Would like to say that when I say "I" finished a relic weapon, it means I led a Dynamis linkshell that put forth several years of effort into it. Near the end, we got so good at farming we decided to share the wealth and switched to "once we're clear, all coins are free lot" - this model encouraged people to not dick around getting to the clear, clear the zone early for anyone that needed it, and stick around for the rest of the run because they'd probably walk off with 100K of coins for their efforts. The LS leaders, like myself, would usually buy any coins we needed from people who weren't collecting them on their own, and conversely sell any of the ones we'd collected prior to the clear to each other and to others that needed.
I wish we had used that model earlier, but back in 2006 when I became an officer, clearing a Dynamis zone was still not a guarantee, and we'd pretty much take a loss on hourglasses for the CoP zones.
Then SE revamped Dynamis in 2011, and now a BST/DNC can solo a relic weapon in 2 hours a day over the course of three months. We stopped doing Dynamis once it became clear it was bad economics to do it in a group any more.
For about a year, I lent my shiny Ghorn talents to Abyssea, so the same LS members who worked to help me finish it in Dynamis at least got the benefits of a relic bard. (Most of them still do, although the linkshell itself dissolved about a month ago.)
Edited, Dec 9th 2012 11:21am by catwho