Mar 19, 2013

21 Examples of Cut Coin Jewelry Art


Cut coin jewelry art is a popular method of turning coins into jewelry. Most cut coin art is achieved by drilling a small hole (or holes) into the coin and then using a jeweler saw (which has various types of blades) to cut away parts of the coin.

Many artists tend to focus on the stamped figure of a coin, cutting away the space around them so it appears to float within the border. While the images you see here are close-ups (so you can appreciate the detail), it’s important to remember how small some of these coins actually are. The intricate and precise skill required is truly impressive.

For those wondering about the legality of such a craft, in the United States it is perfectly legal (18 U.S.C. §331) so long as you don’t try to represent the coin as anything other than an altered coin. For example, you can’t change the date of a coin and try to pass it off as an earlier version and you can’t claim it is an original if it has been altered.

There are numerous artists online selling their work on Etsy, eBay or their own personal site. I happened to search through Etsy, but a simple search for Cut Coin Jewelry will yield many results.

All of the pieces below are available for sale online and you can go directly to the sale page by clicking the name of the artist below each coin. Most of the examples below were done by Rob Johnson who runs the Etsy store petsalad. I personally found much of his work to be the most interesting.



1. Bronze Half Penny – Great Britain, 1959

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2. One Silver Dollar Coin – Panama, 1947

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3. One Sol – Peru, 1960

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4. Buck and Doe U.S. Quarter

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5. 10 Pfennig – Germany, 1901

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6. One Crown – Isle of Man, 1996

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7. 25 Cent Coin – Bermuda

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8. Silver Half Dollar – United States, 1944

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9. 5 Ore – Sweden, 1950

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10. 20 Drachmai – Greece, 1930

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11. 5 Hryvnia – Ukraine, 2010

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12. 5 Ore – Sweden, 1950

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13. 200 Peso – Colombia, 1994

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14. Penny – Australia

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15. 2 Dollar Coin – Canada, 1996

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16. 1 Dollar Coin – Western Samoa, 1974

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17. 6 Kruezer – Austria, 1800

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18. One Pound – Ireland, 1996

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19. Sterling Silver Crown – Great Britain, 1889

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20. One Dollar – Sierra Leone, 1997

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21. Silver Dollar – United States,

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