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Do you have a quarter from 1964 or before? If you do, it is made of silver. You can turn that coin into a nice silver band using a spoon, a drill, and a metal file.
A quarter will yield a small ring, size ~7 or less. You can get a larger size but the ring will be very skinny. If you want a larger size ring, a Kennedy half dollar will work well. Again, anything 1964 and earlier will be silver.

Materials needed:
-Silver quarter
-metal file

Optional but recommended
-Vice grips
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Step 1: Find a silver quarter

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I was lucky enough to find two silver quarters in my change, but unless you are looking, you may not find one. Any quarter from 1964 and earlier should be silver. They are much lighter in color than newer quarters. I've read you can use the the sandwiched coins, but the metal is harder and it wouldn't be a silver ring. You can also buy one at a coin dealer for a couple dollars.
DO NOT buy an expensive silver coin for this, you will be destroying it.

Step 2: Start tapping

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Now comes the tedious part. Hold the coin with one hand and tap the edge with a spoon. Turn the coin as you tap. Tap Tap Tap. Tap the ring in the center of the edge as much as possible. This will keep the edges of the ring from bending under.
**Do your tapping when no one is around, the tapping can get very annoying to others in the nearby vicinity.**
The more you tap the faster the ring will form. I was a casual tapper, I tapped while I watched TV. My first ring took a year to finish. If you're the impatient type you can speed up the process by using a hammer and a hard surface. If you do this you risk bending or warping the coin and your finished ring will look crude and rough. The small taps of the spoon give a much smoother beveled look.

Step 3: Size your ring

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As your ring starts to form you will need to determine the size you need.
This site will convert your ring size to inches or mm.
Tap the ring until you ring size is pretty close. You can be off by a 1-2 mm because there will be extra space in the center to play with.
When you reach about size 6 you can see the date and the words "Liberty", "Quarter Dollar", and "United States Of America" on the inside of the ring. This will be your only proof that you made this from a quarter.

Step 4: Make a hole

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This part was the hardest for me because I didn't have anything to hold the ring while I drilled it. You need to hold the ring in something that won't scratch it. A vice or vice grips. What ever you use, make sure you pad it to protect the ring. You don't want all that tapping to go to waste.
**Also note that drilling the ring gets it very hot.  It can burn you, handle with care**

I drilled a hole in the center followed by a bigger hole and so on. Drill out as much of the center as you can. A dremel will probably work well here. I didn't have one for my first ring. Once you have enough of the center out you can grind away the edges with a file or dremel.
At this point you can play around with the size. Try the ring on and grind away until it fits right.

Step 5: Polish your new ring

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I found that the small taps from the spoon gave a nice polished look already. You can use the dremel to clean out any rough areas inside the ring. If you opted for the quick and dirty hammer method you may need to polish the outside of the ring. I suggest several rounds of polishing, coarse --->fine grit.
After that you are done.

Step 6: What to do with your new ring?

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Wear it, propose marriage, sell it, give it away. Sadly you can never use it to play a video game or spend it like a quarter, but I think it's worth much more than 25 cents now.

I hope you give it a try. It's really very easy.
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oh and i just got off the phone with a nice lady at this place: Department of the Treasury 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20220 General Information: (202) 622-2000 her name was lynn. please call her or any one there. she told me that the law states that if you make jewelry out of money, and make it so you can not spend it any more. then its 100% legal to deface money. she also told me that if you watch the home shopping network and see all the coins that they make in to rings and necklaces. that a good way to find out if its legal. she also told me that she had a lady call her 4 days ago and ask her about making quarters in to necklaces and she told her the same thing.
You must have no life...
target022 (author) 2 years ago
April 2013, One Million views......and counting.
JM1999 target0225 months ago

Feburary 2015, Over TWO MILLION VIEWS!

target022 (author) 3 years ago
Where can I get a silver quarter?
If you wait to find one in your change, it may take forever. You can buy one but it would probably cost you more than a quarter. One way to get a silver quarter for free is to use a method that coin collectors use called Coin Roll Hunting.

Basically, you go to your bank and withdraw as much money as you can in the form of quarter rolls. Take them home and look through the coins for silver ones. The more rolls you get the better your chances are of finding one.  All the regular coins go back in the rolls and you can deposit them back into your account.

Good Luck!

I live in Australia, what coin should I use to make a ring?

roxy23232 years ago
Actually, you're incorrect about this being a federal crime and I wouldn't advise people to destroy federal currency. Under 18 U.S.C. § 331 (US Code 18, Section 331) it says:

"Sec. 331. Mutilation, diminution, and falsification of coins

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."

Just an FYI...

Uhh... You are missing a key point here... the term 'fraudulently'... If you melt a coin for the purpose of commiting fraud, for example mixing it with another metal and selling it as pure silver - that is a crime. Altering a coin into an unrecognizable shape (coin) for you and your husband would hardly be fraud... Besides, I doubt the government would spend the resources to prosecute someone who made a quarter and a half dollar into rings for their own use...


Martijnv roxy23234 months ago

WOW, 5 years in the slammer would give me time to make FIVE of these beauties! I'll go for it!

RenalsH roxy23234 months ago

Actually you misread the law. The key part is "are in actual use or circulation as money within the United States" or to pass on the money as actual money. It is no longer going to be accepted as a "coin" at this point so that part of the law is not talking about this.

Please don't try to practice law unless you're a lawyer.

The "fraudulently" qualifier in that law is extremely meaningful. As in, it makes the law mean nothing near what you think it means.

Just an FYI...
KevinB4115 days ago
theegghead1 month ago

That would be cool to make this out of a part copper coin, the two toned appearance would look nice in my opinion!

ibraven2 months ago

This is what my brother in law gave to my sister when he asked her to marry him, the quarter was the yr. of her birth...very awesome! I have since pounded out a few but they didn't turn out quite right...now I have the tips I need to do it right. Thank You!

the best way to get a silver quarter is ask the bank tellers to save one for you when they find one my SIL works at a bank she is always on the search for silver coins..........................................JS*

my best friend made one of these rings when we were in school over 50 years ago it took 2 spoons to complete the ring he wore a hole in the first spoon. you have to have staying power to do it...............................JS*

DragonTamer793 months ago
Is not THAT hard to find 1964 quarters. I had 3 sitting in my jewelry box. Going to find a silver dollar and make his and her rings
DIY GAL3 months ago
I looked through handfuls upon handfuls of quarters and found no 1964 or before, so I'm trying it with a newer quarter. an I being impatient or does this take a really long time?
Officer394 months ago
Can I make it with a silver dime from 1955
target022 (author)  Officer393 months ago

Yes, but the ring will be very tiny in size.

saralex5 months ago

also I don't understand the drilling part. can someone explain it more please? do you drill the center of the quarter out or drill in the band?

Martijnv saralex4 months ago

put your smallest drill right on Washington's temple for your first hole. Then scale up until the ring fits your finger. you may change to filing at any stage you like, but drilling works faster.

RenalsH4 months ago

You will want to hold the spoon the opposite way that is shown in the picture. Hold it so that the part that holds your cereal is the part that hits the spoon. This will give a much smoother ring than the ring in the image. The edges are very rough on the ones pictured.

Martijnv RenalsH4 months ago

use a brand new spoon in this fashion for top results.

RenalsH made it!4 months ago

This is the one I made. I tapped it with a spoon (hold the spoon opposite the way shown above) this will give you a much smoother finish. Then I drilled a small hole in the center, inserted a tapered mandrel and sanded the outside to a nicer finish with 600 grit wet paper. After that I continued to drill out the center hole bigger with a step drill. After I was not able to drill any more- hard to hold the small ring without risking drilling a hole in myself- I used a dremel to finish cutting it out to size. I also used a polisihing wheel on my dremel to remover any sharp edges and to buff it to a high shine. My girl has tiny fingers so I had to bring it down to a 5.5 which took quite a bit of time. She already had one that she treasured- her grandpa made it for her grandma during the war, now she has 2- she absolutly loves it and cannot believe that it was hand made.

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JM19995 months ago

"God we rust" - Quarter in photo 3 of step 2 -

Did you notice they were the only words left?

Nice 'ible, I wonder how this would go with Aussie currency there is no copper/silver join so it might turn out!

stubnosec365 months ago

Cousin did it with a silver dollar, beautiful and fat.

saralex5 months ago

can you do this with a 1990's to 2000+ quarter?

saralex5 months ago

so how does it become a ring!? just by tapping it?

target022 (author)  saralex5 months ago
Yup, the metal spreads out to form the ring. Start tapping to see it yourself.
lsink136 months ago

I was just wondering if a gold dollar would work? My fingers are a bit chubby :P also, I saw the post below but didn't quite understand, is making these rings illegal?

lsink13 lsink136 months ago

Sorry, I read farther, and now I know it isn't illegal unless I try to use for money :P but I was still wondering about the gold dollar

target022 (author)  lsink136 months ago
You can use a gold dollar but the metal is a lot harder. You will need a hammer and anvil or hard surface. Also if you look closely there's another metal in the center of the coin, maybe copper like, so the ring won't be gold. It will be the center color with gold edges. Should work though.
lsink13 target0226 months ago

Alright, thank you! I'm excited to try this. Also, will drilling work even if you dont have a vice/clamp? also, what if you don't have a drill bit big enough to make the ring the right size? Sorry lots of questions :)

target022 (author)  lsink136 months ago
You don't need one large drill bit, just use a little one and drill holes in a circle and pop the center out. Then file the edges to size. You'll need to hold the coin with something or it will just spin on the bit. You can hold it with your hand but the metal will get hot. Pliers maybe, just make sure you use a cloth or something to protect the coin from scratches. Good luck!
RiversP9 months ago

I have made several rings from silver quarters and half dollars. I use an old stainless silver soup spoon and an anvil I made from from a piece of small railroad track. After I tap on the rim until all date is well inside then I use an old case XX to bore a hole through it, then pare away the rest of the inside. Yes, it is a long process but well worth the effort. I have a tutorial of sorts at http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com/blind_pig_the_acorn/2012/03/how-to-make-a-silver-ring-from-a-quarter.html

Poppenboom4 years ago
lol i looked in our change drawer and i found a bunch of state quarters, and 2 1965 lol but no 64s lol so im making a half silver half copper ring xD

yah silver coins are rarer than finding wheat pennies in circulation.

Gone through hundreds of dimes, nickels, and quarters and still havent found one. 6 1965's is what I have. hmm...

How do you make the ones with the 1964 and united states of america on the outside of the ring?
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