Dick Johnson submitted this entry from his Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Terminology. Thanks. -Editor
Fingerprint Technology. Hand work in which cutting, carving, shaping is all accomplished by hand in contrast to mechanical (or computer)
controlled manufacture. The handwork can be considered the hand crafting, and the leaving of fingerprints on the item, hence the term. For most of the history of coin and medal
manufacture it was accomplished by handworking patterns, dies, tools and presses. Even when the die-engraving pantograph came into widespread use (with mechanically controlled
milling of the design) there was still handwork required to put these dies into production.
At the end of the 20th century where laser cutting is in the offering, and computers are programmed to control much of the mechanical work, less fingerprint technology is
required. Perhaps in the future such handwork technology will become entirely obsolete.
Book lovers should be word lovers as well.
Computer technology has become far more prevalent in the minting world since Dick penned this entry just a few years ago (although he wasn't using an actual pen - a word
processor was involved). Language evolves, but sometimes it doesn't - the same old terms can take on new meanings that encompass newer tools and technologies. -Editor
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