Great Movies with Coin Scenes

You may feel as if you just don’t get enough coin related enjoyment in your life. After spending hours organizing your collection or scouring the internet finding the perfect coin, you might want to settle down to watch one of these movies that include elements of coin collecting. Here is part two to our Great Movies with Coin Scenes blog!

Dear_John_film_posterDear John
While serving in the United States Army Special Forces in 2003, Staff Sergeant John Tyree is lying on the ground in Afghanistan, after being shot twice with his comrades around him. In a voice-over, he recalls a childhood trip to the US Mint and compares himself to a coin in the United States Military before stating that the last thing he thought of before he blacked out was “you.” — in reference to his Dad, a coin collector.

In 2001, John is on leave in Charleston, South Carolina. He meets Savannah Curtis, a college student building homes with a group of co-eds for Habitat for Humanity while on spring break, when he fetches her purse from the ocean. She invites him to a bonfire party where he meets her neighbor, Tim Wheddon, and his son, Alan. Over the course of two weeks, they go on several dates and fall in love. Savannah also meets John’s father, who is obsessed with his coin collection.

If you’re looking for a heart warming and tear inducing film, Dear John tells the story of a son’s relationship with his Dad, and a soldiers relationship with his lover.


Coin_Heist_film_posterCoin Heist
A 2017 American crime drama film based on the young-adult novel of the same name by Elisa Ludwig. The last place you’d expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the US Mint – which they learn, prints a million new coins every 30 minutes – an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore. Once they break in, they plan to create a limited edition run of coins to sell to collectors.

United by dire circumstances, these four unlikely allies – the hacker, the slacker, the athlete, and the perfect student – band together to attempt the impossible: steal from the US Mint. This film is a fun, suspenseful and compelling thriller, told from the revolving perspectives of four teens, each with their own motive for committing a crime that will change all of their lives – if they can pull it off.


Dennis_the_menaceDennis the Menace
Based off of the beloved comic strip, Dennis is a young boy who always tends to get into trouble. His neighbor, Mr. Wilson and his gentle, well-meaning wife, Martha, are babysitting Dennis during the night of a big garden party. Through all this, Dennis continually gets into Mr. Wilson’s hair. But then Switchblade Sam makes an appearance. Switchblade Sam is a homeless drifter who combs the neighborhood stealing purses and small home items.

Switchblade Sam steals Mr. Wilson’s collection of gold coins, Dennis comes to the rescue and inflicts Dennis the Menace-type tortures upon the thief in order to reclaim the coins for Mr. Wilson.

A fun and family friendly movie that centers on saving a coin collection!


MV5BNTUyZmYyN2ItYzdlYi00NzJjLTk5ZjAtZmY5OWM2M2Q0NzEyXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTEwMjYxOTM@._V1_UY268_CR4,0,182,268_AL_The Seventh Coin
Retired British Soldier, Emil Saber travels to Jerusalem to seek the seventh coin of King Herod to complete his collection. As Saber searches for the coins, he becomes more and more unhinged, eventually believing that he is the murderous incarnation of King Herod. When he discovers that the coin is in the possession of two youngsters, American tourist Ronnie and pickpocket Salim, the two must struggle to avoid becoming Saber’s next victims.

This is a mild-mannered, family-orientated thriller! Emil Saber is hilariously over the top in his unusual fashion.



Banking on Bitcoin
Bitcoin is the most disruptive invention since the Internet, and now an ideological battle is underway between fringe utopists and mainstream capitalism. The film shows the players who are defining how this technology will shape our lives.

If you’re looking for a serious documentary style film, Banking on Bitcoin, gives you a future outlook on what our economy may eventually look like.




Well_Wishes_posterWell Wishes
Miles is laid off from his job after his boss, needing to downsize the company, chooses who will stay and who will go on a simple coin toss. After his longtime girlfriend leaves him, Miles hits rock bottom. Making one wish on the very last penny in his pocket, he throws the coin into a wishing fountain at the local plaza.

He then retrieves his coin….then takes another….and another. Assembling a team with his best-friend Jack and a kind stranger Durwood, Miles builds an enterprise of harvesting coins from wishing fountains locally. But he soon takes to the American highway to cultivate riches from fountains nationwide. Along the way he discovers love in an indebted traveler while Jack and Durwood grow the venture from home. As the business booms the team quickly realizes that each has his own idea of what wealth and happiness truly means.

Grab the popcorn and sit back to relax as you enjoy this selection of movies about coin collecting. Any movies we missed? Let us know in the comments!

Seven Great Movies with Coin Scenes



Summertime is the perfect time to relax with a cold drink and a good movie. It’s not unusual to see a coin used as a significant prop in the film: here are seven of our favorites.



Presentation_of_Yapese_stone_money_for_FSM_inaugurationHis Majesty O’Keefe is based on the true story of David O’Keefe, an Irish American captain who ended up on the island of Yap in the South Pacific, which used large stone discs as currency. O’Keefe begins his time in the South Pacific exporting copra, a highly valuable coconut product, but eventually persuades the Yap islanders to mass produce the large Rai stone currency, before being defeated by his own hubris as inflation takes over the Yap economy. 



Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most successful franchises of the 21st century. While later movies might have been less well received, the first movie in the series is still a fun watch. The Aztec gold coins (which admittedly bear no resemblance to any real coin) stolen by the crew of the Black Pearl form a central part of the film’s plot, and the machinations of Captain Barbossa to return the coins and restore his crew to full humanity are the core of the adventure.



nnc-us-1921-1-peace_dollarIf you look closely in The Dark Knight, you may notice two unusual things about the coin that  Harvey Dent constantly tosses to determine the outcome of an offender. For one thing, the coin has two heads (this allows Dent to threaten criminals without ever committing himself to harming them). The other is that in this movie, unlike other portrayals of the Harvey Dent/Two-Face character, his double-obverse coin is a real coin design: a US Peace Dollar.



Moby-Dicks mad Captain Ahab, desperate to motivate his men, nails an Ecuadorian gold doubloon to the mast and promises that whoever spots the White Whale first will get the coin. Of course, Ahab himself ends up spotting the whale, due to his obsession, and claims the coin, which does not endear him to his crew.



gVIaThe King’s Speech was nominated for 12 Oscars and won 4 of them. In this compelling story of King George VI of England and his friendship with speech therapist Lionel Logue, who cures the king of his persistent stammer. Near the beginning of the film, Logue bets the monarch one shilling that he can cure him. The shilling becomes a symbol of their friendship. When the actors playing the King and Logue (Colin Firth and Geoffery Rush, respectively) appeared at the Oscars, Firth gave Rush a pristine George VI shilling that had been given to him for good luck.



1979Somewhere In Time is not a well-known classic, but it is an interesting time-travel/romance movie in which a coin plays a significant part. A young actor is enjoying some attention after a show, when an old woman bursts in, hands him a locket, and begs him “Come back to me!” After some research, he realizes that not only was she a famous actress decades earlier, but that she was the lovely woman pictured in the locket. By concentrating on the era, he manages to travel back in time, find the young woman, and fall in love. Their love is doomed, though, by a single modern Lincoln cent. (No, we won’t give the whole thing away. Watch the movie.)



If you’re looking for lighter fare, check out Weird Al Yankovic‘s offbeat comedy UHF. In this movie, imaginative dreamer George (played by Al himself) is given a UHF station by his uncle, and the programming results are as odd as you might expect. Rife with movie references, quotable lines, and a truly fun story, the climax depends on a single error cent.



That’s our list! Do you have favorite movies with coin scenes? Tell us about it in the comments!