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What is a Merovingian Tremissis ?

Merovingian Tremissis Gold Coin

Notes on Merovingian Tremissis This gold coin dates from between 580AD and 630AD. The Merovingian Dynasty was based in ancient Gaul (which is now France) and dates from the middle of the 5th century AD. One side of the coin has a central cross design but none of the letters can be read, which means it […]

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How are Coin Dies Made? A Little History.

how are coin dies made

All coins struck in the United States are struck by a pair of dies.  A die is a steel rod with a face that is the same size as the coins that it will be striking.  This steel rod will contain the design for one side of the coin.  Two of these steel rods (dies)

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U.S. Coin Producing Mints

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Current facilities There are four active coin-producing mints: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and West Point. Philadelphia The Philadelphia Mint The Mint’s largest facility is the Philadelphia Mint. The current facility at Philadelphia, which opened in 1969, is the fourth Philadelphia Mint. The first was built in 1792, when Philadelphia was still the U.S. capital, and

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