Ever wonder who mutilates coins to make jewelry? Here's an article about one of the practitioners of the art. -Editor Allan Feinberg of Highland Park isn't your typical coin collector. He's interested in a coin's transformative potential rather than in its numismatic value. At coin shows, he digs around in scrap barrels looking for coin designs that spark his imagination. A special education teacher by trade, Feinberg began carving coins into jewelry over 30 years ago, eventually turning his hobby into a business Art in Coin. He brings an artistic sensibility to his craft, adding to and subtracting from the original design to create one-of-a-kind pendants and earrings. "What I provide is a very unique window into the art form," says Feinberg. "I bring a sense of art and movement to the coin."
Feinberg says he never knows what will attract a particular customer. Some are looking for a coin related to their heritage or a favorite vacation destination, while others are attracted to an image or symbol. His designs are so intricate and precise that customers often ask if he uses a laser, but Feinberg uses a traditional jewelers saw frame. "If I had a laser," Feinberg laughs, "I'd be doing eye surgery."
To read the complete article, see: Rare Coins: Allan Feinberg craves spare change into jewelry (www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20090324/GETPUBLISHED/903240314)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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