Society for Creative Anachronism ARCHIVE
An Tir/West War A.S.27(1992)
 
 
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   Although The Moneyers' Guild of the West had produced a commemorative coin for An Tir/West War in previous years, A.S.27 was the first year that a coin was produced as a joint project by moneyers from both Kingdoms. The die for the An Tir side of the coin was made by Ian Cnulle, whose I-C monogram privy mark appears to the left of the lion's crown. The die for the West side of the coin was made by Merrick Lealand, whose arrow privy mark appears below the Crown.

   The design for the year 27 coin was loosely based on that of the Bohemian "Pragergroschen" or "great coin of Prague". Minted at Kutna Hora ("Kuttenburg" in German), where the greatest silver mines of the time were located, from 1300 well into the sixteenth century, the Pragergroschen was the dominant trade coin of central Europe for nearly two centuries.

   The original pragergroschen feature the forked tailed lion of the House of Luxembourg (the most common early pragergroschen date from the reign of "John the Blind of Luxembourg" - King John I of Bohemia, 1310 - 1346). A small laurel wreath was placed between the fore paws to assimilate this device to the Black Lion of An Tir.

   The other side of the pragergroschen showed a crown within a double band of lettering. On the An Tir/West War coin, a row of leaves, symbolizing a laurel wreath, was substituted for the inner circle of lettering to suggest the device of the Kingdom of the West, being a voided crown dancetty of three within a laurel wreath.

   The original coin's inscription was "grossus pragensis" on the lion side, and "iohannes primus dei gratia rex boemie" (i.e. John the First, by the Grace of God, King of Bohemia). On the An Tir/West War coin, the inscription begins on the lion side - "bellum inter regno an tir...", and continues on the crown side - "et regno occidentis a.s.xxvii", meaning "war between the Kingdom of An Tir and the Kingdom of the West, year of the Society 27".

   Since year 27, the An Tir/West War commemoratives have shewn the devices of both Kingdoms en escutcheon on the same side of the coin, as well as the whole war and date inscription, while the design and inscription of the other side refers to the Moneyers' Guilds.

The Moneyer of Silberbyrg ... EMail:Ian Cnulle (Greg Franck-Weiby)