Jarden Zinc Products has been providing coin blanks to mints around the world since 1980, serving 30 countries. Over 300 billion of our plated blanks have been placed into coin circulation.
We understand that a nation's coinage is a matter of national pride. It must be attractive and of extremely high quality.
Our facilities can produce the complete range of plated coinage products on the market today, including single or multiple layers of plating. We are recognized as technology innovators, regularly offering new products and holding numerous patents in the field.
We also have the capability to create unique, or in some cases match, various electromagnetic signatures.
Jarden Zinc Products manufacturing facilities and technically trained, experienced employees are the first choice of many countries, including the United States and Canada.
Coinage blanks from Jarden Zinc Products are precision manufactured with a bright, high-quality surface, to the most stringent standards, ready for striking into coins. Another benefit of our process is the deposit of additional plating on the rim of the coin, an area which is particularly subject to wear, thereby increasing the life of the coin.
Our plated products are available in single or multiple layers, and a variety of colors and finishes, including:
- Yellow Bronze
- White Bronze
- Red Bronze
On a variety of substrates, including:
- Copper alloys
As well as clad materials such as our aluminum clad zinc.
The natural properties of zinc provide for superior coinability suitable for the intricate design criteria inherent in circulation coins.
Zinc based substrates require less plating than steel based substrates. With steel, if corrosion products are formed, they are more aggressive and exhibit a dark red to black color, very unattractive. With zinc, corrosion products react very slowly, and are a difficult to see white to gray color. With the much better ductility of zinc, it is much less likely to experience corrosion problems as a result of coining. As such, much lower plating thicknesses are necessary, yielding lower cost.
Zinc’s hardness level does not requite annealing for coin applications. Further, its properties provide for very good metal flow during coining, so no burnishing is required. With zinc’s relatively low melting temperature, and fewer processing steps, it is more environmentally friendly than many other metals.
Today, countries around the world are concerned about the cost of producing quality circulation coins especially when the cost to produce their coins approaches or exceeds the face value of the coin. Zinc is a very cost effective material which requires less energy/kg to produce and requires no annealing. Unlike alternative metals, Zinc is an abundant material with a historically stable market. Zinc's excellent ductility results in superior die fill (coinability), thus extending tool and die life for enhanced savings. And any resulting Zinc scrap is 100% recyclable.
Given these advantages, Zinc coin blanks are the most cost effective coinage material available in the world today, providing the best opportunity for the creation or maintenance of positive seigniorage.
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Advantages of Zinc in the Coinage Process
- ZINC is the most cost effective coinage material.
- ZINC requires less energy/Kg to produce than any other coin blank material.
- ZINC does not require annealing, further reducing energy costs.
- ZINC is a readily available material.
- ZINC has excellent ductility that provides superior die fill with minimum press tonnage, thus greatly extending tool and die life.
- ZINC requires less plating.
- ZINC is 100% recyclable and environmentally friendly.