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What Makes a Coin a Coin

The polished blanks are firmly secured in a round collar, located inside the large automatic minting press between the top and bottom dies. On each strike of the press, the impact of the dies on the blank within the collar force the metal to "flow" into the recesses of the die, giving each finished medallion its unique appearance.

After being struck, the coins are then put through the finishing process.

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Northwest Territorial Mint: Insights & Ideas
Knife Handle
Hot Topic: Custom Die-Struck Knives

Custom die-struck lockback knives have become a customer favorite and Northwest Territorial Mint specialty for a number of reasons. Using proprietary tooling we can strike these handles using the same care and techniques used in minting fine coins. Customers like the combination of a very practical gift along with originality, craftmanship and finish rarely seen in mass production.

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Northwest Territorial Mint: In The News


Northwest Territorial Mint: Did You Know?In demanding times, dies were still used even when they became very worn or even when they cracked. The die that was on the anvil side, usually the reverse (back), tended to wear out first. Since the metals that the dies were made out of were not as hard as modern steel, the flans (the blank pieces of metal), needed to be heated prior to striking.