There are not a lot of examples of US
silver coins being used in spoons, however I do have a few pieces.
Note: I have seen US gold coin spoons, but do not have any examples at
This spoon has a bright cut engraved image of the US mint in
This embossed spoon has a nice picture of the Philadelphia mint.
I suspect that there is also a spoon for the San Francisco Mint, but I
do not have it.
The left spoon is a hand made piece with a silver U.S. quarter bowl
which is dated 1957. I suspect that this is some type of school project
but it does show decent quality workmanship. The spirals in the finial
The middle spoon has a cutout US walking liberty half dollar finial
which is nicely done. As you have probably noticed, the spoon bowl is
very tiny. It could have been an 'ear' spoon, but I suspect that it was
used for an illegal white substance.
The rightmost spoon has a silver US Roosevelt silver dime dated 1964.
finial is a copper ring. Again I suspect that this was a school project.
These two spoons feature a twisty style unmarked handle with a USA
silver dollar used in the bowl. In one case the silver dollar is 'heads
up' and in the other case it is 'heads down'.
Both of the silver dollars are dated 1878.
I suspect that these spoons were made in the late 20th century. I
suspect that the silversmith cut off the handle from 1890's era
sterling spoons and then soldered a silver dollar to them.
Statue of Liberty spoon with 1898 silver Barber quarter embedded in the
Unfortunately this quarter is well worn.
The workmanship on the back is also not as nice as I would like to see.
HAWAII COIN SPOONS
I have only a few examples to share with you, but I have seen half
and dollar coins in Hawaiian spoons.
These spoons have Hawaiian coins which were made by the US mint. During
the spoon era, Hawaii was a territory of the USA.
The left picture is a silver Hawaiian quarter dated 1883. The
right two pictures (top spoon) is a silver dime dated 1883 and I have
shown both sides
Two more examples of Hawaii quarter bowl spoons
It might seem strange that I have included a Philippine coin fork in
this category, but when this piece was made, the Philippines were a US
The 1898 Treaty of Paris which ended the Spanish-American War ceded
Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines to the USA for $20 million
The USA minted 'Filipinas' coins from 1902 - 1945
This is a 1907 ten centavos (dime) from the Filipinas
(Philippines) and as you can
see the back is clearly marked as being from the USA
Figure shown is a robed Liberty and is believed to be an image of the
sculptor's daughter. She is striking an anvil with a
hammer to symbolize hard work.
Two ten centavo coins are mounted in bezels on this spoon handle
Both are dated 1903 (first year of issue) and are in 'uncirculated'
The bowl is very fancy engraving and I think it says "Higan"
There is a small pueblo on the island of Mindanao named "Higan"
However, an alert reader believes that it says "Vigan" which is
a city in the Philippines, on the west coast of Luzon island
known for its preserved Spanish colonial and Asian architecture.
ALASKA QUARTER SPOON
This spoon is of modern vintage (after 2008). It is made with a
quarter representing the State of Alaska.
There are no markings to indicate metallic content and it is most
Unusual coin fork
This is an unusual large hand made meat fork
featuring an American Large Cent (braided hair penny) dated 1848 at the
Below the penny are seven silver Canadian half dimes
The piece is dated '94 (1894)
I suspect that this was an experiment to create something
totally unique and may have been a silversmith training project.
Coins lose all numismatic value when they are soldered to something
else, but even in prime condition, these are common dates.
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