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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 9, March 2, 2008, Article 22

QUERY: COIN PRESS WANTED

Dick Hanscom of Alaska Rare Coins writes: "For those who
might be interested about the progress of my gold tokens,
I have progressed up to 10 DWT (1/2 ounce), and regressed
down to 1/4 DWT and 1/2 DWT. Recently, I purchased five
ounces of gold from Eagle Creek in the Circle Mining District
and made five sets of 1/4, 1/2, 1, 5, and 10 DWT tokens.

"I find that I have now reached the limit of my 3# hammer.
If I want to do a 1 ounce (punch out the blank and strike
the token), I need to do something different. I have seen
inexpensive manual hydraulic presses, but they just are
not cool.

"Does anyone know of a used screw press (size 2 or 3)
available for sale on the west coast?  I have found several
on the east coast (oddly, all in Rhode Island), but shipping
to Alaska costs more than the press.  If I'm unable to find
an affordable press on the west coast, I think I will try
to build my own drop hammer this summer."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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