At the tender age of seven, Clyde Austin's passion for collecting coins began. It is this love of currency that later developed into a hobby pulling silver dimes and quarters out of circulation in the late 1960s.
When Clyde learned that the federal government changed the laws concerning the afterlife of coins, and their rebirth as pieces of jewelry, he decided that it was time to make a change to his collection of old change! Possessing a background in manufacture as well as tool and die making, Clyde approached this process in a unique way. He was influenced by a World War II pastime in which people would tap coins into rings. Intrigued, he experimented with the concept, but he wasn't satisfied with the results until a friend gave him the idea to develop a tool that would leave the coin's markings intact, even after it was molded into a ring. All of his pieces are handmade in Mountainview, CA.