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How a Coin Counting Machine Works

How a Coin Counting Machine Works

This Cummins Allison Jetsort coin sorter machine can count and separate 10,000 coins per minute, yet its sorting mechanism has just a single moving part. YouTuber Herb-O-Matic shows how its centrifugal action and precision-cut grooves ensure the right coins go into the right slots and bags. Full video here.

Making a Dress from Pennies

Making a Dress from Pennies

This unique dress is worth far more than the sum of the 2652 pennies it’s made from. Textile artist Crescent Shay spent nearly a month collecting pennies and fabricating the copper and zinc dress by drilling holes in 1-cent coins and stitching them together like scalemail armor.

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Making a Coin Sorter Machine

Making a Coin Sorter Machine

It’s easy enough to build a simple sorter that organizes coins based on size, but Daniele Tartaglia went the extra mile. The maker created an electromechanical coin sorting machine that not only separates and stacks coins based on denominations but counts and totals them as they drop through a curvy maze.

Making Damascus from Coins

Making Damascus from Coins

We’ve seen time and again how different collections of metal objects can create some uniquely patterned damascus. Metalsmith Shurap is back with another cool creation which is the result of melting down 190 coins and fusing them together to form a blank for forging a blade.

Event Horizon Spin Coin

Event Horizon Spin Coin

This unique metal memento from J. L. Lawson & Co features a concave shape and spiral pattern inspired by the gravitational pull of a black hole. Thanks to a ceramic ballpoint, it can spin like a top for up to 15 minutes. The 1.25″ diameter coin is available in blackened iron or fine silver.

Mechanical Coin Mod

Mechanical Coin Mod

Artist Roman Booteen is a master at modifying vintage coins, engraving intricate details and augmenting them with added depth. His most impressive design is this 1921 U.S. Dollar coin with a mechanical hand that grips a sword in its center when a hidden button is pushed. He also makes some amazing lighters.

Full Moon Silver Coins

Full Moon Silver Coins
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Put the moon in the palm of your hand with Shire Post Mint’s lovely lunar memento. Each coin features engraved detail of the near and far sides of the moon, struck into solid 999 fine silver. Available in 1″ (.25 troy oz.) and 1.5″ (1 troy oz.) sizes. Why can’t real currency look this awesome?

Coin Jigsaw Puzzles

Coin Jigsaw Puzzles
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Coin Cut Art makes these amazing and intricate jigsaw puzzles by painstakingly hand-sawing currency into dozens of puzzle pieces. The pieces are so tiny, you’ll need tweezers (and endless patience) to assemble them for sure.

Penny Tiles

Penny Tiles

If you’re really dedicated, you can create a copper penny floor by carefully arranging tons of individual coins. Or you could head over to Penny Tiles‘ Etsy shop and purchase some of their pre-fabricated tiles to expedite the process. They only come in British 1p coins though.

Cool Coin Stacks

Cool Coin Stacks

The Q usually makes things that involve hot glue to hold them together. But this time, he created a couple of really cool structures by patiently stacking lots of coins. Stick around long enough, and you’ll get the satisfaction of seeing them tumble.

Using Pennies as Floor Tiles

Using Pennies as Floor Tiles

Matt Giles shows off a really nifty way to dress up a room – instead of going with traditional floor tiles, he laid down 27,000 individual pennies (just $270 plus labor) for an amazingly cool look. It’s a time-consuming project, but with enough patience, anyone can do it.

Laser Etching a Bitcoin

Laser Etching a Bitcoin

Heads or Tales Coins & Collectibles presents a wonderfully satisfying video showing a laser etching machine making a cold storage coin – a physical manifestation of cryptocurrency. These coins feature a unique private key which can be used to unlock its bearer’s Bitcoins.

Movie Genre Coins

Movie Genre Coins

Celebrate your love for film with these substantial coins by graphic designer Mark Gonyea. Each one features a Movie Club graphic on one side, and a genre image on the other. They’re made from a solid zinc alloy and measure 2″ in diameter.

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Memento Mori & Vivere Coins

Memento Mori & Vivere Coins
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Made from 99.9% fine silver, Shire Post Mint’s, coins serve as a reminder to live life to the fullest. One side that reads “Memento Vivere” and the other saying “Memento Mori.” You’ll get one coin for your pocket, and another on a 30″ chain. Also available in copper and iron.

Mechanical Hobo Nickels

Mechanical Hobo Nickels

Artist Roman Booteen carves on coins and lighters. Some of his hobo nickels are not only incredibly detailed, they have a mechanical aspect as well. Some even work like a mini puzzle that you have to solve before you can activate the moving part.

Dollar Bell, Y’all

Dollar Bell, Y’all

Change You Can Wear takes a momentary break from from crafting cool rings out of coins to transform a pair of U.S. half dollar coins into a tiny bell. It’s not exactly a useful thing, but it is a pretty nifty conversation piece.

Stacked Coin Sculptures

Stacked Coin Sculptures

TANU likes to create complex desktop scenes by stacking and balancing coins. Here, he shows off the build of one of his smaller creations, along with a slideshow of some of his many other currency balancing feats.

Making a Cuphead Penny

Making a Cuphead Penny

In Coffee We Trust. The talented Shaun Hughes walks us through the painstaking process of transforming an old 1959 US penny into a wonderful coin engraved with an image of Cuphead’s eponymous character.

Manual Coin Sorting Machine

Manual Coin Sorting Machine

While banks and even grocery stores have fully automated coin sorting machines these days, there’s something appealing about the simplicity and elegance of Klopp Engineering’s crank-operated coin sorters, which can sift through up to 600 coins per minute.

Decision Coin

Decision Coin
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Trouble making up your mind about some critical life decision? Don’t leave it up to just any old coin. After all, you don’t know where that’s been. The freshly-minted, solid brass Decision Coin will make sure all of life’s little binary decisions are judged fairly and equitably.

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Building a Cantilever Coin Bridge

Building a Cantilever Coin Bridge

When The Q isn’t building weapons from PVC and cardboard, or playing a the world’s loneliest ping pong game, he’s stacking coins. Here, he shows us how to neatly arrange 200 coins to create a cantilevered bridge that hangs off the edge of a table without using glue.

Moerkey Sculptures

Moerkey Sculptures
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Australian artist Moerkey creates sculptures using recycled keys, coins, and copper as his primary media. While the skull, bowl, and wine bottle designs are very cool, there’s something about the giant sphere of keys that catches our eye. His smallest spheres are nifty too.

Skull and Scrolls Lincoln Cent

Skull and Scrolls Lincoln Cent

You’ll need to take 29 minutes out of your busy life to watch the entire video, but you should at least check out the first minute as artist Shaun Hughes shows off one of his most awesome creations, a 1973 Lincoln Penny that he’s re-engraved with a skull and intricate scrollwork.

Coin Stack Sculptures

Coin Stack Sculptures

Japanese artist @thumb_tani uses his skills to create fascinating – and sometimes impossible seeming – non-permanent structures by delicately stacking and interlocking coins and other small objects. You can watch the coinmaster at work on video here.

Capital Coin Rings

Capital Coin Rings
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Wonderful rings handcrafted using antique coins from the U.S. Civil War era. Each one is unique and made from 90% silver / 10% copper. Perfect from history buffs, coin collectors, or anyone who appreciates fine craftwork. Available in men’s and women’s sizes.

Coin Unstacking

Coin Unstacking

A man demonstrates a useless, but somehow still captivating skill, as he manages to use samurai-like skill with a credit card to fling 15 individual coins out from a stack without knocking them over. We’d like to see the slow-mo replay now.

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