Society for Creative Anachronism ARCHIVE
An Tir/West War A.S.32(1997)
 
 
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   The design of the obverse side of this year's An Tir/West War Commemorative is adapted from that of a silver gros of Charles II of Lorraine (1390-1431). The original coin shows the armored figure holding a sword and a shield. For this commemorative, the sword was replaced by another shield.

   On the An Tir/West War Commemorative, the device of the Kingdom of the West replaces the three pellets in bend on the original, while the second escutcheon shows the Black Lion of An Tir. The inscription is "BEL.INT.AN.TIR.& OCCID.A.S.XXXII" (i.e. abbreviations for "Bellum inter An Tir et Occidentis anno societatis xxxii" = Latin for "War between An Tir and the West, year of the Society 32)".

   Regarding the armored figure on the commemorative, "Sir Snakehips" was rendered narrower in the middle than on the original in order to accommodate two shields. One arm is slightly longer than the other because he fights with an extraordinarily heavy mace.

   The reverse side of the An Tir/West War Commemorative is inspired by mid-fourteenth century coins of Brabant (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 goal of becoming 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)