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    Steve27Steve27 Posts: 13,274 ✭✭✭
    All I can say is WOW!!! Where did you learn how to troubleshoot/repair the coin press?

    And how much are these beauties?
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    Wow.............that is outstanding image
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    TwoSides2aCoinTwoSides2aCoin Posts: 43,848 ✭✭✭✭✭
    It looks like the mint was lacking in maintenance. You've done a fine job in the restoration process.
    Try this machine shop if you need parts made.
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    GeminiGemini Posts: 3,085
    Wow nice setup the Denver Mint right in your own backyard.imageimage
    A thing of beauty is a joy for ever
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    MesquiteMesquite Posts: 4,075 ✭✭✭
    That is cool Daniel.

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    DUIGUYDUIGUY Posts: 7,252 ✭✭✭
    I hate to admit this,,, but this is the type of stuff that gets me excited. image


    Thats what working in tool and die will do to a man! image
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    ConnecticoinConnecticoin Posts: 12,540 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Very Cool! -- Nice work on the restoration.



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    Great read Daniel and nice work. As an engineer, I love this stuff.
    -Joe

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    Looks like a great Place to Work! image
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    I didn't see a coffee pot.....image....Nice setup...!!!
    ......Larry........image
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    Wow, very cool stuff Daniel.

    I love the details in the article!
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    CoinJunkieCoinJunkie Posts: 8,772 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Definitely a nominee for "post of the year"!

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    krankykranky Posts: 8,709 ✭✭✭
    That is a fascinating story, Daniel! I can't imagine how hard it must have been to troubleshoot a complex system like that without knowing anything about how it was designed to work. I didn't know there was so much peripheral equipment required to run a press (PLCs, etc.). I figured they just hooked the press up to a power source and pushed a green button to get it to run - it's obviously a lot more involved than that!

    It would be cool to have one of those press commem medals to go with your Denver Mint centennial medal I have.

    New collectors, please educate yourself before spending money on coins; there are people who believe that using numismatic knowledge to rip the naïve is what this hobby is all about.

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    I've got a slightly used pair of bright orange Denver Mint earplugs if you need them!
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    TwoSides2aCoinTwoSides2aCoin Posts: 43,848 ✭✭✭✭✭
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    You asked a question about "why the red X" on the feeding fingers.
    My guess is that it was rendered unserviceable after being struck, but it seems odd that the outside of the fingers would be problematic for re-use. You used a lot of ingenuity in bypassing systems to make this operational. Thanks for the mini tour inside the machine. It's fascinating to me.
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    And did you try the "RED X'ed" fingers in the machine to see if there is a problem ?
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    OPAOPA Posts: 17,104 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm lost for words ... wow
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    slipgateslipgate Posts: 2,301 ✭✭
    Very cool post! I am really surprised that they surplused this without checking for all those blanks and such. Imagine if this was a press from the 1800s with all those coins still inside! I am interested in how much the press cost at auction and how much the restoration was?
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    Paying attention when the Mint puts out a press release can pay off.
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    TwoSides2aCoinTwoSides2aCoin Posts: 43,848 ✭✭✭✭✭


    << <i>Paying attention when the Mint puts out a press release can pay off. >>



    I can't top this one image
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    Just curious do the dates of the coins and medal found give an indication of a time frame when maintenance decreased or does it appear the level of maintenance was consistent over the years by the Mint?
    Do some of the locations and amount of coins and planchets indicate a poor maintenance program on this press?
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    guitarwesguitarwes Posts: 9,240 ✭✭✭

    this is very interesting. Thanks for sharing. I bet Fred W. is going to wet his britches when he sees some of those planchets.

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    jessewvujessewvu Posts: 5,063 ✭✭✭✭✭
    WOW! That is literally the coolest story I have read/heard about all year. Thanks Dan!

    And congradulations on the completed restoration. I can't imagine how much time/effort you put into that but it sure looks like it paid off. image
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    jessewvujessewvu Posts: 5,063 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Oh, and if you are selling those medals you have pictured at the bottom of your story, sign me up for one!!!!!
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    notwilightnotwilight Posts: 12,864 ✭✭✭
    Daniel,
    Very cool.

    Next time you need an $800 part drop me a note. I'm sure I could have made it for you for half that and I guarantee it fits right the first time. I have lots of high strength steel material in my garage shop and quite a bit of experience making precision parts. I don't do much work now because coins keeps me busy but need an excuse to get the tools out occasionally.

    Did you have to put in 480 volt service in your home? How many horspower is that. I assume it's 3 phase and needs a hefty power supply. Around here that's hard to do (zoning). Are you running it off a phase converter?

    the glove box in the corner is a nice touch.

    --Jerry



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    What a cool deal you got there! Great job, and very impressive!
    imageQuid pro quo. Yes or no?
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    MadMartyMadMarty Posts: 16,697 ✭✭✭
    Very Cool!!! Maybe you can have PCGS slab all the stuff you found in the press!!! image
    It is not exactly cheating, I prefer to consider it creative problem solving!!!

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    sfs2002usasfs2002usa Posts: 813 ✭✭✭
    COOOOOL!

    I wonder if they have any American Made coin presses?
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    farthingfarthing Posts: 3,294 ✭✭✭
    Way cool! The research and dedication it must have taken to get the press running again is amazing.
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    CaptHenwayCaptHenway Posts: 31,554 ✭✭✭✭✭
    KEWL SQUARED!!!!!!!!

    POTY!
    YOU SUCK OF THE YEAR!

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    crazyhounddogcrazyhounddog Posts: 13,815 ✭✭✭✭✭
    PUNCH PRESS AND A SAND BLASER " PERFECT " THAT'S ALL YOU NEED!
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    SilverstateSilverstate Posts: 1,537 ✭✭✭


    << <i>Here is the story:
    Moonlight Mint's Grabener Coin Press

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    I LOVE IT!!

    Coins made while you wait!

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    pitbosspitboss Posts: 8,643 ✭✭✭

    Congrad's on a great job. I love it!!!
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    jmski52jmski52 Posts: 22,380 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Pretty cool! Pretty cool, indeed!imageimage
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    adamlaneusadamlaneus Posts: 6,969 ✭✭✭
    "A few coin blanks were found inside".

    I imagine they simply go flying everywhere. You seem to have found them everywhere.

    Sounds like a fun restoration job. Now the real fun begins.

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    MadMartyMadMarty Posts: 16,697 ✭✭✭
    Now you can stop ordering your coins from China!! image
    It is not exactly cheating, I prefer to consider it creative problem solving!!!

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    jmcu12jmcu12 Posts: 2,452 ✭✭✭
    "And how much are these beauties?"

    Agree, how do we get one of those recycled quarter medals?

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    lcoopielcoopie Posts: 8,777 ✭✭✭✭✭
    interesting post,
    and a great job of restoration,
    but doesn't anyone think that these should be destroyed once the
    mint is done with them,
    and not available for others to buy
    LCoopie = Les
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    jonathanbjonathanb Posts: 3,425 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That's very cool.

    The struck feeder fingers likely have some good value, too. Maybe not enough to pay your costs for the rest of the press, but I bet it's more than chump change...
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    krankykranky Posts: 8,709 ✭✭✭
    This needs to be published in the Numismatist.

    New collectors, please educate yourself before spending money on coins; there are people who believe that using numismatic knowledge to rip the naïve is what this hobby is all about.

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    jmcu12jmcu12 Posts: 2,452 ✭✭✭


    << <i>This needs to be published in the Numismatist. >>



    I will second that one. Very interesting and one of the rare numismatic subjects, at least for me lately, that will keep my attention.
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    Very very neat. I too would assume it would not be for resale, you would think they would at least removed all the contraband. I too would be interested in one of the tokens stuck on the blanks.
    Its all relative
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    TwoSides2aCoinTwoSides2aCoin Posts: 43,848 ✭✭✭✭✭


    << <i>interesting post,
    and a great job of restoration,
    but doesn't anyone think that these should be destroyed once the
    mint is done with them,
    and not available for others to buy >>



    So once the city is done using a police car, it should be destroyed ?
    Crito might want to buy one. Would that be fair ?
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    They kind of are, they remove all the police equipment before selling. I've purchased one and the only thing it had left on it was the spot light and cage between the seats. They aren't used to produce our coinage either.
    Its all relative
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    CaptHenwayCaptHenway Posts: 31,554 ✭✭✭✭✭


    << <i>

    << <i>interesting post,
    and a great job of restoration,
    but doesn't anyone think that these should be destroyed once the
    mint is done with them,
    and not available for others to buy >>



    So once the city is done using a police car, it should be destroyed ?
    Crito might want to buy one. Would that be fair ? >>



    Great! Now you got the Blues Brothers in my head!!!!!!!
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    totally amazing restoration and article. i guess now can make your coins "in house" now?

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    secondrepublicsecondrepublic Posts: 2,619 ✭✭✭
    amazing post... very interesting stuff!
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    Type2Type2 Posts: 13,985 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That was cool. image


    Hoard the keys.
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    dcarrdcarr Posts: 8,007 ✭✭✭✭✭


    << <i>All I can say is WOW!!! Where did you learn how to troubleshoot/repair the coin press?

    And how much are these beauties?
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    Thanks !
    I have a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. Experiece from working on old cars in the past helped a lot too.

    PS:
    I don't have them on my shopping cart site yet, but there is a "printable" price list link on the www.moonlightmint.com home page.
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    dcarrdcarr Posts: 8,007 ✭✭✭✭✭


    << <i>I've got a slightly used pair of bright orange Denver Mint earplugs if you need them! >>



    I got a bag of them too, in with the crate of spare parts. But they're too mushy to stamp anything on.
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    dcarrdcarr Posts: 8,007 ✭✭✭✭✭


    << <i>I didn't see a coffee pot.....image....Nice setup...!!! >>



    Thanks! No coffee. Fridge is behind camera.

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