PinchedPennies

Stamped pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters

California, United States · 76 Sales

PinchedPennies

Stamped pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters

California, United States 76 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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PinchedPennies is taking a short break

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Note from shop owner On a creative sabbatical while I work on some new exciting products! Will re-open in July 2013 - see ya real soon!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 15, 2013

On a creative sabbatical while I work on some new exciting products! Will re-open in July 2013 - see ya real soon!

Kelly Eckley

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Kelly Eckley

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Anonymous on Jun 20, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

So I was finally able to give this to my friend today for her birthday and she loved it, very good.

Anonymous on Feb 7, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

I just got my penny in the mail! It was even cuter in person! Thank you, Kelly, for customizing my penny and getting it to be so quickly! =]

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About

Is that even legal??

For my 22nd birthday, in an effort to keep me occupied and out of her hair, my little sister bought me a metal stamping kit. From the moment I felt that new hammer in my hot little hands, I was hooked. I stamped for hours on end (much to my neighbors' chagrin), trying to perfect my technique. I found out rather quickly that it was actually quite expensive to use my precious metal sheets to practice with, and I began searching for something more economical to work with. Enter, piggy jar!

I figured that pennies were 'almost' copper, and about the size of what I was working with before, so I grabbed a handful from my loose change jar and set to work. I will say that it is much different to stamp a coin, with it's many bumps and ridges, than a flat sheet of metal, but it was a challenge I relished.

After I outfitted all of my friends and family members with mountains of coin jewelry, and had put a successful craft show under my belt, I decided it was time to take my pennies to a wider audience - ETSY! I absolutely relish customizing pennies, nickels, and dimes for my customers. By stamping on coins instead of boring old circles, I'm able to send out truly unique pieces of personalized jewelry, at a fraction of the usual cost.

My Etsy success has also allowed me to branch out and I'll soon be offering a multitude of new items - including leather bracelets and metal cuffs!

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Oh, and to answer the question I know you all are asking - yes, my stamped coins are absolutely legal.

According to United States Code Title 18, Chapter 17, Section 331 (which covers the mutilation, diminution, and falsification of coins) it's only illegal to alter a coin with the intent of committing fraud. The law was actually established back when the U.S. minted coins made mostly of precious metal, and some unsavory characters would "lighten" coins - by shaving off a tiny amount of metal (usually silver) from the outside of a large number of coins, and then selling the silver. How's that for a history lesson!

Stamping coins, like I do, is considered the same way as elongated pennies - it doesn't violate the law, because the coin is no longer used in circulation and is not being used to defraud anyone.

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  • Kelly Eckley

    Owner, Maker, Designer, I Take The Ideas From The Brain And Send Them To The Fingers

    By day, I'm a straight laced public servant, sworn to protect and serve - but by night, I'm a blossoming jewelry designer - defacing public currency in the name of style.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 5, 2013
Welcome to PinchedPennies, read below for information on my shop policies.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Other Method
Payment
I accept PayPal and all major credit cards.
Shipping
Each pendant is hand-made to order, and will ship in 5-7 days after payment is received. I do ship internationally, please note that buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred.
Refunds and Exchanges
Due to the personalized nature of these items, I am not able to accept returns or refunds unless I have made an error, such as misspelling a name or sending the wrong items.
Additional policies and FAQs
I can occasionally accommodate request for coins with specific years and international coins, convo me to work out the details. All pieces are created by hand especially for you, so no two items are identical; please allow for slight variances from what is shown in the store photos.