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 Posted 02/23/2010  6:48 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add coins92 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Has anyone tried using raw sulphur to try toning a coin. Do you think piling sulfur around the edges of a blast white, clean fielded coin would provide results? Is there any place where a kid my age could by sulfur. I think people would assume I'm trying to make some kind pf explosive contraption.

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 Posted 02/23/2010  6:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Adam_E to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
well im right here with you! I tried to buy some but they wouldent let me! they probably thought I was going to mix it with something and blow my hands off and then my mom would sue them
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 Posted 02/23/2010  6:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Halfwitty to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If your wanting to try that wouldn't you get the same results,whatever they might be, by smashing up some old wooden match heads?
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 Posted 02/23/2010  7:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add coins92 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Lafaa where did you ask to buy some? Ideas anyone?
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 Posted 02/23/2010  7:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Elemental sulfur (the yellow stuff) isn't very volatile at room temperature, so tarnishing would be fairly slow. You'd probably have to seal the coins and sulfur up in a bag or jar for at least a few months. You also wouldn't want any of the sulfur actually touching the coin; that would create a black spot right at the point of contact.

Personally, the deliberate tarnishing of a coin is not something I would encourage. As custodians of historic artifacts we should be trying to protect our coins from the elements, not deliberately exposing them.
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 Posted 02/23/2010  7:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Adam_E to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
i tried my nearest chem supply store
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 Posted 02/23/2010  7:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add IBGolden to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here are some sulphur toning techniques...
http://www.coinsite.com/content/ori...p0000080.htm

I toned two 1964 US quaters to a gun metal blue in hours. Just an experiment because I had a bottle of sulphur. I bought it from a farm supply/co-op... before they cared if their customers blew something up.
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 Posted 02/23/2010  8:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jasper62 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Quote From Sap
"Personally, the deliberate tarnishing of a coin is not something I would encourage. As custodians of historic artifacts we should be trying to protect our coins from the elements, not deliberately exposing them."
I have to Agree with you.

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 Posted 02/23/2010  8:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add coins92 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Well of course I'm not gonna try it with an 1895 Morgan Proof, just with some nicer common date quarters as an experiment.
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 Posted 02/23/2010  8:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Adam_E to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
thats what I wanted to do too!
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 Posted 02/23/2010  9:07 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add schmidty to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Personally, the deliberate tarnishing of a coin is not something I would encourage. As custodians of historic artifacts we should be trying to protect our coins from the elements, not deliberately exposing them.

Absolutely!

Is this going to be the forum where you can learn how to artificially tone a coin? Really?

There are two kids posting in this thread. Is this the place they are going to learn how to make "fake" toned coins... OR is it going to be the place they learn to respect and deal honestly with their fellow collector?
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 Posted 02/23/2010  9:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add coretj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
hard boil an egg

put the egg an the coin in a large zip top bag **while the egg is still warm**

seal up the bag and lay it on a table.

make sure the egg is in one corner and the coin is in the diagonally opposite corner.

smash the egg by pressing on the bag above it

let the egg and coin stay in the bag until you have the colors you want.

It made some great rainbow toning on a silver bar I had.
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 Posted 02/23/2010  9:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Adam_E to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
schmidty, I dont want to sell fake toners, I just want to expirement. and it would be cool to see a purple/ green coin. I also like watching it happen
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 Posted 02/23/2010  9:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Metalman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Is this going to be the forum where you can learn how to artificially tone a coin? Really?


My guess would be no, we have a forum which was developed with integrity ( I know I have been here since the lights came on) I have watched as members ruined themselves with artificial toning and giving advice on how to do it.

I would suspect that we as a forum will eventually see an instant replay of that senario in the future.

One of the things you can always be sure of is that the members here have a way of purging false, misleading, dishonest and generally numismatically damaging things from the forum, its truely a sight to see.

Integrity always wins !
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 Posted 02/23/2010  9:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add schmidty to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I know lafaa. I wasn't trying for a minute to insinuate that you were a bad guy, I know better.

I guess it's a slippery slope. You teach one person how to have fun and experiment, while two other people learn how to make money off of people. I guess it's the yin and yang of the internet.

I just don't want to see it here. Especially when there are posts all over about people loving, and paying premiums for, toned coins. Having the "instruction manual" for how to fake it on the same site just doesn't seem right to me...
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 Posted 02/23/2010  9:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add coinsrfun to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well, people have not yet mentioned a potato....or others......yet.......
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