Q : I thought it was illegal to deface currency. Do you have permission to do this?
A : In a word, yes.
To explain a bit further, it is legal as long as your are not attempting to defraud anyone with the alterations you are making, according to section 331 of Title 18 of the United States code. For example, if you are buying a cut US quarter from our shop for $28.00 you know that the $27.75 extra that you are paying is for the actual art itself, not the value of the coin. The coin stops being currency the second a hole is drilled into it. As we are not trying to make the coin appear rare in any way, such as by altering the mint or the year, it is absolutely okay to alter coin currency. So, please continue to enjoy viewing these coins guilt-free, and we will continue to enjoy creating them guilt-free as well!
Q : How long have you been cutting out coins?
A : I started in 2009 just as a hobby and a break from other artistic pursuits. In 2015, I made the switch to full-time jeweler and haven't looked back.
Q : I like that coin you have, but I have my own version a relative gave me? Could you cut out my personal coin?
A : I am always happy to do custom orders. Part of what makes coins so special is the emotional connection that they can carry. The only thing I would warn is that, on very rare occasions, the coin can be destroyed in the process. While I can (and will) replace the lost coin, I can't replace any sentimental value, so please weigh the risk before sending me a beloved coin!
Q : This is so cool! How did you ever come up with this idea?
A : Thanks, but I can't take credit for this. The art of coin cutting has been around longer than I've been alive, although I try to do my small part to innovate and add new twists/ideas.
Q : I don't use Instagram that much, is it really worth it to follow you on there? Why don't you just have a Facebook/Twitter/Any Other Social Media page?
A : Honestly, it took me a long time to even get an Instagram going because I am as close to a Luddite as you can be in this day and age. However, I do think that there is a value to following me on Instagram. From time to time, I offer contests to win coin prizes and exclusive discount codes. On top of that, it means a lot to me as an artist when someone follows along to get a glimpse into my work, so I do put a lot of time and thought into every post before adding a new one.