Blanks are punched from coiled strips of metal about 13 inches by 1,500 feet in a blanking press. The leftover webbing is chopped up and recycled. The cent is the only coin stamped onto pre-made blanks.
2. Annealing, Washing and Drying
The blanks are heated in an annealing furnace to soften them. Then they are run through a washer and dryer.
Next, the good blanks go through an upsetting mill. This raises a rim around their edges.
Finally, the blanks go to the coining press. Here, they are stamped with the designs and inscriptions which make them genuine United States coins.
Press operators using magnifying glasses spot-check each batch of newly struck coins.
6. Counting and Bagging
An automatic counting machine counts the coins and drops them into large bags. Fork lifts move the pallets of sealed bags to vaults for storage. Trucks take new coins to Federal Reserve Banks, then to local banks.