THE “DROP HAMMER” COIN MINT was based on Leonardo da Vinci’s mechanical genius. It was the first industrialized tool of Renaissance times, perfecting the art of coin-making with increased accuracy over the previous hand-hammered techniques.
The mint is operated using controlled amounts of accelerated gravity by raising a 150 lb. hammer to a height of 9 feet. The coins set between the two dies are struck with an incredible 40 tons of force!
For over 30 years, Michael Stewart, MA, has had an avid interest in sacred symbols from around the world. With a background as a sculptor, jeweler, and visual artist, Michael designed his first coin press mint and began to create his unique line of medallions and talismans.
Over the years, Michael’s apprentices have become skilled artist colleagues, and Quicksilver Mint Medallions are now hand minted at Renaissance Fairs and festivals throughout the United States.