Geometric Coins & The French Revolution

6th May 2017 — 13 Comments

Robert Wechsler

Many detectorists will no doubt view the complex geometric forms made from coins notched and joined together as another kind of oddity. But what artist Robert Wechsler has done is to assemble an incredible assortment of ‘sculptures’ using pound coins, pennies and dimes and also coins from other countries.


© Robert Wechsler

Robert was commissioned by The New Yorker magazine to create the coin designs for a themed article they were doing on money. The fractal-like shapes were created using a jeweller’s saw to cut the notches and then linked together to create the fascinating variety of shapes and patterns, some of which are shown here. You can see more of his work at

© Robert Wechsler

We all use currency on a daily basis. Through his work, Robert invites us to look at metal and paper forms with a different perspective, from fresh, shiny, and new, to aged and completely worn. Perhaps his work will inspire you to be just a little more creative with all those Victorian pennies you find. 🙂

© Robert Wechsler


I thank Robert for permission to use these images in my articles. Also special thanks to photographer Robert Wedemeyer for the super pictures. This post has  been adapted from one originally published in The UK Searcher magazine



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13 responses to Geometric Coins & The French Revolution

  1. Bob Paterson. 6th May 2017 at 12:10 AM

    Those are beautiful! I’m not a great fan of much of today’s ‘so called’ art, but those are special.


  2. The man is a serious artist John..Who ever would have thought that something like these could have been created out of such mundane objects as coins..


  3. That is unique and quite fascinating to see, those sculptures look Great

  4. John from Ontario (AKA Geobound) 6th May 2017 at 4:08 AM

    Some of those John are quite brilliant.

    I have seen others do some coin work, but nothing as intricate as the Lincoln penny one on his page.

  5. I read with interest the brief report in Searcher, and can only say how beautiful, and clever this art is. Thank you John.

  6. A lot of interesting stuff on the link provided but i like the second design here on John’s post.

  7. That guy has a serious imagination, he takes an art form to another level.

  8. Not quite the same but detectorist Perry Smyda takes coins and turns them into rings and does an excellent job. His site is Mr. Silver Custom Coin Rings….

  9. Interesting reuse artwork!

  10. Jerry Morris. 9th May 2017 at 10:23 PM

    Excellent workmanship.The sort of item thats was produced at Rolls Royce and BAC factories on a night shift.

    Those were the days.LOL.Jerry.

  11. It is not illegal to deface American coinage as long as it is not done so in a ” fraudulent ” sense. However it may be illegal to deface British coinage – ” Under Section 10 of the 1971 Coinage Act – No person shall, except under the authority of a licence granted by the Treasury, melt down or break up any metal coin which is for the time being current in the United Kingdom or which, having been current, has at any time after 16th May 1969 ceased to be so. ”

    I’m not saying that Mr. Wechsler is in violation as what he is doing may not be considered ” breaking up ” and he may have the authority ,if needed. I’m curious though if anyone has more information.

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