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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 14, April 1, 2001, Article 6

DIE MANUFACTURE IN THE MIDDLE AGES 

   Perhaps one of our subscribers can assist this gentlemen, who 
   sent the following email.  His address is: 
   JODYMEDCALFhome@aol.com 

   "I belong to a group doing living history of the middle ages 
   (600>1600AD) and I need some help with research I am 
   doing. I am trying to  document the specifics on the materials, 
   tools, and techniques used to produce the dies used in making 
   hammered coinage. 

   I already have several books on the subject but the best I can 
   find on die production is "the iron stock was stamped and 
   engraved to made the dies".  This leaves quite a few gaps and 
   unanswered technical details. I have in the past done wax 
   carvings and had bronze dies cast. While these satisfy the 
   curiosity of elementary students I do not feel they are proper to 
   present in our demonstrations to the public at large.  If you could 
   suggest any references with extensive details about die production 
   or someone knowledgeable in this area I would be grateful! 
   Thank-you, Ira Medcalf,    Ft.Worth,  Texas,  USA" 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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