastic reviews from buyers from across the world.  

Dice Coins are now available to the general public from this website and gaming stores across the world.

Limited Edition Dice Coin?

During the first year a coin is minted, the year is displayed in Roman Numerals on the coin.  If the same coin is produced in subsequent years, the year will not be on the coin.  Essentially the year on the coin marks it as a limited or first edition coin.  Otherwise the coins are the same.

For Dice Coins that were produced in 2018, the year was laser engraved on the edge of the coin.  Starting in 2019 and during the first year a coin is produced, the year will be sculpted onto the common side of the coin.

 

Layout vs regular dice?

 

The number lay out is intentional. A secondary use of the Dice Coins is as a rotatable stat counter. In order to eliminate confusion since two sequential numbers would be next to each other, dissimilar numbers were placed in between in a pattern that repeats across the coin. Since you manually stop the coin, instead of it stopping on its own, this layout does not affect the probability.  See below for more info on accuracy.

Varies in appearance?

Yes, they can vary somewhat.  Each character uses its own mold for all of its coins.  However the coins are cast in metal and during this process there can be some minor variations in appearance due to how the metal takes to the mold.  In addition, the coins are plated in antique metal colors and a natural result of this process is some variation between coins.  These are not defects and are normal.

Coins are similar to baseball cards, comic books, and other collectibles in that appearances vary between individual items.

Are Dice Coins accurate?

Dice are rolled and land on a number. Imperfections in the design, manufacturing, or composition of dice can result in statistical inaccuracies. Multi face dice are harder to manufacture so they are more prone to this.

This is NOT a factor with Dice Coins. A player manually stops the coin from spinning. Any manufacturing imperfections that would manifest themselves if the coins were allowed to stop spinning and come to rest on their own, do not happen since the player stops the coin before this occurs.  

In addition, players can't manipulate the coins like some players do with dice. When a Dice Coin is spinning at full speed (which just takes a second), the numbers are totally blurred and you can't anticipate the results of the spin.  

We were unaware, but one of our buyers, Matthew J. Neagley, is a research/writer for Gnome Stew The Gaming Blog. He did an independent analysis of the accuracy of one of the first versions of Dice Coins. He concluded the results were very good to exceptional. Click here for the article link.

 

In addition, we have 35,000 coins in circulation and have received fantastic reviews from our buyers.

Spinning surface/space needed?

Dice Coins spin on almost everything you would roll a dice on. Tables, play mats, notebooks, etc. Just like dice, you would not use them on carpet. And again--just like dice--they make more noise if spun on a hard surface like glass.  Dice Coins are not aerodynamic tops. On harder surfaces they can wobble some as they spin. However, this does not affect their accuracy one single bit.  A table cloth, piece of paper, etc. helps to eliminates the noise and they spin just fine. They excel on most gaming play mats.  Of course, there can be exceptions for surfaces where they don't spin well.  If they don't spin well on the surface you are using, you can spin them on a book such as a D&D or Pathfinder manual.  

Dice can bounce into another player's area or off the table. A VERY bad spin with a Dice Coin can do the same. However, Dice Coins are easier to control than dice, require a little less space to use, and they stay in the same area where they are spun.  

What else are they used for?

A lot of our buyers use them as a display piece like other collectibles.  We sell a nice display stand that fit the coins perfectly. 

Dice Coins can be used as rotatable stat counters by using the bottom number on the coin. You just rotate the coin until the desired number is at the bottom. We staggered the placement of sequential numbers to eliminate any confusion on what number was being displayed in case a coin is moved slightly.  

Dice Coins can also be used as game markers in place of miniatures, first player tokens, etc.