Coin making

I've been looking into minting coins, but I can't seem to find anything
online no matter what I search for. This is the closest thing I've come
accross...
Any links, suggestions, etc? What is coin making called? Coinage?
Coining?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
-- The Two-Bit Jeweler
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Two Bit Sprite
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SteveB
Have you seen a coining press? There's a couple at a museum in Carson City. Pretty impressively massive machines.
Discovery and/or History Channel have done shows covering the US mint's coin making. If you can get copies of the shows, that'd give a good overall view, though at the high end of production!
Not sure if it's still there, but Nevada City had a small mint up to a few years ago. Google on "Nevada City Mint", there's some links that suggest he's still operating now and then. Perhaps one of the links will get you the owner's contact info, and he might be willing to help you track down some info.
Jon
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Jon Anderson
How hard can it be, if the ancients did it. Of course they weren't forming cupro-nickel. But a 40 ton shop press should develop plenty of force to get many metals to the yield point, at least on a small die. Gold, silver, zinc (pennies) would be easy. Steel or stainless might require heating and a quick strike to get good flow. Just my guess.
Say, I happen to have a box of 300 1-inch 321 stainless slugs on my for- sale page:
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Richard J Kinch
Well thaose of us that do it for fun as part of historical re-enactment have a moneyers news group on yahoo.
I will if you wish send you my class notes from a class I teach on doing this.
"Two Bit Sprite" wrote:
jk
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jk
I'd be interested in your notes. I used to be in the SCA back before they made coins. Email is valid. Karl
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everyman
Wander on over to rec.collecting.coins - some real world experience there. You'll be wanting to make tokens, not coins, by the way.
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Dave Hinz
--Years ago I went to a LALS meeting and they had a wonderful miniature steam press that was set up to hammer a penny into a LALS pin. You might want to contact that group..
Reply to
steamer
We taught ourselves using trial and error, I'd love to learn more. We produced commemorative coins for first one friend's 50th anniverasy of getting his pilot's license, then for 3 retiring radiologists from a local hospital.
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Jon Grimm
History Channel had a great epsiode on "Breaking Vegas" where this guy was making casino chips for slots. He perfected the dies using an EDM while his friend a toolmaker ran the punch press for the blanks. He had to fine tune the alloy also. Since chips aren't legal currency , there were no laws stopping him in Rhode Island. When he stepped into NJ & NV is where he ran into trouble.
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Tony
I have seen books when I worked at the US Mint. I was reluctant to post what might be considered proprietary information. However, this website tell it all.
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Bill Cotton
My impression is that the mint guys (or secret service?) are pretty confident that they'll nail anyone trying to produce counterfeit coins though the supply chain, rather than by trying to conceal the methods of making coins. If sheets of cupro-nickle go into your basement, and cupro-nickle doo-dads don't come out...
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Ecnerwal
Talk about a blast from the past. I remember running one of these back in Junior highschool print shop class some 30 odd years ago. Ours was human powered and the fly wheel had a high shine.
Hand set type is a lost art.
Later
Jim Vrzal Holiday,Fl.
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Mawdeeb

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