Melting and casting: 2012 American Eagle Silver bullion coin | Silver Coins

Melting and casting: 2012 American Eagle Silver bullion coin

The purpose of melting this collectible coin was to make/cast it into a silver ring, which I could give away as a present. The coin contained 31.1 gram of Si…
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20 Responses to Melting and casting: 2012 American Eagle Silver bullion coin

  1. fred basset says:

    What you cast looked like a long silver nail. Where was the ring?

  2. diedrick mckee says:

    thats a cool ring

  3. rrwestenberger says:

    Beautiful ring from fine bullion if I were to make one I would also want to use fine grade silver like you did

  4. lckgilmo43 says:

    Umm hmm, nice video. I’ve made a ring out of a silver dollar using a hammer. Your way is alot easier. My way is alot harder and tedious. Either way time and patience can make a beautiful thing.

  5. austrianecoable says:

    You melted a silver eagle? You couldn’t do it this with a generic silver round?

  6. ev1te says:

    Usually you can’t melt metals in metal crucibles since they tend to mix. But Silver and Iron (steel) does not mix very well so it will actually work, but I would imagine that the Silver would stick to the Iron so you might loose some silver in the process.

  7. animalisticvalues says:

    That was a beautiful coin. Kinda sad seeing it melted. But that ring was stunning!!! Nice work mate.

  8. BarryMcCockiner1000 says:

    i was going to melt some coins for a knife project, my question is can you melt the silver in a steel ladle or does it have to be done in a ceramic crucible?

  9. ev1te says:

    The first torch was just a butane burner, used to preheat the metal and crucible, then I switched to a Propane-Oxygen torch.

  10. anthonyontherocks says:

    What type of torch in a can were you using?

  11. ev1te says:

    For a small scale hobby foundry, it is actually cheaper for me to buy silver bullion coins in my local gold store, than to purchase raw silver from a supplier in these small quantities.
    I started out by buying silver granules, but i found this to be cheaper!

  12. R Cheko says:

    Yikes! I would of melted a generic round or bar. Not a Silver Eagle!!

  13. Paul R says:

    Great! Thanks for the reply!

  14. ev1te says:

    The casting flask and some accessories I purchased through “AB Konrad Wahlström”, they have a store in Stockholm, Sweden, but otherwise you could probably find everything cheaper on eBay.

  15. Paul R says:

    That ring really turned out great, good job! May I ask where you purchased your clay mold? I’m wanting to make one myself.

  16. ev1te says:

    Easy answer is: No it does not “burn off”…

    The silver at these temperatures does not oxidize (if you would have silver oxide it would convert to pure silver and oxygen gas).
    But you will of course always have a small amount of silver that is evaporated, but probably not in any easily measurable quantities.

  17. punanibuzzed says:

    does any of the silver “burn off”?

  18. John Taylor says:

    beautiful ring but watching the silver eagle melt brought a little tear to my eye, nice result though 🙂 you could try melting the silver rounds aswell though (several reputable mints around)…same result but you wouldn’t be paying the premium for the fact that its a coin? 1oz of .999 silver is 1oz of .999 silver after all…

  19. ev1te says:

    I had the same feeling, hence the reason to record the moment!
    It turns out that the silver price is lower for a silver coin compared to granules (or similar), when it comes to smaller amounts (this is just a hobby for me).

  20. Rythiryx says:

    I love the work you did here, perfect casting. But i feel like i got punched in the side watching you melt down that bullion coin :/  You didn’t have any scrap sterling silver lying around?

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