Positively Philadelphia: Turning coins into art

Lauren Lipton
June 10, 2018 - 3:30 am
Stacey Lee Webber

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Stacey Lee Webber is an artist who set up shop in Philadelphia after going to college in Wisconsin, and what she makes in Philadelphia has become known around the world. 

"I have a circular saw made out of pennies at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts," Webber said, "and then I have two penny shovels at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery in (Washington) D.C." 

She works with coins. 

"I've taken people's objects like collections of grandma's coins that they don't know what to do with and then made jewelry or even sculptures out of  them," she explained. "I take heirloom pieces and then make them even more special." 

Quarter Earrings
Provided by Stacey Lee Webber

While some of Webber's work costs thousands of dollars, much of it is quite affordable. 

"People will see the dime collection, FDR dimes, and they say, 'oh man, I need a piece of this because it reminds me of grandpa Bob who died and he loved dimes and he loved FDR.'" 

Her artwork has been featured at prominent shows like the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. 

"At the show I'll get this question like 50 times a day: 'Isn't this illegal to work with coins?' No, it is not illegal, you have to have fraudulent intent for it to be illegal to work with coins," Webber said. "As a matter of fact, I am in the Philadelphia MINT Art Collection, so that's exciting."