Coin Rings for all Memorable Life Events

I get a lot of requests from folks to make coin rings for different special occasions. Some of the more popular requests are for coin rings to mark events such as birth years, anniversaries, years of historical significance, birthday gifts, and even for use as wedding rings.

Recently I was contacted by a gentleman named Steve who wanted me to make him two coin rings out of the “Peace” Silver Dollars, one from the year 1927 and the other from the year 1934, (the years that his parents were born). His mother had already passed away and his father had recently passed, and he wanted the two coin rings made as a tribute to both of them.

Later, he let me know that the coin rings were made so that he and his family could place them with his parents at their grave site and he also sent along a few photos from the service.

Having lost both of my parents as well, I was touched by what he had done and deeply honored that he had given me the opportunity to make the coin rings in memory of his parents.

Thank you Steve, may your Mom and Dad rest in peace.

– Martin

 

 

 

NEW TOOL! The “Re-REEDer” Stamping Die used to Apply DOUBLE-SIDED Reeds to Coin Rings!

New Tool; the coin ring “Re-REEDer”!

Now you can make your finished coin rings stand out by having reeded edges on BOTH sides of your coin ring instead of just one; a look not seen on any coin rings, until now! 😉

A 1921 Morgan Silver Dollar with new “Reeds” applied to the punched edge

 

The "Re-REEDer"

The “Re-REEDer”

TO APPLY THE NEW REEDS:

1. Place your coin rings’ un-reeded (punched) edge onto the “Re-REEDER” die after annealing (and quenching) the coin’s edge.
2. Using the hole in the middle of the “Re-REEDer” die as a point of reference, center your coin ring onto the grooves.

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3. Next, place the piece of high-impact urethane pad (provided with this tool) over the Mint-reeded side and then put a compression press plate or coin ring Repair Die on top of the urethane pad. This will serve to protect the existing reeds from damage.

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4. Line everything up under your hydraulic presses’ ram head, and bring the press ram head down onto the top of the press plate/Repair Die until you begin to feel some resistance. Finally, complete 1-2 full downward strokes with your hydraulic press to imprint the reeded pattern onto the coin ring’s edge.

 

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The result will be a completely uniform pressed-on set of reeds. This tool I initially developed, prototyped and tested back in July of 2016 is the best and most efficient way of accomplishing this task in the shortest amount of time with the greatest amount of consistency.

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You can watch a demo video where I “Re-REED” a Morgan Dollar coin rings’ edge by going to my YouTube channel found at: youtube.com/CoinRingUSA or by pasting the URL below into your internet browser:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBp6ufQcEA4

Each “Re-REEDer” die is made from a solid piece of the highest quality tool steel that’s been meticulously machined and then carefully hardened for maximum efficiency.

The “Re-REEDer” can also be used to re-apply reeds to any coin that have been damaged. Simply file or sand the old reeds off and re-apply using the same techniques as mentioned above. (Removing the old reeds is best accomplished using a set of Rounding, Finishing and Polishing mandrels that I also offer separately.)

To pick this new tool up, you can visit my Shop page at CoinRingUSA.com

 

You can also click on the direct link below to pick one up:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/512367099/new-re-reeder-die-used-to-add-or-re?ref=shop_home_active_1
TIPS FOR USE:

1.) Start by practicing on clad (non-silver) coins to get a feel for how many presses are required by your particular hydraulic press to imprint the new reeds. Factors such as coin thickness, whether or not you’ve annealed your coin, and the tonnage rating of your hydraulic press are all factors that will determine the outcome of your newly-reeded coin ring edge. If you use a 10, 12, or even a 20-ton hydraulic press, you may only need to complete ½ – 1 full downward stroke to imprint the reeds.

2.) Make sure that the edge you want to Re-REED is as level and smooth as possible. This is best achieved by lightly sanding the edge using circular motions on a piece of sandpaper or a sanding sponge on a flat surface.

3.) It’s strongly recommended to anneal the edge of your coin ring to be reeded prior to pressing them on. This puts the metal in a softer, more workable state and will make it easier to imprint.

4.) Make sure to use the piece of the impact-resistant urethane pad (included with the “Re-REEDer”) in between your Repair Die / compression press plate and the original reeded-side to protect the existing detail.

5.) I like to press the new reeds on when the coin ring is still cone-shaped, immediately after the folding process and prior to final sizing and finishing. This allows you to easily correct any distortion that may occur to the coin rings’ side walls from over-pressing the new reeds on.

Should that occur, you simply re-anneal your coin ring and put it back into the proper-sized universal folding and reduction die and using a folding cone; fold the coin ring down until the original shape is achieved.
*** NOTE ***
1.) A hydraulic press is required in order to use this tool. The “Re-REEDer” die will NOT work with any ring sizer machine or arbor press. I use a 6-ton hydraulic press that can be purchased from Harbor Freight.

2.) You will need to use a tool such as the Coin Ring Repair Die / Compression Press Plate to place underneath the ram head of the hydraulic press and the top of the coin ring prior to pressing on the reeds. If you don’t already have one, you can find it here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/235753667/hardened-stainless-steel-coin-ring?ref=shop_home_active_7
Be sure to Subscribe to my YouTube channel located under “CoinRingUSA” for coin ring updates, or click on the following link to go directly there: youtube.com/CoinRingUSA

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

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

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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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

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.

How to Fix a Wobbly or Uneven Coin Ring with a Repair Die

If you’ve made any of a number of coin rings, you know that at times, your coin can become uneven, or “wobbly” looking; (commonly found on thinner, smaller coins that have high reliefs, such as the Washington Quarter or the Benjamin Franklin Half Dollar). This can also happen if you fold your coin too quickly into your reduction die if it’s not level to begin with while you’re folding it down.

If that happens, you can use a new tool called a “Coin Ring Repair Die” along with a piece of high-impact and cut-resistant Urethane Pad on any ring sizing machine, arbor press, or hydraulic press to help straighten the wobbly coin ring out.

Coin Ring Repair Die KIT… notice the slight “wobble” at the top before the “L” of the word LIBERTY on this Walking Liberty Half Dollar

The Coin Ring Repair Die (pictured above) is made out of a solid piece of Hardened Steel and can also be used as a sizing “Press Plate” when you’re using an arbor press or a hydraulic press to reduce your coin down to its’ final shape and size.

The piece of red impact-resistant urethane pad (which is formulated for cut-resistance and memory retention) acts as a “buffer” between the ram head of either your ring sizing machine, arbor press or hydraulic press and the coin to help protect the delicate reeded edge detail of the coin from damage, as seen in the image below:

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This Coin Ring Repair Die and red Urethane Pad Kit makes a great addition to any Coin Ring makers’ toolbox.

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Red Urethane Pad, (Morgan Silver Dollar used for sizing reference.)

For a video on this technique, Click Here

Visit my online Shop Page to pick up the Wobbly Coin Ring Repair Kit

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*** For a complete list of the latest coin ring-making tools, visit: www.CoinRingUSA.com