Have you always wanted to visit a mint? Take a look behind the gate? That’s now possible – at least virtually. The State Mints of Baden-Württemberg with their mints in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart are Germany’s largest minting company. A short film now takes us behind the walls of the Karlsruhe mint and shows the journey of a blank from delivery to quality control to the final shipment.
Benjamin Hechler, the mint director, and other employees explain how dies are produced by means of lasers and high-gloss polishing, how the production of circulation and commemorative coins differs and which new innovations in the field of minting technologies are made in Baden-Württemberg.
In just a few minutes, viewers get a good and compact overview of how a modern minting company works.
For more information visit the website of the State Mints of Baden-Württemberg.
The video was created in collaboration with NumiScience, the numismatic e-learning platform.
The latest German commemorative coin dedicated to Annette von Droste-Hülshoff is also minted in Baden-Württemberg.
In this article we already explained how coins with polymer ring are produced in Karlsruhe.
You can read more about how contemporary coins are made in our Münzenmarkt 37 (in German).
You should read this article if you want to know the difference between circulation coins, commemorative coins and medals.
And here you will learn what it takes to produce the perfect gold blank.
Another popular topic regarding contemporary commemorative coins: high relief issues – rediscovering slowness.
You can find more fascinating articles, which present other mints as well, can be found at Cosmos of Collectibles.