Shire Post News

Blurple Moons! Our new two-tone niobium coins

Blurple Moons! Our new two-tone niobium coins

Woody, master of machine and coin, recently developed a new anodizing technique for our niobium moons: 

  1. One layer of anodization covers the coin with blue.
  2. That layer is partially tumbled off over a few hours. This leaves the first blue layer in the lower parts of the design (shadows) and the higher parts are raw niobium again (highlights).
  3. The 2nd anodization puts purple onto the highlights to create the two-tone effect. 

In addition to this new patina, this is the first time we've ever made a large 1.5" anodized niobium moon. 

Shop the blurple moons here

Anodization of niobium is not a plating or dyeing process, but it in fact increases the thickness of the natural oxide layer on the surface of metal parts. This layer refracts light bouncing off of it which creates the blue and purple colors you see here. In fact, these coins are really hard to photograph since the colors will change a bit depending on the angle of the light hitting the coin. Water on the coin will also change the color dramatically. The colored anodization is very durable, but will wear down over years at the same rate that niobium will wear down, mainly in the highlights. 

Check out the 2nd anodization process video:

Shop the blurple moons here

COVID-19 Announcement from Shire Post Mint

COVID-19 Update from Shire Post Mint:

We are still shipping new orders daily. See below for additional information.

See list of countries with suspended mail distribution

(July 20, 2020): We are still shipping daily. International orders continue to be extremely delayed. 

(May 21, 2020): Local businesses are slowly opening back up. We have asked our employees to return with strict sanitary guidelines: masks worn every day, sanitizer to be used on shared surfaces. 

(May 15, 2020): International orders are still being reported as extremely delayed, but they are getting delivered. Please be aware that your package may take 6-12 weeks to arrive if you are ordering from outside of the US. 

(May 7, 2020): According to multiple customers, International shipments are extremely delayed. Please allow 6-12 weeks for your International (outside of the US) order to arrive.

(April 24, 2020): We released a new item that is aimed to help limit the spread of germs while opening doors in public places: Door Openers. We sold out very quickly but plan to make more. You can request to be notified when those are back in stock on the product page.

(April 22, 2020): Many international (non-U.S.) customers have reported significant delays. Check with your local postal carriers for updates. If you need your international order quickly, we recommend considering choosing DHL as your carrier on checkout. 

(April 9, 2020): We are still shipping daily and have limited production staff working on designing and producing new coins.

(April 2, 2020): We are still shipping daily! All off-site work (like packaging coins in holders) is quarantined before being shipped out. 

(March 19, 2020): All is well at Shire Post Mint! As of Monday March 16th, Shire Post Mint has offered remote work to all employees during our voluntary quarantine. At this time, we are still shipping orders daily with limited physical staff. We haven’t seen any unusual shipping delays so far. We have instructed our staff on enhanced sanitation methods during shipping.  

Here is what you can expect from Shire Post Mint during this unprecedented time:

  • We will prioritize our employees’ health and safety above all else.
  • Orders for Shire Post Mint will continue to go out daily. We will make every effort to minimize delays. 
  • Any custom orders or customization requests should expect delays due to limited manufacturing staff.

Feel free to reach out to us about any questions that you may have. You can contact Helen at sales@shirepost.com

Until further notice, our No-Worries Coin collection will be 25% off with code NOWORRIES

Recommended Reading from Shire Post Mint Fans

We recently asked our fans for recommendations of immersive fiction or nonfiction books to lose oneself in. Check with your local bookstores to see if they can ship books to you! Here are their suggestions in no particular order:

  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Royal Road to Romance by Richard Halliburton
  • The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  • Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel
  • The Way of the Kings by Brandon Sanderson
  • The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan-Doyle 
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 
  • The Thieves' Guild by Jeff Crook
  • Dragonlance: Crossroads Series by Mary H. Herbert
  • The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
  • The Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Chronicles Of Amber series by Roger Zelazny
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • The Belgariad series by David Eddings
  • The Riftwar Saga series by Raymond E. Feist
  • Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • The Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks
  • The Painted Man by Peter V Brett (and following books in Demon Cycle series)
  • The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik
  • anything by Carl Hiaasen
  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  • Idlewild series by Nick Sagan
  • Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan
  • The Silmarillion through Return of The King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Shadowmarch by Tad Williams
  • The Lies of Loch Lamora by Scott Lynch
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • The Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
  • Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas
  • Red Rising series by Pierce Brown
  • Riley Sager and Simone St James great for twisty thrillers!
  • The Shades of Magic Series by V.E Schwab
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  • Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow
  • American Sherlock by Kate Winkler Dawson
  • The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
  • How To Die by Seneca 
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Travels with Charley by Steinbeck
  • The Man Who Walked through Time by Colin Fletcher
  • The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey
  • A Court Series by Sarah J Maas
  • The Mayor of Noobtown by Ryan Rimmel
  • The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
  • Recursion & Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  • SilverFin by Charlie Higson
  • Hopeless, Maine by Tom Brown & Nimue Brown
  • The Skystone by Jack Whyte
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  • MaddAddam trilogy by Margret Attwood
  • The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
  • The Soul Summoner Series by Elicia Hyder
  • The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
  • The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
  • The Night Watch series by Sergei Lukyanenko
  • The Helldivers series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Galaxy Outlaws series by J. S. Morin
  • Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  • The Lost World by Arther Conan-Doyle
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • Fight: Winning the Battles That Matter Most by Craig Groeschel
  • The Windup Girl by Paolo Bagicalupi
  • Ninth House and Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Annals of the Former World by John McPhee
  • Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
  • Riyria Revelations series by Michael Sullivan
  • Legend by David Gemmell
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • Mosquitoland by David Arnold
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
  • anything by Anna Marie McLemore or Carolina De Robertis
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill
  • The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapowski
  • Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Beren and Lúthien, The Children of Húrin, The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. and Christopher Tolkien
  • The Old Man Who Read Love Stories by Luis Sepúlveda
  • The Sandman comics by Neil Gaiman
  • Runaways - both the original run by Brian K Vaughan and the current run by Rainbow Rowell
  • Fables by Brian K Vaughan
  • Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner
  • (nonfic) Educated by Tara Westover
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • "Vicious" and "Vengeful" as well as the "Shades of Magic" series by V.E. Schwab
  • Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman
  • The Magicians series by Lev Grossman