PRODUCTION PROCESSES

Quick Primer on the Coin Business

While the vast majority of our competitors use zinc alloy castings, we specialize in the production of die struck cartridge brass.  This is the same process used by mints who produce numismatic coins (currency). The net result is a far superior product with incredible detail and a substantially higher unit weight.

Patina (Coin Finish)

Using brass as the base metal, we are able to finish the coin in a number of complimentary patinas - with up to 2 finishes on the same coin. Nickel, silver, chrome, copper and 24k gold electroplate. 

Coin Cost Guidelines

We can produce a basic 'no frills' coin for about $7.97 (based on 100 pieces).  Economies of scale can dramatically reduce the per unit cost on a large order.  Our foundry offers a number of fabulous options to enhance the coin - edges, finishes, enamel, insets etc., etc.

Coin & Medallion Sizes

There are two universally accepted sizes - 38mm for a pocket coin or 45mm for a presentation coin.  About 98% of our business is 45mm presentation coins.  We also offer a selection of display products (boxes, stands, etc.,) that fit the 45mm format.  Please note that when we run your order, we also run (at our cost) a set of 15 coins for sample and archival purposes.  The archival coins are all numbered 000 - we also buy 5 blank coins on the off chance that you may need a replacement coin at some point in the future.

Laser Engraved Numbering

This is an option that our foundry  generously provides at no charge!  Most DND customers have them sequentially numbered for accounting and tracking purposes.  If you take a coin to a local engraver, the set-up and run cost is usually between $12 - 15 per coin!

Die Life, Orders & Re-Orders

Minimum initial order (set by the foundry) is 100 pieces.  Re-orders can be in quantities as low as 50, but be prepared as the per unit price will be increases as the run set-up costs must be spread over a lesser number of pieces.  Dies are made of steel and subject to corrosion after about 3 years if not used and re-greased. Customers are notified prior to the anniversary date.  Dies can be reconditioned for a nominal fee.

Production Process

Design Process

Send us a rough design or collection of ideas and our art department will render it  into a format that enables you to see exactly how your coin will look. This process is done at no charge.

Quotation Process

Once the design is rendered to your complete satisfaction, we will submit the art to our foundry for final quotation.  This is sent to you in the form of a written estimate - valid for 30 days.

Changes to Design

Once you sign off on the dies and the PPS is produced, the metal die cannot be altered without producing a new die, however, we can still change the patina (metal finish), enamel colours, etc. 

Copyright

Time expended in the design of your coin is an investment on our part.  In light of this, we do retain a copyright on the proposed art.  It is both unlawful and unethical to relay this art to a competitive company for the benefit of quotation.

PPS - Pre-Production Proof

As soon as we receive confirmation that you want to proceed with the order, we will issue an invoice - payment of which initiates the production sequence.  It then takes about 20 working days to create the dies and produce a set of pre-production samples.

Delivery of Final Order

From the time we receive your final instruction to proceed - until the actual delivery of the order is about 30 working days.  Please note that this can be affected by factors beyond our control, but we do our very best to deliver on time. Payment is due upon receipt and acceptance of the order.