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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 13, March 29, 2009, Article 20

COIN CARVER ALLAN FEINBERG

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."

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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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