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David McLean developed post-traumatic stress disorder after 20 years as a parole and probation officer that led him to make a career change. He found release in working with his hands, creating rings from old coins, which he has turned into a business.

David McLean developed post-traumatic stress disorder after 20 years as a parole and probation officer that led him to make a career change. He found release in working with his hands, creating rings from old coins, which he has turned into a business.

David McLean traveled a rough road to reach this point. After being forced into early retirement by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2011, David – a former parole and probation officer – followed his creative side and began an online handcrafting business.

His business, Global Coin Jewelry, involves handcrafting rings from coins and it has given David the chance for a second career. Using simple tools in his garage, David forms silver, copper and bronze coins by hand and makes one-of-a-kind rings from circulated antique coins. Read the rest of this entry »