Gain admirers of your coin collection by putting it on display.

Displaying Coins in a Picture Frame

by Diann Cabler

Whether you want to show off your valuable collector-edition coins or sentimental coins such as those from your children's birth years, a picture frame creates a special display. A well-displayed coin collection turns into a conversation piece when showcased properly on your wall. The process to display coins in a picture frame can be done quickly with very little expense.

Cut a piece of cardboard to fit snugly inside the picture frame. To cut the cardboard to size, carefully lay the glass from the frame on the cardboard and draw closely around the edge. Insert the cut cardboard into the frame to check the fit. It should fit snugly and lay smoothly without any buckles or ripples. If the fit is too tight, trim slightly and check the fit again.

Lay the adhesive-backed felt paper right-side down on a flat surface. Place the cut cardboard right-side down onto the felt paper. Draw around the cardboard. Cut the felt paper along the drawn lines. Before you remove the adhesive backing and place it on the cardboard, set the felt paper into the picture frame to ensure a proper fit. Remove the adhesive backing from the cardboard and apply to the front side of the cardboard template. Smooth the felt paper down from its center out to its edges to remove any wrinkles or air bubbles.

Lay coins out on the felt and move around until you are happy with the design. Once you have the coins placed where you want them in the display, draw around the coin as close as possible with the fine black-tip marker. Use the craft knife to cut through the felt paper and the cardboard backing. Insert the coin into the cut out. Once you have all the coins inserted into the display board, place it into the picture frame. If the piece does not fit snugly into the frame, add a thin piece of cardboard behind the display to hold it firmly in place. You are now ready to hang your coin display.

Items you will need

  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Adhesive-backed felt paper
  • Fine black felt tip marker
  • Craft knife


  • Use a felt color that compliments your existing decor.
  • If displaying children's birth year coins, use an oversized frame, and display their baby pictures along with the coins.


  • Keep markers, scissors and the craft knife out of the reach of children. Do not use glue to keep the coins in place. The coins can react negatively to the chemicals in the glue and devalue their worth.

About the Author

Based in Texas, Diann Cabler was co-owner of a home remodeling and construction company for 25 years. She is experienced in all areas of new home construction and remodeling. She is currently working on a non-fiction novel.

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