Old Minting PressAbout Minting

For thousands of years, civilizations all over the world have practiced the art of minting - the process of striking disks of metal to imprint them with images and words meaningful to the bearer. Though the technology involved in this process has certainly advanced over the centuries, the fundamentals of minting and especially that of custom minting and coin making, have remained virtually unchanged.

The same holds true for the products of the minting process - custom coins and medallions. In addition to their use as currency, these objects are still used to memorialize achievement, commemorate important events, and unite people behind a common cause or purpose.

Whether your goal is to celebrate accomplishment, reward hard work, or mark a momentous occasion with something permanent, custom minting, in the form of coins and medallions are the perfect choice.

Northwest Territorial Mint: Insights & Ideas
Insights & Ideas
Hot Topic: Coin Replicas

Need a historic coin replica reproduced in mass? Some projects have required exactly that speciality. For the first Pirates of the Carribean movie, Spanish doubloons were needed in large quantity. Each one minted and machined by us to produce a replicas in the thousands to look authentic to movie audiences young and old.

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Northwest Territorial Mint: In The News

First Steam-Powered Coin Press

Northwest Territorial Mint: Did You Know?Devised and built in France in 1833, the first steam-powered coin press was operated at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia on March 22, 1836. It quickly replaced the screw press in striking all copper coins and was gradually used to mint half dollars as well. In his report to President Andrew Jackson the following year, the Mint's Director, Robert Maskell Patterson, wrote: "As [other steam presses] are completed, the coining by human labor could be abandoned, and the work that can be executed. in the Mint will be greatly increased."