Society for Creative Anachronism ARCHIVE
An Tir/West War A.S.31(1996)
 
 
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   The design of the obverse side of this year's An Tir/West War Commemorative is adapted from those of a silver dubbele groot (i.e. double groat) of Duke Reinald (Reinhold) IV (1402-'23) of Gelderland (in the northern Netherlands), and a double golden helm of Duke Filips de Stoute (1384-1404) of Flanders (in the southern Netherlands), struck in Ghent.

   On the An Tir/West War Commemorative, on the escutcheons below the mantled helms, the ducal devices are replaced by those of An Tir and the Kingdom of the West. The A.S. date in Roman numerals has been added to the "field" of the design. The inscription is "Bellum inter An Tir et Occidentis" = Latin for "War between An Tir and the West".

   The reverse side of the An Tir/West War Commemorative is inspired by mid-fourteenth century coins of Brabant (also in the southern Netherlands), including the "golden Peter" and the silver double patard or double stuiver. It is a "generic" design for the Inter-Kingdom Moneyers' Guild (the inscription "Geldonia Monetariorum" is a Latinization of "Guild of [the] Moneyers"). The cruciform pattern of laurel wreaths symbolizes the Inter-Kingdom Moneyers' Guild's ambition to become a Society-wide organization.

   Other symbols in this design include the voided crown dancetty of three badge of the Kingdom of the West, across from the key "privy mark" of Master Emmerich of Vakkerfjell, the founding Guildmaster of the Moneyers' Guild of the West and the Guildmaster of the InterKingdom Moneyers' Guild; the facing lion-head badge of An Tir appears across from the I-C privy mark of Ian Cnulle, Minister of the Moneyers' Guild of An Tir (who also cut the dies for this coin). In the center is a "bilanx" (two pan scales) symbolizing balance and equity in general and moneychangers in particular.

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