LARPing Enters the Archaeological Record

Here’s a neat case of self-perpetuating archaeology. Medieval history spawned sword & sorcery literature. This literature spawned tabletop fantasy role-playing games and Medieval re-enactment groups. These games and groups spawned live action role playing. And now the larpers have created a market for faux-Medieval coinage, which they are buying at game stores, using at larps and dropping here and there. Metal detectorists are starting to find coins like the one in the picture and submitting them to intrigued museum curators.

Can anybody tell me the name of the company that makes/made these toy coins?

spelmynt baksida


  1. […] LARPing Enters the Archaeological Record [Aardvarchaeology] […]

  2. #2 Double Shelix
    Schenectady, ny
    September 4, 2014

    I have a crack team of game store employees and owners in the case, who politely request a photo of the reverse if possible? Unless it’s identical, which seems unlikely.

  3. #3 Martin R
    September 4, 2014

    You got it, see above. Same but mirrored.

  4. #4 Double Shelix
    September 8, 2014

    So far, everyone agrees it’s not available in the US. My sole Swedish gaming friend in Lund has not weighed in on the subject yet.

  5. #5 Martin R
    September 8, 2014

    Thanks for looking! Someone told me ToysRUs sell them in Sweden in several sizes.

  6. #6 Rowan
    September 15, 2014

    In the medieval re-enactment group I belong to there are moneyers who create coin of the realm, so to speak. A few have deliberately gone out into the hinterlands to bury caches of replica coins from different cultures and time periods with the thought being of confusing future archaeologists, ie, Roman, Norse and English.

  7. #7 Martin R
    September 15, 2014

    Haha! Evil!

  8. #8 Tommy
    September 15, 2014

    The swedish branch of the SCA got contacted by the Royal Coin Cabinet a few years ago to help identify a 15th cent. style coin they had minted in 1992…

  9. #9 Jamie
    portsmouth, UK a.
    September 24, 2014

    From a friend who is a LARPer

    It’s not an Empire or Maelstrom (two of the UK games) coin that much I do know. I believe Lorien Trust still use plastic coins. It would help if they said where this was found.
    If they’re simply trying to find out where they’re made I know Profound Decisions sourced the coins for Empire from China.

New comments have been disabled.