Step 8: Done!

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Marvel at your new look!

Note: In all candor, I do not personally find this to be an especially attractive ring although I do wear it daily. I think it would be a lot nicer if you can find a thicker coin to use, I'm currently looking for a thicker bronze coin to replace it with.
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kfarhaan17 days ago

Just a thought on that thicker coin thing, how about laminating several coins together before taking the file to it near the end?

Mongoose132 years ago
I wonder if a diamond could be mounted on this ring...Anyone know?
m.e.h4 years ago
How much does this ring cost? :))
oh uhm $500 :)
Maker Mark4 years ago
The Henry Ford and other museums I have been to would be in some hot water if this was illegal. Most of them have a machine that will take a penny and squish it into a shape and then stamp it.
US CodeTitle18, part 1, Ch 17 U.S.C. §331:

Whoever fraudulently alters, defaces, mutilates, impairs, diminishes, falsifies, scales or lightens any of the coins coined at the mints of the United States, or any foreign coins which are by law made current or are in actual use or circulation as money within the United States; or whoever fraudulently possesses, passes, utters, publishes, or sells, or attempts to pass, utter, publish, or sell, or brings into the United States, any such coin, knowing the same to be altered, defaced, mutilated, impaired, diminished, falsified, scaled or lightened - shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both. (Emphasis added.)

It is indeed illegal but the key word there is "fraudulently'

According to The New York Times, it cost the US Mint 1.73 cents for every penny and 8.74 cents for every nickel it makes. In 2006, in addition to the law already in the books, congress passed a ban on destroying US coins where the metal will be serve other uses. So maybe those museums are in violation of the laws but may have an exeption within the law that we private citizen does not.

If you go to Busch Gardens or many other theme parks like it, they have machines that you pay $.50 to put your own $.01 (Penny) into and it imprints the penny with the picture that you choose and the parks logo right in front of your eyes.
adre764 years ago
can I make one with an 1 or 2 euro coin?
if you don´t have fat fingers!!! maybe you can make it.
JTomM1294 years ago
It would be interesting to get several coins with different alloys (colors) and slightly diameters and silver solder them together to make a broader ring. Maybe a "unified world" kind of idea.

my $0.02 - (sorry)
It's illegal to deface a U.S. coin, no it's not, yes it is ... Oy.

This should clear up any questions about the legalities of U.S. coinage defacing:

Is it illegal to damage or deface coins?

Section 331 of Title 18 of the United States code provides criminal penalties for anyone who “fraudulently alters, defaces, mutilates impairs, diminishes, falsifies, scales, or lightens any of the coins coined at the Mints of the United States.” This statute means that you may be violating the law if you change the appearance of the coin and fraudulently represent it to be other than the altered coin that it is. As a matter of policy, the U.S. Mint does not promote coloring, plating or altering U.S. coinage: however, there are no sanctions against such activity absent fraudulent intent.

No it is not.

United States Department of the Treasury

Juicy Fruit4 years ago
theres the one with the beveled edge.
In 1967 I made one for my girlfriend from a new nickel so it would have the present year on it. I was a machinist so it only took me about 5 minutes to make using a lathe. She doesn't know what ever happened to it. (she's my wife now) I believe prior to 1964 nickels were made with all nickel, but I would caution anyone wanting to use one from that era. You might just be destroying a coin worth a lot of money... Thanks for the memory!
crazyg4 years ago
uk £5 coin for super sausage fingers :)
azwebco8 years ago
I think this is illegal because you're destroying US currency but it's kind of like putting pennies on a train track and kind of cool none the less.
its not illegal.. only if your using the coin FRAUDENTALLY its illegal. In this case, its an art. so its NOT illegal. and if you want a silver ring, get a 1964 quarter or below and do this. ive made a quarter ring, since 1964 quarters were made of 80 or 90% silver. if you use a new quarter though, the copper will oxidize on your fingers and make them look like theyre bruised.
As far as I know, you can deface currency, but you can't use it as currency. Like its legal to use those penny/coin pressers at the zoo/Disney world, but you can't buy something with an oval penny with mickey mouse on it
theyve revoked the currency destruction for pennies only just because of those penny presses at amusment parks. but honestly id like to know who will even care if you waste five cents??
vithrar azwebco7 years ago
It's not actually illegal to destroy coins, in the U.S. anyway. Currently it is illegal to melt down pennies and nickels because their scrap value is greater than their face value.
It's not illegal. As long as you don't try to pass off a coin to be worth more then it is, it's legal.
it is illegal. its also illegal to write on a dollar bill but its such a stupid law that they dont inforce it.
ya... NO
actually, its only illegal if you SELL the removed product, attempt to overbalance the economy with it (i didn't really understand that part). as long as the coin/ bill is used in art ( a ring IS art, after all) it is okay.
Your Great-Great-Uncle most likely used a half dollar coin. See, in the past, though I do not what time periods, the half dollar coins were about 90% silver.
PastTheVoid5 years ago
That's a nickel? My middle fingers are too thick for a nickel ring, and I'm 13 (a very skinny 13 year-old).
Bindweeds6 years ago
And If you are going for the non US currency, the British 50p coin is not thicker but its got the not round shape that would be nice for a bit of visual interest.
2shoer6 years ago
my brother and I used to make these with my grandfather when we were children. My knuckles are too big now, (Itried to make one a few years ago). But like the guy said below. You need to spend a few hours really tapping the outer edge with the convex surface of a spoon. It takes a while to start to see the result, but the width increases and the outer perimeter ends up with a nice hammer finish, while the inner perimeter also is drawn out laterally so you end up looking at the year, etc on almost a flat surface that corresponds to the exterior surface if that makes any sense, lol. The end result is a ring that looks very much like a more conventional wedding band. It takes a lot of dinking it with a spoon and a lot of patience, but I remember as a kid how proud I was of the result.
Actually I had a friend that made one of these once.. but before drilling out the center, he took a spoon and tapped the edges if the nickel to bevel them. It took a while but he just did it while watching TV and it make the final ring wider than a nickel and with a nice beveled edge. The tapping action also gives a "burnishing" effect which is pretty cool. I bet if this was done with a 1964 (or before) silver quarter it could be pretty sweet as long as you had some patience to bevel it down to the right size...
bduffman7 years ago
AUS $1 coin lol or other over seas money $2 coin is bout the same size as the 5cent coin dont no bout ur us 5cent coin tho dont no how big it is looks bigger then ours
WTSerpent7 years ago
my great-great uncle did something like this, but he used a quarter. apparently, in those days, quarters were made of silver. he drilled a hole in the center, and, i'm told, he used a hammer and an anvil to pound the ring into its shape. if you just glanced at it, you would think that it was store-bought. if you look closely, though, you can see the words "in God we trust" around the inside. i'm not sure if a nickel would be malleable enough to try something like this, but if it works it would make the ring wider. i think i'll try it this weekend to find out.
exe8 years ago
solder 3 or 4 together for a thicker band!
Havoc481 exe7 years ago
you would have to make sure that the solder is a lead free one many health problems form from lead
vanle8 years ago
You could go for Hong Kong 10 Dollar coin, UK 1 pound / 2 pound coin if you got fat fingers.
Megavolt8 years ago
There are some thicker coins from Mexico that might suit you better. I may have to try this because I like things that are unique, and when is the last time you saw a ring made out of a coin in this fasion? Cool instructable!!