The Melt

Northwest Territorial Mint: Pouring the Molten Metal
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We're proud of the fact that we're a full-service mint, with the capability of completing every step of the minting process on site at our 42,000 square-foot facility. Our unparalleled expertise in working with metals in every form and at every stage of the production process is evident in the tangible quality of each product we create.

Creating the Billet

In our on-site metal processing facility, gold and silver are melted down and poured into billets. These are then pressed through a small rectangular opening, drawing them into long thin strips of soft annealed metal.

Once the billets are created, it is time to extrude them into long, flat strips.

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Northwest Territorial Mint: Insights & Ideas
gold pour
Hot Topic: Custom Melts & Pours

Artist Gary Hill approached Northwest Territorial Mint to produce a custom gold bar weighing 424 Troy Ounces, not exactly an ordinary request, but we did the complete project in house: the melt, the pour (shown), machining and engraving. The result was a New York gallery exhibition that received worldwide press. We enjoy challenge and welcome your unusual project.

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Northwest Territorial Mint: In The News

Shipwreck Coins

Northwest Territorial Mint: Did You Know?The Spanish ship, Nuestra Senora de Atocha, sank from a hurricane in 1622, carrying 265 passengers and valuable treasure that Spain desperately needed, to pay for the Thirty Years War. When the Atocha left the dock of Havana, Cuba, on September 4, it was six weeks behind schedule and entering hurricane season. A hurricane did engulf the ship, smashing it into coral reefs, killing 260 of its passengers, and taking down one and a half million pesos (400 million dollars today).

Some 350 years later, Mel Fisher, a life-long treasure hunter, found the Atocha and, over the course of a 16-year effort, brought the Atocha legend back to life.