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The history of The Franklin Mint and The Danbury Mint

Franklin Mint was a private mint, an industrial facility that manufactures coins for currency, founded in 1964 by Joseph Segel in Pennsylvania. The company is currently under the ownership of Sequential Brands Group, which is headquartered in New York City.

For 50 years the Franklin Mint produced and marketed collectibles, and started with the manufacturing and selling of privately minted gold and silver commemorative sets and medallions. In 1969, Franklin Mint purchased John Pinches Medallists Company.

Franklin Mint specialise not only in coins and medallions, but also dolls, plates and diecast vehicles.

Throughout the years, Franklin Mint has changed ownership many times. Sequential Brands Group recently purchased the Franklin Mint brand in 2013.

Similarly, The Danbury Mint has been historically linked with the production of exclusive high quality medals and ingots, along with the sale of collectibles including; plates, bells and sculptures.

Ralph Glendinning and Ted Stanley, as a subsidiary of Glendinning companies in Westport, Connecticut, founded Danbury Mint in 1969. In 1970, a sister division to Danbury Mint was founded under the name Postal Commemorative Society, later changed to PCS stamps & coins in 2006 in order to reflect the shift from stamps to coin related products.

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John Pinches Medallists

In 1840, John Pinches Medallists was founded by brothers Thomas Ryan Pinches and John Pinches, to whom the running of the business was solely left to in 1856. Pinches (1825-1905) was taught the trade by family member and medallist, William Joseph Taylor. Since 1840, four members of the Pinches family have been associated with the firm. The main successors were John Harvey Pinches (son to founder, John Pinches) and John Robert Pinches (grandson).

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