A visit to Dick Hanscom's Minœr Mint inspired Liza Claar to try her hand at minting tokens.
This week's Featured Web Site is her Tundra Tokens site.
For the 100th anniversary of driving the Golden Spike
into the Alaska Railroad I created 1/10-ounce silver
octagonal tokens. I would like to give a special thanks
to Dick Hanscom of Minœr
Mint for providing time,
experience, and equipment.
First, I made the dies.
For the obverse I stamped a
train on a track with the
words: ALASKA RAILROAD.
The train was a premade
punch, but I made the track
with the letter I. For the reverse I created a spike
going diagonally across the die. I stamped on it: 1923-
2023 100 YEARS. I made the token do a coin
turn (flipping a coin up or down to see the other side.)