How to make an inverted coin ring

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How to make an inverted coin ring
Create a decorative ring from ordinary coins. (coin image by Petr Gnuskin from

Enterprising metalworkers and artists sometimes make rings from coins. This is much cheaper than purchasing a silver ring, with basically the same shiny results. Most coin rings are made by tapping the outer edge with a hammer to create a flat, shiny surface. However, some artists like to preserve part of the coin design. This means the ring must be inverted at some point so the design is visible. And just so you know, creating rings from coins isn't illegal.

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Things you need

  • Coin
  • Leather chamois
  • Scissors
  • Pipe wrench
  • Hand drill
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • 1/2-inch drill bit
  • 1/2-inch round bezel and block
  • Rubber mallet
  • High-speed rotary tool
  • Stainless-steel polishing bits
  • Safety glasses

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  1. 1

    Cut a strip of leather chamois about 1 inch wide and 12 inches long. Open your pipe wrench to its largest setting and line the inside of it with the chamois. This softened leather will protect the coin from getting scratched.

  2. 2

    Place the coin on the bottom edge of your pipe wrench. Screw the wrench closed so the coin cannot move. Put on your safety glasses and lay the pipe wrench down so the coin faces up and you can see the centre clearly.

  3. 3

    Slowly push your 1/8-inch drill bit into the centre of the coin. Work slowly and let the bit do the work; the steel bit should cut through the silver and copper coin easily. Repeat with a 1/2-inch drill bit, resulting in a 1/2-inch coin edging.

  4. 4

    Release the coin from the pipe wrench. Slip it onto a 1/2-inch bezel, which is a metal rod with a pointed tip, like a pencil. Slide the coin up as far as it will go. Place the tip of the bezel into the 1/2-inch block hole so the bezel stands upright. Tape the end of the bezel firmly so the bezel sinks into the hole and the edges of the coin turn up against the rod. Repeat until the sides of the coin are flat against the bezel.

  5. 5

    Pull the bezel from the block and remove the coin. It should now be a flat ring with the words from the edge of the coin clearly visible on the outside. One of your ring edges will be very rough.

  6. 6

    Attach a stainless-steel polishing bit to your high-speed rotary tool. These bits look like shiny steel wool pressed into a disc. Rub the bit against the rough edge until it becomes smooth.

Tips and warnings

  • Larger coins, such as quarters, half dollars, dollars and some foreign coins, work best for this project. Nickels, dimes and pennies are only suitable for children's rings.

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