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.
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?

you can somehow heat the coin up and put a stick through the center, and flip it inside out.

I would try to drill the hole first, put a metal rod on the inside and use a nylon hammer to hit the quarter.

It might work if you drill the hole first, and then take something that fits in the hole and tap from the inside out. I suggest trying it on something that you don't mind messing up on first before using a silver quarter.
target022 (author)  NINJ4SP4RT4N3 years ago
Not possible using this method. The writing will always be on the inside of the ring unless you can somehow tap the ring from the center going out.
Challenge accepted
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...
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...
tmorrigu2 years ago
Mutilating coins dates back to when they were cut and weighed and worth whatever metal they were made out of. It was a common criminal act to skim off, say, silver from a bunch of quarters (example only) and recast new coins (or whatever they liked) passing off the minimized quarter as though it were still worth 25 cents, while making a profit off of the removed portion. We no longer have a gold standard economy, so the concept is no longer legitimate. While the law hasn't been revoked, so it is possible to be prosecuted in theory, the only circumstance under which that would happen would be if a cop really wanted you for something else, but couldn't get to you. Or if you really did melt down part of a quarter, spend the rest normally, and make a profit the old fashioned way. But it'd be tough with only old coins to worth with.
Our dollar would be worth a lot more if people went around destroying money... the more scarce something is, the more it's worth. Viva la art!
if i use the later dated copper ones (couldn't find any quarters older than my dad D: ) will it have a different visual effect? would you see the copper ring in the center?
Burnsides5 years ago
I enjoy the idea of the spoon! I never would have thought of that.
This is absolutely beautiful. I am definitely going to try this out.