Gemini is the tenth geocoin in our Zodiac series. The dates for Gemini are May 21st - June 20th. Despite the ever popular theme of "the twins" being two women in depicting this zodiacal sign, that they are in fact two young men. They are Castor and Pollux to be more exact. According to Greek mythology, Tyndareus, the king of Sparta and his beautiful wife Leda were expecting a child when Zeus grew enamored of the beautiful queen. Zeus transformed into the guise of a swan to approach and finally seduce Queen Leda. Shortly afterward the queen gave birth to two sons... the twins. Pollux, the son of Zeus was an immortal demi-god while his brother Castor was mortal. Both boys would become avid horsemen, athletes and scholarly. Sadly, Castor in his mortality died while still in the prime of his life in a rather strange feud over cattle with his cousins, but not before warning his brother. As Pollux was about to be struck with a spear, his father Zeus intervened and slew his rivals. Pollux was distraught and asked Zeus to save his mortal brother with the gift of immortality. Zeus then cast them both into the heavens as the constellation Gemini. On the face side of the coin we see the twins surrounded by the sixteen stars of their constellation and the four aspects of their divine muses. They are the patrons of the natural sciences (math & physics), philosophical thought, infinite history and the arts of crafting. They are also the patrons of sailors and the heavenly embodiment of St. Elmo's Fire that appears about the sails and masts of sailing vessels. On the reverse we see the symbol of the twins centered and surrounded by 16 white swan feathers representing the stars of the constellation. The Day Ruler is Saturn, the Night Ruler is Mercury and the participant ruler is Jupiter overhead. The color on both sides represents agate. While often depicted as a white or grey, the more common color is a deep, dark honey color with a golden translucence.
Each of these unique coins are trackable at Geocaching.com with a unique icon. They measure approximately 1.75 inches in diameter.
Please note: The tracking code is located on the side of this coin.
Here are some design notes from Chris Mackey: