Silver Dollar Blog - How to Mint Silver Coins & Rounds

Jun 07, 2012

This is a short video, but kind of a fun video to watch. Quality Silver Bullion does a great job explaining in one minutes thirty seconds how silver coins and rounds are created.!

 

I am not sure what year this video was taken, but really not much has changed since they first started minted coins. Of course the machine and tools might have changed, but the process not so much. You still start with silver and melt it down until you have ingots. Those ingots are then rolled to the perfect thickness and punched out to make blanks. These blanks can also be referred to as planchets. The planchets look exactly like a silver coin, but with no markings or raised edges yet. 

Next  they are heated and allowed to cool slowly this will toughen and remove and internal stresses within the planchet. This process is called annealed, once they are annealed, cleaned and polished they're considered money. Yet a few more steps are needed until you have a completed U.S. minted coin. First you have to raise the edges around the coin then comes the die once the coin is struck you have your self a brand new coin. 

This is an exact science...  There are many steps along the way when the coin is weighed to make sure they all come out exactly the same weight and size. 

 

Hope you enjoyed the video!



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