I finished the coin! I added a simple 3 point lighting system into Maya, with a black environment box to bounce the light around the coin and give the right lighting effect, the coins shimmer. Using the 24fps guide I turned the coin every 2 seconds.
Below are screen shots of the final coins attributes and render settings to show you what I did.
I used the Targa rendered files and put them into After Effects where I exported them out as an .avi at HD1080. I used Handbrake to convert this to an MP4 which I emailed to Damien who added it to the monologue.
I can’t wait to see it!!!