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50 Currency Makeovers

From Steampunk Coin Carvings to Penny Portraits

— March 15, 2014 — Art & Design
From penny portraits to coinage used for branding purposes, currency is not just used for purchasing products. Artists have commandeered this commodity for artistic statements, and even the US mint has printed out special edition coins for certain occasions.

For example, the US Mint curved coin was recently released to celebrate the National Baseball Hall of Fame and its 75th anniversary. This is more of a collectors item and not for putting into circulation, but I'm sure you could fool a few people into thinking it was a dollar if you tried. Artistic works other than penny portraits include maps made of coinage and even designer coins.

Collectors are sure to be pleased at the selection of redone currency available at their fingertips, and who know what these things could be worth in 20 years?
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Apocalyptic Currency
Apocalyptic Currency
These Silver Coins Represent Zombie Currency for When the End Comes
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Olympic Collectors Cash
Olympic Collectors Cash
Five Pound Commemorative Coins for London 2012
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48
Creepy Canadian Coinage
Creepy Canadian Coinage
The Royal Canadian Mint Presents New and Terrifying Quarters
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47
Gold-Filled Swiss Vaults
Gold-Filled Swiss Vaults
This Historic Swiss Bank Vault for Sale is a Safe Bet
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Baseball-Inspired Monies
Baseball-Inspired Monies
The US Mint Curved Coin is the First of Its Kind
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45
Cute Cartoonish Coins
Cute Cartoonish Coins
The Royal Canadian Mint 2012 Celebratory Collection by Gary Taxali is Sweet
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44
Prehistoric Glowing Currency
Prehistoric Glowing Currency
The Second Dinosaur in the New Canadian Coins Series
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Sci-Fi Branded Coinage
Sci-Fi Branded Coinage
New Zealand Mint Creates Doctor Who Coins
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Canuck Comic Book Currency
Canuck Comic Book Currency
These Canadian Superman Coins Celebrate 75 Years of the Man of Steel
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Relationship Message Coins
Relationship Message Coins
These Clever Wooden Coins Feature Relationship Help Sayings
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40
Classic Film Coins
Classic Film Coins
The Niue 'Star Wars' Currency Hopes to Boost its Government Coffers
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Computer-Generated Celebrity Currency
Computer-Generated Celebrity Currency
Coinye West is a New Online Currency, Sure to Change the Gam
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Coin Comprised Countries
Coin Comprised Countries
Eric Penser Bankaktiebolag Makes Maps from Money
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Tiny Penny Portraits
Tiny Penny Portraits
Tondi Observations by Jacqueline Lou Skaggs Gives Copper Coins More Value
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36
Literal Currency Wallets
Literal Currency Wallets
Keep Your Loose Change in a Stylish Leather Coin Purse
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Secretive Coin Compartments
Secretive Coin Compartments
This Secret Stash is Deceptively Hidden in a Coin-Like Device
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DIY Retro Coin Counters
DIY Retro Coin Counters
This Old School LEGO-Made Coin Sorter Can be Built at Home
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Damaged Keepsake Campaigns
Damaged Keepsake Campaigns
Prime Antiques Roadshow Ads Target Owners of Old Things
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A Building Made Of Cash
A Building Made Of Cash
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Lumber Coin Coupons
Lumber Coin Coupons
Oinkster Burger Nickels Make for Forest-Approved Marketing
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Million Dollar Dimes
Million Dollar Dimes
The 1870-S Half Dime Sells Big at Auction
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Coin-Covered Cars
Coin-Covered Cars
Vauxhall Vehicle Has $4,000 Worth of Coins On It for PR Stunt
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Easier To Pick Up Coins
Easier To Pick Up Coins
Beveled Edge, Angled Coins
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Crafty Currency Exhibits
Crafty Currency Exhibits
The Money's Worth Exhibition at Galerie Sofie Lachaert Toys with Value
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Diamind-Bearing Coins
Diamind-Bearing Coins
The Taj Mahal Gold Coin Boasts 68 Hand-Set Cartier Diamonds
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Designer Coins
Designer Coins
Chanel 125th Anniversary Euro by Karl Lagerfeld
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Contemporary Fraction Currency (UPDATE)
Contemporary Fraction Currency (UPDATE)
Infographic Coins Display Their Values Symbolically
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Currency Jewelry Couture
Currency Jewelry Couture
These Coin Rings Flaunt Your Money on Your Fingers
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Coin-Topped Canisters
Coin-Topped Canisters
Penny's Sweets Packaging Refrences the Past Price of Candy
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Shimmering Coin Chandeliers
Shimmering Coin Chandeliers
The Argent Linear Suspension Lamp is a Cluster of Tiny Mirrors
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Money-Made Maps
Money-Made Maps
The Currencies Around the World Maps Look Rather Expensive
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Money-Disguising Seeds
Money-Disguising Seeds
‘Seed Money’ Coins Look Identical to Cash
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Sci-Fi Coin Banks
Sci-Fi Coin Banks
Kamen Rider ATM Coin Bank Will Keep Your Money Safe
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‘Loonie' Anti-Oil Activism
‘Loonie' Anti-Oil Activism
Canada's Dogwood Intitiative ‘No Tankers'
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Wear Your Investment
Wear Your Investment
$275,000 Gold Coin Gown
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Classy Coin Cufflinks
Classy Coin Cufflinks
World Cufflinks Creates One-of-a-Kind Accessories for Men
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Change-Embedded Covers
Change-Embedded Covers
The Coin 4 iPhone Case Puts Use to Run-Of-The-Mill Quarters
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Pennies as Ad Mediums
Pennies as Ad Mediums
Luckvertizing
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$300 Million Royal Mints
$300 Million Royal Mints
The Queen Elizabeth Gold Coin is a Diamond Studded Treasure
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Coins as Clasps
Coins as Clasps
Rare Mercury Dimes in Esprit-Mystique Jewelry
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Double-Sided Coin Rings
Double-Sided Coin Rings
'The Ring Tree' Transforms the Contents of Your Change Purse
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Money Sculptures
Money Sculptures
Creative Currency Creations
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Cartoony Coin Facelifts
Cartoony Coin Facelifts
'Tales You Lose' Presents Money Makeovers More Relevant to Pop Culture
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Creepy Coin Collections
Creepy Coin Collections
The ‘Skull Nickels' Show the Art of Carving Wacky Currency
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Custom Coin-Clad Vehicles
Custom Coin-Clad Vehicles
A Car Workshop in Dubai Specializes in Change-Covered Custom Luxury Cars
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Furniture Made of Coins
Furniture Made of Coins
Welded Chair Sells for $29,000
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Coveted Coincessories
Coveted Coincessories
Etsy Boutique 'Custom Coin Rings' Reworks Change into Jewelry Pieces
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Pennies as Floor Tiles
Pennies as Floor Tiles
The Standard Hotel New York Uses Currency as Interior Decor
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Tools Made of Money
Tools Made of Money
Coin Sculptures by Stacey Lee Webber
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Steampunk Coin Carvings
Steampunk Coin Carvings
Artist Paolo Curcio Creates These Artistic Coin Carvings
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