As far as collectibles go, fantasy coins are the new hotness, and the coins from Shire Post Mint are hitting all the right notes. As per their Certificate of Authenticity, they are dedicated to producing tangible artifacts from fantasy realms.
The style (and variety) of these coins covers a lot of fantasy ground. The craftsmanship and quality is superb. The intellectual properties represented here constitute a murderer’s row of fantasy heavy-hitters. Conan the Barbarian, The Wheel of Time, A Game of Thrones, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings are all here. There’s even something to delight fans of Patrick Rothfuss‘ The Kingkiller Chronicle, which you’ll see a little bit later in this review.
Shire Post Mint says “Our coins are made in the U.S.A. one at a time using traditional techniques, antique equipment, and real metals: copper, silver, brass, bronze, iron, and more.”
From a practicality standpoint, GMs can devise all sorts of ways to include these coins in tabletop rpg sessions. Here are a few enjoyable suggestions to help you get started:
- Have the Shire farthing coin represent the PC party as they travel across the map during overland journeys whilst above ground. It’s both shiny and tiny, making it an ideal token for such undertakings.
- Designate one coin (the hefty Balon Greyjoy Star coin, for instance,) to ceremonially be presented to the party caller at the start of each tabletop rpg session. Said player can “pull rank” by holding up the coin, to shush the table and/or to remind all players that he or she is the final arbiter of any disputes.
- Designate one coin (the bright Gondor Crown coin, for instance,) to ceremonially be presented to the party mapper at the start of each tabletop rpg session. A finer way to honor a party’s mapper hasn’t even been dreamed of yet.
The four copper beauties which comprise The Hobbit set of four coins from the Shire are the most impressive of the bunch. Pictures from left to right, there’s the Shire three pence, the Shire penny, the Shire half-penny, and the aforementioned Shire farthing. A fine addition indeed, these coins are, to the collections of collectors who collect Middle Earth collectibles.
From their dedication to minting the finest fantasy coins ever seen, to their presentation and professionalism, Shire Post Mint is a winner and they’re destined for great things in 2017.
A Game of Thrones: House Greyjoy
Quellon Greyjoy half dragon (brass)
Balon Greyjoy star (copper)
Balon Greyjoy penny (copper)
Quellon Greyjoy half penny (brass)
“WE DO NOT SOW” – George R. R. Martin
The Lord of The Rings
Moria: Axe of Durin (copper)
Hollin: Fall Leaf of Holly (copper)
Mordor: Eye of Sauron (iron)
Rohan: Brumby penny (brass)
Old Dale: Raven penny (copper)
The Kingkiller Chronicle
Cealdish Drab (pure iron)
“BARS OF METAL WERE BETTER FOR BARTERING, BUT INCONVENIENT TO CARRY…” – Patrick Rothfuss
The Lord of the Rings
Gondor Crown (nickel silver)
“BEHOLD THE KING!” – J. R. R. Tolkien
A Game of Thrones
The Iron Coin of the Faceless Man (99.98% pure iron)
“VALAR MORGHULIS” – George R. R. Martin
A Game of Thrones
Robert Baratheon Star (copper)
“THEY SAID ROBERT BARATHEON WAS STRONG AS A BULL AND FEARLESS IN BATTLE, A MAN WHO LOVED NOTHING BETTER THAN WAR.” – George R. R. Martin
Set time aside for a visit to Shire Post Mint, and see even more of their fantasy coins. You’ll also find them on Facebook and Twitter. When it comes to fantasy coins, these are as good as it gets.