Dick Hanscom forwarded this press release for the new edition of his great little book on striking gold tokens.
Alaska Rare Coins is pleased to announce the publication of the 5th edition of Dick Hanscom’s Striking Gold in Alaska, Making tokens from placer gold. In it you will find his continuing adventures of turning placer gold into tokens, as well as other information on playing with metals.
This 190 page paper bound book (8½ by 5½ inches) is fully illustrated in black and white with color covers. It follows the process from purchasing placer gold, preparing the gold for striking, engraving the dies and striking. Formulas are given for fluxes, specific gravity and determining the size of the tokens. There is also information on striking silver. Sources of supplies and equipment are listed.
New techniques and projects are included. Bimetal tokens are made. A drop hammer is built. Updated mintages on all his tokens are given. There is information on Flussgolddukaten - German gold coins made from gold mined from rivers, not unlike what Dick is doing with gold from Alaska’s creeks.
Most of the new information is related to the new gold tokens that have been made in the last year. Since the publication of the 4th edition, he has been fortunate to purchase gold from many new sources. Much information from U.S.G.S. bulletins is included about the sources of the gold.
The price is $18, postpaid from: Alaska Rare Coins, P.O. Box 72832, Fairbanks, AK 99707
Dick's book gets better and better with each edition. I've got a copy of the latest. It's greatly expended and well-illustrated. A very interesting read for anyone interested in the tools and techniques of striking coins.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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