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Artist Johnny Swing Makes Use of Coins in His Furniture Series
February 28, 2008

At the opening of the Museum of American Finance, I had the opportunity to speak with featured artist Johnny Swing.

Mr. Swing makes couches, chairs, tables, bowls from circulating clad or other base metal coinage.

Mostly nickels and quarters.

He welds the coins together, and supports them on bars, which then attach to other bars forming the main support and structural design.

They are sold at prices far exceeding face value. As an artist I appreciated the innovative technique and the comfortable form of the finished product.

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About the Author
George Cuhaj has been with the Krause Publications numismatic team since 1994. He is editor of the various editions of the Standard Catalog of World Coins and the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Prior to joining KP, Cuhaj was employed by the American Numismatic Society and Stack's Rare Coins, both of New York City. He is a Fellow in both the Royal Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Society. He also is a life member and past board member of the International Bank Note Society. Cuhaj was elected an Allied Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society and has had his medallic work exhibited internationally.

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