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Ancient flans - hot or cold

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Is there consensus on whether flans were struck hot or cold? Up for debate?
Does it depend on the alloy?

All these thoughts while being quarantined.

Are you familiar with the article that deals with this topic/debate in the August 2011 issue of The Celator?:

(For anyone who may link to the issue and read the article, it's worth mentioning that a few months later, in a subsequent issue of the magazine, editor Kerry Wetterstrom pointed out an errata in the "cold striking" article from August. He apologized for the the collaged image of the ten strikes that appeared in the article. As he stated it in his October "Editor's Note, "there was supposed to be an illustration of 'ten different examples of coins that were struck cold, from throughout the striking process.' Well, coins 3-10 were the same coin. Mea Culpa!" The correct image, showing all ten different examples of cold-struck coins from the modern dies, was then shown in the November issue, on page 4. That volume is here:

I've read a few articles but not this one. Thanks

Jay GT4:
A great article.  I've talked to Robert Kokotailo at length about cold striking, or rather he has talked to me.

Very interesting! I actually had never even considered that ancient coins might be struck hot. I always assumed that they had bags or trays of cold blank flans around. I'm glad someone had the idea to test it though! It's pretty good experimental evidence that cold striking would have been more efficient with only a small drop off in quality. I'm not immediately aware of any direct evidence or ancient literary accounts that favor either option though.


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