Raymond Coins was born in Stuart, Virginia. His family moved near Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he later worked in the tobacco industry.
Coins retired in 1976 and began to carve figures in stone and wood, producing a variety of sizes. He is well known for his small “doll babies” carved in stone, but also produced large figures in cedar that weighed as much as seven hundred pounds. His work features many figurative subjects and religious imagery, carved fully in the round or in bas-relief.
In 1990, Coins gave up carving due to his age. His work is widely admired and exhibited throughout the United States.
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