Dungeons & Dragons comes to the coin world with the first issue in the Dragonlance Chronicles

Is there anybody that hasn’t at least heard of Dungeons and Dragons? Next year will see the 50th anniversary of the popular role-playing game, one so iconic it has penetrated almost every field of modern culture. It appears the modern coin world has resisted so far, but no more, as the Carpathian Mint, via the franchise licence holder and mint partner, Silvercoins Europe, has debuted the first in a wide range of coins over the coming years.

There are multiple subsets in the D&D universe, one of the most famous of which is the mid-80s ‘Dragonlance Chronicles’, a trilogy of books that’s since gone on to expand in its own right, and are now a core part of the mythos. The first of the books, published in 1984, written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, and called “Dragons of Autumn Twilight“, provides the inspiration for the first release.

The reverse face depicts “the main six heroes Tanis, Caramon, Sturm, Tasselhof, Goldmoon and Flint, fighting for their lives against the black dragon Onyx, to rescue Raistlin from his clutches, in the ruins of Xak Tsaroth”. Never having read the books, we’ll assume this is a pivotal scene – it certainly looks it! The level of action packed into this coin face is quite extraordinary, even by the standards of the genre.

There’s literally no part that doesn’t have an element of the scene depicted on it in detail. The heroes fill the foreground space, the black dragon the top half, its wings spread. In an unusual twist for this type of high-relief, antiqued coin, the whole face is coloured. Usually, we’ll see some highlighting, but not in this case, and the producer has employed the colour style they debuted recently with their Homer’s Odyssey coin. Colouring a coin with relief like this is difficult enough, so we’ll be interested to see the finished article.

The obverse is equally packed to the rim, although eschewing colour for the ever-reliable and attractive antiqued finish. In amongst the thorns lies Loren Soth, “aka Knight of the Black Rose, who commands an army of undead under the command of Kitiara Uth Matar, traitorous friend of the heroes of the Lance and one of the main commanders of Takishis, the Queen of Darkness”. The seal of Niue is expertly incorporated, the thorns seemingly curving around it.

This three-ounce coin will come boxed with a heavily themed Certificate of Authenticity, and the mintage of 1,000 reflects the incredible popularity of a game that has spanned generations. An action-packed coin, and one that makes a nice change from the usual mythology subjects. Proof indeed that the modern imagination is the equal of the ancient one, despite our age of knowledge and understanding. The coin should be available to order as we write, and it should ship in September. A series to watch, for sure.


Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) is a seminal role-playing game that has left an indelible mark on popular culture. It was created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson and first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules (TSR). The game drew inspiration from various sources, including fantasy literature, war gaming, and mythology.

In its early years, D&D gained a dedicated following, attracting players with its immersive gameplay and open-ended storytelling. The release of the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (AD&D) system in 1977 solidified its popularity, providing a more streamlined and comprehensive rule set.

Over the decades, D&D has gone through multiple editions, each bringing new rule revisions and additions to the game. The release of the third edition in 2000 by Wizards of the Coast (WotC) marked a significant shift, introducing a more modular and flexible ruleset. The subsequent editions, including the current fifth edition, have built upon this foundation while aiming for accessibility and balance.

D&D’s impact extended beyond the tabletop, inspiring video games, literature, films, and TV shows. It has become a cultural touchstone, uniting generations of players and fuelling a vibrant and passionate community.


The Dragonlance Chronicles is a renowned fantasy series that emerged from the Dungeons and Dragons universe. Authored by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, the trilogy, consisting of “Dragons of Autumn Twilight” (1984), “Dragons of Winter Night” (1985), and “Dragons of Spring Dawning” (1985), introduced readers to the expansive world of Krynn.

Set in the land of Ansalon, the Dragonlance Chronicles follows a group of heroes known as the Companions as they embark on a perilous journey to confront the evil Dragon Highlords and their dark goddess Takhisis. The series weaves together epic battles, intricate politics, and deeply layered characters, such as the courageous half-elf Tanis, the skilled warrior Caramon, the enigmatic mage Raistlin, and the indomitable dwarf Flint.

The Dragonlance Chronicles captured the hearts of readers with its compelling narrative, vibrant world-building, and unforgettable characters. It played a significant role in popularizing the Dungeons and Dragons franchise and expanded into an extensive series of novels, comics, and even a role-playing game setting.

COMPOSITION 93.3 g of 0.999 silver
FINISH Antique
MODIFICATIONS High relief, UV metallic colour