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ALASKA NATIVE GOLD TOKENS NOW STRUCK WITH COLLAR
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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