Vegvísir Wayfinder Spinning Top
The Vegvísir Guides the Way Through the Storm
"...if this sign is carried, one will never lose one's way in storms or bad weather, even when the way is not known."
The Vegvísir, or Norse compass, is an Icelandic magical stave, which, according to the Huld manuscript, protects one from losing their way in bad weather.
The vikings used the word "hafvilla" or "bewildered" which means to have no sense of direction or be lost at sea. We created this spinner to help guide us through modern moments of hafvilla.
This spinning wayfinder will help guide the holder through the rough journey of life. Use it to find the correct path to travel or simply watch it spin. Each spinner has been hand balanced to achieve long spin times of up to 12 minutes on a hard smooth surface.
Encircling the Vegvísir is the runic transliteration of the Icelandic phrase, "Ég stoppar ekki Þegar Þreyttur, ég stoppar Þegar ég er búinn", which translates to, "I do not stop when tired, I stop when done."
The spinner is struck with an incuse design, in which the letters are lowered rather than raised. This way the lettering will stay dark even if the coin is carried daily. The spinner is double sided with the same design on both sides. A silicon nitride ceramic ball is set into one side of the coin.
This Vegvísir Wayfinder Spinning Top is struck from solid bronze, measures 3.24 cm in diameter, and weighs about 32 grams. Coin artwork by Woody Maringer.
The product is treated to look as if it has been handled and circulated. This process is done by hand, and it is both an art and a science, coloring and patinas will vary. No two are exactly the same! Coins are struck one at a time in the USA using antique machinery and traditional coining techniques. A colorful description is included with history and facts about the coin.
Note—Each order comes packed with a handwritten envelope straight from Shire Post Mint. We will make this out to whomever is on the SHIPPING ADDRESS. If you are giving this as a gift and would like a different name on the envelope, please include the recipient's name in the Special Instructions field as you complete your order.