Meet Our Artists
For more than 20 years, many talented artists have collaborated to bring Shire Post Mint coins to life. Learn about our artists and see collections of coins that they helped create.
Engravers use metalworking skills to turn coin designs and concepts into tiny 3D sculptures and are all designers in their own right.
A self-taught engraver not bound by conventional methods, Mintmaster Woody experiments with varying tools and materials to create incredible details and innovative textures.
Shire Post Mint's founder is inspired by historical techniques and creatively using the materials at hand.
Greg Franck-Weiby (1950-2011)
Gregory Paul Franck-Weiby, or Ian Cnulle, The Moneyer of Silberbyrg, was one of Tom's first and most dedicated collaborators. Among countless engravings over his career, he spent 340 hours engraving our Daler of EREBOR™ design, thought by some to be his magnum opus as an engraver. Greg sadly passed away in 2011. His influence in helping Shire Post Mint become what it is today was enormous.
Master Engraver Ron Landis created The Gallery Mint Museum of Eureka Springs, Arkansas with his longtime collaborator Joe Rust "..to establish a museum that would preserve the history, craftsmanship and artifacts associated with the minting of coins and printing of paper money."
A modern hobo-nickel carver, Paonessa teaches the art and history of carving and donates pieces to be sold at Young Numismatist auctions. The Original Hobo Nickel Society recognized his work by offering him an honorary life membership in 2019, the same year the ANA accorded him an honorary Doctor of Numismatics degree. He recently celebrated the birth of a grandchild.
Arion the Wanderer
Along with period coin making, Arion has other interests including: dyeing with mushrooms and lichens, early Greek and Roman music, leather and metal foil tooling, bow and arrow construction, and wood carving.
Stan Pearson (1922-2006)
Based in Saint Louis, MO, Stan Pearson owned and operated Machine Engraving Co. from 1953 until he retired in 1988, specializing in the manufacture of jewelry dies and fine engraving for manufacturing jewelry companies. Stanley was a true artist in his profession.
An engraver based in Oklahoma.
Warren Smith is a master hand engraver revered for his meticulous attention to detail, unrivalled craftsmanship and outstanding artistic designs. Born and raised in North Vancouver, BC, Warren currently works from his ranch/studio in the Okanagan Valley.
Felix Rasumny (1869 – 1940)
Felix Rasumny (Феликс Разумный) was a Russian engraver who later emigrated to Paris. He was trained at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs under such masters as Millet, Gauthier and Tasset. He exhibited his works at the Salon of the Societe des Artises Francais in 1891 and at the Exposition Universelle in 1900 (awarded with a silver medal). We have been honored to remint and repurpose some of Rasumny's original engravings.
A great coin starts with great art.
Michael is an illustrator based artist from Canada.
Author, artist, designer, and cartographer. Isaac is the Art Director to author Brandon Sanderson, Isaac has a pivotal role in developing the visual world of the Cosmere.
Ozark based illustrator and fine artist.
Swedish illustrator with a background in atelier painting and printmaking.
FTHB is an illustrator based in the UK.
Dylan is a graphic designer based in Arkansas. He was also on the ground floor of forming the Tesseract Center for Immersive Environments and Game Design, an exciting project to bring education to students through online games.
Helen is the CEO of Shire Post Mint. Her artistic background is in Fine Art Photography.
Peggy is a lifelong artist. She's been working behind the scenes of Shire Post Mint for decades to help grow and support this business.
Illustrator Nate Taylor is a frequent collaborator with Patrick Rothfuss. Together they are able to bring to life the visual world of The Kingkiller Chronicle.
Alexis is an illustrator focusing on hand drawn and illustrated quotes.
Rare Elements Foundry was founded in 2013 by Miya Sohoza & illustrator Kerry Bodenbender. In 2021, Shire Post Mint acquired the company.
"I have been a leather worker for well over 20 years. I learned how to tool leather in Boy Scouts and basic patterning and construction in junior high school. I became involved in medieval recreation and found I had a knack for my profession. Slowly I developed my business, and acquired a small team of workers to help in production. Most everything we make is patterned by myself, and I do all of the hand tooling myself." -Griffin