Using rare antique coins as found objects, our study of the idea of value – inherent and assigned – manifested into this body of work.

Nothing has an inherent value. Everything has an assigned value. When minted, these coins had value as currency – then were valued just for their gold when they fell out of circulation, and then as time passed as antiques. Now – when set as buttons – their value and purpose changed and will change again when collected and worn. This is the transient/fluid nature of all objects – found, lost, or forgotten.

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Found Objects

Using rare antique coins as found objects, our study of the idea of value – inherent and assigned – manifested into this body of work.

Nothing has an inherent value. Everything has an assigned value. When minted, these coins had value as currency – then were valued just for their gold when they fell out of circulation, and then as time passed as antiques. Now – when set as buttons – their value and purpose changed and will change again when collected and worn. This is the transient/fluid nature of all objects – found, lost, or forgotten.

Mohur Buttons

The Mohur Buttons in blackened 18k rose gold and Burmese rubies feature rare, collectable and certified high karatage Imperial Mughal gold coins (aka gold mohurs).

$ 30,000

Vishnu Coin Buttons

The Vishnu Coin Buttons held in hand-drawn 18K rose gold wires feature rare and collectible, certified high-karatage gold coins minted during the Dutch-India occupation in the 1700s.

$ 14,600