We are Shire Post Mint, a small, family-run coining operation located in Arkansas, USA. We specialize in licensed fantasy coinage, but we make lots of other things too.
Shire Post Mint began in 2001 when Tom bought his first antique coin press. He had a passion for coin collecting since his childhood and his years of knife-making gave him metalworking knowledge that he used to start making coins. The techniques used of hand-engraving steel dies and pressing one at a time are the same used in the 1800s and earlier. After a few years of research, refinement and building a small following online, his work caught the eye of George R.R. Martin, who was interested in having coins made from his new series of books, A Song of Ice and Fire.
Since then, Shire Post Mint has grown from Tom's weekend project to a full blown family business. His son Woody runs the workshop with him and is our resident engraver, his daughter Helen does package design and sales, his wife Peggy is the bookkeeper, and his parents Bob and Louise will help package coins occasionally.
The Maringer family. From left: Woody, Helen, Peggy, Tom, Louise, and Bob.