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Shire Post Mint began in 2001 when Tom Maringer bought his first antique coin press. He had a passion for coin collecting since his childhood and his years of knife-making gave him the necessary blacksmith experience to start making coins. The techniques he uses are the same ones used to make coins in the 1800s: hand-engraving steel dies and pressing one at a time on mechanical coin presses. After a few years of research and refinement, Tom's impeccable work caught the eye of George R.R. Martin, who was interested in having coins made from his new series of books, A Song of Ice and Fire™. Since then, Shire Post Mint has grown from Tom's weekend project to a full blown family business creating officially licensed coins spanning all the way from the furthest reaches of Middle Earth, to the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.