How is a coin made?: Collector Basics

We take you through an extensive look at how coins are made
By , Coin World
Published : 05/01/15
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Frequently, while a press is in operation, the press attendant will pick up a finished coin for inspection to catch some of the remaining varieties and errors that are still produced. The inspector examines the coin under a magnifier and it reveals any defects made in the die during operation. Another attempt is made to prevent improperly shaped coins from reaching circulation by passing them through a second riddler.

Throughout the minting process, computers track such statistics as the productivity of each press operator, any repairs to a coining press, quantities of coins struck per press, plus installation, movement and destruction of the dies.

After the coins have been struck they are ready for a final inspection. After passing the inspection, they are counted automatically by machines, weighed and bagged or boxed. The bags are sewn shut and the boxes shut. The coins now are ready for shipment from the Mint to the Federal Reserve Banks or private money-handling firms like Brinks for distribution.

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