Barcelona based artist Paolo Curcio carves coins into various shapes, that are of course quite a far cry from what they originally looked like. The artist uses a variety of coins that get transformed with a variety of etched designs and portraits, covering quite the range from geeky to skull designs that are the staple of Hobo Nickels.
A quarter can be worth much more than a quarter when made into something artistic like these rings. Nicholas Heckaman uses coins to craft these beautiful rings. The project started off with the artist looking for an engagement ring, which he finally decided to make himself using an old silver coin.
Swedish design studio Bedow created this world map of coins, using coins from individual continents to mark them on the map. The map was created in 2009 for Erik Penser Bankaktiebolag.
Philadelphia based artist Stacey Lee Webber creates metallic sculptures and jewelry using coins. Check ’em out.
This is Colossal has a very interesting post about Hobo Nickels. The nickels are a series of carved/sculpted coins greatly popular in the early 20th century with the introduction of the Buffalo nickel. That was a coin minted using soft metal which made it especially suited for carvings. Add to that the fact that numerous artists were unemployed during the great depression, a number of these coins were used for sculpting, thus earning them the name “Hobo.” Nickel carving still remains a popular hobby and even has a society to go along.
The New Zealand mint is set to issue a series of legal tender Star Wars silver coins. To be released in November, the coins will be released by pacific island country of Niue, and will have a face value of two New Zealand dollars. These coins are collectibles though, and will retail for about USD 400.
QR codes have made their way to currency as well. As commemoration of the Royal Dutch Mint’s 100th anniversary, the Netherlands will produce silver and gold coins with QR codes. To be available starting June 22, the silver coins will have a denomination of 5€, while the golden ones will be for 10€ . The QR codes will point to this website, which apparently will have a “surprise” for those who reach there.