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I bought a Johnson products English penny [ (if it was good enough for Derek Dingle...)
However although it is beautiful, it is too shiny. I can polish up my other coins to match but they soon develop a nice patina (which I like) and the shell sticks out like a sore thumb. I don't want to polish the coins before each performance, yet I can't use it if it is noticeable.

Anyone else have the same problem/ have a solution?

All the best

Joshua Barrett
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Handle the shell for a few days and it will dull from the oils in your skin
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Hello shanester,
Yes-It's a common problem, with English Pennies and Centavos. I'm practically fanatical about my coins matching. Just makes me feel better. Joshua is right. Here's what I do. Polish them all up, all at the same sitting. They now look all the same. As you're watching T.V, play with all of them equally. Let the oils and gunk from your hands get on each one equally. Put them all,in a sock,on your dresser-drawers. Don't plan on doing any routines. Let 'em sit for a day or two and forget about them. If you do have to play around with them,'cause you're curious, do so, but treat them all the same, in your hands.

You'll see. If you have to do a second or third treatment, do it. Eventually, they'll all start to patina? or age at the same rate. Takes some time, but it works for me. Don't know of any other method.Keep them all together, like some sort of coin-molecular-osmosis! Sorry, just got carried away.
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You want the penny dark? (Like I do)?? Try catsup on it. Let it soak awhile. Hand use also adds oils that will darken 'em over time.
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Get some "liver of sulfer." This is a dry chemical that you can get at some hobby shops and metal workers stores. This is a great patina for copper, silver, and brass coins.

Polish all coins to the same finish. Pour some hot water into a bowl or container that you don't plan to ever use for storing food or eating from (liver or sulfer is not poisonous, but better safe than sorry). Place a small piece of liver sulfer (the size or a pea for a 2 cups of water. Make sure it dissolves. Place coins in water let them sit until they change to the color you wish (this could take a couple of minutes to 15 seconds, depending on the concentration of the sulfer and the heat that the water is at.

I generally would let the coins go completely black (and they will go BLACK if you let them). And then I slowly polish them back to my desired finish.
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I'll try that

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