The Coin World article (November 3, 2003) references a report from
the Treasury Department's Office of Inspector General. They, in
turn, rely on information from a press operator who says that "The
presses can be set to strike only one coin, but that setting does not
result in a "clear image" from the dies. The press has to strike
several hundred coins (presses do not reach the needed level of
striking pressure right away) before fully struck coins are produced
and it is after these coins are inspected tht the press is allowed to
complete its production".
So this nameless press operator is directly contradicting the
information you've collected on your trips to the mint.
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, "Rich Schemmer"
> As I have not read that particular article in Coin World.. I can
> really say what it contained.. My info was strickly what has be
> written within these posts!
> BUT! Watson
> This I can tell you... Everytime I've been to the Mint over the
> 10 years, I've NEVER seen a press start up that required "several
> hundred strikes" to get to the proper pressure. All the presses
> up to or near the proper pressure when started. Adjustments
> when die spacing, replacemnt, or repairs were required.. NO steam
> there watson.. Just high powered electric motors, on the newer
> presses, Flywheels are not even visable if there are any?
> Don't know what experience the IG has with Mint coin production.. I
> would suspect none! most likely a high supervisery politial
> that depends on answers from other sources...
> Time to go back to school, Profess.. LOL