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How coins are minted - a behind the scenes guide. Minting is an age-old process with stages that still follow centuries of tradition, even though today, state of the art technology means that the process is quicker, more cost effective.

Minting qualities The quality of a coin can be determined by its metal content, by its finish or by both. Different processes are employed in the striking of coins to ensure that they have greater durability and collectability. Coins minted for circulation are usually minted in a lower quality than those struck for the purpose of collecting or...

The value of a coin may often depend less on the metal value but on its availability and particularly its rarity. Generally speaking, the smaller the number of coins that are available and the higher the demand, the more attractive the coin will be to a prospective buyer.