Game of Thrones-inspired Coinage

WINTER IS COMING!!  Well, the much-anticipated second season of Game of Thrones is premiering on April 1st, and we here at Jumbo Jibbles are very excited indeed.  My husband and I are fan of the books and do such crazy things are obsess over imagined maps of Westeros and send “Valar Morghulis” bracelets anonymously to friends.

Photo by Tom Maringer, Shire Post

I found out recently that citizen of Springdale, Arkansas*, Tom Maringer  at Shire Post makes coins inspired by the Song of Ice and Fire series that Game of Thrones is a part of.  No, not cheesy coins with likenesses of Sean Bean and Lena Headey, but conceptualizations of what the coinage may have looked like.  You can buy the coins and roll them around in your hand: coins for Winterfell, tokens for brothel visits, Dothraki puli– this is a nerd’s dream.  I like it more because it is a single person making these things and not some fantasy company.  I remember seeing his small stand of brass buttons at the Farmer’s Market in Fayetteville.  Had I only known about this supreme dorkiness…

Maringer visited the Springdale Public Library recently to talk to a book group about making coins.  He has his own press, and you can read about it on the Shire Post.

You will not find coins bearing the images of film characters here… but rather the coins that those characters might have been carrying in their pocketses!  The premise of this effort is that coins provide for us a TACTILE sense of time and place…. something we can touch and handle. It is to this goal of making history, mythology, and fantasy seem more real that we dedicate our labors.

I love movie/book art that doesn’t just bear a familiar image, but fills a gap in your knowledge and experience of that world.  Blogger Stellar Four has a great list of Game of Thrones-inspired crafts to keep your passion alive until Book Six, Winds of Winter, comes out.

If you’re foggy on what happened last season, here’s some catch-up: 10 Things You Need To Know.  Or, just fully immerse your head into the magnificent Tower of the Hand website, where you can prevent spoilers by setting the “scope” of your knowledge by season or book.

*Exciting because I used to work at the public library in Springdale.


3 Comments on “Game of Thrones-inspired Coinage”

  1. shauntheleprechaun says:

    He was making coins since early in the series. George was even aware of them and at some point not only approved, but declared them the official coinage of Westeros in the real world.

  2. […] the show or series’s name, or the faces of the characters*.  That’s why I loved the Westerosi coins I posted about earlier this week. Let’s take a look at some items that further flesh out […]

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