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"How Coins Were Minted A Century Ago" [VIDEO]

Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:24 pm
by CascadeChris

Re: "How Coins Were Minted A Century Ago" [VIDEO]

Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 6:38 pm
by RogerB
Interesting and will probably help some collectors better visualize what occurred at the Philadelphia Mint in the 1910-1920 period. There are some goofy edits and the Pyx situation is entirely wrong - but it is clear about how detached workers became when handling precious metal ingots, planchets and coins. (The original in available at NARA.)

Re: "How Coins Were Minted A Century Ago" [VIDEO]

Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 11:01 pm
by blh74
Thanks Chris, very interesting.

Re: "How Coins Were Minted A Century Ago" [VIDEO]

Posted: Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:30 pm
by DHalladay
One thought kept screaming through my mind as I watched this: The days before OSHA were much, MUCH different for workers.

And another was: "Who in heaven's name thought that music was a good idea?!"

Re: "How Coins Were Minted A Century Ago" [VIDEO]

Posted: Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:38 pm
by RogerB
DHalladay wrote:
Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:30 pm
One thought kept screaming through my mind as I watched this: The days before OSHA were much, MUCH different for workers.

And another was: "Who in heaven's name thought that music was a good idea?!"
The hand reaching in to pull out blanks is especially cringe-worthy.

Use of wire cages around press flywheels didn't come into use until the new Philadelphia Mint opened in 1901. Archives include several letters about employees losing body parts to machinery.

Re: "How Coins Were Minted A Century Ago" [VIDEO]

Posted: Fri Oct 09, 2020 4:17 pm
by vamnuke
Great stuff, maybe music score excluded!

Re: "How Coins Were Minted A Century Ago" [VIDEO]

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:33 pm
by vamsterdam
my audio isn't working so i guess i lucked out. pretty nice to able to watch something like this. i was pretty shocked about the guy grabbing ingots straight from the tank with his bare hands.