Introduction: How to Make a Magical Two Headed Coin

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In this Instructable, you will learn how to make a 2 headed, and mutilated coin, to use for magic, or other purposes.

Step 1: Materials

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The materials you need:
>2 nickels, or two identical coins
>Sandpaper (Bench grinder works better)
>Dust Off (with the little straw)

Step 2: Attaching the Two Coins

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First, take each coin, and sand the "Tails " side until it is pretty rough, this gives the glue something to hold onto.(first picture)

Then, put superglue on all parts of the "tails" side of one coin, and attach the other one to it.
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Now, you have 2 coins stacked, and super glued together.
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Step 3: Freezing the Nickel

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Now, we must freeze the nickel, in order to make sure the glue is dried, and it gives a special texture.
To freeze it, turn the can of dust off upside down, and lightly pull the trigger.
Spray it on the coin, then let the coin sit for about 30 seconds.

Step 4: Adding Texture (optional)

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this step is optional, but it makes the coin look more funky.

Now, the coin has been glued, and frozen together, it is time to add some color, and texture.

Place a few dabs of super glue on the surface of the coin, and spray it with freezing dust off.
do this several times, but be careful because ther is super glue, and freezing poison being sprayed everywhere.

Step 5: Finishing the Coin

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Now, sand some of the white residue off, and sand the edges down, a lot.
I used a bench grinder, but sanding it should work.
You can do anything you want to mutilate the sides of the coin, it makes it look more like you found it, rather than made it.
You can also use a grinder, or sand paper to rough up the face, and edges, to your liking.

Step 6: Uses for the Coin

you have finally finished the coin, but what can you use it for?
I use it for magic tricks, it is very easy to palm.
you can also use it like the mayor in "The Dark Knight", because this coin has two heads.

Be weary:
In the US, it might be illegal to mutilate currency, im not really sure. Also I dont know about other countries.


MarineAirVeteran1967 (author)2016-11-28

Before defacing any US Currency or coins perhaps you should read the laws governing such defacing or destruction.

United States Code




333. Mutilation of national bank obligations

Whoever mutilates, cuts, defaces, disfigures, or perforates, or unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issues by any national banking association, or Federal Reserve bank, or the Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such bank bill, draft, note or other evidence of debt unfit to reissue, shall be fines under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

Unted States Code, TITLE 18, PART 1, CHAPTER 17

331.Mutliation, diminution, and falsification of coins

You can read this one yourself, but it says pretty much the same thing as the above except specifically for coins.

the government's not gonna come knocking at your door to see if you have any defaced coins.

I'm not encouraging people to break the law, but its a magic trick for pete's sake.

UddhavT (author)2016-11-29

@MarineAirVeteran1967 just use a different currency like I did.

CalebScott (author)2014-07-08

because he's not a hero he's r silent guardian r watchful eye a dark knight

MrsPost (author)2009-06-21

Defacing US currency is frowned upon. Perhaps a token or other non-protected coin shaped object would be in order?

whiteboyninja (author)MrsPost2011-09-08

its only illegal if you make the currency appear to be worth more than it is. thats why its legal to have penny presses.

arkabeoeht (author)MrsPost2009-06-21

I thought of that, but could not find any other coin like objects in my house.

eulaliaaaa! (author)arkabeoeht2010-09-20

It is fine, unless you try to put it back in circulation. The common misconception is that it is illegal to "deface" the coins or bills. It is perfectly alright to do whatever you would like with currency. It is your money, and it is alright unless you try to make it someone else's (a.k.a. putting it back in circulation, a.k.a. buying stuff with it.).

junits15 (author)MrsPost2009-06-22

Anything worth less than $0.25 is ok to destroy

DirkByrd (author)junits152010-09-12

do we have a reference for that?

zjschafer (author)2011-07-31

I own a real two heads sided nickel! Anyone know what it may be worth?

It was not made by the US Mint - it was made similarly to this one, but it was just done more perfectly. It might even be worth $1 if you found someone interested in it.

alright, but it used to be my pap's. he gave it to me and he told me it was probally worth more cause he said somebody offered him $35.00 for it. The government doesnt like to make mistakes so they would pay a lot for it. he knows a lot about collectors items and coins. so i dont know, thanks for the advice!

whiteboyninja (author)zjschafer2011-09-08

the coin is actually nothing more than a novelty item. its made by sanding off the edge and the tails side of the coin then placing that into a hollowed out coin. most are only worth ten dollars at the most. that one may be worth a little bit more because in 1954 nickles and other silver coins were still almost one hundred percent silver. from the way it appears in the picture there was one mistake made when the person made it. the way you r turning the coin, on of the heads should be upside-down. but its impossible for a double headed coin to be made by mistake.

It is a 1954 nickel, two heads on both sides. Look for yourself, it is the same width and size of a real nickel as itself. It has some wear and tear, but i think its real. What you think?

l99roufs (author)2011-05-06

Couldn't you cut and/or sand off half of each coin?

homestuck (author)2010-11-03

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walking encyclopedia (author)2010-05-26

a WAY BETTER way to do this is get three band new pennies.  On the bench grinder, shave the face off one, the back off one, and both sides of of the other one.  Thes in some muriatic acid. The acid will polish the copper shell and eat the inside metal.  Watch it closely off and on for about 30 minutes.  After this you have a perfect face, back and side ring.  You can grind of a fourth penny's faces and side then glue it to this one.  However, I like to to take a little piece (tiny of lead) and put it inside.  Then just glue it shut with a big air pocket.  This makes for an even cooler trick.  THE FLOATING PENNY that looks feels and weighs the same as a regular penny.

wonderd where you were going with this but floaty penny cool

Treknology (author)2010-06-30

I knew that milling machine downstairs would be useful for something...

Archive555 (author)2010-06-30

I made one of these once, you can do a pretty good job of removing hte tails side with a dremel, and it works really well for making the edges of the coin smooth, too.

rockgod57 (author)2010-05-15

regular sandpaper wont work though it just rips so u would need a bench grinder

Ghostfox21 (author)rockgod572010-05-30

Or a file

rockgod57 (author)Ghostfox212010-05-30

good point never thought bout that also i recently saw a sanding sponge its slow but it works (kinda)

Ghostfox21 (author)rockgod572010-05-30

I'll have to look into that sponge thing, I've never heard of them before.

rockgod57 (author)2010-05-15

also instead of  dustoff id take a more dangerous approach (danger is awesome) and open up one of those airhorn cans and use the liquid in there (which can actually give u frostbite) to pour on the coin with the super glue.

rockgod57 (author)2010-05-08

cool i gotta try it out but i dont get why you would super glue it for a second time does it change color or what

leoishungry (author)2009-10-17

 This is how to do frozen by adam grace!!!

Sorcerer1089 (author)leoishungry2009-12-09

No no no. This is how to freeze a coin with a can of dust off. Frozen by Adam Grace is making a coin freeze by magic.

John Smith (author)2009-06-21

whats the point in freezing it again? colder temperatures make the superglue evaporate slower i thought.

arkabeoeht (author)John Smith2009-06-21

I froze it because it turns the glue into a white color, instead of clear, also I find it helps it dry faster.

Spraying it with water will help it dry faster and turn it your white color.
Why you would wish a much more detectable color is beyond me.

moo of the cow (author)2009-06-23

do you have to use the dust off freeze thingy????????

berky93 (author)moo of the cow2009-08-23

you shouldnt have to. it just helps. a freezer would probably work too, or just letting it sit for 48 hours (to be safe.)

SurferGeek (author)2009-06-27

Perhaps another way, rather than a jeweler's saw, would be to sand the coin down to approximately half their thickness and then glue them together. By the way, defacing ANY currency is only illegal if you have the intent to pass it off as legitimate afterward.

hydrnium.h2 (author)SurferGeek2009-07-04

I thought money was government property

A good name (author)hydrnium.h22009-07-25

Well the government belongs to the people. Therefore what is theirs, is ours.

The law regarding currency defacement is stated and read so that the defacement of currency is illegal only if it is used for fraudulent purposes. Now if you want you could use pennies to be "double safe", if you will, because they are exempt from the rule. In training to be a sales rep. for Cutco and Vector they teach as that law as we cut and sculpt pennies with our shears.

Avasar10000 (author)2009-06-23

Another way to accomplish this feat is to use a jewelry saw to "split" both coins in to halves. Then sand all of the halves using your favorite sanding tool. You will glue the like halves using JB Weld. When dry, sand the edges with finer, and finer sand paper to achieve a mirror polish. This will produce 2 double sided "MAGIC" coins that are much harder to detect as gaffed coins. You could even add a steel shim to make the coins magnetic. Magnetic and double sided....that would be MAGIC. Take care!

coatesy900 (author)Avasar100002009-06-29

haha, shim.

retrac.noremac (author)2009-06-23

wow i was expecting something better than just gluing 2 coins together

Hands Without Shadows (author)2009-06-21

Harvey Dent was the district attorney.

Correct, and Harvey Dent was the one with the two headed coin.

mg0930mg (author)arkabeoeht2009-06-22

'you can also use it like the mayor in "The Dark Knight", because this coin has two heads.' This is in the last step and what he was referring to. It should say 'you can also use it like the Distric Attorney, Harvey Dent, in "The Dark Knight", because this coin has two heads.'

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