I design coins and medals on the orders of organizations and individuals. Сoin is a legal tender of any state. Even collectible and commemorative coins are a legal tender, despite the fact that no one uses them for their intended purpose. In Russia, only financial institutions have the right to order the minting of such coins. Individuals and companies cannot order and issue coins. However, it is possible to do it abroad, if you have financial resources.

I am the only Russian winner which design win The Final Judgement as a Fine Work in the International Coin Design Competition 2017, Japan. I am also the only designer in Russia who developed the design of the circulation coin of a foreign state. I cooperate with leading medallists of Russia and with such companies and mints as: International Coin House, Numiscom, Treasures of Oz, Modern Numizmatics International, Mints of the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Australia, as well with National Bank of Moldova and the russian company Spetsznak.

Any Bank can order a coin design. Companies and individuals can order the design and stamping of commemorative medals. Such products are also called collectible medals, coin-shaped tokens, souvenir coins. Such medals/coins can be prodused in mints, jewelry factories and other enterprises with appropriate equipment. This can be done in Russia and abroad. The choice depends on the desired quality of the medal, number of copies and financial capabilities of the customer.

I will create the design of the coin/medal according to your order, as well as offer you a variety of options for placing an order for the production of the coin/medal at the manufacturer, explain the advantages and disadvantages of each option. I work without managers and intermediaries. You communicate with me directly. I have established contacts with foreign mints, as well as with private european companies that produce and sell such products. It is possible to produce any number of medals / coins, starting from one copy. In Europe, a very high quality and modern technology to perform any design ideas. In Russia we have the coins/medals can be produced at Goznak or at private enterprises. However, the quality of the product, materials and technology capabilities of Russian manufacturers are limited.





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A well-minted coin leaves a unique impression, but its production must meet your budget. In the manufacture of collectible coins / medals used a wide variety of materials, from gold or silver to copper or nickel, so that everyone can find an option that suits your budget. There are no restrictions in the choice of motives and themes for the design of coins/medals. In addition to coins/medals minted from gold or silver, possible low-cost alternative made of bronze, nickel, copper, tombac, etc.. These coins have no less interesting appearance, but are much cheaper. Also on the surface of the coin/medal can be applied colored elements (enamel, color printing). In addition to stamping/engraving on the obverse and reverse of the coin, you can also choose the individual design of the edge and the border and choose the coating (gilding, silvering, nickel plating, patination). There is a possibility of coinage of bimetallic medals/coins.

I want to draw your attention - we are talking about the MINTING of coins!

Most private jewelry companies that offer individual, nominal, wedding etc., coins produce them by casting, not by stamping. These technologies are fundamentally different from each other, especially in terms of quality. In our conditions it is impossible to obtain high-quality casting coins of regular size 39-40 mm. In casting surface is rough, the faces and corners of shapes - fuzzy, smoothed. And it is impossible to get such a quality surface as Brilliant Uncirculated, not to mention the Proof. In addition, nine out of ten companies order production in China, and China often gives unpredictable options (they do not use the metal that you ordered or confuse casting and stamping).


The design begins with a drawing. You provide me by e-mail the requirements specification (information on the coin design), which should include: the size of the coin, weight, metal, quality, number of copies, theme, story and your wishes for the design. After studying the requirements specification, I calculate the price and term of work. The term depends on the requirements of the customer and averages 3 - 20 working days. I offer you several preliminary design drawings in the form of computer .jpg files. You choose one or two of them and they are afterwords refined to a better state (final design version). After approval by the customer of one of the final design versions it is finalized to high quality (in accordance with the requirements of the production on which the product will be produced) and the customer is provided with high quality .psd files ready for transfer to mint. Also now available and order 3d models in Artcam based on my or your design.


When ordering a design as a general rule, the price is - Fee plus 4% of the selling price of each coin/medal. The amount of the fee is determined individually and depends on the complexity, terms of work and the copyright transferred. Necessarily the contract of the Author's order or License agreement is concluded. The customer in this case can act as an individual, that person with whom I communicate directly on the project, as well as the company itself. Later, having a design, the customer himself communicates with the mint, concludes a contract with it, pays for the order and monitors the manufacture process. If you need to adjust the design in accordance with the mint's technical requirements - I will adjust the design for free. The price for creating design can be reduced if the order is interesting for me or prestigious. Prepayment is usually 100%. With regular customers - no Prepayment required. Payment is accepted to the Visa card and to the Bank account (dollars or euros).

How much does it cost to mint a coin/medal?

If you already have a design, several parameters are taken into account when calculating the cost of coinage.
1. STAMP (die). Production of a stamp is a required step, regardless of the future number of copies, metal and other data. It includes: coin model making (by hand with the participation of the sculptor-medallist, or by designer in 3D program) and the manufacture of tools for stamping (actually die). The work of the sculptor-medallist costs from $ 500 for one side of the coin. The work of a 3D designer - from $100. The choice depends on degree of the design complexity. Figures of people, animals, complex compositions are better to entrust the medallist, and simpler tasks, geometric shapes, architecture, patterns, fonts - to 3D designer. The price of making a stamp on the basis of the coin model varies greatly and depends on the technological capabilities of a particular manufacturer. Accordingly, the quality of the stamps is different.
2. METAL. The price of metal (gold, silver, copper) is calculated at the prices of the London stock exchange, the price of alloys is calculated differently. Silvering, gilding, enameling, color printing, patination, bimetal, quality "proof" require, as a rule, an additional fee. The greater thr number of copies, the greater the percentage of price you spend on metal. At an amount of 1-3 copies the price of metal (except gold) is almost insignificant. In Russia, mostly coins / medals are minted either from precious metals or brass (tompak) or steel. Other metals are practically not used, technologies are old. In Europe, you can order the minting of almost any metal.
3. NUMBER OF COPIES. The smaller the number of copies, the higher the price of one copy. The most expensive is the stamping of one copy. In Russia, the price for minting depends on the current desires of the Russian manufacturer and can vary significantly during the year. In Europe prices are stable.

In General, we can say that the minting of one coin / medal of silver weighing 31.1 grams (1 ounce) with a diameter of 39 mm in a single copy of the quality "proof" with the existing design can not cost less than $ 400. If you order 3-4 copies, each will cost about $ 300. When ordering 10-50 copies, the price is reduced to almost $ 120 per copy. With more copies (1000) prices fall well below $ 100 per copy.

Quality of minting of coin/medals from precious metals

PROOF (пруф). Proof coins are the highest standard of commemorative coin.  They're renowned for being the pinnacle of the minter’s art all over the world. Maximum detail and finish, perfect surface quality. The dies used to strike Proof coins are all hand-finished. This is to ensure that all imperfections are removed before they're used to strike a coin. Each Proof blank is placed into a coin press by hand. Proof blanks are of a higher quality than Brilliant Uncirculated and Bullion blanks. Proof coins will be struck up to six times, at a lower speed and with less pressure than other finishes. This ensures a smoother, sharper finish and preserves the finer details of the design. After striking, each Proof coin is removed from the press by hand and checked for imperfections. The dies are cleaned with air between each coin to ensure that no marks or imperfections are caused during striking. As a result of the extra care and attention, no more than 50 Proof coins can be struck per hour. Whereas, for example, Bullion coins are produced at a rate of around 3,000 coins per hour. The Proof dies are regularly re-worked and re-polished to maintain a blemish-free finish when striking. Each Proof die may only strike a few hundred coins before it has to be re-polished. Not all Proof coins have the same finish. The most common example is where the background of the design - the ‘table’ - has a polished mirror finish and a frosted effect is applied to the foreground - the ‘relief’. This gives a higher contrast and more definition to the coin design.  The frosted effect is achieved by sand and glass bead blasting the surface of the die, with the table protected. On rare occasions the coin will be finished with ‘reverse frosting’, where the table is frosted and the relief polished. There are also variations of frosting, such as Matt and Satin. Proof coins have, on a few occasions, been given an all frosted finish. Proof quality coins are ideal for those who want to see coins with the highest level of quality, craftsmanship and design. However, it is necessary to keep such coins in the package, they can not be taken in hand, as on the mirror surfaces can remain undetectable traces. Currently, the proof minting Is very rarely because of the high cost of this technology. As a rule it is replaced by minting "proof-like" (similar to proof). This is a highly simplified Proof with the maximum possible mechanization.

BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED. Brilliant Uncirculated coins are a higher standard than circulating and bullion coins. Like Proof coins, the dies used to strike Brilliant Uncirculated coins are polished and finished by hand. They're given a consistent polished finish with none of the additional frosting that is applied to Proof coins. The Brilliant Uncirculated blanks are machine-fed, not hand-fed, and struck twice. As a result, they are produced at a much quicker rate than Proof coins, at around 100 coins per hour. They offer a good level of design detail but with lower definition than Proof coins. They are intended as an entry-level collectible coin or as the perfect affordable gift. Coins also can not be touched with bare hands.

BULLION (investment coin). Bullion coins are generally bought for their intrinsic qualities, and to be kept as a store of value. The production of Bullion coins places an emphasis on efficiency. They are struck at a rate of up to 250 gold and 3,000 silver coins per hour, and have a similar standard of finish to circulating coins. This is to avoid the premium of producing coins to Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated standards. The finish on Bullion coins is not intended to particularly highlight the detail and artistry of the coin’s design, or the craftsmanship and skill of its minting. Coins are not recommended to take hands, in order to avoid problems with the furthert sale.

UNCIRCULATED (circulating coins). These coins are of traditional highly automated coin production. Coins of this type do not have mirror surfaces. The "table", relief and inscriptions have the same surface structure, the reliefs do not contrast with the "table". They are produced in very large quantities.

From what metals can be minted coin / medal?

The most popular metals used in coinage:


Gold. Gold is one of the most precious metals that are used to produce coins. Only pure 999 gold is used for gold coins and electroplated coins. Gold does not rust and has a unique luster. This precious metal is particularly suitable for minting investment and collectible coins as well as medals designed for special occasions.

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Silver. Silver is a white metal with a shine, soft enough. Silver has the highest reflective properties of all metals. For silver coins only 999 or 925 sterling silver is used. As well as gold, silver coins are considered the most noble in the production of coins. It is used for coinage of investment and collection coins, commemorative medals. However, coins made of silver, like other silver products eventually darken in the air, they form a patina.


Bronze. Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin. The composition of the coins has about 90% copper and 10% tin, so it has a high corrosion and wear resistance. Bronze has a characteristic dark antique golden color , which gives the coins a unique feature. In 1991 bronze was used for the production of bimetallic 10 - ruble coins, and 50 - and 100-ruble coins in 1992 . Bronze often used in medal art. Over time also acquires a patina.

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Copper. Copper coins are made of pure copper. Copper is a relatively soft, malleable metal. Copper has a very characteristic copper-red color. Thus, copper coins can be made of a wide variety of forms. Copper was widely used earlier in coinage of ordinary coins of small denominations used in everyday life.


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Brass. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. The color of brass depends primarily on the zinc percentage. In the production of coins, the copper content is usually 60-80%. Brass is harder than pure copper, but not as hard as bronze. Brass because of its golden color is a good and, most importantly, a cheap alternative for the production of coins.

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Tombac. It is a variant of brass with high copper content (up to 97%) and low zinc content (up to 10%). This alloy was created a long time ago. Now there are many varieties of tombak with different content of copper and zinc. In particular, at high content of zinc (10-20%) used the name "half-tombac". In the production of coins and medals in Russia tombak is used very often. Coins of 10 and 50 kopecks are covered with this alloy. Previously, it also processed canadian cents. Tombac darkens with time.


German silver or Alpaca (copper alloy with 5-35% Nickel and 13-45 % zinc). German silver is, in fact, not silver, but it has a similar appearance. It is a white, non-noble metal alloy. It was used in the production of various goods as an inexpensive alternative to silver. German silver has a matte color compared to real silver. The most famous coin made of German silver is the German 5-mark coin.

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Aluminum. Aluminum is a soft and light metal. Due to this property, aluminum is often used where it is required to make an object with a low mass. Its silver-matte surface allows you to make very light and at the same time beautiful coins. It should also be noted that the surface of coins made of aluminum is very easily scratched.

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Chrome. Chrome is a silvery white, corrosion and tarnish resistant hard metal. It is antiferromagnetic. In the production of coins, inexpensive metals (for example, bronze) are first used as a basis, on which a layer of chromium up to 1 mm thick is applied. As a result, the coin acquires a special luster.


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Nickel. Nickel is a magnetic metal of silver-white color. It is solid, non-corrosive and can be polished to a high degree. Similar to silver, glossy surface, it is ideal for coin production and serves as a good alternative to expensive silver. For finishing coins used a thin layer of nickel, which is covered with a base of another metal.

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Black Nickel is an exceptional refinement of coins. The coin gets is a thin layer of black nickel as finish. The thicker the layer, the more matt the black result on the surface will be. Black coins are rare and a real eye-catcher.

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