Brazilian artist and designer Andre Levy has developed an interesting, playful new pastime: painting coins. In the series, which he calls Tales You Lose, Levy uses the mini-structures of the coin’s portraits or figures to create his own, partially or fully obscuring the faces of presidents and kings to recreated the likenesses of superheroes and pop-culture icons.

This is what the artist had to say about his work on Facebook: “Coins are actually massively-reproduced little sculptures. This project brings individual character to each replica, and makes us think: Are we able to like one cent more than others, just by injecting new stories in it?”

I’ve written up the names of the characters on the coins, but how many of them did you know before reading them?



Major Lazer

Wolverine (X-Men)

Bride of Frankenstein

Cyclops (X-Men)

Gambit (X-Men)

Finn (Adventure Time)

Alex (A Clockwork Orange)

Lion-o (Thunder Cats)

Beatrix Kiddo (Kill Bill)

Scorpion (Mortal Kombat)

Elle Driver (Kill Bill)


Speed Racer


Minions (Despicable Me)

Albert Einstein

Harry Potter

The Tick

Kick Ass


David Bowie