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Coins

Memento Mori & Vivere Coins

Memento Mori & Vivere Coins
$55/set  Buy Comment

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. But 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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. Check out his DIY Penny Floor website for instructions to install your own.

Coin Jigsaw Puzzles

Coin Jigsaw Puzzles
$15-$225  Buy Comment

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.

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
$19  Buy Comment

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.

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
$55+  Buy Comment

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.

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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
$160-$400  Buy Comment

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.

Handmade Coin Rings

Handmade Coin Rings

The Coin Jewelry Company transforms vintage American currency into unique rings, some of them made from 90% silver or more. The Morgan Silver Dollar is especially sweet. You can find many coin rings from other artists on Etsy too.

Pirate Gold Poker Chips

Pirate Gold Poker Chips
~$64-$237  Pledge Comment

Arrrrgh! Real pirates don’t play poker with cheap plastic poker chips. Manly men play with pirate gold. These antiqued metal coins from onepointsix look like pirate’s booty, and come with colorful fake gems to complete the look.

Coin Guitar Picks

Coin Guitar Picks
$10-$35  Buy Comment

Etsy sellers Dustin and Stephanie make guitar picks out of American coins, some of them several decades old. The edges of the picks have smooth beveled edges to reduce the wear on guitar strings.

Crazy Coin Stacking

Crazy Coin Stacking

Through sheer will, determination (and perhaps a bit of an OCD), Tai Star manages to balance a stack of 3117 coins on top of a single dime. Fortunately, he doesn’t live in an earthquake zone.

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Skull Hobo Nickels

Skull Hobo Nickels

Over the years, these soft metal coins have been re-sculpted with creepy skulls. If the U.S. mint started producing these, they’d be the only currency we’d use. Dig around on eBay for some.

Decision Coins

Decision Coins
$12  Buy Comment

Too lazy to call heads or tails? Making a choice doesn’t get simpler than this. Made of “old English pennies, flattened, stamped and polished by hand.” If Two-Face was British, he’d probably use this.

Insert Coin

Insert Coin

At first glance, the graphics in Ninja Moped’s animation might not seem like much, but when you realize that it was made by hand-placing coins and shot frame-by-frame, your mind will be bent.

WoW Collectible Coins

WoW Collectible Coins
$77  Buy Comment

Alliance or Horde, it’s gold that keeps the gears of war in Azeroth turning; these World of Warcraft Collectible Coins include 24 karat gold-, sterling silver-, and copper-plated bling.

Open Source Coins

Open Source Coins
$20  Buy Comment

These silver-plated bronze Open Source Coins may not be free like the causes they represent, but $3 of each goes to the Free Software Foundation; available in Linux and FSF flavors.

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