Vegvisir/Wayfinder Bronze Viking Coin
About This Precious…
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." —Huld Manuscript
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 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.
This extra thick Vegvísir Wayfinder Coin is struck from solid bronze or and measures 3.24 cm in diameter. Coin artwork by Woody Maringer.
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.
Tom Maringer, previously a swordsmith, began making coins in 2003 for George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. Yes indeed, a genuine Game of Thrones sword/coinsmith made this. We know, we're dead from nerdgasm too.
About the Brand
About the Brand
Shire Post Mint aims to keep traditional coinmaking alive. Designs are hand-engraved into tool steel, the design is hardened, then mounted into an antique coin press, and struck into solid metals like copper, bronze, silver, iron, brass, and niobium. The coins are antiqued to perfect the patina and give them a lovely softness in the hand. Read the rest of the Shire Post Mint story here.