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Founder Coin
Hot Topic: Honoring the Founder

Often an organization will want to honor its founder by including his or her likeness on a coin. For such a coin to be genuinely successful, the likeness must be true. Getting that result on a coin requires the highest level of skill and craftsmanship in coin creation. Northwest Territorial Mint is proud to be able to work with the finest artisans available to achieve such results.

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The Touchstone

Northwest Territorial Mint: Did You Know?A touchstone is a small tablet of dark stone such as fieldstone, slate or lydite, used for probing of precious metal alloys. It has a finely grained surface on which soft metals leave a visible trace. Because it aided in the identification of gold and silver, the touchstone revolutionized the concept of money. Use of the touchstone in Ancient Greece and Anatolia dates to circa 500 BC. The fourth century philosopher Theophrastus in the tract de lapidibus (On Stones) described the testing of gold by fire or by the touchstone.