Back when we launched Banner Tokens, Christopher Giroir left a comment that had been echo’d throughout our office for many months.
Can’t wait to see what you guys offer (hopefully soon) for gold and the other random tokens you need in the game. Playing with my cardboard gold next to these just doesn’t feel right!
We looked at everything – from yellow and gold acrylic, to metal/challenge coin options, to wooden discs – and throughout the entire discovery process, nothing seemed to fit. The materials failed to deliver proper immersion in the Thrones universe, and we continued to run up against the reality that Westeros is a unique, well-documented place. You read about the various gold coins in the books and you physically see them in the show – these are tangible items impressed upon every Thrones enthusiast.
Amid these frustrations, we continued to find the officially-licensed coins floating around online from a place called Shire Post Mint. As we learned more, we began to deeply admire their methodology and commitment to making coins the old fashioned way, the real way, and their obvious love for the process. It is rare to find a company that cares as obsessively as we do about their offerings, and after a lot of research we reached out to see what was possible.
As it turns out, everyone we spoke with at Shire Post Mint is fantastic.
Not only are they our neighbors, only a few hours away in Springdale, Arkansas, but they also had a line of “gaming coins” that fit perfectly with our vision for gold tokens compatible with Game of Thrones: The Card Game. After those initial conversations, we read through each of the gaming coins on their website and excitedly found that each coin description described the history of the coin in Thrones canon. It is one thing to have the official “A Game of Thrones” license for these kinds of items and to start churning out anything that might be profitable. It is another thing entirely to invest so much care into the creation of each coin, and to make sure that it does justice to the source material at every turn.
That pretty much sealed the deal.
We are proud to announce that we have entered into an agreement with Shire Post Mint to be the exclusive US seller of these “A Game of Thrones” gaming coins!
The official A Game of Thrones Half-Dragons and A Game of Thrones Half-Pennies come in sets of 10 and 15 respectively. Each coin is struck in brass on hand-engraved steel dies (check the video below to see this process in action) and has a beautifully realistic look and feel. They are, of course, officially licensed A Song of Ice and Fire merchandise.
You can see all of the coins below in a single glance, or head over to our store to do some more in-depth browsing. Each has the descriptions that were a big selling point for us, so be sure to click in and see what each of these is about! Also take a look at our announcement video below to see what we have to say about them “in person”!
We hope that we can do our part to get these coins the recognition that they deserve, and distribute them to Thrones fans far and wide. Huge thanks to Shire Post Mint for their dedication to the craft and willingness to partner with us on this endeavor. Of course, as Zach said in the video above, we owe each of you the biggest thanks of all. You are the reason that we keep moving forward and discovering how best to provide value to the tabletop space.
Now, to Westeros!