NUIKVISS AOI MERMAID COINS
PAPER NOTES for various places.
COINS made from wood, mother of pearl, clay.
All are in the works as of November 2015
.PLANS FOR 2014 and beyond
I have a whole host of coin releases on tap and I will strive to go with variety, historically correct and a range of prices on these releases. My problem in production is my primary mint is now so busy they have had to farm out a couple of projects just to stay up with demand. So, sliding in our projects has been difficult but as we know, business has peaks and valleys, so we are being patient.
The following are in no particular order:
VARHUS - a 1/8 Laurel. The early 17th century British Gold Laurel was a 140.5 grain gold coin (128.8 grains of pure gold). An ounce of gold should make 29 or 30 of these coins. Later a 1/20 Laurel or locally 'a gold shilling' will be produced.
ILE CRESCENT - The popularity of our first coin warrants a metal counterpart. In 2012 I delivered the metal for a 1,500 and a 3,500 Poa coin, both of which will be substantial coins in copper nickel. The 1,500 Poa will be 29 millimeters and 9.2 grams while the 3,500 Poa is a 35.5 millimeter 19 gram coin.
EXCELSIOR - The original Excelsior coin release sold out in 10 days. The demand has remained strong, so I secured the needed metal some time back to produce a mintage of 1,000 although that is way beyond what I think I can sell. Thus, we'll go with 250 and save the rest of the metal for future years. There will be a 100 Mill in aluminum, a 200 Mill in bronze and a 1/2 Quart in copper nickel. The 100 Mill will be an aluminum 19 millimeter .9 gram coin; the 200 Mill a 17.15 millimeter 1.78 gram bronze coin and the 1/2 Quart a 16.3 millimeter 1.79 gram copper nickel coin.
LENDIRRO RIKKIIVANNEN A-KOUTIIVANNEN MAADE - This 3 coin set has been planned out for quite some time. The metal is in the shop, the reverse die has been made and the 1/2, 1 and 2 Kernan can be ready to roll with minimal work. These will be coins about the size of US 25 cent pieces or Quarters...the sort of coin you know you have in your pocket. Per my notes, the 1/2 Kernan, 1 Kernan and 2 Kernan coins will each be about 5.5 grams and about 25 millimeters. The metals will be Bronze, Brass and Copper Nickel.
BLENHEIM REEF - The dies for this one are to be on hand at Tom Maringer's mint and all we would need to do is make a couple of modifications in order to mint the coins.
PORPOISE ISLAND - This small island of 'peculiar people' use the Quarter Farthing as their mode of trade. For those of you that have spent a small fortune to add the 19th century Quarter Farthing to your collection know the little bronze coin is, well, cute. Our local version will be made of copper, weighing about 1.2 grams and 13.5 millimeters, carrying not the British symbolism but their own Porpoise Island emblems.
VALEMAA - When artist Edwin Johnston created the 2012 design, he did the 2013 design as well. It was not transferred into a die, but the art is waiting in the wings. We have the original 2013 design we have not found time to mint.
I ELA KUAI - This is a 5 coin set comprising the 1/4, 1/2 and 1 Pitis already completed and the coming 5 Pitis and 40 Pitis coins yet to come in this series. In Brunei at a point in the past, there was a 1/4, 1/2 and 1 Pitis coin plus a coin equal to 5 Pitis (pretty much a local Chinese Cash coin in value) and something unusual: an iron piece roughly an inch square and 1/4 of an inch thick that carried the value of 40 Pitis. In our quest to be historically accurate yet retain our own twist, Arion The Wanderer in SCA circles will take charge in this premier release of a 5 coin set. Tropical designs will flourish on this set and I think this will be a very big release for Blue Waters Mint.
UVELIKIEL - This coin set needs a masters touch. I think a side view of a sheep with olive branch in his mouth is fitting as a heraldic image for Uvelikiel, a small mountain plateau that obtained a status as an independent nation in 1648. Being true to the first coins, the 1648 era style coin and minting process is essential for the original denominations: 1, 2, 4 and 8 Liard. I still have some thinking to do on these but part of my process is to determine a precise value of a coin. I have modeled this release on the value of the Guernsey Double versus .999 silver. As 80 doubles was worth 69.4456125885 grains of .999 silver at its release, this would make an Uvelikiel Liard worth about .9 grain of .999 silver. So, we'll formulate coins based on this value by looking at many mid-1600s era small change coins to create a historically accurate metal weight.
NIKI NAMU - The first coin came out in 2012 and is the first of at least 6 releases for the 15,000 Cowrie silver coin with an intricate design. The mastery of Tom Maringer in building a new design and minting the slightly thick and handsome silver coins will come as the plan is for 5 to 7 separate releases.
ANAN MUNAN YLHA - ANAN YLHATUOLI - ANAN TANTAIMON - These three islands that were once one operate as three independent isles in cooperation with their neighbors as a single nation. The three islands have a bit of sibling rivalry going on as each island wants to outdo the other. Anan Munan Ylha usually wins and Anan Tantaimon usually is in last place, but that doesn't diminish the fun. The Council governing the three islands set some mandates on currency and production levels. In a nutshell, 1 and 5 Suota will be the main coins, maybe a 10 Suota at some point. Let the rivalry begin as each island mints their own coins. As is the habit, the heraldic shield is 50% the emblem of the issuing island and 25% for the other two. All the coins circulate freely on all the islands, it's just the bragging rights that's at stake here. Look for a new burst of sibling rivalry as the islands jockey to come out on top! Per my notes, the 1 Suota is a 1/4 gram silver tiny coin much like the first 1 Suota. The 5 Suota is a 1.2 gram and the 10 Suota is 2.4 grams, all .999 silver. With 3 denominations, that is 9 combinations as each island will release their own coins over time.
PLANS ON THE DRAWING BOARD....
The Courant of 2012 will have a followup in the form of a 1/4 Courant coin at 5.5 grams of pure silver.
The coins, Ortug, shall be released in pure silver. You'll notice the size of the coins versus the weight that each denomination requires silver to be rolled out at different thicknesses. Thus, we will only do one coin at a time.
The denominations are:
2 Ortug 1.2 grams target: 10 millimeters ALREADY DONE IN 2012
4 Ortug 2.4 grams target: 12 millimeters
8 Ortug 4.8 grams target: 15 millimeters
16 Ortug 9.6 grams target: 20 millimeters
Small change Vinar coins will be available in denominations of 1, 2 & 5 Vinar.
I actually figured these based on currency conversions from back in the time when Slovenia became an independent nation. Lipa Holding issued coins in hopes it would become the new currency. It had a true conversion that was a tough nut to crack. Try to pinpoint a currency conversion as a currency experiences the highest annual inflation the world had ever seen at the time. For the record, the 50 Vinar gold coin converts perfectly to 1/240th ounce of gold. Naturally that conversion is not the current gold/silver ratio.
My conclusion was the Vinar was worth 1.58 grains of silver or 1/25th of a grain of gold.
5 separate denominations, most in silver, will be produced in coming years:
1 Tang - a 4.8 gram copper coin - DONE IN 2012
9 Tang - a 1/10 ounce .999 silver coin - DONE IN 2012
The Tang was initially issued by the Dutch for what is now Indonesia. The Tang was to be a copper version of what is known as the Maldives Larin. The Tang was unsuccessful and none are known to exist.
The denominations shown are based on the coins called "Black Dogs" that were the coins in use before the British currency was made the official currency on the Caribbean island of Nevis. Actual denominations were 1, 4, 6, 7 and 9. These Black Dog coins were counter-struck existing coins and I simply took silver values to these coins, making the 1 Tang copper since the silver content was so low.
A modern round 4.4 gram .999 silver Larin will be produced. I hope to do a 2.2 gram 1/2 Larin in .999 silver as well. I sure would like to do more of a traditional Larin but I think modification might be in order since there was some confusion over whether this was a real coin.
What can I say, the Larin was 4.8 grams of silver at pretty much a purity equal to Sterling Silver, thus, 4.4 grams of pure silver.
PEARL LAGOON CAYS
Initial thought is a ¼ Reaal .999 silver coin.
Paying homage to a Dutch citizen that owns one of the Cays, the coin is historically correct to the old colonial ¼ Reaal coin of Curacao or 1/14th of an early 1800s Guilder. The original Curacao 1/4 Reaal was .300 silver, making it about the size of a Dime in U.S. currency.
These are pay tokens for workers.
Coins have not been determined. Being a real place like Pearl Lagoon Cays, a work token would be the case
The 1/8th ounce .999 silver ‘Crescent Moon’ coin is the currency of this island.
I want to call it a Lune or Luna, possibly Moon. A Micronation has already designated the Luna at 1/8 ounce of silver. Our name would be in the native language and I have not checked that yet.
Thinking at this point is a brass coin. More development needed. Long ago I bought a rectangular dairy token. I loved the shape. I thought a nice island shoreline would look nice.
While the coins have not been defined, we are looking at larger coins, likely in .999 silver and along the lines of special editions.
This place is really special to me. There's a coin from Haiti that has a beautiful woman playing a conch shell. Something that classic and something substantial is my leaning.
Additionally, a blue rock disc, inspired by the Phaistos Disc should be on one, if not all coins.
I have received the original art for the coin made by Kjelshus Collins. This will be beautiful on a coin. This will be a premier piece where price is no object as far as my production costs go however this one will stunning.
The issues I am having on this coin is the initial cost of the designs. I could easily reach $6,000 or more in creating just a run of 100 coins. If I were to do both designs, I could buy a one year old mid-range car for my cash outlay, having only 200 pieces to sell. So, this one remains on the drawing board even though I am aching to see this one happen..
A 38-39 millimeter 28+ gram copper nickel coin will be offered in at least 5 issues. These would be tiny mintages, say about 40 per issue.
I bought a couple of medals that have some great bovine images we can use as examples to create a design. Kufjellkloft means Cow Gulch, so this jives. I'll use an old currency issued in the Faeroe Islands and Iceland called Skillingar.
A Himalayan Salt coin will hopefully be produced.
This one is a big unknown right now. Himalayan Salt is about like any other rock but you know that when you engrave it, the salt will mess up machinery. How we will inscribe the coin is beyond me right now.
I'd really like to do a substantial silver coin here. I'm thinking 2/3rds of a troy ounce of .999 silver and at least 30 millimeters
A thin Pennyweight pure Silver coin is the unit of exchange.
I like Tom Maringer's Eddard Stark Pennyweight Silver Pfennig so much, I'd like to do something similar for this island.
This community wisely uses .999 silver one gram coins for daily transactions.
We are looking at multi-year releases for this island. The 2012 Silver version has been made but the anodized blue titanium might need a bit more thinking, so it will come at a time yet unknown to us. I'd love to go with a titanium version like the silver.
A 4.5 gram presentation quality .999 silver coin is planned with a maximum mintage total of 500 coins over several releases. I am toying with the idea of some gourmet bottled water to accompany the coin. And I am talking Gourmet Water...stuff that is as costly as a good bottle of wine. Lately I am thinking of a larger coin.
You know from the story this island is settled for its water and is a company island. Thus, the coins are a reflection of this. Naturally a geyser enters into the picture when it comes to a coin.
The Sgarabhaigh Six Pence is a lovely coin. To me it looks like the design is almost like liquid. I'd love to achieve this style of striking.
I even had the wild thought of using anodized blue niobium to be centered in the coin, doubling as a blue glass bottle on one side and a geyser of blue water on the reverse. That's more a wild idea that might be very difficult to do.
I have found the gourmet water. I'd have to label it as not for human consumption but the purity of the water is so rare it is found only in a few spots on earth. I have to find the right packaging, however.
The plan remains for a series of 7 issues, each featuring a specific mermaid, available in two colors of seeded glass. Silver coins may be added and hopefully enameled by hand as well. Certain logistics are yet to be determined.
The trouble I'm having is getting the glass cut and smoothed on the edges. I know the glass I want and taking the image to the coin will be easy enough. It's the middle where I don't have the answers I'm seeking.
Should I also consider pure silver? Might a few be enameled by hand, colorizing them while allowing the metal to almost illuminate the design?
Details on the coin is yet to be finalized.
A token to act as a local currency is being planned, valued in water, it might be a brass coin, possibly a brakteat.
I saw a cool looking 'water token' that was a cross between what looked like a communion token and a hammered coin from centuries ago. It was brass and appeared to be a brakteat.
Not to be confused with the island in Kiribati, my leaning is toward a silver Fanam coin at almost half a gram of .999 silver and about as small as the Ceylon Fanam.
I'm leaning toward a Fyrkk denomination with a 1,2 and 5 denomination. Since the Fyrkk is such a small denomination, my thinking is either common base metals or a low silver content version. The Hildrendeland story is one of my favorites and I'd love this to match my images of the place through creating a showcase release
I am really struggling with this one. This place was inspired by the ancient Massa coin I want to do a pair of coins, one in gold and one in a base metal. If you are familiar with the Massa, they are tiny coins, sometimes called bullet or even button type coins. The size makes a name appearing on the coin almost impossible. I really like the 'country' and even the 'denomination' to appear on the coin. If it is just an emblem, it seems to be too elusive in my mind. My thought is a .7 gram .999 gold coin and a slightly larger .3 gram coin, possibly in silver. As for size, my gold specimen is 6 millimeters and my larger coin is only 7 millimeters.
From my figuring, .7 gram gold would be a heavy 1/4 Massa based on a gold Massa being 2.4 grams. Using a standard of 16 units of silver is 1 unit of gold, a .6 gram gold would be 32 of the .3 silver coins. Thus our formula, to be historically correct, would be 32 silver coins to 1 gold, even if that was the heavier .7 gram gold piece (literally 37.33).
There are a few others on my list that still have not been completely thought through. Generally my process involves either an actual coin or a value of a coin and then applied to real coins at a specific time period. In summary, a place starts with a fixed position on earth if it really existed, then compared to historic coinage of the region and applied to either a real coin based on its metal or a silver conversion compared to a known value conversion. Once a true conversion is known, a more unique process is used to replicate a coin of a certain value that may have never been issued in that form. While this is a complicated way of saying things, an actual example might make this more clear in the Puuviljakogursaar Courant. The Courant was a paper version of the Dutch currency. No true Courant coin was issued in a silver value the Rigsdaler Courant had on paper. Some symbolic Courant coins were issued by other governments but these were not accurate portrayals of the actual silver content. Thus, the Puuviljakogursaar coin clearly would be found to be a fantasy based on this fact alone. Thus, part of my quest for historically accurate conversions but 'fantasy' enough to have never been produced in real life.
YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED this page tends to evolve over time. Notes about upcoming issues may change entirely. In many respects this is a work in progress what what might seem best last week is now reflected next month by new influences that change the plan. Consider the content on this page to be a loose plan that may evolve in time, sometimes to something altogether different from the original plan.