Coin Rings

Some people may recognize these rings as "trench art", made famous by military personnel who created art out of metal. They were originally made by tapping the edge of a coin with a spoon to a desired width and then drilling out the center. The method is also said to originate from drifters or learned in prison.

 

I first learned this method from my uncle who was staying with us at the time. I think I was 4-5 years old. I was taught to do it with a spoon, tapping the coin while rolling it on a piece of wood. I was very young, and I wouldn't properly make one until years later when I was about 16. It was made with a Benjamin Franklin half dollar, which my dad convinced me to give to him and he still wears. That particular ring took me almost a month to make.

 

Nowadays, I work with a small jewelers hammer and an anvil to make the rings. I use pre-1964 U.S. coins, mostly quarters and half dollars. Depending on the intended size, a single ring can take 6-8 hours to complete, or longer if it is a bigger coin. I mainly source the coins online through eBay.

$125

This 1957 Silver Quarter Dollar features a dimpled texture and a polished finish. The top edge of the ring has a slightly domed shape to it.

Size: 5

Diameter: 19mm

Inside Diameter: 16mm

Thickness: 2mm

Weight: 3.7grams

Width: 6mm

$125

This 1947 Silver Quarter Dollar features a flat hammered texture and a polished finish. The top edge of the ring sits flat on a surface.

Size: 4.75

Diameter: 18mm

Inside Diameter: 15mm

Thickness: 2mm

Weight: 3.9grams

Width: 6mm

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