Born in the 1920s, Emil Hafner graduated in 1948 at the Art and Trade College in Czechoslovakia. Between 1948 and 1952 he focussed on gun engraving and die sinking in Germany and England. He continued his work in Australia with K.G. Luke and later with the House of Hawke, as well as teaching part-time at Royal Institute of Technology for nine years. He subsequently established his own company, Hafner Mint Manufacturing, specialising in high quality medals for special occasions and Numismatic Clubs.

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