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!

Celebrity Coin Collectors

Recently we wrote a post on some of the famous historical figures that were numismatists and that left us here at The Stamp and Coin Place discussing what contemporary celebrities are coin collectors. Surely, if the elite of the past collected so would the elite of the present. It can be hard to imagine someone like Kim Kardashian being a coin collector but we did a little research and rounded up a list of some celebrity collectors.

Jack Black
Jack is an American actor, comedian, and musician. His acting career has been extensive, starring primarily in comedy films. Black is known for his roles in School of Rock (2003), King Kong (2005),the Kung Fu Panda franchise (2008–2016), Gulliver’s Travels (2010), and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017). On a Conan interview in 2017 he talks about his rare and ‘spicy’ coin collection.


Wayne Gretzky
Wayne is one of the most well-known coin collectors involved in the hobby today.  He is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for four teams from 1979 to 1999.






Penny Marshall
Penny is an American actress, director and producer. Most notably known for her role in Laverne & Shirley and directing Big, A League of Their Own, and Awakenings. In an article written by People they wrote that “She collects compulsively—she forced friends to surrender change when she went on a recent coin-collecting kick”.


James Earl Jones
James is an American actor. His career has spanned more than 60 years, and he has been described as “one of America’s most distinguished and versatile” actors and “one of the greatest actors in American history”. You would likely recognize him as the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars films. Jones has narrated the documentary, Money: History in Your Hands.



Donald_Trump_official_portraitDonald Trump
Trump is the 45th and current President of the United States, in office since January 20, 2017. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. It is said that “people who have traveled with Trump say he has become enthralled by challenge coins, attributing his interest to his appreciation for military traditions and might… that fascination grew during the presidential campaign, when he would receive coins from law-enforcement and military personnel whom he encountered at stops.”


Buddy Ebsen
Buddy was an American actor and dancer, whose career spanned seven decades, including the role of Jed Clampett in the CBS television sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971) and the title character in the television detective drama Barnaby Jones (1973–1980), also on CBS. In a 2002 issue of Numismatic News they wrote: “An admitted history buff, Ebsen told Green that he was fascinated by the history of coins in his collection. One of his favorites being a Territorial gold $50 octagonal slug that had a lot of nicks on [it]. ‘It’s a long way from being Mint State, but I associate a story with each one of these nicks’ . . . ‘A story about a family shoving off for the West and this is going to put them in business. And they get attacked by Indians and the coin is stolen’ . . . ‘Every one of these nicks I start making up stories about. So I enjoy this coin, even the heft of the coin.’”


Paul McCartney
Paul is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He gained worldwide fame as the bass guitarist and singer for the rock band the Beatles. It is said that in the early days of the Beatles’ careers the fans would throw coins onstage and the band would scoop them up at the end of shows and this sparked an interest in coin collecting for Paul.



Lauren Jauregui
Lauren is an American singer, best known as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. In the ‘See the Real Me’ interview at her Neon Lights Tour she recounts a story of how her Grandpa bought her a coin book when she was little and she still collects to this day, specifically, she always checks her quarters. Fans are known to give her coins during meet and greets as well.


Connor Trinneer
Connor is an American film, stage, and television actor. He is best known for his role as Charles “Trip” Tucker III on Star Trek: Enterprise and as Michael on the series Stargate Atlantis. He has been rumored to have been spotted at a couple coin shows in Long Beach and often includes coin collecting as a hobby in his bios.


Nolan Gould
Nolan is an American actor. He is known for his role as youngest sibling, Luke Dunphy, on the ABC sitcom Modern Family. In several interviews Nolan has talked about his many hobbies, one of them being collecting. He states that “I collect Hot Wheels. I collect glass. I collect coins. And I collect cards.”




Kellan Lutz
Kellan is an American actor and model. He made his film debut in Stick It (2006). He is best known for playing Emmett Cullen in The Twilight Saga film series (2008–2012), and has since played Poseidon in the 2011 film Immortals, Tarzan in the 2013 animated film Tarzan, John Smilee in The Expendables 3 (2014), and Hercules in the 2014 film The Legend of Hercules. He began collecting when his Grandfather passed down some ancient coins to him.


Martin Short
Martin Short is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, singer and writer. He is known for his work on the television programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. He has starred in comedy films, such as Three Amigos (1986), Innerspace (1987), Three Fugitives (1989), Father of the Bride (1991), Pure Luck (1991), Captain Ron (1992), Father of the Bride Part II (1995), Mars Attacks! (1996), and Jungle 2 Jungle (1997). He is a known collector and in 2013 even partnered with the Royal Canadian Mint to design a coin.


Charlie Bodin
Charlie Bodin is an actor and composer, known for Transformers (2007), Friday Night Lights (2004) and Insurgent (2015). On his Twitter bio he calls himself an “actor and numismatist”.






Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman is an Australian actress and producer. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, the Silver Bear for Best Actress and a Cannes Film Festival special award. She is known for her hobby of collecting and favors coins from ancient Judea.

Lunchboxes, the Talk of the Playground (and Collectors)

Do you remember the days when your lunchbox as one of the most important things you carried to school? Tin lunchboxes used to be all the rage on the playground, featuring popular pop culture figures, often with matching Thermoses. How cool your lunchbox was would either side you with the cool kids or stick you in the “dork” category.

Now tin lunchboxes are all the rage with collectors.


As with many things, a little mouse named Mickey got the ball rolling on character-approved lunchboxes. Mickey was featured on a metal “Lunch Kit” and soon other companies caught on.

Captain America lunchbox by Visitor7 on Wikimedia Commons, CC 3.0.

Captain America lunchbox by Visitor7 on Wikimedia Commons, CC 3.0.


In the mid-20th century, a company called Aladdin started the real lunchbox craze. They started printing pop culture-relevant designs on the boxes and dominated most of the market until the early 1960’s, around the time that the Thermos Company started decorating lunchboxes on all sides.

Around that time, Aladdin started making 3D lunchboxes, too, embossing designs on the metal boxes to make them stick out.


By Visitor7 on Wikimedia Commons, CC 3.0

In the 60’s, space-themed boxes were especially popular, with imagery featuring The Jetsons and Star Trek. This is on top of all the other famous figures like the Beatles.

And in the ’70s and ’80s, lunchboxes really took over in the cafeteria. TV shows and film featured on the boxes as sneakier marketing. Hot Wheel boxes were pretty popular, too.

Pro tip: Original Hot Wheels lunchboxes with the Twin Mill car are especially rare.

The popularity of lunchboxes has, unfortunately, died down a bit. But plenty of vintage boxes are out there for collecting nostalgic pieces of the past.

Did you own any pop culture lunchboxes as a kid? Do you collect them now?