Minting – How Coins are Created in the United States

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Before coins are produced in their common form, the raw metal is purchased by a mint, melted down, and extruded into long strips. Blanking presses then punch out round discs that will be formed into coins, known as blanks. Excess material is melted back down. Since different coins come in different sizes and use varying combinations of metals, manufacturers soften these blanks by a heating process known as annealing.

The rim around the edge of each blank is produced through a process known as upsetting. The blanks are fed through a coining press which strikes the characteristic image, number, and words onto each side of every coin. In case of anomalies, the coins are inspected, spot-checked, and sized to make sure they fulfill all the requirements. Counting, packing, and storage then complete the minting process.