Coin Collecting - How Coins are Made

It can be helpful for those engaged in coin collecting to have an understanding of how coins are made. This is especially true for those whose collections focus on mint errors, but all coin collectors can benefit from this knowledge. The making of coins is fascinating in its ingenuity and complexity, and to better understand the process is to enhance one's overall appreciation of numismatics.

Basically speaking, modern minting involves the following steps:

1. Coin design.

2. Creation of minting tools.

3. Blanking and the production of planchets.

4. The striking of coins.

Each of these processes is intriguing in its own right and each is discussed in some detail on the connecting pages.