A Glossary of Minting Terms

.999 Fine
Describes the purity of the precious metal in a coin, bar or medallion, (24 karat in case of gold) measured in parts per thousand, often used in conjunction with a weight in Troy Ounces.

2 Dimensional
Artwork is engraved without contouring. Only 2 layers in final medallion.

3 Dimensional
Artwork is sculpted in contoured multi-level relief. A wide range of contour is evident and very high detail is possible. Required for faces or high relief.

Die
Engraved steel block used to stamp the medallion.

Finished Art
Design used as guide for die engraving.

Antique Finish
Artwork is sculpted in contoured multi-level relief. A wide range of contour is evident and very high detail is possible. Required for faces or high relief.

Proof-Like Finish
Frosted and shiny, minor imperfections. Proof-like coins feature a mirror-like background. The raised area may or may not be a frosted image. The background of the die is polished to make it appear shiny.

Proof Finish
Almost flawless, a shiny mirrored finish contrasted with frosted. Highly polished and specially prepared blanks are used with highly polished dies.

Plated Finish
Choice of gold-plate, silver-plate, or nickel-plate with either a shiny or matte appearance.

Select Gold Plating
(Also known as gold select.) Highlighting defined areas of the medallion with 24K gold plating. The contrast of gold on proof quality silver medallions is stunning.

Color Enamel
Epoxy color enamel is hand applied to the design. Dikes need to be cut into the die to hold the enamel within specific area(s).

Hallmarking
Weight, purity or other information pressed into medallions

High Relief
Relief is how much the medal design rises from the surface of the medal field. High relief results when that rise is large. Achieving that affect requires multiple strikes and sometimes annealing between strikes.

Medallion
Medal commemorating a person, place or event.

Obverse
Front side of the medallion.

Reverse
Back side of the medallion.

Rough Art
Initial concept sketches.

Scales
Scales are the handles on either side of a knife. We offer our customers the ability to strike knife scales from custom dies to produce a finished knife to exactly meet their needs.

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Our craftspeople work with you on every detail to help you create a medal that is unique and special to your organization.

If you can imagine it, Medallic Art's artisans can create it.

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