Dick Hanscom of Alaska Rare Coins has kept us informed about his work in creating modern tokens from native Alaskan gold. In the October/November issue of the Alaskan Token Collector, he published a short article on his latest process improvement.With the addition of a brass fitting, not made for the purpose, I have been able to strike my = DWT tokens with a collar.
These tokens exhibit a smooth, square rim, and the strike is marginally better. Frankly, these are so small that it is hard to tell, but there is a difference, and all my = DWT tokens will be made this way from now on.
These "prototype" tokens are made from a mixture of gold from unknown sources. We have a few of this test striking available for $38, postpaid.
When I first started this, I was advised to find a skilled engraver, use a mint, etc. That was not the point. I am still having fun, and learning something every time I go down in the basement to play with gold.
THE BOOK BAZARRE
Wayne Homren, Editor
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