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Custom Coin Rings

Custom Coin Rings

By: iCoins

www.icoins50.com  icoins50@gmail.com  (585) 217-2473

 

 

With the present technology and tooling iCoins can make COIN RINGS from:

 

  • US Dimes (Barber, Mercury, Roosevelt) of silver or modern clad coins in US ring sizes of 2 ½ up to 5 ½
  • US Quarters (Washington, State Series, America the Beautiful Series) of silver or modern clad coins in US ring sizes of 4 up to 13
  • US Small Dollar (Susan B Anthony, Sacagawea & Presidential Series) of the clad or “Golden” style in US ring sizes of 6 up to 13
  • US Half Dollar (Walking Liberty, Franklin, Kennedy or commemorative type) of silver or clad coins in US ring sizes of 8 up to 13
  • US Large Dollar (Ike, Peace, Morgan or commemorative type) of silver or clad coins in US ring size of 13 ½ only right now
  • Canadian Quarters of the silver or 100% nickel type in US ring sizes of 4 up to 13
  • Canadian Dimes of silver or nickel alloy in US ring sizes of 2 ½ up to 5 ½
  • This list is growing daily as experimentation and R&D work is preformed.

 

iCoins can make COIN RINGS from coins in our stock, coins we need to purchase or your coins.

 

The following information is needed for the ordering of a CUSTOM COIN RING:

 

  • Which coin is to be used
  • Which size of a ring is required
  • Which side of the coin will be “OUT” (the outside of the ring)
    • Date showing
    • State name showing
    • National Park Name showing
    • Denomination (Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, etc.) showing
    • etc.
  • For silver rings will the ring be shiny or have a contrasting background

 

 

The pricing for the ordered CUSTOM COIN RING will depend on the following:

 

  • Which coin and whose coin is to be used
  • Which material (silver, silver alloy or cladding) is required
  • Which size coin ring is required
  • For silver or silver alloy rings will the ring be shiny or have a contrasting background
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Exciting NEWS….. iCoins now is offering rings made out of various US coins

Below is a ring made from a 1945 Walking Liberty Half Dollar coin.

These rings are hand made and can be made from most any United States coin. iCoin’s stock of rings in various sizes is growing daily and custom requests can be taken for a ring of various dates and size. Sizes at the present time are limited by the coin chosen, but in the future that may change.

Steps to order a custom ring are as follows:

  • Decide the type of coin
  • Decide on the date of the coin
  • Decide on the size of ring required
  • contact iCoins – eMail: icoins50@gmail.com or by phone (585) 217-2473
  • request custom coin ring
  • iCoins will validate if ring can be made to the specifications given and give a purchase price if it can be made

We hope you enjoy this new endeavor provided to you by iCoins.

Chip Scoppa,

Owner / Operator of iCoins

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Let’s Go “Camping”

Let’s Go Camping

A short study of Roman Imperial Coinage between the years 317 and 334 CE

 

This was a period of civil strife in the Empire. It was West vs. East with Rome in the middle of it. The advisories are The House of Constantine and The House of Licinus, with the West dominated by Constantine and the East by Licinus. The coinage I chose to look at is a very abundant style of ancient Roman coinage, the bronze “Campgate”. This style of coinage is earmarked by a typical reverse device, a building with turrets, doors and depicted with a massive stones wall. The walls vary greatly in construction from a few blocks wide and tall to several blocks in both dimensions, a study in and of its own right. The style of blocks also varies from plain to very ornamental again another study could be done here. One of the main points of this study was the turrets depicted on the building. It varies from 2 to 4, with the four turreted building being mainly from West and a few from Rome and the three turreted building being mainly Eastern and again with a few from Rome. The two turreted structures are used from one side of the Empire all the way to the other at all of the mints.

 

Rome still was the focus point of the Empire so what went on in the East or West was shown in Rome as well. It is thought that the turrets were a symbol of how the communications was handled from encampment to encampment. If signals between encampments were handled with two turrets a lot of signals would have to be made to convey the message, but if three or four turrets were used the message could be conveyed with many less “digits” making it shorter and quicker. This makes it look like the West was technologically ahead of the East in their version of “FACEBOOK” of the forth century. Out of the 1228 bronze campgate style coins listed in the “Bible” for collecting Roman Imperial coins, ROMAN IMPERIAL COINAGE, Volumes I to X, most of them are listed in Vol. VII, there are 733 with two turrets, 328 with three turrets and only 167 with four turrets. Other fun facts are about the doors on the structure, there are some without doors, some with the doors closed and some with them WIDE open. I have heard stories about the open and closed doors depicting times of War and Peace, but I need to do more research to make any sense about that tidbit of information.

 

There were six rulers depicted on this style of coinage, Constantine the Great, Crispus, Constantine II, Constantius II, Licinus I and Licinus II. There were fifteen mints that produced this style of coinage during this period. There was only one of the six rulers who had a coin produced at each of the fifteen mints and it was one of Constantine the Great sons, Constantius II. (A fun fact, I was born on his birthday 1633 years later.) That fact makes me feel that the single coin from the Sirmium mint is my key to collecting this type of coinage. Rome has close to one quarter of the various numbers of coins of this type minted in this time frame. Two rulers only have one out lying mint and Rome minting their coins. The fifteen mints are: London (24 discrete coins), Lyons (14 discrete coins), Trier (82 discrete coins),  Arles (141 discrete coins), Rome (359 discrete coins),  Ticinum (35 discrete coins),  Siscia (38 discrete coins),  Sirmium (1 discrete coin),  Thessalonica (34 discrete coins),  Heraclea (140 discrete coins), Constantinople (15 discrete coins), Nicomedia (93 discrete coins), Cyzicus (120 discrete coins),  Antioch (100 discrete coins) and Alexandria (32 discrete coins). Mints that produced coinage of the six rulers as campgates are as follows:  Constantine the Great (14 with 579 discrete coins), Crispus (14 with 138 discrete coins), Constantine II (14 with 248 discrete coins), Constantius II (15 with 193 discrete coins), Licinus I (2 with 40 discrete coins) and Licinus II (2 with 30 discrete coins).

 

In my collection there are two coins that stand out for me: Number 1, my example of an Arles struck coin, RIC VII p265 292, Sear 16833, because it was the first example of a four turreted coin that I collected. Number 2, my example of the single coin of this type minted at Sirmium, RIC VII p474 53 and not listed in Sear, because of the two facts stated above, single issue and birthday connection. Both are pictured below.

 

Thanks for listening and if you choose have fun CAMPING.

Crispus Campgate with 4 Turrets from The Arles
Crispus Campgate with 4 Turrets from The Arles
Crispus Campgate showing 4 Turrets from the Arles Mint.
Crispus Campgate showing 4 Turrets from the Arles Mint.
Constantius II Campgate the only coin of this style from the Sirmium Mint
Constantius II Campgate the only coin of this style from the Sirmium Mint
Constantius II Campgate from the Sirium mint showing two turrets
Constantius II Campgate from the Sirium mint showing two turrets