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  1. #1
    Mar 2018
    Todds Point, IL
    2891 times
    Metal Detecting

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    My mom is 88 and still doing "good". She gave me her and dad's coin collection the other day. Those blue Whitman folders filled with worn out coins taken from circulation. More interesting was her collection of Kennedy half dollars. She started collecting them in '64. Most from change but some from the bank. There were almost 200 total. I separated out the clad and had 82 left that were either 90% or 40% clad silver.

    I decided to keep them together and make a box for them. I used fancy walnut and here's what I ended up with. This is actually the second box. First one was a test and I changed a few things for the second.
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    I separated the halves by date and loaded them in the box. I'd say the majority of these coins would grade almost uncirculated. A few are definitely uncirculated. Only a few would go below almost uncirculated. My mom said she only saved the "nice ones".
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    I thought about carving a "US MINT" emblem on top the box but haven't yet. I did a practice carving and it turned out okay so I may put it on the top of the box.
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    The box came out nice enough that I've already started on a second one. Next one will be cherry, which I already have cut.
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    I'll keep the halves as long as I can then pass them to my nephew with instructions that he hold them until 2064, then sell them when they are 100 yrs. old. Gary
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  2. #2
    Feb 2012
    2447 times
    Coin roll hunting
    Nice coins to get from the folks, but NICER YET is the display boxes you made with the sliding top. Very nice workmanship, should thinking about making them to sell to coin dealers, or at local coin shows, OR those of us on TN.

  3. #3
    Charter Member
    Dec 2008
    St. Augustine, FL
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    The box is absolutely beautiful. Very nice work. You should consider selling on TN if you are inclined.

  4. #4
    Charter Member
    Jun 2013
    East Tennessee
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    Congrats on receiving a nice collection of coins from your' Mom and Dad! I agree with the suggestions about the box. Many Coin Dealers would love to have such a quality and beautiful box for their' coins. You should consider producing the boxes for a variety of coins from those in 2x2's to those in Third Party Grading Service holders. Many Coin Dealers have similar boxes made from plastic that have the U.S. Mint emblem on them. These were made for special sets of coins produced by the Mints and I believe that such boxes made from Black Walnut or Cherry would be highly sought after. You could even produce Presentation Boxes and more than likely you would be able to get a really nice price for them.

  5. #5
    Dec 2006
    Tejon, Cibola, T2
    905 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Beautiful work, and lovely grain in that wood! One thing to think about though, some woods and finishes contain chemicals that can be damaging to coins. This is why most coin cabinets are made from mahogany.

  6. #6
    Mar 2018
    Todds Point, IL
    2891 times
    Metal Detecting
    Quote Originally Posted by l.cutler View Post
    Beautiful work, and lovely grain in that wood! One thing to think about though, some woods and finishes contain chemicals that can be damaging to coins. This is why most coin cabinets are made from mahogany.
    Thanks for the compliments. I wondered about the wood causing problems with the coins. No idea if walnut is good or bad. I left the inside of the box bare wood thinking maybe chemicals in finish might stain the coins. I'll just have to wait and see. Mahogany is not hard to get so might go that route. Gary

  7. #7

    Nov 2005
    Garrett Infinium LS,White's MXT's and Surf II Lot's-O-Coil's
    890 times
    Relic Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    First off I think that's cool that your parents collected coins Second, for someone like myself who spent over 18 yrs. as a cabinet maker can appreciate the workmanship that goes into something like that. Well done sir

  8. #8
    Charter Member
    Aug 2013
    OC, CA
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    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Absolutely beautiful woodworking. I’d order one in a heartbeat! I use to make acoustic guitars and ukuleles and have a ton of tone wood from mahogany to Brazilian Rosewood. Lots of koa wood as well. Anyway outstanding job on a beautiful coin box.

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  9. #9
    Charter Member
    Mar 2013
    SW, VA - Bull Mountain
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    Beautiful work! If you ever produce to sell, make sure you let us know here. Shall we say, I'm getting in line here for boxes I'd wish for more than one!!!
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  10. #10

    Jul 2018
    Eastern Connecticut
    Garrett AT Pro Garrett Ace 400 Garrett Pro Pointer
    2085 times
    Metal Detecting
    Beautiful box...…..

  11. #11
    Wood Butcher

    Apr 2013
    Indian River Co., Fl
    462 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Very well done. Love the way you worked it to get the most out of the grain.



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