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An Tir/West War A.S.34(1999)
 
 
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   An Tir/West War is a major event held on the fourth of July, in alternating years in northern California and southern Oregon. (The Kingdom of the West is the SCA branches in California north of about Merced [I think]; the Kingdom of An Tir is the branches in Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and northern Idaho. An Tir was originally a Principality of the West, and An Tir's war of independence was theoretically the occasion for the first An Tir/West War.) These commemorative medals are (usually) struck on site at the war as a joint project of the Moneyers' Guilds of the two kingdoms, and is our main annual fundraiser.

   The An Tir Guild provides the dies and a couple of dozen fine silver strikes (struck before the war), selling for $6 each, and the Westies (ideally) provide hundreds of pewter blanx and most of the grunt labor of striking the coins (a dramatic demo, as coins this size require two man striking - one holding the trussel [i.e. "hammer die"] and the other wielding a 6# sledge.

   AT/WW A.S.34(1999): Each year I find it ever more challenging to find an original mediaeval coin design appropriately featuring two shields. After having a half-length armored figure above and supporting both shields on the year 33 type, the next logical variation was a half-length figure over each shield. I happened to find a good model in one of Jean Elsen's auction catalogues - a Silesian thaler dated 1620 (or '21?) - ever later period style. The original coin showed two brothers/Dukes of Saxony; on our commem, the one holding the rampant lion shield of An Tir was intended (perhaps with a little more success than the year before) to resemble the then current King of An Tir, Aveloc. This time I left "regna" out of the inscription and used + instead of an ampersand/e-t ligature because so much of the inscription band was taken up by the crowns and blank space. The date is on a tablet hanging by a cord from a ring and staple (although I don't remember ever seeing this device used on coins, Albrecht Durer used it in his prints for his monogram and date).

   [By the way, the other side of the year 34 commems is different for the first time since year 28. We had been using the same "Guild die" for the other side since then... . At AT/WW in year 33... I... ordered the immediate retirement of that die (after an estimated 4,000 - 5,000 blows with a six pound sledge over six years). That is the die I was referring to in my letter to the editor in the August 2000 issue of The Numismatist.

   [The new Guild die (the inscription is "Geldonia Monetariorum" for Guild of [the] Moneyers) is exactly the same design as the old one... However, it's better looking - and strikes up more easily - because, having had a lot of practice since the first one I made, I engraved everything twice as large and deep (which is what I tell the other Guild members to do when I inspect their engraving).]

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