The art of coin carving is a popular method of turning coins into jewels. Most of it is obtained by drilling small holes in the coin, and then using jewelry blades. Many artists tend to focus on the numeral of the coin, cutting off the space around it so that it appears to be floating within the boundary. The photos you will see here are close-ups. You will be able to see for yourself how small some of these coins are. The intricate and precise art requires a lot of skill and looks really impressive. For example, in the photo below — Bronze half pence — Great Britain, 1959.
For those who wonder about the legality of such a craft, it is perfectly legal in many countries, as long as you don’t try to present the coin as anything other than a modified coin. For example, you cannot change the date of a coin and try to issue it as an earlier version, and you cannot claim that it is the original if it has been changed. There are numerous artists selling their work on Etsy, eBay or their own shops. Silver dollar coin — Panama, 1947:
One Sol, Peru 1960: