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Platinum Trillion Dollar Coin

by skyrien, published

Platinum Trillion Dollar Coin by skyrien Jan 14, 2013

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Who wants to be a Trillionaire?

UPDATE 2/20/2015: I really want to put an embossing of President Obama on the blank side (for obviously ironic purposes), but I can't seem to find a good mesh that can be flattened. Anyone with the skills to remix this? I can provide the original Autodesk Inventor file...

There's a showdown over the US National debt ceiling about to take place, and one of the supposed methods of getting around it was this idea of a trillion dollar platinum coin. I figured that a piece of currency worth $1,000,000,000,000 should have a nice design, so I decided to make one. This current design is a "platinum" coin 3 inches in diameter, with the White House on the tail side, and TBD on the back. Note that this is not meant to be a political statement as much as it is a work of experimental art.

This was an experiment to test the limits of my Replicator's ability to print surfacing embossing; in the default size, the letters on the face are extruded 0.02 in from the surface. It came out decently in default medium quality, so I'll finish this later when I have time.


Prints fairly easily when standing vertical with support. May print better at an angle, but I haven't tried that yet.

Note, this is a work in progress, and the back face remains (mostly) empty, minus an amusing statement. I'm taking suggestions! I'd like to place a profile of President Obama, but I can't seem to find/create a mesh. :)

Note: In case it's not obvious, this coin is not legal tender, so don't try to deposit it in your local bank.

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Put on Stephan Colbert's face or better yet, A Guy Fawkes/Anonymous mask!

It makes even more sense when printed in plastic. :-)