Master of Coin

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About Master of Coin

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    Metal Smith
  • Birthday 09/01/1953

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    http://www.shirepost.com

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    Springdale Arkansas, USA
  • Interests
    rocks, metals, music... the finding of things and the making of things.

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    Tom Maringer

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  1. What do you Collect?

    I'll be taking the Advanced Leather Bookbinding class at Little Mountain Bindery here locally. I would plan to practice the technique on some more common editions before taking on a first edition. Yes! Slip cases would be something that could be done without altering the original at all, yet would enhance (and protect) the edition. My most treasured volume is a 1st India paper edition, Allen & Unwin LOTR with the multi-color foil embossed slip case. The only downside of it, is that It is so gorgeous (and valuable) that I cannot bear to open it and read from it! I actually read from my beat-to-death paperbacks with covers missing.
  2. What do you Collect?

    I'm taking a bookbinding class this spring... wondering if there is any interest in beautifully crafted and leather embossed rebinds of GoT volumes? Maybe with coins set in the covers?
  3. What do you Collect?

    Got mine!
  4. What do you Collect?

    Well, if you're looking for something really special, this ETSY listing just went up: https://www.etsy.com/listing/207019113/22k-gold-3-dragon-coin-set-of-westeros?ref=shop_home_active_4 It is a set of three golden dragon coins, in 22k gold, each bearing 1/2 troy ounce of pure gold! Just FOUR of these sets were made! The hand carved steel dies for these gold coins are NOT the same dies used to strike the brass version, they were made only for striking gold and will never be used for anything else. (as an example... the dragon on the brass Jaehaerys Targaryen coin has a single tip to his tongue, but the dragon on the real gold coin has a forked tongue) These coins will not be reproduced, in exactly the same way. Even if we have demand to strike more sets, there will be significant and notable differences such that these four sets will remain utterly unique upon the face of the earth. These are not props... much too valuable to let actors handle them! They are the genuine goods licensed by George R.R. Martin himself. I met him in Santa Fe and we discussed over dinner what the size and weight and composition of the coins should be. These are the result. We did the brass version just so that more people could have examples... but THIS is how they were meant to be! The set comes boxed with the brass ones for comparison. And it's not six figures!
  5. What do you Collect?

    The Strategy Game?? Is that the X-box video game? I have the board game and the card game.... Here is something that just popped up on eBay. I'm watching it. A one-of-a-kind Joffrey Baratheon golden dragon coin... with Jof's head carved into a skull! http://www.ebay.com/...a-/151418703535 This is a hand-carved mod of a licensed coin, so still licensed.
  6. What do you Collect?

    Hi Lady Visenya: Yes the three dragons come in a 5x7 hard plastic case. The single coins all come in a 3x4 hard plastic case as well... of the type that sports-card and game-card collectors use to protect their best cards. They're not just loose coins! The cases have printed folders in them that sport information about the coin... its weight and metal, often the name of the engraver, and about the design of the coin and how it fits into the A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE storyline. We're working hard to provide ways for collectors to store and display the coins, even if they are not "coin collectors" in the standard sense of the term. But what we're doing here is unique in all of fandom, and we need to have some feedback on what people want. We have piles of mock-up albums in different sizes and layouts. All have their good points, but they all lack for something. We have not hit upon the perfect album design. The simplest and most flexible would be to work within a three-ring binder system... using pages such as the four-pocket pages made for storing postcards to hold the 3x4 sleeve for each coin. The only problem with that format is that the basic 3x4 package holds the coin in such a way that you can only see one side... the other side is depicted by a photo. Ideally we should make an album such that the coins are all labeled and described... AND you can see both sides of the coin without having to take it out of the holder. This is really quite difficult because all our coins are different sizes! We don't simply have a few standard sizes like most mints do... we go all over the map on the shapes and sizes of the coins. Some people have taken the 3x4 holders and propped them up on the sort of racks sold for holding small dishes... they have a groove at the bottom of each row. That is pretty easy and looks nice. Some people have bought two of each piece so that they can mount them in shadowboxes to show both sides of each coin.... a lot of work but totally awesome! The book-safe idea is very attractive for its flexibility. Some very nice book-safes can be found or made, and each one will hold from fifteen to twenty coins in their cases... so that groupings can be assembled in each volume. House sets would be a natural... though at the moment some houses have more coins available than others. It might be more natural to put all the silver coins together and all the copper coins together and so forth. Or a small collection could be held in a single COINS OF WESTEROS volume. There are many ways to go, and we'd love some feedback on what kind of storage and/or display options would be attractive. Have fun! Tom ps... a book-safe is a box made to look like a book, so it can be shelved on a bookshelf, but can hold some object or objects. Often seen in detective movies where it holds either a bottle of liquor or a small pistol.
  7. What do you Collect?

    Thanks for the replies. This is interesting to me because different collectors have different collecting habits and it is challenging to know how to present items to different kinds of collectors. Would it help if we created a catalogue and album of all the different kinds, with places to put them? Or perhaps sets of all one house or all one denomination? Do we need to develop a frameable display option? My own preference is to mix lots of coins together in a wooden chest so that I can run my fingers through them while chortling demonically! That is why I got into making fantasy coins... because I WANTED THEM my precious! But then other people wanted some also. We have created a number of different experimental display options, including a book-like album with one coin on each "page", and biooksafes to hold sets of coins that can shelve right alongside your other GRRM hardbacks. But there are so many different modes of collecting and displaying that we are in a quandary as to how to present the options. We'd be happy to work with you to create a display option for your collection that would dovetail nicely with the other items you collect! Many thanks for the feedback! Tom
  8. What do you Collect?

    Those are some impressive collections Pat and Becca! Pat's list of original art is especially impressive. But... I don't see any of the GRRM coins on those lists. We've been making these under license for George since 2003, back when there were only two books in the ASOIAF series, and HBO was not even a gleam in the eye. We currently have 32 different coins on the list... stags, stars, pennies, dragons, hands and more, including the Iron Coin of the Faceless Man. These are the ones George carries on his travels and gifts to cast and crew on the sets, and as tips to bellhops etc. They're available through numerous retail channels aside from our own online store (though if you order through us and mention your forum name we'll send you something extra!) I don't want to appear self-serving here... because it's true that I would love to sell you some coinage. But... as replete as those collections are, I don't see how any collection could possibly be considered comprehensive without at least a sampling of the coinage. What we're doing here for George is unique in all of fandom. There is nothing else as immersive or authentic anywhere, for any other author, film, or theme! The coins are struck under many tons pressure on hand-carved steel dies, some of them by world-renowned engravers. This is the real thing, and they're not very expensive, even though the silver coins are real silver. We're working on new ones all the time to bring the world of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE to life in your hand. Editions are small by minting standards, as low as 20 pieces (the Blue Kraken) up to as many as 14,000 pieces (Garth XII Gardener Golden "Hand") but most are in the several hundred to low thousands range. A full mintage list is available here on the forum at: http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/66827-game-of-thrones-coins/ As far as my own collecting habits... I specialize in collecting vintage machinery and presses, dies, and tooling as well as bars and bullion of various metals. (always willing to trade for nice pieces!) I have an extensive collection of about 5000 vintage handmade dies and master hubs dating from the late 1800s to around the 1990s when computer aided machining essentially overwhelmed traditional die-sinking methods. I also collect books by many authors, including GRRM, but I don't focus on collector grade books, because mine get dogeared and bookmarked and smeared by greasy fingers, and are used primarily for research to assist in making coins as close to canon as possible. I do own one collector grade book... a first India paper Allen and Unwin edition of JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is pristine and sadly, I have never opened it beyond the title page for fear of damaging it, but it is a thing of beauty! Sigh! But I have worn out several paperback editions through rereading. Have fun! Tom
  9. What do you Collect?

    Just to let you know, there's been a price reduction on the Golden Dragon coins... now $14.50 each on eBay or our online store. Also, there are two "defaced" versions of the Walder Frey penny... available by special request at no extra cost. The DEATH'S HEAD, and the CAETLYN'S CURSE, at no extra cost. Only forty of each of those were made. No Game of Thrones collection can be considered complete without at least a few of the licensed coins. There are 26 different ones. These are the coins that George carries around, giving to cast and crew on the set, to fans at cons, and as tips while traveling. Have fun! Tom
  10. What do you Collect?

    We are now shipping orders for coins for Game of Thrones 4th season premiere parties. The most popular is still the Faceless Man, but Eddard and Joffrey are vying for second place. Have fun! Tom
  11. What do you Collect?

    Just a heads-up to the collectors out there that are looking for limited edition things... A few months ago I mentioned in the "Game of Thrones Coins" thread in this forum, that the dies for the Eddard Stark silver pfennig (or half stag) had been badly damaged in a brockage incident and withdrawn from service. The mintage list in the first post of the above-mentioned thread is the official one and is edited as necessary. You can see that there were three pressings of that coin, in two different registrations. The total of all three together is just 774 pieces. And that's it... the dies are ruined and no more can be made. At the present time there are only about 15 singles left for sale, so I expect all of those to be gone before long. I am setting the very last ones aside to use in assembling a few "complete" sets. We have a new set of Eddard dies to replace the collapsed ones... and the new coin is very nice, with the new Direwolf head engraving on the reverse side by Joe Paonessa. But the original has the awesome direwolf rampant by the late Greg Franck-Weiby. If this piece is missing from your collection then there's not much time left to fill that gap before they are all gone. Oh... I should mention that the bagged Winterfell coin set carried by the HBO shop has this coin in it... but I do not know how low their inventory may be on those. Have fun! Tom
  12. Asoiaf Tattoos

    As an oldster who was never a hipster, I was never interested in tattoos myself, though some of my kids have them, and I don't give them grief over it. I was (and still am) a nerd who was teased mercilessly by both the jocks on the one hand and the hipsters on the other. Our group, such as it was, called ourselves the "outies" meaning that we were ostracized by every other group and therefore formed our own group of outsiders. We did strange things like ride bicycles when other people were getting cars. We played chess, read Tolkien, and built models, and (yes) even made crude fantasy coins. So from my perspective I applaud anyone for following their passion, whatever it may be. If it involves getting tattoos, then more power to you. No regrets. The future awaits.
  13. Asoiaf Tattoos

    I like the wolf! And I think I can just barely see the old one lurking in the fur. Very cool!
  14. Asoiaf Tattoos

    Wow... that last one is awesome! As the maker of the coin I am honored. I love the peeling skin look with all the buckles. Now I need to post this one... this is not me but an image sent by a fan who has the matching tattoo! http://shirepost.com/wp/FacelessManTattoo.JPG You might be interested to know that the designer of the cowled figure and of the enciphered VMVD logo was Greg Franck-Weiby, who passed away a couple years ago. He would be thrilled to see his design appreciated so far and wide.
  15. What do you Collect?

    Yes the larger 2"x2" flips allow the coin to roll around and they'll often end up upside down.... so we're going to the 1.5"x1.5" flips so they hold the coin better. We used to supply all the coins in the 2x2 flips and it was something extra to make the 3x4 with the descriptive folder. But our customer feedback has been telling us that people like the 3x4 format (which is the same size as used for sports and gaming collectible cards) so we're moving to eventually provide everything in those. In addition we're working on set packaging... either in larger 4x6 or 5x7 sleeves... or in a number of other formats that we're experimenting with. This is actually a new field of collectible so there is no established way that people collect them. Feedback is welcome, though we should probably take it to PM so that we don't bore people to tears!