How to Make a Magical Two Headed Coin

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

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

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.
(picture 2)

Now, you have 2 coins stacked, and super glued together.
(picture 3)

Step 3: Freezing the Nickel

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)

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

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.

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    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.

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    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.


    5 years ago

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


    10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

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


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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.).

    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!


    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?


    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.

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    9 years ago on Step 5

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