The Art Of Coinpiercing

Coin Piercing, a.k.a. cut-coin jewelry, dates back to the 17th century, This art form is labor intensive but produces remarkable results, and truly enhances the intrinsic value and beauty of coins. Piercing coins or more commonly referred to as cut coins or cut out coins, is a highly skilled art demanding a talented individual with a steady hand to control the blade, and certainly demands a great deal of patience. The finished piece will give an illusion that the cut out design is floating inside the edge of the coin.


Section 331 of Title 18 of the United States code provides criminal penalties for anyone who “fraudulently alters” defaces, mutilates impairs, diminishes, falsifies, scales, or lightens any of the coins coined at the Mints of the United States. This statute means that you may be violating the law if you change the appearance of the coin and “fraudulently” represent it to be other than the altered coin that it is. As a matter of policy, the U.S. Mint does not promote coloring, plating or altering U.S. coinage: however, there are no sanctions against such activity absent fraudulent intent. (Source U.S. Mint) Read More

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