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How Money is Made - Engraving 
Engravers engrave a web of fine lines and grooves into steel dies, transforming designer's models into three-dimensional engravings.

Engravers engrave a web of fine lines and grooves into steel dies, transforming designers' models into three-dimensional engravings. Sharp tools (commonly called gravers) and acids are used to cut the fine lines, dots, and dashes that uniquely describe the subject the engraver is creating. Additionally, the engraver must cut the image in reverse to how it will actually print on a highly polished steel die. 

 

Engravers do not work on a whole note design at once. They engrave separate parts of the design on separate dies. Some engravers specialize in portraits and vignettes, others in letters and script. Click here for additional information about the Engraving process.