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Traditionally crafted Medals

YOUR ANNIVERSARY, YOUR OPENING, ...

... your congress, your exhibition, your competition: An individually produced medal will bestow a special importance on the occasion you wish to celebrate.

This uniquely crafted piece of work will serve as a long-lasting memory of your anniversary, opening or congress.

SPECIAL EFFORTS DESERVE A SPECIAL DISTINCTION

Show your appreciation in dazzling style. An individually struck medal is not only a gift but also a token of distinction:

  • In recognition of service and outstanding performance (professionally, culturally, for humanitarian service and sporting excellence)
  • As a symbol of gratitude to those who share the same ideals and support particular efforts

You can choose from a variety of materials such as gold, silver or its alloys, platinum, but also copper or bronze, gold or silver-plated. Packaged in cases with certificates of authenticity, they will make for a worthy memory of your special occasion.

TIME PASSES, VALUE ENDURES

Medals

YOUR WISH IS OUR COMMAND

  • Design: you select the motives; we are there to advise.
  • Minting dies: we create a model based on the design and present it to you.
  • Medals: struck and packaged in 3 - 4 weeks following your acceptance of the design. We store all our dies for our customers. Years later, you can even re-order your product.

We carry out all the steps in the production process in perfect harmony.

OUR SERVICE: DESIGN – TOOLS – BLANK PRODUCTION – STRIKING – FINISHING

Based on your ideas, our artists create the design. A master engraver carefully transforms it into a relief - the plaster model. Simple designs are transformed directly into digital data. High-precision tools are used to cut the relief into tool-grade steel. In this way the design is cut into the steel mold, which is then hardened. At the same time, the blanks are stamped out of a strip of metal and prepared for minting.

Before minting, the surfaces of the dies are prepared (polished, sand-blasted or abraded). Afterwards, the dies are fixed in the minting machine.

The blanks are fed into the minting machine and struck at a force of up to 12,000 kN. The experienced professionals at the Austrian Mint have a variety of machines at their disposal.

After the final quality control (and, if necessary, further finishing), the medals are carefully packaged.

PRODUCTION OF BLANKS, MINTING TECHNOLOGY AND SURFACE FINISHING

The medals produced by the Austrian Mint are of an exceptional quality, the fruit of vast experience and technical and artistic prowess.

Strips of metal are the prematerial for the production of the blanks. Blanks are cut from the strip of metal, which has been rolled to the required thickness. The blanks are rimmed and then annealed to dissolve the worn hardened micro-structure. Finally, the blanks are surface-treated, either ball polished, washed or brushed. This final treatment is very important for the necessary minting quality, which shall be achieved.

When minting medals, each strike requires a force of up to 12.000 kN. This is significantly higher than with coins. Large medals with high relief will be struck up to four times. After each strike, the medals are annealed, pickled and cleaned. The exact force of each strike depends on the relief, the material used and the diameter.

MINTING USING A COLLAR/COIN-LIKE MEDALS

Coin-like relief – diameter: max. 50 mm

Knuckle joint press

Using this minting technique, a collar limits the sideways flow of material during the minting process in order to produce a rim. This rim is higher than the highest part of the motif and protects the medal from damage.

SPLASH MINTING/CLASSICAL MEDAL

High relief – diameter: up to 120 mm

Fly press/Hydraulic press

This minting technique does not use a collar. Therefore the material can flow outside the motif, producing an irregular edge.

Alternatively, for clients who require a perfectly round medal, the rough edge can be smoothed down on a grinder and adapted to the desired diameter. This technique is known as French style splash minting and is also used for minting perfectly round medals of a small diameter with a high relief.

SURFACE FINISHING

Medals can be upgraded by coating them in silver, gold or rhodium plating. Parts of the motif can be also highlighted by gold plating or colouring.

Silver medals are mostly lacquered in order to avoid tarnishing.

Other special coatings are available depending on the material used.

PATINATION (ARTIFICIAL AGEING)

The minted relief appears more three-dimensional if the medal is patinated. The first step is to dip the medal into a special liquid, which makes the medal dark all over. The surface is then very smoothly polished by hand using a soft cloth and a special powder. Lower-lying parts of the motif cannot be reached by the cloth, and the emerging contrast gives the medal a lively three-dimensional effect.

BRILLIANT NEWS

A love of detail and the highest quality standards are the cornerstones of our commitment to the production of valuable mementos. Below we present some of our current projects.

MEDAL FOR SOLIDARITY

Silver medal with a diameter of 40 mm in Ag999 1 Oz, partial gold plating – Ring striking

Individualisation with a piece of gold wire.

Each single medal is a unique piece. This is achieved by bending a 20 mm long golden wire to a triangle and placing it on the medal in between two minting strikes. The design has been provided by the customer, who supports humanitarian activities with the sales revenue of these medals.

MEDAL - 150 YEARS BAYER

Gold medal with a diameter of 24,90 mm in Au585/Ag415 7,25g – Ring striking – Proof like

The Bayer group donated this golden thank you-gift to all employees in order to pay tribute to their accomplishments on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Bayer in 2013. The design, provided by the customer, symbolizes the employees of Bayer, who work on innovations for a better life all around the world. 150 Years Bayer – Science For A Better Life.

MEDALS FOR THE KURT GÖDEL SOCIETY VIENNA

International Research Fellowship Prize Programme

Ring striking D50 in Au585/Ag415 and Ag999 patinated

In honour of the logician Kurt Gödel, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday in 2006, the Kurt Gödel Society announced the celebration of an international competition that would take place over a number of years and various knockout rounds. The prize-giving ceremonies took place in 2008 and 2011. The prize-winners received gold and silver medals with pins. Further rounds of the competition are planned.

MEDALS FOR THE VELUX EHF FINAL4 HANDBALL TOURNAMENT IN COLOGNE

D50 bronze/silver-plated bronze/gold-plated bronze medals

At the VELUX EHF FINAL4 tournament four teams battle for the most coveted title in association handball and the corresponding medals. The Austrian Mint produced the medals for the VELUX EHF Champions League, the climax of the European and International handball season in 2012 and 2013. The tournament was won by THW Kiel in 2012 and by HSV Hamburg in 2013.

KARL KRAUS TEXTBOOK MEDAL

Silver medal with a diameter of 50 mm in Ag925 55 g – French style splash minting - Patinated

This classical medal shows a portrait of Karl Kraus, the Austrian-German geometer, professor and director of the Institute for Photogrammetry at the Technical University Vienna.

The Karl Kraus Textbook medal is awarded to well-deserved authors of textbooks by the Austrian Society for Surveying and Geoinformation on the occasion of the Congress of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, which takes place all four years (personalized by engraving the name of the honoured person into the reverse side).

MEDAL 140 YEARS' ANNIVERSARY OF SPARKASSE SCHWAZ

Silver medal with a diameter of 40 mm in Ag925 20g – Ring striking - Proof

In 1872, Sparkasse Schwaz was founded in order to help people of the region to improve their quality of life. This special medal, realized in the highest possible minting quality ‘proof’ and with a limited issue, has been donated to the 140 Years’ Anniversary of Sparkasse Schwaz, which has been celebrated in autumn 2012.

THE PINK RIBBON MEDAL

Silver medal with a diameter of 40 mm in Ag999 20g – Ring striking

The Austrian Cancer Research organization awards this medal in recognition of services to the Pink Ribbon campaign against breast cancer. The Pink Ribbon medal’s unmistakable pink colour is applied manually after minting.

This special award is presented in a splendid dark blue velvet case.

Sabine Deopito, Mag.

INFORMATION AND CONTACT

Artistic design, state-of-the-art technology and years of experience, in combination with your own ideas, offer limitless possibilities for the production of unique medals, all within a pre-established budgetary framework.

The cost of minting such a medal depends on the following factors:

  • The desired design, size and minting quality
  • The number of units
  • The material and surface finishing (patination, etc.)

FIXED OFFER

We would be delighted to make you a fixed offer. Please fill in the form below to make your enquiry.

Please use the last field to provide the following information:

  • The reason for minting the medal
  • The desired design(s) (one-side/two-sides)
  • The quantity/material you have in mind
  • Desired completion date
  • Desired packaging, certificates,
  • etc.

YOUR ANNIVERSARY, YOUR OPENING, ...

... your congress, your exhibition, your competition: An individually produced medal will bestow a special importance on the occasion you wish to celebrate.

This uniquely crafted piece of work will serve as a long-lasting memory of your anniversary, opening or congress.

SPECIAL EFFORTS DESERVE A SPECIAL DISTINCTION

Show your appreciation in dazzling style. An individually struck medal is not only a gift but also a token of distinction:

  • In recognition of service and outstanding performance (professionally, culturally, for humanitarian service and sporting excellence)
  • As a symbol of gratitude to those who share the same ideals and support particular efforts

You can choose from a variety of materials such as gold, silver or its alloys, platinum, but also copper or bronze, gold or silver-plated. Packaged in cases with certificates of authenticity, they will make for a worthy memory of your special occasion.

TIME PASSES, VALUE ENDURES

Medals

YOUR WISH IS OUR COMMAND

  • Design: you select the motives; we are there to advise.
  • Minting dies: we create a model based on the design and present it to you.
  • Medals: struck and packaged in 3 - 4 weeks following your acceptance of the design. We store all our dies for our customers. Years later, you can even re-order your product.

We carry out all the steps in the production process in perfect harmony.

OUR SERVICE: DESIGN – TOOLS – BLANK PRODUCTION – STRIKING – FINISHING

Based on your ideas, our artists create the design. A master engraver carefully transforms it into a relief - the plaster model. Simple designs are transformed directly into digital data. High-precision tools are used to cut the relief into tool-grade steel. In this way the design is cut into the steel mold, which is then hardened. At the same time, the blanks are stamped out of a strip of metal and prepared for minting.

Before minting, the surfaces of the dies are prepared (polished, sand-blasted or abraded). Afterwards, the dies are fixed in the minting machine.

The blanks are fed into the minting machine and struck at a force of up to 12,000 kN. The experienced professionals at the Austrian Mint have a variety of machines at their disposal.

After the final quality control (and, if necessary, further finishing), the medals are carefully packaged.

PRODUCTION OF BLANKS, MINTING TECHNOLOGY AND SURFACE FINISHING

The medals produced by the Austrian Mint are of an exceptional quality, the fruit of vast experience and technical and artistic prowess.

Strips of metal are the prematerial for the production of the blanks. Blanks are cut from the strip of metal, which has been rolled to the required thickness. The blanks are rimmed and then annealed to dissolve the worn hardened micro-structure. Finally, the blanks are surface-treated, either ball polished, washed or brushed. This final treatment is very important for the necessary minting quality, which shall be achieved.

When minting medals, each strike requires a force of up to 12.000 kN. This is significantly higher than with coins. Large medals with high relief will be struck up to four times. After each strike, the medals are annealed, pickled and cleaned. The exact force of each strike depends on the relief, the material used and the diameter.

MINTING USING A COLLAR/COIN-LIKE MEDALS

Coin-like relief – diameter: max. 50 mm

Knuckle joint press

Using this minting technique, a collar limits the sideways flow of material during the minting process in order to produce a rim. This rim is higher than the highest part of the motif and protects the medal from damage.

SPLASH MINTING/CLASSICAL MEDAL

High relief – diameter: up to 120 mm

Fly press/Hydraulic press

This minting technique does not use a collar. Therefore the material can flow outside the motif, producing an irregular edge.

Alternatively, for clients who require a perfectly round medal, the rough edge can be smoothed down on a grinder and adapted to the desired diameter. This technique is known as French style splash minting and is also used for minting perfectly round medals of a small diameter with a high relief.

SURFACE FINISHING

Medals can be upgraded by coating them in silver, gold or rhodium plating. Parts of the motif can be also highlighted by gold plating or colouring.

Silver medals are mostly lacquered in order to avoid tarnishing.

Other special coatings are available depending on the material used.

PATINATION (ARTIFICIAL AGEING)

The minted relief appears more three-dimensional if the medal is patinated. The first step is to dip the medal into a special liquid, which makes the medal dark all over. The surface is then very smoothly polished by hand using a soft cloth and a special powder. Lower-lying parts of the motif cannot be reached by the cloth, and the emerging contrast gives the medal a lively three-dimensional effect.

BRILLIANT NEWS

A love of detail and the highest quality standards are the cornerstones of our commitment to the production of valuable mementos. Below we present some of our current projects.

MEDAL FOR SOLIDARITY

Silver medal with a diameter of 40 mm in Ag999 1 Oz, partial gold plating – Ring striking

Individualisation with a piece of gold wire.

Each single medal is a unique piece. This is achieved by bending a 20 mm long golden wire to a triangle and placing it on the medal in between two minting strikes. The design has been provided by the customer, who supports humanitarian activities with the sales revenue of these medals.

MEDAL - 150 YEARS BAYER

Gold medal with a diameter of 24,90 mm in Au585/Ag415 7,25g – Ring striking – Proof like

The Bayer group donated this golden thank you-gift to all employees in order to pay tribute to their accomplishments on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Bayer in 2013. The design, provided by the customer, symbolizes the employees of Bayer, who work on innovations for a better life all around the world. 150 Years Bayer – Science For A Better Life.

MEDALS FOR THE KURT GÖDEL SOCIETY VIENNA

International Research Fellowship Prize Programme

Ring striking D50 in Au585/Ag415 and Ag999 patinated

In honour of the logician Kurt Gödel, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday in 2006, the Kurt Gödel Society announced the celebration of an international competition that would take place over a number of years and various knockout rounds. The prize-giving ceremonies took place in 2008 and 2011. The prize-winners received gold and silver medals with pins. Further rounds of the competition are planned.

MEDALS FOR THE VELUX EHF FINAL4 HANDBALL TOURNAMENT IN COLOGNE

D50 bronze/silver-plated bronze/gold-plated bronze medals

At the VELUX EHF FINAL4 tournament four teams battle for the most coveted title in association handball and the corresponding medals. The Austrian Mint produced the medals for the VELUX EHF Champions League, the climax of the European and International handball season in 2012 and 2013. The tournament was won by THW Kiel in 2012 and by HSV Hamburg in 2013.

KARL KRAUS TEXTBOOK MEDAL

Silver medal with a diameter of 50 mm in Ag925 55 g – French style splash minting - Patinated

This classical medal shows a portrait of Karl Kraus, the Austrian-German geometer, professor and director of the Institute for Photogrammetry at the Technical University Vienna.

The Karl Kraus Textbook medal is awarded to well-deserved authors of textbooks by the Austrian Society for Surveying and Geoinformation on the occasion of the Congress of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, which takes place all four years (personalized by engraving the name of the honoured person into the reverse side).

MEDAL 140 YEARS' ANNIVERSARY OF SPARKASSE SCHWAZ

Silver medal with a diameter of 40 mm in Ag925 20g – Ring striking - Proof

In 1872, Sparkasse Schwaz was founded in order to help people of the region to improve their quality of life. This special medal, realized in the highest possible minting quality ‘proof’ and with a limited issue, has been donated to the 140 Years’ Anniversary of Sparkasse Schwaz, which has been celebrated in autumn 2012.

THE PINK RIBBON MEDAL

Silver medal with a diameter of 40 mm in Ag999 20g – Ring striking

The Austrian Cancer Research organization awards this medal in recognition of services to the Pink Ribbon campaign against breast cancer. The Pink Ribbon medal’s unmistakable pink colour is applied manually after minting.

This special award is presented in a splendid dark blue velvet case.

Sabine Deopito, Mag.

INFORMATION AND CONTACT

Artistic design, state-of-the-art technology and years of experience, in combination with your own ideas, offer limitless possibilities for the production of unique medals, all within a pre-established budgetary framework.

The cost of minting such a medal depends on the following factors:

  • The desired design, size and minting quality
  • The number of units
  • The material and surface finishing (patination, etc.)

FIXED OFFER

We would be delighted to make you a fixed offer. Please fill in the form below to make your enquiry.

Please use the last field to provide the following information:

  • The reason for minting the medal
  • The desired design(s) (one-side/two-sides)
  • The quantity/material you have in mind
  • Desired completion date
  • Desired packaging, certificates,
  • etc.