View Full Version : Request - I need US coins.

12-26-2013, 01:23 PM
Hi Folks.

I am designing a special birthday card for a friend of mine. In it, I have created a 3D coin with his face on it and I'm really pleased with how it has turned out. But on it's own it looks like a round disc, not a coin. What I need to finish off the image is 3D models of coins to put beside it so it is clear that this is a coin with his face on it. I was wondering if anyone has any such models they would be willing to share with me just for the purpose of creating this card? My friend is American so US coins is what I'm after, 1c, 5c, 10c, 25c. I'm Irish and we use the euro so I will also accept euro coins, 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, 1 and 2.

If I can't get them I will attempt to make them myself but I was just wondering if anyone had such models ready available?

12-26-2013, 01:57 PM
Not mine but...


12-26-2013, 02:21 PM
Use displacement mapping on a disk with a normal map like this?

What kind of detail do you need? And please show us the results after you finish the project :)

12-26-2013, 05:47 PM
Not mine but...


These worked great. I had to re-edit them in Lightwave to make them work but I have my coins now, see attached screenshot. And yes, eV1Te, I will post my finished image once I complete it, I'm going to work on it right now that I have my coins so expect it to be posted soon...

12-26-2013, 06:52 PM
Here it is. I'm really pleased with this, the render is almost photographic! It's one of the best quality bits of 3D work I've ever done. I'm really pleased and proud of it. I look forward to presenting it to my friend on his birthday :).

12-27-2013, 05:56 AM
Just an FYI -- a US Quarter and dime both have a toothed edge. Probably not important for your image, but just so you know.

12-27-2013, 12:47 PM
Thanks for the info. I don't have any US coins handy to compare my 3D ones to.

12-27-2013, 01:08 PM
The USA is changing the coins appearance, will that matter for your project? Old quarters had ridged edges, the new ones have a smooth edge with an inscription around the edge.

In general pennies and nickles have smooth edges, quarters and dimes have ridged edges.


12-28-2013, 10:37 AM
The change in appearance of the coins won't affect me, as I said it was just a birthday card idea and the finished image above has me really pleased. Have to say though, your nodding cat avatar is crazy :)!! LOL!!

12-29-2013, 06:53 PM
I have used this method for fabrics etc & it is not that difficult once you have done a couple of surfaces. Set your camera on a tripod & photograph your object 4 times, North, South, East & West with as even light as you can. Then swap & adjust the levels in Photoshop etc.........

"tutorial ryan clark"


01-03-2014, 09:15 PM
Very cool, JonW! Thanks!!