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Pretty Toning! What Is It Good For?

 
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Canada
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 Posted 11/23/2020  05:14 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Silver101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Okay - so there is clearly something of a fetish out there around certain kinds of toning. 'Bullseye', 'balanced', attractive colours...all that sort of thing. It's been argued by people I really respect, that a nice toning patter can actually raise a coins grade by a notch or two. I view it with suspicion. My personal preference is for toning that is original and that has not been tampered with. Often that's hard to find.

This coin for example, has clearly been abused. It's not that rare of a coin by NFLD standards - though I am a fan of first issues so I've collected the 1865 series. More importantly, I'm willing to bet that someone has taken a tooth brush to it at some point and then used some kind of trick - hard boiled egg maybe - to give it this bullseye toning.

Asking price is $265 USD. Personally, I would body bag this sucker and move on. But then, all my friends tell me that I'm a jerk. What to you all think?


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Australia
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 Posted 11/23/2020  05:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add echidna to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This sort of toning can easily be achieved by storing the coin in a dansco supreme folder.
The sulphur in the cardboard will tone the coin from the outside in.
PCGS seem to like it.
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Canada
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 Posted 11/23/2020  06:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Silver101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@echidna - interesting - how long does it take? The boiled egg trick takes a few minutes but you have no control. Either way it is an artificial effect and I find it weird that PCGS likes it.
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 Posted 11/23/2020  10:30 am  Show Profile   Check John K's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add John K to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
toning should not affect the grade. But attractive natural toning on a MS coin can make the price higher. I know I bid higher if I like the toning.

Here is one I just won and can't wait for it to arrive.



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Canada
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 Posted 11/23/2020  12:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Silver101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's gorgeous... the shilling - it was a good coin.
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