About this project
I guess some of you know us, and some of you are new. Welcome! We are Shire Post Mint, the makers of fantasy coins for Fantasy worlds, such as our licensed coin lines from George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones" (A Song of Ice and Fire). We are also making limited edition coins for Patrick Rothfuss' "Kingkiller Chronicles", and we have signed an agreement with the Bandersnatch Group to make in-world coins based on Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series, as well as many other coins..!
A lot of you may remember this guy...
We are currently rolling out the new Game of Thrones "Dragons of Westeros" brass Dragon coins! These are about the size and weight of the old $10 gold piece, about 1-1/16" diameter and weighing 14 grams in brass. The actual gold ones will be more like 16.9 grams of 22k gold such that they contain exactly 1/2 troy ounce. Both types will be officially released at WorldCon, down in San Antonio, Texas, at the end of August.
Jaehaerys Targaryen, designed and engraved by Arion the Wanderer of An Tir:
Daemon Blackfyre, designed and engraved by Joe Paonessa:
... and, of course, Joffrey Baratheon, designed and engraved by Joe Paonessa:
We all know that the Dragon coins in Game of Thrones are gold, but here in the real world, real gold is a just little expensive!
We have sets of three Dragons (Jaehearys Targaryen, Daemon Blackfyre, and Joffrey Baratheon), but they're all in brass, made to emulate the color of gold. What we would like to do is make them in real gold too, but the initial costs are a little bit up there, and that's where your pledges can make a difference!
You know you want to see what the real thing would look like as well as we do...
Oh, and for a special few, we also have a limited number of "Me and My Dragon" t-shirt as part of the rewards, so if you're curious, they look like this. The pen and ink drawing was done for me by artist James Yale, now retired. The little boy is my son Woody (now 32!) and the sword is one of my custom pieces, so this design is close to our hearts here!
Risks and challenges
The initial cost for buying gold is high, to say the least, but once we have finished pieces in hand, we don't think finding buyers will be a problem. We have the master dies used for striking the brass. Specially hobbed dies for striking the real gold ones will have specific markings on each side, making them easy to tell apart from the brass if you know what to look for. The finished pieces will each contain 1/2 troy ounce of gold. We have been doing this for twelve years now, and we have the technical side of this process well in hand, we just need to invest in the proper materials, and we'll be golden... (pun intended).
Thanks for listening!
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