New Twist on Public Polling Pits Obama Versus Romney for Money at

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A unique way to advertise is born at Romney and Obama go head to head in the first ever Coin Popularity Challenge.

"I'm curious if more people will mint Romney Coins or Obama Coins. It's exciting to see the new coins being created!" -- Ron Skolnik Chief Branding Officer at Markay Company, provider of

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Public opinion polls are being conducted every day and are quite common. However what if you paid to cast your vote? Even better, what if you could win the money that others paid to cast their vote? That is the concept of the Coin Popularity Challenge announced by this week.

The first challenge posted on pits President Barack Obama versus the Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Members of design their own commemorative virtual coins and cast their votes by entering their coins into the Coin Popularity Challenge.

Each member of has 10 chances each day to win the coins other members have created. Members who win coins can cash them out at their face value for real money. provides updated standings on which candidate is ahead, what is at stake, and allows members to post their comments about each contender.

All coins created on are entered into the cash prize sweepstakes for everyone to win. Simple games of chance determine whether a random coin displayed from the cash prize sweepstakes is won or lost. The first of many forthcoming games is a coin flip - choose heads or tails and flip a coin to determine if the coin is won or if the coin is returned back to the sweepstakes pool.

At its heart, combines the passion for coin collecting with an instant win, daily cash prize sweepstakes. Coins created on can be collected, won, sold, bought and traded. Coin collecting sheets give members goals to add specific coins to their collections. Members are encouraged to create coins commemorating loved ones, pets, sports teams, celebrities, places, music, and more. There are even minting errors on some coins that instantly make them a rare collector’s item. launched in April of 2012 and has enjoyed a very positive response from their member community. Their ongoing sweepstakes prizes are constantly changing as existing coins are won and new coins are added. is especially appealing to advertisers who enjoy brand and product exposure by creating featured coins to be added to the cash prize sweepstakes. “Our members are very excited to find coins created by companies seeking to advertise on, said Ronald Skolnik, Chief Branding Officer at Markay Company, provider of “We alert our member community each time an advertiser creates coins for the sweepstakes. In almost every instance, member signups have sharply increased. The increased amount of members then becomes even more alluring to potential advertisers.”

Communication between members is a key component of Members can comment on the coins they’ve won and coin creators can send messages to everyone who won their coins. members are encouraged to share the coins they’ve created and the coins they’ve won on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

Members are especially vocal about the Coin Popularity Challenges, encouraging other members to support their preferred candidate. When asked who he thought would win the Coin Popularity Challenge between Romney and Obama, Mr Skolnik said, “We are more than happy to let our members decide. It will be great to see how our members’ creativity and passion will be reflected in the coins they create. Nevertheless, it will be very interesting to see just which candidate wins the challenge as well as if that candidate goes on to win the general election.” is located at and offers free registration and free participation in their cash prize sweepstakes.

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