The Scouring of the SHIRE™ Iron Coins
Iron coins of the Shire
Shire Iron 1/4p
Shire Iron 1p
Shire Iron 10p
hree solid iron coins from the Shire, struck during a time of great turmoil. The design, metal, and denomination have all changed compared to the standard Shire currency before Shire Year 1419. The lovely tree that normally graces coins of the Shire has been replaced by a large "S". The Shire Silver Shilling has been replaced by the iron 10p, the Shire Penny for the iron 1p, and the Shire Farthing for the tiny iron 1/4p. The coins are struck in scrap iron. It is unclear if the "S" on each coin stands for Shire, Sackville-Baggins, or Sharkey.
'Who is this Sharkey?' said Merry. 'I heard one of the ruffians speak of him.'
'The biggest ruffian o' the lot, seemingly,' answered Cotton. 'It was about last harvest, end o' September maybe, that we first heard of him. We've never seen him, but he's up at Bag End; and he's the real Chief now, I guess. All the ruffians do what he says; and what he says is mostly hack, burn, and ruin; and now it s come to killing. There's no longer even any bad sense in it. They cut down trees and let 'em lie, they burn houses and build no more.
-The Return of the King
™, chapter "The Scouring of the Shire"
by J. R. R. Tolkien
The coins in this set from the world of J. R. R. Tolkien are struck from solid iron,
blackened, and waxed. They measure 1 to 2.5 cm in diameter.
The concept and design of these coins was inspired by occupational iron coins minted during World War II.
Coin artwork by Tom Maringer, engraving by Woody Maringer.
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.
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.