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Cracking Coins Out Of Slabs

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 Posted 11/05/2007  04:12 am Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add yechi7 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I know this has been discussed before, so please forgive me.

What's the easiest & best way to break a coin out of a slab? People mention dremels. What's a dremel & how does it work? Is there an easier way?

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 Posted 11/05/2007  04:40 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 50cents to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I like to use end cutting pliers. I open the slab by cutting around the edges. This is best done outside and be sure to wear safety glasses.

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 Posted 11/05/2007  05:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bryan1315 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have used those pliers and a dremel and both work fine

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 Posted 11/05/2007  09:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add amac44 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Bryan is right!!
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 Posted 11/05/2007  10:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Nelrak to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I just place them on the garage floor on their side and tap them hard enough with a small hammer unitl I notice the slab has cracked enough so I can simply pull it apart.
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 Posted 11/05/2007  10:25 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add shatsi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Something similar to Nelrak.
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 Posted 11/05/2007  11:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bottleguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I squeeze them in a shop vise, first widthwise and then lengthwise until they pop right open. Works like a charm every time!

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 Posted 11/05/2007  12:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add yechi7 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the advice & suggestions.

What's a dremel & how does it work?
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 Posted 11/05/2007  12:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add justjimrob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A Dremel is a handheld (or there is a mount for them) rotary tool. It can be used for sanding, polishing, etc. but in this case cutting. Lowes, Home Depot, Sears, WalMart and others will sell them.

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 Posted 11/05/2007  12:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add yechi7 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Re: end cutting pliers & dremels.

About how long does it take to cut open a slab with end cutting pliers?

About how long does it take to cut open a slab with a dremel?
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