Shire Mint's Mistborn Coins Are Awesome, and Here's Its Kickstarter


I know we just had a big Kickstarter, but there's another one coming up, and it's really cool. Shire Mint, folks who made wonderful fantasy coins for Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and Wheel of Time, are Kickstarting Mistborn coins from both Era 1 and Era 2. The coin art was designed by Isaac Stewart, inked by Ben McSweeney, and overall, the design, metals, weights, and styles were all approved by Brandon. For all intents and purposes, these are canonical coins. How freaking cool is this. It's basically new lore for Scadrial. I am in. 

Shire Mint has worked with Team Sanderson for a year, and it sure shows. Check these coins out:

Era 1 Boxing

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The front is a picture of Kredik Shaw, with the text "One imperial" in the Steel Alphabet. The back (on the right) is, what they say, the symbol of the Lord Ruler. That's actually been the symbol for Kredik Shaw on every map of Luthadel, so it's not a new symbol, but this is the first time we see it as referred to as the symbol of the Lord Ruler. 

As a history lesson, these coins are officially "imperials" but are colloquially boxings as it displays Kredik Shaw, the Lord Ruler's "box."

Era 1 Clip

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This has an image of the Lord Ruler's face, text that says "one clip," and on the back, the symbol for copper, surrounded by the iron symbol, which is 1 in the Steel Alphabet. 

Era 2 Boxing

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The front has a picture of the Lord Mistborn and the Elendel Basin, and uses the Era 2 symbols. On the back, it has a picture of the First Central Bank, also surrounded by the iron symbol, standing in for 1.

Era 2 Clip

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On the front, we have Vin, looking awesome, and on the back, it has the copper symbol, the number 1, and the words "one clip".

I must say I am completely enamored with the Era 1 boxing overall, as a huge fan of the Lord Ruler. I need this in my life. However, Era 2 is cool as well! The designs are absolutely amazing and look incredible on the coins themselves.

The backing levels are pretty reasonable:

$14: One gold boxing, and you can choose Era 1 or 2.
$20: A boxing and a clip, from either Era 1 or 2.
$35: All four coins
$75: Four coins with a display box
$125: Hilariously, a bag of coins, with 24 clips and 4 boxings and a leather bag. You can choose an Era 1 bag, Era 2 bag, or a mix. 
$350: You get a coin that has been to space, as well as the standard 4 coins, and the bag of 28 coins in the $125 level.

You can also buy the bag and display box separately on add-ons. 

Since Shire Mint has a very good reputation, I have no doubt the product will work great, and its goal isn't that high (especially compared with the Kaladin album). This is going to be a thing, and judging it's already 30% of the way funded before I post this, in a half hour after it's been live, this is going to make it. Check it out!

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Era 2 Boxing

The front has a picture of the Ascendant Warrior and the Elendel Basin, and uses the Era 2 symbols. On the back, it has a picture of the First Central Bank, also surrounded by the iron symbol, standing in for 1.

That doesn't look much like Vin to me. I was thinking it was probably Spook, the Lord Mistborn. Are you sure about this?

Anyway, these do look really nice. I've backed. :)

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Does Shire Mint keep or remake stock from previous projects? Meaning, if I don't get one now through the kickstarter, am I likely to be able to order it through their website a year from now? (Or alternatively through Brandon's store?)

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Yep looks like a typo I think that is supposed to be Lord Mistborn on the Boxing the Ascendant Warrior is Vin on the Clip. 

These do look awesome though must get some! 

Edit: Wow only $40 from goal clearly everyone else thinks they are awesome too. 

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1 hour ago, BlackYeti said:

That doesn't look much like Vin to me. I was thinking it was probably Spook, the Lord Mistborn. Are you sure about this?

Anyway, these do look really nice. I've backed. :)

So when I wrote this, their Kickstarter said Ascendant Warrior, which seemed odd to me, but that has now been fixed on the Kickstarter. I will fix the post :) 

Also yay! It's funded.

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33 minutes ago, Chaos said:

So when I wrote this, their Kickstarter said Ascendant Warrior, which seemed odd to me, but that has now been fixed on the Kickstarter. I will fix the post :) 

Also yay! It's funded.

You got to put what the Kickstarter says but it looks like Sazed to me, dude is bald...

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57 minutes ago, platnumkid said:

You got to put what the Kickstarter says but it looks like Sazed to me, dude is bald...

I was thinking Spook last scene coming out of caves but I get what you mean with the bald head. 

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3 hours ago, ccstat said:

Does Shire Mint keep or remake stock from previous projects? Meaning, if I don't get one now through the kickstarter, am I likely to be able to order it through their website a year from now? (Or alternatively through Brandon's store?)

There may be some exclusive special edition coins announced, and what you get in the specific tiers is exclusive, (for example, you won't be able to buy a whole Coinshot bag), but the actual coins themselves will definitely be available on our site after the Kickstarter is finished.

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I wonder if they will ever do Southern Scadrian duel metal coins. 

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1 hour ago, MPHRD said:

I wonder if they will ever do Southern Scadrian duel metal coins. 

...That is something I hadn't considered and now definitely want.

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1 hour ago, WeiryWriter said:

...That is something I hadn't considered and now definitely want.

Right? and the one eye spike thing is pretty metal. 

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For Wheel of time fans, they also have Tar Valon marks on their website! 

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They're certainly beautiful, but at around $10 each (give or take, depending on backer tier) they're significantly pricier than other fantasy coins I've seen, which typically go for less than a dollar each. Is there something about the antique minting process that drives up the price?  

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5 hours ago, MPHRD said:

I wonder if they will ever do Southern Scadrian duel metal coins. 

We're always open to suggestions :) If someone can get me some source material we can look into creating them. We've wanted to do some bi-metal coins for a while.

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1 hour ago, Harakeke said:

They're certainly beautiful, but at around $10 each (give or take, depending on backer tier) they're significantly pricier than other fantasy coins I've seen, which typically go for less than a dollar each. Is there something about the antique minting process that drives up the price?  

Yes! There are some varying ways to produce coins. The cheapest ones come from China, usually cast in zinc and plated. Higher quality coins are made in solid metals and are struck on presses kind of like ours but their processes are usually more modern and streamlined. Our higher costs come from: licensing (part of your purchase goes to Brandon), engraving (done by hand by Woody, our super talented engraver), metal (sourced in small batches in the US), minting (on one of our antique presses 1700's-1920's era machines), finishing (darkened and aged to feel perfect), packaging (high quality archival holders with printed card insert), and of course labor. We've got a LOT more flexibility in the coins but it means that our costs are higher than probably any other mint. This is a really subtle thing, but as far as I know, we're the only mint broadstriking our coins. This means the coin isn't fitted into a collar which would give it the sides on the edge like all modern coins. So our Era 1 coins are broadstruck on one of our older presses with smoother, rounded edges where the metal bubbled out when being pressed and the Era 2 coins are collared in our new modern press (from the Denver mint!) and have those sharper sides plus an intermittent knurled edge which we've never done before! You should be able to see those differences in the photo. All of these elements are again super subtle but important to us since we can create these coins exactly how they should be. 

tl;dr: making coins the old way is more expensive but dang they look good.

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1 hour ago, Harakeke said:

They're certainly beautiful, but at around $10 each (give or take, depending on backer tier) they're significantly pricier than other fantasy coins I've seen, which typically go for less than a dollar each. Is there something about the antique minting process that drives up the price?  

Yes! There are some varying ways to produce coins. The cheapest ones come from China, usually cast in zinc and plated. Higher quality coins are made in solid metals and are struck on presses kind of like ours but their processes are usually more modern and streamlined. Our higher costs come from: licensing (part of your purchase goes to Brandon), engraving (done by hand by Woody, our super talented engraver), metal (sourced in small batches in the US), minting (on one of our antique presses 1700's-1920's era machines), finishing (darkened and aged to feel perfect), packaging (high quality archival holders with printed card insert), and of course labor. We've got a LOT more flexibility in the coins but it means that our costs are higher than probably any other mint. This is a really subtle thing, but as far as I know, we're the only mint broadstriking our coins. This means the coin isn't fitted into a collar which would give it the sides on the edge like all modern coins. So our Era 1 coins are broadstruck on one of our older presses with smoother, rounded edges where the metal bubbled out when being pressed and the Era 2 coins are collared in our new modern press (from the Denver mint!) and have those sharper sides plus an intermittent knurled edge which we've never done before! You should be able to see those differences in the photo. All of these elements are again super subtle but important to us since we can create these coins exactly how they should be. 

tl;dr: making coins the old way is more expensive but dang they look good.

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Farnsworth

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I love how they have to keep adding new stretch goals! I guest they had no idea how far this would go, but to be fair, I think anybody in their right mind would be a bit unnerved at just how far the Cosmerenauts are willing to go for something like this. The ash blackened clips and bronze clips sound awesome! (new stretch goal idea... @MPHRD's southern scadrial coins!)

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On 9/29/2017 at 7:17 AM, bleeder said:

Has anyone checked the spacing of the pillars on the bank? :ph34r:

So FUNNY STORY. The very first Era 2 engraving got destroyed pretty early in the run. We used this as an opportunity to correct some lines on the engraving of the bank. The pillars are the same but the steps are different. We've got these first ones quarantined and will probably offer them in some way to backers during or after the campaign. I'm trying to figure out how I can fairly release them without asking backers to switch levels since it's a limited edition. Maybe first come first serve on Backerkit?

 The funniest part about the coin is that the error/change happened organically before Woody had heard the passage about the pillars. Life imitating art imitating life.

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30 minutes ago, Farnsworth said:

I love how they have to keep adding new stretch goals! They had no idea how far this would go. The ash blackened clips and bronze clips sound awesome!

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53 hours in. We've only just begun. 

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These look amazing and they already have my money, I do want to know one thing though:

Has anyone bothered to translate the steel alphabet characters yet? :P

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28 minutes ago, Cowmanthethird said:

These look amazing and they already have my money, I do want to know one thing though:

Has anyone bothered to translate the steel alphabet characters yet? :P

The translations are on the actual Kickstarter page. It's not anything spectacular.

Era 1 boxing: "one imperial" / four numeral 1s

Era 1 clip: "one clip" / copper symbol & four numeral 1s

Era 2 boxing: "Elendel one boxing" / four numeral 1s

Era 2 clip: "Elendel" / "one clip" & copper symbol & two numeral 1s

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4 minutes ago, WeiryWriter said:

The translations are on the actual Kickstarter page. It's not anything spectacular.

I read over the whole page, I guess I missed that though, thanks!

Edit: Just noticed its actually in the original post of this thread as well... Oops?

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6 hours ago, Canton of Finance said:

53 hours in. We've only just begun. 

Yeah, the sad part is, most of my Cosmere friends say they are going to get it some time this week. We haven't even come close to starting.

@Canton of Finance

The Southern Scadrial coins are described in The Bands of Mourning. A copper/nicrosil one is on pages 184-185. The most common are nicrosil/brass, or nicrosil/duralumin.

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3 hours ago, Cowmanthethird said:

I read over the whole page, I guess I missed that though, thanks!

Edit: Just noticed its actually in the original post of this thread as well... Oops?

That's why I put it there, yes! :) 

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13 hours ago, Canton of Finance said:

So FUNNY STORY. The very first Era 2 engraving got destroyed pretty early in the run. We used this as an opportunity to correct some lines on the engraving of the bank. The pillars are the same but the steps are different. We've got these first ones quarantined and will probably offer them in some way to backers during or after the campaign. I'm trying to figure out how I can fairly release them without asking backers to switch levels since it's a limited edition. Maybe first come first serve on Backerkit?

 The funniest part about the coin is that the error/change happened organically before Woody had heard the passage about the pillars. Life imitating art imitating life.

You could always list it as Edwarn's Boxing and put it in a set with a flattened and bent Era 1 Clip (like the one from Kell and Vin's spar in TFE).

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