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Nickel Ring?
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Nickel    Posted 11-18-2003 at 14:44:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was recently visiting with someone and they had mentioned that as kids they would use silver nickels or quarters (they were not sure) and drill a hole in them then tap them with a spoon for hours on end until the metal actually widened and formed a ring similar to a man's plain wedding band.....sounds a little nuts to me but have any of you heard of this or done this? I guess you have to use coins made prior to 1965 or somewhere in that area in order for the coins to be made of pure nickel. Just curious.....:)

Karen    Posted 09-16-2004 at 09:01:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I made one out of a silver quarter when I was about 12. I set a block of wood on my lap and tapped the quarter with a heavy tablespoon. It took about two days. Finally I got impatient and started hollowing it out too soon, before the inside diameter was reduced enough. It turned out to be too big for me then, but now I wear it on my middle finger. It looks awesome. You can still see the ridge on the inside that shows it was made from a coin. I got the idea from my uncle. His looks even better -- smooth inside, but with coin details.

Jim in michigan    Posted 11-19-2003 at 09:40:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I do appliance repair and in some of the commercial dryers I have found quarters that are widend out from rolling on the drums,,I have about a dozen in my drawer here....Jim

Salmoneye    Posted 11-19-2003 at 09:17:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
WWII 'nickles' were made of pure (.999 fine) silver as Nickle was in high demand for the war effort...

These coins can be determined by the mint marks being on the obverse (back side) over Monticello (the building)...


Gene SC    Posted 11-18-2003 at 15:27:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep' I've made several of them. I used a small
hammer 4-7 oz. to "peck" with and you can lay
the edge on a larger hammer 3-5 lb. shop hammer works well. Use all silver coins Pre'65or64
quarter will make a childs ring half dollar a
womans. 1 silver dollar-a mans,
flatten before drilling hole, just keep tapping
and turning, turn a little each tap. don't get ina hurry and tap too hard it will warp your ring
when you get the size you want drill a small
hole and finish with round file, sandpaper and
polishing compound Good Luck

Fawteen    Posted 11-18-2003 at 15:25:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I remember my brothers doing that when I was just a little shaver. That woulda been around 1960 or so.

Looked like a LOT of work to me, but I guess it was the lure of getting "something for nothing"...

deadcarp    Posted 11-18-2003 at 18:56:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
yep - the 1950s high school boys used to go around tapping on those things with the back of regular spoons - turn it a tiny bit every so often then hollow the center when it's formed - if it's done right, you can still read the coin's date on the inside of the resulting ring. probly worth a fortune as tramp art now - along with those p38s (were those trench soldiers bored or what?) made from empty ww2 shells - i still have 2 of them :)

Um...    Posted 11-19-2003 at 09:14:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
You talking the pistol or the can opener when you say P38?

Salmoneye, The Intrigued

Linda in UT    Posted 11-18-2003 at 22:20:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now, you've got me stumped on this one. I never heard of anyone doing this. How fascinating! Hey, DC, I'm only a couple of years behind you, too, so I'm surprised I hadn't run into the nickel rings.

sHan in TN    Posted 11-18-2003 at 14:47:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
prior to 1965 they should be far as i know

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