I have 275 size silver dollar coins. They're 1.5 inches

What can i do with them? My husband wanted to make coffee table and never did.
They aren't real,.But pretty.
q ideas for repurposing 275 silver dollar coins, crafts, repurposing upcycling
q ideas for repurposing 275 silver dollar coins, crafts, repurposing upcycling
  34 answers
  • Swan Road Designs Swan Road Designs on May 07, 2015
    Before you do anything besides take them to a bank for cash, you might want to check into the legality of converting the coins into something other than used as currency. There are U.S. laws on the books regarding altering, defacing, mutilating, etc. and, depending on exactly what you wish to do, you could be subject to a fine and/or imprisonment. Not wanting to be a wet blanket here, but you've already opened the door by openly posting a desire to do something with the coins other than as legal tender. Just think it would be nicer to be safe than sorry. At the very least, they're worth $275.00. Why not take that money and find something that you could repurpose into a coffee table you'd enjoy?

  • Susan E Susan E on May 07, 2015
    They are probably worth $10 to $20 each. I bought one for my Dad in 2000 for $16. Perhaps mount on black velvet as wall art?

  • Shelley Shelley on May 07, 2015
    Keep them! Do not do anything that you can't get them out at a later time!!

  • Cherie Cherie on May 07, 2015
    Get a black coffee table with a recessed top - lay them on it, cover with glass and admire them! Some may be worth quite a bit especially if they are US coins. You might want to take them to a dealer to check value!

  • Lhe1578709 Lhe1578709 on May 07, 2015
    Make a back splash behind your sink and stove!!

  • Kathy t Kathy t on May 07, 2015
    I agree with Susan. find out the actual value then decide. And yes, it is against the law to damage or destroy US currency,

    • Barb in Texas Barb in Texas on May 07, 2015
      @Kathy t No it's not. It's illegal to damage it or alter it *and then* try to pass it off as unaltered currency. In your case the coins are worth much more than face value, Reyna, I wouldn't do anything permanently harmful.

  • Jackie Jackie on May 07, 2015
    Use pennies in a project and cash in the silver dollars!

  • CK CK on May 08, 2015
    Real silver and gold are worth quite a lot now. Get several estimates from various places and then decide what to do with them......maybe just keep the cash :-)

  • Chris Sabol Chris Sabol on May 08, 2015
    They don't look like American silver dollars so they might only be worth their weight in silver, if solid. If any are Mexican, unless newer, I think they are difficult to cash.

  • Dorothy Dorothy on May 08, 2015
    get in touch with a goo coin collator

  • Donna n Donna n on May 08, 2015
    Even if the coins are face value you have a "silver mine " in your possession....find an honest coin dealer and a good coin book before doing anything with a craft...silver has skyrocketed over this past several months or so....if you want to give them away i would be more than happy to take them off your hands...😉

  • JoAnn JoAnn on May 08, 2015
    I would not make anything out of them that would cause permanent damage. I would have them appraised, and need be insured . .

  • Mickie Mickie on May 08, 2015
    I appreciated everyone's comments above, but let me tell you what I just made. I had seen a man at a park who was wearing a "concho belt" that he made by gluing silver dollars to an ordinary belt. I had many left over coins from Costa Rica, and I made two concho belts for myself, one is with brass coins and one is with aluminium. The coins are virtually worthless, as they have been replaced with paper money, and it gave me a wearable souvenir of my time there. I used "Goop" glue and some clamps to hold them while the glue was setting overnight. The glue can be peeled off the coins if you get tired of the look.

  • Betty Sparks Betty Sparks on May 08, 2015
    If they are indeed silver/sterling/925, we sell these type coins in our auction business, S&S Auction Service, Bryan, Tx & get good money for them! If interested contact us at www.ssattic.com.

  • Andria Carroll Andria Carroll on May 08, 2015
    Love the belt! My parents made a money tree by gluing real branches then using the coins as leaves. When money was tight they would have to cash in some leaves to make ends meet. The tree was in the corner of their bedroom and looked really pretty

  • Linda Stroud Huggins Linda Stroud Huggins on May 08, 2015
    If they are legal currency "silver" put them in a lockbox or have them appraised and sell. Many would love a great silver collection, we have one. Please do not destroy by defacing, leave them to your children or grandchildren..

  • Panhandlelil1 Panhandlelil1 on May 08, 2015
    Check your dates on them. If 1964 and down- they are silver and worth much more than the 1965 and up. You could have some very good coins. Silver Dollars are very collectable

  • Penny Penny on May 08, 2015
    I just did penny floor for my kitchen last year took long time to prep but turned out really pretty. How about backsplash in bathroom or kitchen is there enough to do that? Or wall art project, "my name is Penny so I show favoritism to all money projects"...be watching to see what you do with them.

  • Jeani Miller Miner Jeani Miller Miner on May 08, 2015
    unlikely these are solid silver, if they're from Costa Rica and more than likely are sandwiches, like our quarters. They are going to be heavy once applied so I'd think in terms of something stable, that doesn't have to be moved. they would also look cool mounted on a frame or under glass. Maybe on an outdoor table top since they'd be impervious to the weather.

  • Patricia Patricia on May 08, 2015
    I made garden orbs out of pennies using a glass light globe I picked up in a thrift store, turned out great and look great in my garden.

  • Moonmonkey Moonmonkey on May 08, 2015
    Send them to me!

  • Linda Thompson Linda Thompson on May 08, 2015
    Hi, I just bought 2,000 dollars in pure silver coins. I have been doing this the last three years. I believe that the dollar will be devalued and will no longer be used. Our government is printing to many paper bills and we don't have anything to back up this paper money. So every two or thee months I purchase pure silver. I would take the coins to a gold and silver dealer, a reputable one and have them appraised. Silver is going through the roof right now. I would save them and keep them for your children and or grandchildren. I'm sorry for being so long winded. lol

    • Sarah Sarah on May 09, 2015
      Linda you have the idea. They soon may become the only way to buy things

  • Jill Drake Jill Drake on May 09, 2015
    Melt them down, and sell....buy something special for your self......belts fab idea tho

  • Jill Drake Jill Drake on May 09, 2015
    Melt them down, and sell....buy something special for your self......belts fab idea tho

  • Reyna Reyna on May 09, 2015
    They arent real. They just look real.

  • Teresa Schroepfer Teresa Schroepfer on May 09, 2015
    ok, if you really want to use them, them in a pattern face up and some face down, then cover with glass. I bet they would look good on a black lacquer table. :)

  • Betty Sparks Betty Sparks on May 11, 2015
    Foreign coins look different from the American coins, but many times, the silver/sterling value could range from $20.00 each + more...!

  • Cindy Cindy on May 15, 2015
    Can you use liquid nails ( or something) and glue them around a mirror square- like a frame?

  • Evelyn Rogers Evelyn Rogers on May 15, 2015
    I use coins that are alike for bellydancing belts and sew them into the bra as well as jewelry for each costumes! Heavy but should great!

  • Kristin Kristin on May 17, 2015
    If they were mine, I'd look for a coffee table (2nd hand), refinish it, place the coins on the top, rearranging until I was satisfied, and use museum putty for each coin, then buy a custom-made glass top to fit and use stylish brackets to clamp the glass to the top. You can do most of the work yourself.

    • Reyna Reyna on Aug 04, 2015
      This exsacly what I was thinking, using a table that I already have. I will send you a pic . Thank you.

  • Shirley Kalinosky Shirley Kalinosky on Jul 31, 2015
    Did you do anything with these? I would first take them and check them out at a money exchange to see if they are worth anything in USA money. You can also look online. Good luck.

  • Reyna Reyna on Aug 04, 2015
    I will be posting a pic latter on

  • Shirley Kalinosky Shirley Kalinosky on Mar 21, 2016
    What ever did you do with the coins? Some of those silver dollars should be worth a lot.

  • Hi1954 Hi1954 on Jan 25, 2021

    Before I did anything with these coins I would take them to a silver & gold dealer and get the value. Your husband had a reason to keep them. Your dear husband could left you a size able sum of money.