Re: [sca_moneyer] Re: Hey everyone....
- Thanks for all the great advice on getting dies together. I think I'm going to go down to my local steel recycling place and see if I can't get some 1" cold-rolled steel to start with.Next, the actual coin blank, either silver or brass? Are there places that supply the actual 1" blank? Or are they punched out of a sheet?-A
- Silver and brass can work, but the vast majority of SCA coinage is made
in lead-free pewter (~95% tin). It's relatively cheap, and easy to work.
You can make blanks with just a hammer and an anvil using the "old
method" described in the moneyers handbook excerpts file (check the
files section of the list website.) If you're doing serious production
though, using a rolling mill to make sheet will speed things up
tremendously. You can also buy pewter sheet, but it's significantly
> Thanks for all the great advice on getting dies together. I think I'm
> going to go down to my local steel recycling place and see if I can't
> get some 1" cold-rolled steel to start with.
> Next, the actual coin blank, either silver or brass? Are there places
> that supply the actual 1" blank? Or are they punched out of a sheet?
>, I think I know what the depression stuff is. It'sporosity. I
I would really tend to doubt it. Such prosity would be evident wen
cutting or machining. I have never ever seen such when working steel.
[And drill rod would be no less or more likely to have such. . It
would also not likely be radially symmetric. I would expect different
density at different locations.
>Next, the actual coin blank, either silver or brass?I would recommend staying away from brass until you have more
experience, and then staying away from it any way. A bitch to strike
well, been there done that.
Silver is EXCELLENT stuff to strike. but pricey.
If you want to do silver, there are several places that will sell you
either sterling or fine silver discs [Mettaliferous is the one I use
when I need it, and a feeling lazy] I recommend fine.
The west kingdom guild can (and will sell you pewter blanks. I will
have some at Pennsic.
- I second the comments on brass. It's not much fun. Hard to anneal with
my supply of tools. And even store bought annealled stock is too hard
for me to get good clean strikes from. Pain in the neck.