The Friday Fun Blog: The Making of a Coin Ring

by Mike Unser on December 28, 2007 · 5 comments

I’ve never been a fan of coin jewelry. If I’m going to carry coins around, they’re going to be in my pocket …

In times past, I’ve gone so far as to keep a "lucky" American Silver Eagle handy. It was a phase I went through as a younger collector. I enjoyed pulling the coin out, showing it or simply flipping it around and playing with it. Then there was the "testing aspect" of handling the coin to see how much wear it would undergo over time …

In that sense of my experience, I could understand those who like to wear a coin within a ring, necklace or whatever. But the thought of punching a whole into a coin so it’ll fit through a chain or otherwise purposely damaging a fine coin for jewelry didn’t make much sense to me. I’m not some purist when it comes to common coins. I’ve always been tempted and still have the urge to place a penny on the railroad track and see the results after a train has passed by. Yet, that’s my inner child speaking and the voice hasn’t gone away.

I then came across the below video where a Kennedy half-dollar is converted into a ring. My main viewpoint hasn’t changed after watching the video and I had to cringe somewhat in first seeing a hammer strike the Kennedy. Yet, there’s a certain innovative thinking I respected in coming up with the idea and then actually seeing it through to completion.

I also have to admit there is a small part of me that wouldn’t mind the idea of having a ring that had history, more meaning and was made from something I had once carried around.

After watching the video, what are your thoughts?

Have a safe and enjoyable New Year,

Mike

(What is the Friday Fun Blog? It’s where we let loose and write our one and only "blog" for the week.)

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Mike, I have made more rings from coins than I can count. If you decide to make one, please do not follow the instructions in this video. It’s good entertainment at best. Unless you are going to make them to sell at a profit, a spoon is the only tool that should be used to hammer the edges of the coin. You will note that many sites that recommend using a hammer will be followed by instructions on how to sand, polish and buff the ring. This is not necessary if you use a spoon. ·Make a template of your desired ring size. If you’re lucky, you will find a washer or a coin that fits snuggly into a ring that fits you. If not, trace the inside of the ring onto a piece of thick craft paper or the back of a notebook. Cut it out. This will be… Read more »

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I found a website that has different type of rings. I bought a few and you dont have to pay the price on the screen, it seems you can make offers. Here is the site http://www.libertycoinrings.com

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I’ve made about thirty rings in the last month using a hammer, anvil, dremel tool, and hobby sandpaper. I’ve made them in the past using a spoon but it really does take a long time. I find that the time spent sanding and polishing is well worth the time saved by using a hammer instead of a spoon. Also, if one of my rings was as warped as that junk he made in the video, i’d throw it away.

Ringsbyruss
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I have made lots of these and started making them as a side job/ hobby.

Yunior Aguirre
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Making coin rings this is very challenging but the process is enjoyable. I sell silver coin rings on Ebay and put pictures on Facebook (http://www.ebay.com/usr/yuniorag). I sell them for less than $30.00.