Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Shire Post Mint set to build in West Fork

- — John Magsam

Springdale-based collectibl­e coin-maker Shire Post Mint is scheduled to mark the start of constructi­on today on its new headquarte­rs in West Fork.

The new location will include the company’s first retail store, a manufactur­ing shop and offices, doubling the company’s current footprint. A ceremony to commemorat­e the work is private but will be available for viewing at the Shire Post Mint Facebook page.

Shire Post Mint makes licensed coins from the “Lord of the Rings” and “A Song of Fire and Ice” books as well as other coin sets and collectibl­e items.

In 2003, Shire Post Mint’s founder, Tom Maringer, reached a deal with George R.R. Martin for the licensing of coins based on Martin’s “Game of Thrones” books that later went on to become a hit series on HBO. Shire Post Mint has been making coins full time since 2010 and today makes more than 150 different coins, sold individual­ly or in sets, and produces about 100,000 coins annually.

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