While our game takes place entirely over Roll20 thanks to our geographic diversity, I nevertheless feel compelled to collect artefacts relating to the story both for my own amusement, but even at a distance to instill a sense of 'it could have been'. This commemorative coin from the Miskatonic University Antarctic Expedition is at the same time amazing simply because of its distinct air of authenticity (although being 81 years old, it could do with some dinging up, but now we're just nitpicking), yet it is also completely pointless.
At $25 it's a little expensive for something which at least with regards to this campaign, can't really be used as a prop anyway, at least beyond 'here's a box of leftover stuff from the previous expedition'. There's no faulting the quality of the coin itself though, which is quite frankly perfect. The 3D effect created by the embossing is above and beyond what you could reasonably expect from something as fringe as this. The front shows the Dornier aircraft used by the expedition surrounded by the words 'Miskatonic University Antarctic Expedition 1930 - 1931', and the back shows the Miskatonic and the Arkham approaching the Ross Ice Shelf, and on both sides the names of the expedition leaders, Pabodie, Lake, Atwood and Dyer, are listed around it.
So. Why? Why buy this? Why does it even exist?
Well, if you've been possessed by the ice, and you're driven by haunting nightmares of immense black peaks against a white infinite horizon, you'll know why.