Coins can also be used as art.
While, as a coin collector and numismatist, I don’t personally advocate the mutilation of coins, I do respect the notion that coins can be a very important element in art and want to share a few brief examples of coin art.
People have been using coins in jewelry, watches, and other forms of artistic expression for decades.
It’s not too hard to find examples of coins used either in or as art.
Take, for example, the many coins encountered with holes.
Many holed coins like had a past as part of a necklace.
And what about coins that have etchings in them?
Countless coins have had monograms, messages, and even advertisements inscribed or counterstamped on them.
And how can I forget Hobo nickels? Hobo nickels represent one of the most popular forms of coin art known.
While painted coins carry no extra numismatic value and are generally viewed as altered coins, there are plenty of people who appreciate painted coins as a form of coin art.
Painted coins are very common in the marketplace and should never be regarded as rare items. There are, however, eye-popping examples of novelty coins and make great coffee table, curio shelf, and mantle showpieces.
My love for coins began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I'm a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) and have won multiple awards from the NLG for my work as a coin journalist. I'm also the editor at CDN Publishing (a trusted source for the price of U.S. rare coins), editor at the Florida United Numismatists Club (FUN Topics magazine), and author of Images of America: The United States Mint in Philadelphia (a book that explores the colorful history of the Philadelphia Mint). I've contributed hundreds of articles for various coin publications including COINage, The Numismatist, Numismatic News, Coin Dealer Newsletter, Coin Values, and CoinWeek. I've also authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins — and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!