"Mercury Dime" Vintage Coin Sound Hole Cover for Cigar Box Guitars
Add a little slice of history to your next cigar box guitar build!
This is another in our line of "Classic Coinage" parts for cigar box guitars, all of which have real, vintage U. S. coins set into them. This is a sound hole cover cut from Brazilian cherry (aka jatoba), which features a classic "Mercury" silver dime. These 10-cent pieces were minted between the years 1916 and 1945, and remain one of the most recognizable of the classic American coins. In this version of the sound hole cover, the front of the Dime is displayed, proudly showcasing the winged Lady Liberty.
The coins set into these sound hole covers are real, vintage pieces of metal currency minted by the U. S. Mint. They are circulated coins and will show varying degrees of wear and or minor surface blemishes. We present them here not for their collector (numismatic) value, but rather for their nostalgia and visual appeal.
These sound hole covers are 2 1/2" in diameter (64mm) and fit nicely over a 1 3/4" (~44mm) hole. They are cut from solid 1/8" thick Brazilian cherry hardwood panels, with a nice wagon wheel-style pattern and 4 mounting holes. Mounting screws not included.
Please note: We do not overly polish or buff the coins that we mount into these pieces, prefering to leave them in their natural state of coloration and patina from years of circulation. If you prefer a shinier finish, you can always use some extra-fine steel wool to buff them up a bit.