The Copper Star of the Iron Islands
This copper “star” piece is from the Iron Islands in the mythical realm of Westeros shortly after the death of King Robert Baratheon, some 300 years after Aegons Conquest united the warring kingdoms. This particular piece is struck in ~9 grammes of pure copper (.999 fine), about 25mm in diameter, done in a revolutionary style with incuse lettering and a finely engraved profile portrait of Balon Greyjoy as he declares lordship in open defiance of King Joffrey Baratheon. The obverse portrait features the bearded Balon with laurel wreath and wearing a gorget emblazoned with the Kraken, sigil of house Greyjoy. The reverse depicts a Reaver, the attack ship of the iron-born, with the motto WE DO NOT SOW which clearly shows a disdain for farming folk. The steel dies used to make this piece were designed and engraved by Joe Paonessa. Above the reaver is a seven pointed star with the numeral “1″, graphically declaring the denomination of “one star”. The star is equivalent to eight pennies. Seven stars would equal one silver stag. A star would be enough money to purchase a small mug of beverage or light meal at an inexpensive establishment.