The Hobbit™ Set #7 - The Shire Four Silver Sixpences
THE SHIRE™ Silver Sixpences
Four Sixpences from The Shire struck in 1/14 troy ounce of .90 pure silver. Each denomination of Shire coinage has 4 variations featuring different trees. This four tree group contains all four possible trees: pine, elm, willow, and oak. Coin text is inscribed in Tengwar.
The coins in this set from the world of J. R. R. Tolkien are struck from solid .900 silver, measure 2 cm in diameter, and weigh 2.4 grams, or 1/14 of a troy ounce. Coin artwork by Greg Franck-Weiby.
The set contains coins treated to look as if they have been handled and circulated within their world. This process is done by hand, and it is both an art and a science. Coloring and patinas will vary. No two sets 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, translations, and facts about the coins.
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I ordered the Pony purse which was supposed to include a mix of silver coins but I ended up getting just 2 of the 5 coins advertised. I received no shillings or two-shillings and no white hand of Saruman. Instead I received 17 sixpences and 3 ravens of old dale (same size coins). One of the six-pences was badly struck or miss struck. The coins are very thin too. They don't have much weight to them at all. Some of the copper and brass coins are better but overall I am disappointed.
That being said the designs and engravings are obviously great. The art and design work is top notch. I just wish they were a little more generous with the metal at least in the copper coins and the selection of coins in the purse seems lazy. I feel like whoever was putting it together just threw in 20 of the nearest smallest silver coins on hand. I'm not even sure it adds up to 12 shillings.
Assuming the ravens are equivalent to 6pence (they're struck from the same size silver coin blanks) that's 20 silver coins = 10 shillings. Plus the copper and brass coins (2x3p + 2x2p + 8x1p + 4x1/2p = 20p) equals 11 shillings and 8pence. The card that comes with the set says it "equals 12 shillings, plus a little extra for a night's stay and a meal or two." What gives?
Can't pass these up for anyone who likes silver and the hobbit. The design is very attractive and being silver they can tone and tarnish making each one even more unique. I have ones that look brand new nice and shiny and ones that have started to tarnish/tone and taken on a plum color almost.
excellent packaging, arrived in great shape.