How to make rings from coins

Updated March 23, 2017

Making a ring out of a coin is a creative and thrifty way to turn a mundane item into a treasured gem. Coin ring making requires the ability to use power tools, and you must have access to large coins. Silver dollar or silver half dollars are the coins most often used when creating authentic silver jewellery. Silver dollars produced before 1965 contain nearly 95% pure silver content. You can use any type of quarter-sized coin or larger to make a coin ring.

Gather or purchase large coins for ring making.

Place coin in a clamp. A large wrench works well.

Hammer the outer edge of the coin to flatten the ridges.

Hammer the coin's edges until the ring reaches the desired thickness, and all rough edges are rounded.

Drill a large hole in the centre of the coin. The hole must be large enough for the finger to slip through with ease.

Sand the ring opening with the rotary tool bit.

Sand the entire ring with sandpaper, or use the sanding drill bit attachment.


The hammering of the ring will take approximately one hour to complete. Careful hammer placement is required if you want any of the coin's wording to remain as a part of the finished project. You can also use completed rings to make necklaces and bracelets.


Wear safety glasses to prevent coin shavings from flying into your eyes.

Things You'll Need

  • Large coin, silver dollar or half dollars
  • Hammer
  • Safety glasses
  • Clamp or wrench to be used as a clamp.
  • Sand paper
  • Rotary and sanding drill bits, for example a Dremmel style tool kit
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Tara Dodrill began writing professionally in 1990. She is a travel writer and photographer working for print and online media, primarily covering Florida, ecotourism and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Her writing credits include RUMBUM, Yahoo News, Visit South magazine,and North Carolina Coastal Guide. She studied journalism and education at Ohio University and real estate at Hondros College.