Handmade MIniature Turtle Coin Skulpture made from a US Dime.
The dime was domed and a custom dark "antique" patina was added. Then a copper armature was made to form the legs, head and tail. The armature was aged for several hours, custom fit and attached to the dime dome. Then the entire skupture was hand-polished to add highlights with a two-toned look. The turtle was finally filled with resin and finished off. The whole process took several hours to complete and the price reflects that.
Each turtle will come out slightly different so if there is one you like, grab it quick because I list on multiple sites. I make these as a hobby and do not do custom orders. The legs were positioned at uneven lengths intentionally. It is not symmectrical on purpose.
Other versions are available in my store and the website. The turtle's back is slightly smaller than a normal dime because it was domed. Each nick, scratch and imperfection tells a story. I wonder what was bought? Who handled it? Where it has been?
This would make a great gift for anyone that loves turtles or is in the financial industry.
100% legal to make, no longer legal to spend.
1-2 business days
I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
Just contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 7 days of delivery
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Coin rings are rings made from coins! Most coins are round so they are perfect for ring making. First you make a hole in the center. Then using any number of tools, you fold the coin into a ring. Once the inner circle is the same width as the outer circle, you use a ring stretcher/reducer to achieve your final size. Then just polish or paint for the end look.
Yes and no. The US Mint allows individuals to "alter" coins for the purpose of art. As long as you don't try to spend the coin after it has been modified, it is perfectly legal. If you don't believe us, just Google it or go to the US Mint's website and search for jewelry. You can find more information about this on our Legal page.
Some Mint locations actually sell coin rings. And if it was illegal, would theme parks and tourist attractions be able to sell stamped flattened pennies?
Unless otherwise stated, we coat all of our clad (circulated, non-silver) and copper rings in a protective coating. This ensures the copper and/or nickel in the coin does not come in contact with your skin. You can expect years of use with proper care. Because the coins were all in circulation and the faces are not flat, there may be nicks, scratches or unevenness in the ring. There is not much we can do about it. No ring will be perfectly round but that is the case with any coin ring no matter who makes it. It adds character!
Because we sell multiples, the patina and any hole or stamp positions may vary slightly. That is because they are all handcrafted.