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Old 04-04-2008, 03:07 PM
Joe PAonessa Joe PAonessa is offline
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Default Re: Engraving coining dies

I have made several sets of dies over the last couple of years and as long as I stuck with pewter I can 'press' up to one inch with a 20 ton press and hand strike 3/4 inch with a large hammer. Now that I think about it, I have a GREAT book on the subject - Numismatic Forgery. Its written in a "Now I don't condone this, but if you wanted to make coins..." manner and shows a number of ways to make dies and strike coins either by hand or with a small homemade drop hammer, both with and without a collar. I bought it at the A.N.A. in Colorado Springs, but should be available elsewhere. By the way Tom, did you ever find a use for the letter punches I made for you a few years ago?
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