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Are "Rainbow" Toned Silver Dollars Really This Popular?

 
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 Posted 04/13/2019  10:27 pm  Show Profile   Check paralyse's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add paralyse to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Many of the Canadian dollars have outstanding colorful toning that comes naturally from the materials used by the RCM for commemorative boxes and the "fancy" specimen/proof set holders (i.e. non-poly.)

However, this also makes white examples good candidates for artificial toning. Done properly, it is indistinguishable from natural toning, by the average collector or by a TPG. Otherwise, it is more easily detected as "artificial" toning due to patterns, colors, etc.

Two of my Canadian dollars, the first is in its original packaging (not a TPG), the second was already "slabbed" when purchased.




Another raw example from my collection, this 1966 Irish 10 shilling obtained its colors from its storage box, much like the BC dollar above.





Of course, even being in the OGP is no guarantee that a coin hasn't been artificially "enhanced". However, over a lifetime of collecting, you get a feel for certain issues that are known to tone spectacularly because of quirks of their boxes/holders, and the Canadian commemorative and specimen dollars are one such example.
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 Posted 04/13/2019  11:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add papeldog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The 1971 Canadian silver dollar you show is one that really toned nice I've seen some real nice coloured ones, I have a few that I purchased by the BC Government at $3.00 each in 1971 and like you mentioned something in the packaging toned them over time. I always thought it might have been the white protection cover that they come with?
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 Posted 04/13/2019  11:06 pm  Show Profile   Check paralyse's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add paralyse to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Mine has a red lined black box with a black insert; I think the red "lining" is the source, but who knows.
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 Posted 04/15/2019  04:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add purelywasted to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is one of my favorite coins. It almost looks like a ship on at sea on a cloudy night.


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 Posted 04/16/2019  2:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lakeman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Awesome Coin purelywasted! I picked one up last month but unfortunately not toned like yours...
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 Posted 04/16/2019  5:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add inconnu to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is a gorgeous 49. It's tough to tell from the photo, but is cobalt the dominant toning? My 49 is my favourite coin and it has a dominant cobalt with gold shading.
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