Vegvisir Wayfinder Bronze or Silver Coin
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 coin to help guide us through modern moments of hafvilla.
This wayfinder will help guide the holder through the rough journey of life. Use it to find the correct path to travel.
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 solid bronze or silver coin 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.
- Bronze coin is about 32 grams struck from solid bronze.
- Silver coin is 1oz of pure silver.
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.
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In lieu of choosing, I bought both the bronze and silver Vegvisir coins. Comparing the two, I first have to recognize that each and every coin produced by Shire Post Mint is unique so what I received will vary some from yours. These two coins, side by side, have some differences I'll highlight. The Bronze coin is my favorite of the two because has a more "worn" feel in the hand. Its edges are every so slightly rounded compared to a cleaner edge on the silver. The silver, though, has lovely texture and patina to its faces, so a plus there. The silver coin, perhaps for aesthetic reasons, does not include a "999FS" which, for the cost over market rate for silver bullion, is a slight minus. The vikings didn't worry about bullion mint marks, though, so maybe I shouldn't either. To summarize, both coins are great. My preference is for the bronze as the feel in hand is more pleasant. These would make a great gift for someone embarking on a journey of a lifetime.
I purchased two of these "Viking Travel Coins" to give away as gifts to friends making journeys. The design, side and weight (including the thickness) impressed me enough that I will order more for gifts. The packaging is also a definite plus.
Once the pieces managed to get through the customs, they got to me extremely quickly, and the craftsmanship is superb! I have already ordered again, and will continue to do so in the future. Thank you for these beautiful pieces.
I can't really describe how impressed I was with the quality and presentation of my purchase.
I love this little wayfinder. It's a great luck piece to carry, to help you remember to keep your way, even when things are stormy. Excellent quality, fast shipping, always a delight to purchase from Shire Post Mint.