Dick Hanscom has released the fourth edition of his book on striking gold tokens. He forwarded this note and ordering information. Thanks!
We are pleased to announce the publication of the fourth edition of “Striking Gold in Alaska.”
This new edition is a full 6 inches by 9 inches (previous editions were trimmed down from this size), and 148 pages, up from 91. The “chapters” are rearranged in what I believe to be a more logical manner.
There are several new techniques to improve the quality of dies, and some time saving short cuts. Problems that have been encountered are examined. A new and improved collar for my 1 DWT tokens is used for the first time
During the Boer War in South Africa (about 1900), the Boers issued a gold coin manufactured under primitive conditions - the Veld Pond. We have been granted permission to reprint an article about this, and I think you will find that it makes an interesting comparison to what I do.
Information about my non-gold tokens is included. I have acquired some old Alaska token dies, and these have been used to make new tokens, including prototypes for a new 1 ounce gold token (still in the planning stages).
I have quoted extensively from USGS reports about the mining districts and creeks from which I have purchased gold and made tokens. Where available, maps have been included.
Up to date, current mintages are reported. This also serves as a roster of all the tokens I have made. I don’t think I have missed anything.
Photos from old post cards have been included to enhance your appreciation of what the old time miners had to endure. Keep in mind that it was mostly hand work, no machinery!
You may order your copy for $18, postpaid from:
Alaska Rare Coins
P.O. Box 72832
Fairbanks, AK 99707
The new information on the Veld Pond pieces is very interesting. See today's Featured Web Page for more information.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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