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COINS OF WESTEROS
and A GAME OF THRONES

These Westeros coins are based on the SONG OF ICE AND FIRE fantasy book series by George R.R.Martin. It is a rich and varied fantasy tale that includes the books A GAME OF THRONES, A CLASH OF KINGS, A STORM OF SWORDS, A FEAST FOR CROWS, and A DANCE WITH DRAGONS. They have inspired role-playing games and is the basis for the Game of Thrones series on HBO. Westros is a large land-mass where numerous factions are vying for power. At times it is unified under a strong ruler and at others it is fractionated into warring kingdoms. The plots are so rich and complicated that even the author has been unable to figure out how to complete series. The coins are officially licensed by George R.R. Martin. They are based on various medieval European coins and are struck from hand cut dies using traditional minting techniques.

NORTH KINGDOM COPPER PENNY

Westeros, North Kingdom copper penny minted in Winterfall by Torrhen Stark The copper penny of the North Kingdom was minted at Winterfell by Torrhen Stark, the last King of the Independent North Kingdom. It dates It dates from some three hundred years before King Robert Baratheon's reign, long before Aegon's Conquest that united Westeros. The obverse pictures the standing king with scepters. The reverse shows the head of a Dire Wolf, mascot of the House of Stark.
Item WEST-NORTH WESTEROS NORTH KINGDOM PENNY OF TORRHEN STARK, Br.X3 $6.00



EDDARD STARK HALF GROAT AND SILVER STAG 

Westeros Copper Half Groat of Eddard (Ned) Stark minted at Winterfell circa AC550Westeros Silver Stag of Eddard (Ned) Stark minted at Winterfell circa AC550
This copper Half Groat and Silver Stag of Eddard (Ned) Stark have similar designs.   The obverse features a facing portrait of the king bearing the famous sword "ICE" and a roundshield, with the inscription "EDDARD STARK" around in classic style. The reverse features a snarling Dire Wolf head, sigil of House Stark, and the inscription "WINTERFELL". The direwolf is the mascot of the house of Stark. It is undated (like most medieval coins) but is thought to have been struck at the castle armory of Winterfell towards the end of Eddard's tenure. When Eddard (spoiler alert) was betrayed and beheaded, the new owners of Winterfell not only hunted down his entire family but also demanded that all Ned's coinage be turned in to be remelted, so only a few examples have survived the great remelting to grace the collections of today.  The coins struck in the style of  the medieval silver coinage of Northern Europe in the 13th and 14th centuries. Both coins are approximately 21.5mm in diameter.  The silver Stag contains about 3.1 grams of .999 fine silver.
Item WEST-NED-HALFGROAT WESTEROS COPPER HALF GROAT OF EDDARD STARK $10.00
Item WEST-NED-STAG WESTEROS SILVER STAG OF EDDARD STARK out



GOLDEN HAND OF GARTH XII GARDENER

Game of Thrones - Westeros - Golden Hand of Garth XII coinThis coin features King Garth Gardener the 12th, King in The Reach, wearing a crown of laurel leaves. The letters HG below his bust signify the mint at Highgarden. The reverse side features the “hand” sigil of House Gardener, and the name “GREENHAND” to honor the scion of the line; Garth Greenhand. The Gardeners were a powerful clan in the early days,  but during Aegon’s conquest the last king of the line, King Mern the Ninth, was killed in battle at Highgarden.  The coin is valued at one Westerosi “Hand”. It is about the same size as a dragon, but valued at 1/2 dragon because it is thinner and lighter.  The 27mm brass coin weighs 6 grams and is Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item WEST-GARTH  GARTH XII GARDINER GOLDEN HAND, BU $7.00


SILVER STAG OF KING AEGON TARGAYEN

Westeros: Silver Stag of King Aegon Targayen, minted at DragonstoneThis Silver Stag of was minted at Dragonstone during the reign of King Aegon Targayen. He was the first king of all Westeros. The obverse of the coin pictures the King and his two wives, who were also his sisters. The king wears a crown with three dragons heads on it. The saying that "The dragon has three heads" refers to the fact that the three siblings ruled almost as one. The reverse of this piece shows a classic stag done in the Scythian style, and symbolizing the denomination of the coin... one "stag". The reverse pictures a Scythian stag. This second striking of this beautiful 20mm Brilliant Uncirculated silver coin contains about 3.1 grams of .999 fine silver.
Item WEST-STAG WESTEROS SILVER STAG OF KING AEGON TARGAYEN, Br.X9a BU $19.95


SILVER STAG OF "MAD KING" AERYS II

Westeros: Silver stag of "Mad King" Aerys IIThis silver “Stag” dates from the reign of Aerys II, the “Mad-King” and last of the Targaryen rulers of Westeros. The reverse side of the coin features a simple stag, graphically representing the denomination, and the mintmark “OT” for Old Town. On obverse Aerys is shown holding a boar-speak and pot of “wildfire”.  He was widely known for the nasty habit of burning his enemies alive in court.  His armies were defeated in battle by Robert Baratheon in AC 283  (the 283rd year after Aegon’s Conquest united the isle of Westeros which had before consisted of seven independant kingdoms) and Aerys himself was assassinated by Jaime Lannister, chief of his own Kingsguard, who becomes a major character in the story. The Brilliant Uncirculated coin is struck in 1/10 troy ounce .999 fine silver and is approximately 21mm in diameter.
Item WEST-AERYS WESTEROS SILVER STAG OF KING AERYS II, BU $19.95


HOUSE OF MARTELL - COPPER STAR OF DORNE

Game of Thrones - Westeros - House of Martell Copper Star coinThis Copper “star” is from the land of Dorne in the southern part of Westeros, undated, but it was minted circa 200, about two hundred years after Aegon I Targaryen tried to conquer all the kingdoms of Westeros under one ruler, with Dorne his only defeat.  One side depicts a typical Dornish ship used in coastal trade and warfare on the reverse.  The other features the  Sun and Spear of the house sigil above the Red Mountains of Dorne. The house motto, UNBOWED, UNBENT, UNBROKEN, signifies their immense pride in being the only one of the kingdoms to join the alliance by diplomacy and marriage, rather than conquest. This piece has been struck on an unrimmed planchet of 9 grammes of .999 pure copper, about 25 mm in diameter. The hardened steel dies for this piece were designed and engraved by Arion the Wanderer.
Item WEST-DORNE DORNE, COPPER STAR OF HOUSE OF MARTELL $14.00


IRON ISLANDS SILVER KRAKEN AND COPPER PENNY OF BALON GREYJOY

Iron Islands Silver Kraken (stag) of Balon GreyjoyIron Island copper Penny of Balon Greyjoy
These two coins of the Iron Islands date from shortly after the death of Robert Baratheon. Balon Greyjoy declares himself Lord of the Iron Islands and ostentatiously does so by quickly issuing coins showing himself wearing a crown, openly defying the rule of King Joffrey Baratheon. Both coins feature the same design.  The obverse depicts the standing Balon with axe in one hand and an immense pearl signifying the power of the sea. The reverse of the coin features the Kraken, the great sea monster capable of dragging ships down into the depths, sigil of House Greyjoy.  The denomination is not written but assumed (common with ancient coins) the date is also unwritten, but since the death of Robert occurred in AC298 it would be apparent to all. The mintmark shows that is was made at Pyke.  Balon Greyjoy and his son Theon figure prominently in author George R.R. Martin's books from the Song of Ice and Fire series and the Game of Thrones television series on HBO.  Both coins were struck using hand cut dies.  The silver Kraken, (which was equivilent to a silver stag), contains 1/10 troy ounce (3.2 grams) of .999 fine silver and is approximately 20mm in diameter.   The copper Penny is approximately 19mm in diameter and contains 2 grams of pure copper.
Item WEST-GREYJOY-AR IRON ISLANDS SILVER KRAKEN BU $19.95
Item WEST-GREYJOY-AE IRON ISLANDS COPPER PENNY BU $6.00


SET OF HALF-PENNIES OF WESTEROS

Game of Thrones 1/2 Penny set
This set of features six different half-pennies from six of the most famous royal houses of Westeros.  The obverses depict the famous rulers of their realms.  The reverses feature the sigils of their respective houses.  The six brass coins feature Rickard Stark and a direwolf, Loren Lannister and a lion, Tommen Baratheon and a stag.  Quellon Greyjoy and a kraken, Aegon V Targaryen and a dragon and Dorna Martell and the Sun & Spear.  The 16.6mm brass coins are designed to be used in role playing games.  The six coins come in a descriptive holder.
Item WEST-SET6 SET OF 6 ROYAL HOUSES OF WESTEROS 1/2 PENNIES IN CARD. $19.00

BROTHEL TOKEN FROM THE PEACH

Westeros, silver brothel token issued by The Peach in Stoney SeptThe Silver Brothel Token was issued by "The Peach" of Stoney Sept in Westeros. The coin has an image of a somewhat erotic piece of fruit on obverse and the value "ONE" on reverse. The client would purchase the token from the proprietor upon entering, and tender it to the courtesan of their choice. This second striking of this unusual 20mm Brilliant Uncirculated silver coin contains about 3.1 grams of .999 fine silver.
Item WEST-PEACH WESTEROS SILVER BROTHEL TOKEN FROM THE PEACH BU Br.XTn1a $19.95



THE ASSASSINS COIN

Faceless Men Assassins coin from George Rl R. Martin's Westros seriesThe Faceless Man are a secretive guild of assassins in George R. R. Martin’s popular Westros series of books. The coin is a recognition token used by members of the secret guild. When the coin is passed, the passer will say "Valar Dohaeris", whereupon the receiver is supposed to say "Valar Morgulis" (translations: All men must live, All men must die). The pure iron coin features a “faceless man” on one side and the challenge and response on the other. The coin has a dark finish.
Item WEST-FACE WESTEROS FACELESS MAN RECOGNITION TOKEN $12.00



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