United States (1904 - 1998)
Raymond Coins was born in Stuart, Virginia. He is well known for his large wooden figures and small “doll babies.” Born on a small farm in southern Virginia, Coins was the descendent of a long line of poor white subsistence mountain farmers. When he was ten years old, his father bought a farm in the Winston-Salem area and moved the family there. He did farm work for others until 1950, when he and his wife, Ruby, were able to purchase a small farm of their own and the frame house where they live today. Coins grew tobacco, corn, oats, wheat and rye in summer and held a second job during the winter as a “floor man” at tobacco warehouses in the Winston-Salem area.