As the top screws down, the cone shape centers the coin on the pedestal and securely holds it on the edge of the coin away from the detail. Tighten the top housing securely. Insert your punch and hammer or press away.
Here are just some of the features it has. Punches coins from dime size to almost 2 inches. Double lead thread for fast threading. 2 x the speed of the current punch (by popular demand of several people :). Zinc plating for long term rust resistance.
Top quality tool steel construction and hardened to last last a lifetime. Thin dies for immediate plug removal during punching. Specially ground cutting faces on the punches for smooth and efficient punching.
No "pop" when using a hydraulic press. Comes with a plastic washer to protect the top housing during transport. (it is best to not dry fit the punch without the protective washer or coin to protect the punch). The hole size has a direct effect on the band width of the finished ring.
The bigger the hole, the smaller the band width for a specific coin. I believe the largest possible ring sizes for coins look best with a wider bands as the material stretches thinner and the smallest possible ring sizes for coins look best with larger holes as the material compresses and elongates. These are the sizes i like to use on coins. This is personal preference though.1/4 for dimes, pennies and plugs from large coins. This offers a wide ring band for these size coins. 3/8 dimes, pennies, nickels, and large ring size quarters. 7'/16 quarters and large ring size half dollars. 1/2 half dollars and large ring size silver dollars.
5/8 silver dollars and large ring size silver eagles. 3/4 " small ring size silver dollars, silver eagles and larger coins (3/4" punch is coming soon). Thank you jason carnes for requesting the size marked on the dies and russ for getting it done. I plan to offer more options for a better introductory price for coin ringers. If you already own one, you have several options as i see.
You can keep it as a back up or use it to build a mobile kit someone told me that is what they are doing and i believe it is brilliant i plan to do the same. One set of tools for the shop and the other for the mobile unit another option is to sell your classic punch. It is known to be the best punch on the market and i believe would retain much of its value.
I have done this with several of my own jewelry tools to upgrade to the next one. A huge thank you to brian smith, keith tremblay, robert gibb (bfg custom coin rings), bob, russ, troy, rich, the folks at the 2016 crc nashville coin ring convention and all the members of coin ring crafters group on facebook for making this amazing tool a reality. (note: the auto punches will not work in the classic self centering punch). This item is made of tool steel.