New Coin Ring “Re-REEDER” Tool Name and Update

Hey All,

Just a few quick updates from my last article:

I wanted to thank everyone who reached out to me with their name suggestions for the new coin ring tool that I am rolling out. The name that came up the most was the “Re-REEDER”, so that is what it will officially be called… I think that it’s catchy! 😉

With this new tool, you will be able to apply a set of reeds to the (thinner) punched side of just about any coin ring; as well as be able to “repair” the damaged or knicked US Mint reeded side of your coin rings by removing the US Mint reeded-side and re-applying the reeds to match those on the other side…

Talk about making your coin rings stand out!

Below are a few more pics of coins below that I recently “Re-REEDED” with the tool:

A clad Quarter, a Seated Liberty Half Dollar, and a Morgan Silver Dollar with the new reeds applied.

A clad Quarter, a Seated Liberty Half Dollar, and a Morgan Silver Dollar with the new reeds applied.

Here’s a closeup of the level of reeded detail achieved on the Morgan Dollar:

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Seated Liberty Half Dollar:

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Even the clad quarter looks awesome!

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Lastly, many of you have asked when it would be available…my new “Re-REEDER” tool is in production now and it will be ready to drop next week!

So stay tuned; and you can always visit my Shop page where they will be found at: CoinRingUSA.com

Thanks!

  • Martin

 

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One thing that I’ve learned is that the coin ring-making craft is much like a fine wine: it gets better with time! The methods used get continuously refined and improved upon, turning the start-to-finish process of making a coin into a wearable piece of art both faster and easier.

One of the things that I’ve noticed is that as the level of quality of peoples’ coin rings improves, it can become more challenging to differentiate your finished work from someone else’s; especially if you are choosing to sell them online.

So I began working on a new coin ring-finishing tool a few months ago that was borne from an idea that a relative of mine gave me who commented on how cool it would be if BOTH sides of a coin ring had the reeded edges on it. Hmmmm….

  • So what I came up with is a new tool that will (easily and quickly) put the “reeds” on the thinner cut-side of your coin; giving your ring a more symmetrical, refined and finished look. This tool will also give you the option of being able to put a “fresh set” of reeds back onto a coin that either has well-worn reeds from age and circulation, has knicks/damaged reeds, etc. Just lightly sand or file off the old reeds and re-apply!

I’ve completed the R&D and finishing up the prototyping on the new tool and it will be going into production shortly and made publicly available. So without giving away too much; here’s a few pictures below of a finished American Silver Eagle that now has double-sided reeded edges:

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You’ll be able to find this and all of my other coin ring tools at: CoinRingUSA.com

Lastly, I’m taking suggestions for a possible name for this tool. A fellow coin-ringer tossed out the name: the “RE-EDger”… but that name is already trademarked by another Co… which is too bad; as it had a nice ring to it!   😉

I came up with: the “REED-er” as a possible name for this tool. Let me know your thoughts on a name and what you think of the reeded edge look on both sides of the ring in the pics, thanks!

  • Martin

Where is the best place to buy coins to make coin rings?

This is a question that comes up a lot. I always tell people who are first starting out making coin rings to do so with the “change in your pocket”….. literally.

Start with coins like clad (non-silver) quarters and half dollars, (your local bank will often have the JFK half dollars if you don’t have any). This gives you invaluable experience gained only through practice on the various techniques of coin-ring making and gets you familiar with the process, without worrying about making a mistake on a more expensive silver coin, for example.

As far as using 90% silver coins to make rings, a great place to start is to look up a local coin shop/dealer in your area to get some 90% silver coins. Talk to the owner of the shop; let them know what you’re looking for and why. It’s always good to have some type of report/connection with them, as they could help to answer questions you may have.

Tell them that you want “junk” silver quarters, half dollars, etc. Many shop owners will let you pick through what they have, and you’ll mostly only be paying what the metal content, or “melt value” of the silver coins are; as junk silver coins will not contain any numismatic value.

It’s best to stay away from coins that have “numismatic” value; (or value based on factors such as condition and amount minted) at least when first starting out.

You can also look on eBay for coins, but I recommend going to any of a number of online sites to first determine what the general values of the coins are before buying them.

 

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You can pick up a yearly copy of The “Official Red Book” of Coin Values, as it’s a great resource for knowing what the numismatic value of specific coins are. Go to: https://www.whitman.com/redbook

You can also go to: http://www.CoinFlation.com …. this website will give you an up-to-date pricing on the “melt values” of various coins based on their weight and metal content.

Knowing the basics about coin values and specific metal content will help you tremendously as you begin and continue to make coin rings!

 

  • Martin

http://www.CoinRingUSA.com

 

The BEST Coin Ring Folding AND Finishing Tools for coin ring makers!

By popular demand from many coin ring makers, now you can get the total package to begin folding, continue folding, and finishing off all of your coin rings with this complete Coin Ring Folding AND Finishing Kit; which includes the improved Set of hardened stainless steel Universal Stabilizer Folding Cones, AND the Rounding, Finishing, and Polishing Mandrel Set for ultra smooth and professional-looking coin rings.

This kit is a great compliment to my universal and stabilizing reduction dies to begin the coin ring-making process.

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*** An improvement over the Folding Cones made out of softer phenolic material, these new folding cones are made to last as they are made from hardened stainless steel (and when wrapped with pipe thread seal tape won’t damage your coins’ detail), the new material allows the coin to glide against the folding cone easier without getting “stuck” and eating into the cone as was often the case with the soft phenolic folding cones.
For a complete detailed description of the improved universal Stabilizer folding cones, click on this link here:

 

*** With the new rounding, finishing and polishing mandrel set, you can now obtain the best, most rounded and uniform high quality smooth, shiny, and even finish to the NON-REEDED edges of your coin rings by quickly getting rid of those unsightly, uneven, flat edges.

No more having to use nail buffing files, sanding by hand, using steel round files or de-burring tools to finish your rough coin ring edges… nothing else performs better in completing this critical aspect of coin ring-making!
For a complete detailed description of the Rounding,Finishing, and Polishing Mandrel Set for professional-looking coin rings, click on the link below:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/267370914/coin-ring-roundingfinishingpolishing?ref=shop_home_active_7

 

Visit my online Shop to grab a Coin Ring Folding AND Finishing Tool Set

 

*** Here are a few reviews from folks that have used these tools: ***

— ”Hey Martin, when you contacted me and said that you had Folding Cones made out of an improved type of material that you wanted me to test out, I was curious and excited to see what kind of results I would get with them. After having done numerous Half Dollar and Morgan Dollar coin rings, I can definitely say that I like this material better than the other cones that I had previously purchased mainly because the material of your newer cones seems tougher; but most importantly, your new material allows the coin to move down the sides of the folding cones easier without getting hung up and chewing into the cones as much as with the other material. I previously used the delrin balls that I had to make the first press into the coins but have since switched over to your stainless starter cone, which saves the folding cones from unnecessary wear and tear. Overall the new folding cones are holding up nicely after having now made over 30 coin rings with them. Thanks, and great job!” — Jerry R. of Memorable Coin Rings

 

— “Fast shipping and well made kit. The starting cone will likely last forever and using it makes the first fold more self-assured, it minimizes wear on the synthetic cones and removes the worry about having to replace them. It’s worth noting that it would be great if every company which offered products was like this one and they were constantly looking for ways to improve on and lengthen the life span of their products. As a business model, it would elevate creativity and quality above planned obsolescence. It would obviously be more profitable to make the tools inexpensively and let the ring makers use them until they wear out and then have to replace them. The tools bought here are not only designed to enable the making of professional level rings but to last as long as possible, saving the ring makers from repeat spending.”
— Gene (“if6ws929”) review left on May 11, 2016
5 out of 5 stars

 

— “Hello Martin. I received and used your starter cone and what a difference having the right tool for the job can make! I purchased your Stabilizer dies and can now use this starter cone because of the new lower profile-fit with my Durston ring stretcher. This will make my folding cones that I purchased from you last so much longer, thanks!” — Mark T.

 

(Coins and ring sizer machine pictured are not included and are used for reference only).
*** SAFETY FIRST ***

— CAUTION! This is a small part and can be considered a choking hazard. Please keep away from children and pets!
— Always wear safety glasses.
— Keep fingers, long hair, and loose clothing away from any pinch points or open flame.

 

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•To view all of my videos on coin ring tips and tricks, subscribe to my YouTube channel by typing “CoinRingUSA” in the YouTube search box.

•To see all of the coin ring-making tools that I have to offer, please visit: www.CoinRingUSA.com

Thanks, and here’s to your coin ring-making success!

Meet the owner of CoinRingUSA

Martin

The TOTAL Coin Ring Start-to-Finish FOLDING Bundle!

With this bundle, you can now begin and finish folding over all of your coin rings!

This New and Improved Coin Ring Folding Bundle includes the improved Stainless Steel Starter Cone, and the improved Set of Universal Stabilizing Folding Cones!

Stainless Steel Starter Cone AND improved Folding Cone Set in 1 Kit

Stainless Steel Starter Cone AND improved Folding Cone Set in 1 Kit

The stainless steel starter cone has an updated lower profile, for the necessary clearance for use on ring sizing machines with low ram head clearances, especially when the “Stabilizing”/Reduction Dies are used to punch a center hole into a US Quarter, US Half Dollar, Morgan/Peace Dollar, or the American Silver Eagle coins.

This tool is designed to begin folding coins with 1/4” center-punched holes, all the way up to 5/8”+ center-punched holes. The first initial fold produces the most wear and tear on your folding tools.

By starting the fold with this tool, the folding cones and delrin balls are not subjected to the sharp edge of the center-punched hole in the coin, therefore greatly reducing wear on your folding tools. For a complete detailed description of the improved starter cone, click on the link below:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/290724583/improved-universal-stainless-steel?ref=shop_home_active_2

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An improvement over the Folding Cones made out of phenolic, these new folding cones are slightly tougher, but are still softer than most metals, so they won’t damage your coins’ detail, and the new material allows the coin to glide against the folding cone easier without getting “stuck” and eating into the cone as was often the case with the phenolic folding cones. For a complete detailed description of the improved universal Stabilizer folding cones, click on the link below:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/265316904/improved-universal-stabilizing-folding?ref=shop_home_active_10

This combined Set makes a great addition to any coin ring makers’ toolbox.

Visit my online store to learn more about and purchase the complete coin ring Folding Set

NEW Folding Cones and Spacer Set for Folding all of Your Coin Rings!

IMPROVED FOLDING TOOLS!

With innovation comes constant change and tweaking, so an improvement over the current Folding Cones made out of phenolic is now available to all coin ring makers!

These new folding cones are slightly tougher, but are still softer than most metals in coins, so the folding cones won’t damage your coins’ detail at all.

Another major benefit to this improved material is that it allows the coin to glide against the folding cone easier without getting “stuck” and eating into the cone as was often the case with the phenolic folding cones.

Improved Universal Stabilizer Folding Cones

Improved Universal Stabilizer Folding Cones made of tougher material than phenolic

 

These improved Stabilizer Folding Cones are more effective at folding coins than the plastic delrin bearing balls are, due to their unique design; which allows them to do a much better job of keeping the coin level as it’s being folded over into your reduction dies when using either a Ring Sizer Machine, an Arbor Press, or a Hydraulic Press.

 

Various folded-over US coins using the improved Folding Cones

Various folded-over US coins using the improved Folding Cones

 

To begin, you simply set the coin level into your reduction die, insert an appropriate size folding cone into the beveled center punched hole, and then begin to press the coin down into the die.

To see a short video on this technique, copy and paste the following URL into your internet browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MElt4h77KHE

 

Visit my online Shop page to read the full description and to purchase these improved Folding Cones

 

For a full list of all of the highest quality coin ring making tools, visit my > Shop Page <

 

IMPROVED Universal Stainless Steel Starter Cone for Folding all Coin Rings!

Here’s the IMPROVED Universal Stainless Steel Starter Cone for Folding all Coin Rings!

Having the right tools and being able to prolong their work life is key, and this new stainless steel starter cone is designed to do just that!

Stainless Steel Starter Cone to begin the coin ring-folding process.

Stainless Steel Starter Cone to begin the coin ring-folding process.

This universal stainless steel starter cone has a revised lower profile, allowing for the clearance necessary to use on all ring sizing machines with low ram head clearances, especially when the “Stabilizing”/Reduction Dies are used to punch a center hole into a US Quarter, US Half Dollar, Morgan/Peace Dollar, or the American Silver Eagle coins, (see the photo below for reference.)

Getting ready to fold a silver US Quarter with the stainless steel starter cone.

Getting ready to fold a silver US Quarter with the stainless steel starter cone.

It’s designed to begin folding coins with 1/4” center-punched holes, all the way up to 5/8”+ center-punched holes.

The first initial fold produces the most wear and tear on your folding tools. By starting the fold with this tool, the folding cones and Delrin balls are not subjected to the sharp edge of the center-punched hole in the coin, therefore greatly reducing wear on your folding tools.

*USE THIS TOOL IF YOU’RE USING THE PLASTIC FOLDING CONES TO PROTECT THE SIDES FROM EVENTUAL WEAR-AND-TEAR*

* MY NEW FOLDING CONES ARE NOW MADE OUT OF WEAR-RESISTANT HARDENED STAINLESS STEEL… NO MORE GROOVED AND WORN-OUT CONES!

SEE THE NEW LISTING DESCRIPTION FOR THEM BELOW:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/475323877/new-universal-stainless-steel-stabilizer?ref=shop_home_active_2

This starter cone also works great in conjunction with my 2 “Stabilizing”/Reduction Dies, as you have more stability during the first crucial press due to the coin being completely level and stabilized when folding over any US Quarter, US Half Dollar, Morgan/Peace Dollar, or the American Silver Eagle!

Begin with the starter cone and press it nearly all the way down, until the inner detail of the coin is ALMOST making contact with the sides of the starter cone. Just be sure not to press too far, as you could end up damaging the inner detail of the coin that you are working on. (The stabilizer folding cones are highly recommended for the folding process, due to their shape and improved strength over the Delrin bearing balls.)

 

A 90% silver Iowa state Quarter after initially being folded-over using the stainless steel starter cone.

A 90% silver Iowa state Quarter after initially being folded-over using the stainless steel starter cone.

 

Visit my online Shop page to pick up a Stainless Steel Starter Cone

 

*** NOTE ***
Make sure that you bevel (ROUND OUT) the sharp 90° edges of the inside of the center-punched hole in your coin BEFORE using this tool, as doing so will also prolong the life of your folding tools. This is best accomplished with a deburring tool that can be purchased online.

Anneal (heat & then quench) the coin often to keep the metal in a softer state to prolong the wear life of your folding tools.

* It’s highly recommended when folding over coins made of Nickel and other tough alloyed coins that they be initially folded over with this starter cone and then completed with the folding cones.

(Coins, ring sizer machine, and reduction die pictured are not included and are used for reference only).

*** SAFETY FIRST ***

— CAUTION! This is a small part and can be considered a choking hazard. Please keep away from children and pets!
— Always wear safety glasses.
— Keep fingers, long hair, and loose clothing away from any pinch points or open flame.

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•To view all of my videos on coin ring tips and tricks, subscribe to my YouTube channel by typing “CoinRingUSA” in the YouTube search box.

•To see all of the highest-quality coin ring-making tools that I have to offer, please visit: www.CoinRingUSA.com

Thanks, and here’s to your coin ring-making success!

The ULTIMATE Way to Get Smooth and Rounded Edges to the Rough Cut Side of Coin Rings!

Clean up and smooth-out your coin rings’ rough cut edges!

There’s a lot of information available today on how to fold and reduce coins to make coin rings, but there’s almost no information on HOW to actually go about and professionally finish and polish the thinner, non-reeded cut edge of your coin rings.

This side of the coin ring was once the inner portion of the coin prior to the forging process, and it can be very difficult to get a smooth-looking finish due to the sharp and uneven edges that are present.

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Rough and uneven coin ring edge BEFORE using the Finishing & Polishing Mandrel Set

An easy solution to this problem is to utilize a Set of what are called “Finishing and Polishing Mandrels”; which will give you that high-quality smooth finish and shine to the NON-REEDED edges of your coin rings by getting rid of those unsightly, uneven, sharp edges WITHOUT using nail buffing files, having to sand by hand, using steel round files, or even deburring tools.

This Polishing Mandrel Set will finish and polish any coin ring from an approximate US size of 5, up to a US size of 14.

The Kit comes with a German-made nickel plated steel shank complete with 3 interchangeable Tapered Mandrel Cones in varying sizes:

Small — (fits ring sizes of approx. 5-8),
Medium — (fits ring sizes of approx. 8.5-11), and
Large — (fits ring sizes of approx. 11-14).

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The advantage to using the finishing and polishing mandrels is that as the ring is spinning, the power drill acts like a small lathe, providing a much more uniform finish to the ring than can be achieved with either hand-sanding, using a nail buffing file, a steel round-file, or even a small rotary tool such as a Dremel.

 

*** TO WATCH A VIDEO TUTORIAL ON THIS PROCESS, WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW ***

 

PROCESS:

1.) Determine which size Polishing Tapered Mandrel fits your completed coin ring, and slide the coin ring on to it.

2.) Place the Mandrel bit into your power drill and tighten.

3.) Adjust the coin ring until it’s well-balanced with no “wobbling” on the Mandrel with your power drill on, and then expand the Mandrel by tightening the Stainless Steel Phillips head set screw at the top which holds the coin ring securely in place.

4.) Begin on the outer edge of the coin ring with the coarser 100 Grit sandpaper and work your way around to the inner edge of the coin ring; making sure that ONLY the corner tip of the sandpaper is making contact with the unfinished inner, top, and outer edges of your coin ring to prevent damage to the rings’ detail.

5.) Continue to work the inner, top, and outer edges of the NON-REEDED side using the finer Grits of sandpaper as you go; finishing with “0000” Steel Wool. You can also use the steel wool and LIGHTLY go over the inner and the outer detail of the coin ring before you either polish it with a jeweler’s cloth or after you’ve put a patina (antique-looking) finish on the ring.

6.) The final step is to use a jeweler’s cloth to both buff and finish-polish your coin ring.

Your ring will now have a highly-smoothed, rounded, and polished edge on the NON-REEDED side that is not often seen on coin rings!

Smooth and even coin edge AFTER using the Finishing & Polishing Mandrel Set

Smooth and even coin ring edge AFTER using the Finishing & Polishing Mandrel Set

 

Another example below:

Before AND After COPY of finished coin rings

* Click on the photo to enlarge to see the differences in the edges of this Walking Liberty Half Dollar *

Other materials needed: a power drill, 3 different grits of sandpaper (150 Grit, 400 Grit, and 600 Grit ideally), some “0000” Steel Wool, and a jeweler’s polishing cloth to complete this process. Those items can be purchased from Amazon.com; at a big box store like Home Depot, or any local hardware store inexpensively.

 

*** SAFETY FIRST ***
– Always wear safety glasses and work gloves.
– Always use caution when working with any power tools and electricity.
– Keep fingers, long hair, and loose clothing away from any fast moving parts.