The Sculpt

Northwest Territorial Mint's Professional Sculpters turn your artwork into sculpture.
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To create medallions featuring extraordinary depth and texture, our trained artisans first produce a hand-designed plaster sculpt. This three-dimensional sculpt is then used to create the steel coining dies. The finished product is a medallion with exceptionally deep relief that you can see and feel.

Once the sculpt is done, we use it to create the dies.

Note: This process is not utilized for every design, but, it may be an option that you want to consider for your custom piece.

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NWTM is a permanent repository of all custom dies for its customers’ future use for the lifetime of the company. NWTM retains copyright rights to all artwork it creates, and also retains possession and ownership of all dies it creates for its customers. All dies are stored at NWTM’s facilities and are placed within our Die Library. However, NWTM will not use its customers’ dies or artwork without express written permission of its customers or for future customer orders.

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Engravable Eagle Coin
Hot Topic: The Engravable Eagle

The eagle is the most popular of all animals depicted on coins, and a timeless symbol used throughout coinage. With clear vision and soaring spirit, the eagle is powerful in battle and fearless in defense. We have developed a special version of an engravable eagle coin and added it to our stock die library. We now offer it to our customers at no die charge. A very special coin results.

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Northwest Territorial Mint: Did You Know?The 'Lydian Lion' is an early 6th century BC coin from Lydia, and is considered to possibly be the earliest coin ever minted in the Western world. Small as a dime and thick as a small pebble, this coin was minted around 600 BC in Lydia, Asia Minor (current-day Turkey), a country in close proximity to both the civilizations of Mesopotamia, from which ideas about money and much else originated, and the Greek colonies in Asia Minor, through which ideas about coinage and much else spread.