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About Osborne Coinage

Osborne Coinage is one of the few companies in America that has been in business since the 1800's. The company's commitment to supporting American jobs and producing products made in the U.S.A has contributed to its strength, longevity, and company culture.  Osborne Coinage is part of a family of companies that provides products to virtually every sector in today's marketplace. Many of you have held our products and used them in various ways, from entertainment to business marketing and numerous initiatives that support awareness, advocacy, fundraising, celebrations, company programs, government programs, and more! 

Our products are made in Cincinnati, Ohio which has been the base of our operation for over 100 years. Our commitment to producing top-quality products and unparalleled customer service sets us apart from the competition. 

The Osborne Coinage Company continues to grow to support the demands of its customers by forming strategic relationships with European partners. 

Shared Minting Knowledge and the Expertise of Other Mints

This partnership facilitates knowledge sharing, an expansion of the product range, as well as efficiency gains in production, sales and logistics. 

Andre McCaster is now the CEO. McCaster has been with Osborne for 27 years and worked his way up the ladder from production operator to production control manager, Vice President of Manufacturing, and most recently, President. He has several degrees, including an MBA from the University of Cincinnati.

Andre McCaster, CEO of Osborne Coinage Company
"Our goal has always been to be a true leader in the minting industry by providing quality, unique, and timely products/services throughout the world. By forming this partnership with the Royal United Mint, we will be able to increase our capacity, product offerings and better serve our domestic and international customers, said Andre McCaster, President of Osborne Coinage."


Recently Osborne Coinage has focused on high-quality collectible coins, partnering with top consumer brands Franklin Mint and Danbury Mint. Through a joint venture with Canada’s own national mint, Osborne was chosen to produce a variety of circulating and non-circulating numismatic coins issued for countries around the world.

We're excited to continue our legacy of being a  well-trusted name in the industry for the next 200 years and beyond.   

The History Of Osborne Coinage


Private Mint Opens

In 1835, the United States' public debt was $0 for the only time in history. The first assassination attempt against a United States President (Andrew Jackson) took place. The Great Fire of New York destroyed 800 buildings (including the New York Stock Exchange).  People did not have much faith in US Currency at the time. This led to the founding of a private mint called Z. Bisbee Co. – which eventually became The Osborne Coinage Company –  Which is now known as America’s Oldest Private Mint.

1860 -1864

Lincoln die and strike no background copyOver the past 200 plus years, Osborne Coinage has served The United States, its people and its presidents as a custom coin manufacturer. In 1860, when Illinois Senator Abraham Lincoln decided to run for president, the company provided him with inexpensive campaign coins to give away during his campaigns in both 1860 and 1864. Both sets of dies are still in our die vault today. Osborne made political coins for eight other presidential campaigns including Ulysses Grant and Franklin Roosevelt.

1860 -1864


The company based itself in the heart of Cincinnati and started producing gold and brass coins early on, adding lightweight and modern aluminum to their product line in 1892.


Scrip Money

Coal mines and lumber mills came to Osborne Coinage in the early 1900s to purchase scrip – money used to pay employees and accepted at company stores. Known as ORCO Scrip, the counterfeit-resistant coins were specific to a certain coal mine or mill and did not have value anywhere else. 




Scrip Money

September 1, 1939

Osborne coinage war rations timeline

During World War II, the Office of Price Commission asked Osborne Coinage to make food ration tokens. With more than 1,000 skilled employees working 24 hour shifts, the company manufactured 5 billion red and blue fiber tokens, as many as 80 million a day, to make change for ration stamps, thus saving coinage metals for the war effort.



Specialty Markets

Osborne Coinage entered the Ad Specialty market in the 1950’s and is the leading producer of specialty advertising coins and coins used for consumer and business to business premiums. Our unique coins are used as awards, commemoratives, fund-raisers, redemption vehicles, sports schedules, and in an infinite number of other ways.

During the 1990's

Cheerios-200x200Osborne was very happy to partner with well-known corporations on some exciting high-volume commercial successes.  These companies and programs included: the Shell President program, General Mills cereal box prizes and collectible coins for Kenner’s Starting Lineup and Star Wars action figures.

During the 1990's


By adding more large-diameter production presses, Osborne Coinage was able to enter the rapidly growing casino token market sparked by riverboat gaming legalization in Mississippi and Illinois. In a highly successful partnership with technology leader IDX Inc., the X-Mark Optical Security System was perfected and took off in gaming markets around the world.  The X-Mark System stopped counterfeiting by allowing a casino’s games to only accept their own tokens.  In 1998, Ontario Canada’s gaming commission required that there be no crossplay between any of its 22 casinos and the X-Mark system delivered. The program was such a success that casinos from as far away as Argentina and Greece came to Osborne for X-Mark tokens for their casinos. Upwards of 250,000,000 tokens were ordered by casinos from all over the world.


The casino gaming market was short-lived as operators switched to cashless ticket systems, thus making tokens obsolete. Moving with the times, Osborne Coinage began offering secure token destruction services to casinos. Tokens were chopped up on mobile rigs that traveled out to casinos across the country and the metal was recycled into new products.

Additional Milestones:

Minting millions of custom doubloons for the annual Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. Making more transportation tokens than any other private mint (exceeding the 100 million tokens used by the New York subway system).

Additional Milestones:



Osborne acquired its largest competitor, Roger Williams Mint, as well as its largest distributor, Van Brook of Lexington, KY. Osborne combined them into its TokensDirect division to become the top seller of arcade and carwash tokens in the world.



Recently Osborne Coinage has focused on high-quality collectible coins, partnering with top consumer brands Franklin Mint and Danbury Mint. Through a joint venture with Canada’s own national mint, Osborne was chosen to produce a variety of circulating and non-circulating numismatic coins issued for countries around the world.



In 2018, the Big Mac celebrated its 50th anniversary and Osborne was chosen to mint over 4 million coins that could be redeemed for a Big Mac around the world. 

MacCoin holder and coins




A History of Excellence

Osborne Coinage Company continues to push forward with innovative design and top-quality craftsmanship.

Going through many trade names in history, from Z. Bisbee, Murdock, Osborne Register, and finally Osborne Coinage Co., the business has become a well-trusted name in the minting industry for almost 200 years. With 60,000 sq ft of manufacturing under one roof, our warehouse holds enough copper, brass, nickel, silver, and specialty alloys to make more than 20,000,000 coin blanks. Our metal coils are purchased from US mills. Our self-contained facility includes all engraving, die production and tool-making necessary to produce coins and tokens.  With 3 blanking lines and coining presses from 100 to 1,200 tons, we can turn out as many as 600,000,000 coins and tokens a year. 


Custom Coin Factory Tour

Get an insider's view of how custom coins are made at the oldest private mint in the US. 

Our custom coin side focuses on custom coins and key tags for applications like safety incentives, commemoratives, awards, direct mail action items, BOGO coupons, gift certificates, free drink coins, traffic builders, company milestones, giveaways, Mardi Gras doubloons, discount coupons, admission tickets, and so much more!

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Osborne Family of Companies


TokensDirect and Van Brook of Lexington create quarter-replacement tokens in a variety of metals including brass, aluminum, and high-security alloys. The Osborne Mint division produces rounds and ingots in .999 copper and fine silver for numismatists, stackers, and collectors world-wide.