Minted Tins evolved from the issue of the Eagle. They are popular because old gold and silver can be used to mint them, however that is their downfall as well, once the backing for the coin becomes scarce, they fail to retain their value and become as reviled as the old gold they are based on. However, if a Tin becomes successful, and the run ends, the coins quickly become, rare and valuable for collectors due to their tendency to breakdown easily, especially ones that use paint markers for their minting.
Here is a classic example. The base coin is an old silver with gold painting. I believe this is the only one left of its kind, no real value other than it marks an alliance that no longer exists.
One of the most successful Tin ever is the Black Gold series. Here is an original first run in mint condition, still valued at one gold in the standard economy, however the collectors value is much more. It's construction is based on an old gold, dipped in latex paint, and a square hologram of the statue of liberty appears on both sides. Becoming quite rare, the origonal issued of this coin command much more than their standard value, however it takes an expert eye to determine the originals from newer imitations (more recent series of Black Gold).
Original 10 Black Gold pieces had the hologram cut to an odd shape on one side and another hologram strip with a serial number etched in it (5-20-86-5A). The other side had an itricate pattern of gold paint and the statue hologram again. There were other denominations of the original Black Gold series rumored to exist but I have yet to see others.
The original 10 Black Gold pieces did not have this gold paint indicating value on one side. However, one of the second issues series does (detailed below), and what we have here is an original 10 Black gold (identical in every other way), that has been re-issued as a newer one in the newer series. Its value in our economy is 10 gold, but I would not accept it as such as I have a hatred for anyone who defaces and original coin such as this.
Black Gold was re-issued at Creathorne, and typically re-issues are not nearly as valuable as the originals, what makes this a collectors item is merely the fact that it is dated and labeled with the event it was issued at. This coin has a standard economy value of 10 gold because it doesn not seek to pass itself off as a copy of the original series, but rather commemorates a part of history.
The Black Green, which has the words Black Green and Jelm Kisa surrounding a detail of an eye, with the pattern of the Black Gold on the other side in green instead of Gold. I'm not sure where this originated but I believe it is the same re-issuer of the 10 Black Gold talked about earlier because of the gold hardwriting (not the silmilarity of the G in gold on each one). This coin is extremely rare, and potentially very valuable to a collector, but it has a one gold value in our standard economy.
Cora of Veria believes the words Jelm Kisa are from an
Elvish dialect known to the Grubs. In fact, if I'm
I've also acquired a similar coin called a Black Silver with a different pattern on the reverse side. The hand writting is identical, also fairly rare and potetially valuable to a collector. The problem with this coin is that it can't easily be identified as a silver over the gold without reading the coin, thus it often gets passed off as a gold.
Also highly successful are the blackavar coins, based on old gold and silver they have these labels affixed to one side repecively. The other sides are blank. The Noble as indicated by the silver color and labeled as such, was originally 1 gold. The Royal as indicated by its gold color and labeled as such, was originally 5 gold. These coins were very popular because of the detail in their labels. Such development is always better than paint markers when it comes to Tins. Today's standard economy accepts the silver colored as one gold and the gold colored as 5 gold.
Here is a very popular coin commonly accepted as one gold in our standard economy. Though it has a small circular hologram attached to one or both sides, the image within is a series of stars. These coin have no real collectors value though they are universally accepted as one gold.
This is the coin of Ironhand's homeland. There was some very minor quests there back in 1994. Even at the time they were unbacked and given out rather freely such that there is not much value them. They might still get you a gold with gamblers but otherwise they are worthless. Thanks to Baron Diamond for the info on this coin.
This is a rare example of the original Rathkeale coins. The Tin is a diamond shape with a line engraving meant to represent an eagle. They have no value in out current standard economy, though they might pass for a gold among gamblers. There collector's value is moderately high as they are very rare and the issuing land is still stable.
This coin is based on winnie silver, wrapped in ducktape, with a label attached to one side. Sometimes accepted as one gold they come from a land that I believe is deserted these days. Their value is quickly diminishing.
These are some recent issues that use holographic labels, however they seem to be the remainder of some other image that used to exist in the now empty circle. Without markings or other idetification, I find that they don't necessarily command their value. However around the gambling table they tend to go for on gold. The image in the hologram is the same series of stars found in an earlier Tin detailed here and leads one to believe that they were issued by the same person.
Here is an excellent Tin issue that commemorates an event and therefore a date in time. Accepted as one gold, this coin is somewhat successful.
Phoenix gold was a very successful issue until the market became saturated with the first two denomonations of the coin. Despite some people unwillingness to take them, they hold their value due to the value being indicated on the coin, but such marking will prevent them from escolating in value with the standard economy. As for collectors, right now there are too many to even consider it. (1000 of each in print, 1994 and 1995 respectively)
Other denomonation were issued after the originals, but they too also exist in great numbers. They do hold their value with most people and so as a currency they are successful, however the sheer number of them also keeps them from becoming a collectors item. (1000 in print 1998)
The Dragon coin here is actually a Time Shard not a coin and can hold some power now and again, but that is all I know about them. Originally discovered in the fight against Pathos these coins were required to pass the gatekeeper of sorts. The heart coin is actually a kissing coin that circulated around the time of the first Black and White Masquerade. They were meant to replace cloved oranges, but they never took. the original Kissing Coins were a heart done with red nail polish, issued by the Wenches' Guild. The example shown (with the musical note) is one Morgil put out himself. About 20 were issued. Thanks to Sir Pyr, Da'ood, and Morgil for the background on these two.
Here is another succesful standard gold coin, no real marking of interest, no date, or land, yet some how this coin has become almost as universally accepted as the Baronials. The issue goes back many years and so its success is probably due to age, whereas if it were issued today it would surely fail.
Recent information has identified this coin as a Rainbow Gold, a reference to the effect given by the hologram in direct sunlight. Jonathon Berman issued them in 1997 at Feast of Min 7, as well as earlier. Less than one thousand were issued but at least several hundred. They were issued via giveaway, gambling, putting them as treasures on monsters, tossing them into tourneys rings at odd moments, and accepting them at auction. Thanks to Jonathan Berman for the details on this coin.
Tins are by far the worst possible medium to mint coin, and yet every so often someone comes up with a method of recycling the old coin in an inventive way. Here for the first time is a Tin that has substance because it is actually 10 tins bound together. This coin is still new and it's value is still 10 silver, therefore in the standard economy it will always be so, but I wouldn't be suprised to see it trade among collectors for more than its value in the future.
The most recent issue of a tin coin is the two denominations shown above each with the third image on its opposite side. This coin was recently banned by gambler's guild and some where actively destroying them. The coin fails for two reasons. They are backed by ugly heavy weapons. Nobody wants ugly heavy weapons. If your backing is valueless then so is your coin. The other reason is the foot references. Most other coins seek to create a sense of archaic fantasy in their name and style. This coin made no attempt. People would rather deal in gold, rowan, nobles, imperials, anything remotely cool sounding, but not toes and feet.