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.

coin carving

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:

coin carving

One Sol, Peru 1960:

Thurs­day, USA:

See also
Rafting. The art of rafting