Rolling

Northwest Territorial Mint: Rolled Sheet
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Strips Are Rolled

Once the long, thin strips of extruded metal have cooled, they are trimmed using a hydraulic shearer and prepared for rolling. A highly precise instrument called a micrometer is used to calibrate the precise thickness of each strip of metal. Next, the strips are individually fed into a high-pressure rolling machine and gathered for the next step in the process. After each strip has been rolled, it is inspected to ensure that it meets the specifications for thickness.

After the strips have been rolled, they are then sent to the blanking machine.

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Having a coin made for mounting? This stagecoach bar was made for mounting on the front cover of a large coffee table book. The blanks for this were made from strips of .999 silver that were much thinner than a two sided bar. The reverse was left blank. Such an approach can be done for a wide variety of presentations.

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Northwest Territorial Mint: Did You Know?Silver is a very ductile and malleable (slightly harder than gold) univalent coinage metal with a brilliant white metallic luster that can take a high degree of polish. It has the highest electrical conductivity of all metals, even higher than copper, but its greater cost and tarnishability has prevented it from being widely used in place of copper for electrical purposes, though it was used in the electromagnets used for enriching uranium during World War II (mainly because of the wartime shortage of copper).