A very cool piece I picked up from an old friend of mine in Mena Arkansas. A 1966 40% silver half dollar with what looks to be a coined or repousse 3D face of JFK. I haven't seen too many of these. Most likely coined but I need Phil Poirier, Peter Gilroy or Mark Nelson's expert opinion. (Swipe to see more, what do you think?). I Also picked up some scrap sterling silver. Always good to practice on some scrap jewelery (my soldering needs some....a lot of work). This pawn shop is where I first heard of Rio Grande. (Scroll to see the pawn shop store front). I came in years ago needing to borrow a ring stretcher to resize a coinring I had made for one of my very first customers, a very finicky customer. I remember being very stressed out and thinking, "I hope not all my customers are like this". Lol! When the shop owner saw what I was resizing, a coin ring, he became very fascinated. He went to the back room, came back and threw in front of me a Rio Grande catalogue and said, "You need to look through this". My jaw hit the floor. I spent the entire night thumbing through the catalogue saying, "I need this, and this, and this....". The Durston rolling mill, Swanstrom disc cutter, and bonny doon press was at the top of my list. I contacted Rio Grande, was blown away by the customer service and the rest is history. I was able to return the favor to my friend and gave him a 2018-19 Rio Grande catalouge 👍 Everything happens for a reason.
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