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MickeyPainless
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WU man, I spent from this past Friday afternoon through about 10PM Sunday night watching my new Roth vids and practicing so I'm not sure "pain" is the right term.... It's more of a dull ache from my wrists to my fingertips but ya know what they say, "No pain, no gain"! Tis all good brother!
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I just made my own soft coins. I used sandpaper for metals, grade 800,1000,1200,1500. I used 800 first, then 1000,1200,1500. Higher grade = softer sandpaper. 1500 grade to smooth of the surface.

Then you will find that the coin area that has been sandpapered will look brighter. So, rub all coins with toothpaste. It gets the job done. If coins still make noise, use 1500 grade sandpaper again.
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Once you have your coins soft be sure not to drop them on a hard surface. If you do there is a good possibility that you will need to re-sand them.

Bleach tarnishes Silver. Sand paper takes of the high edges and also removes the tarnish from the high points. Look at any one of my coin vids on my site and you will see what my coins look like.

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Hi Mikey had ago with one of my coins that I don't use and it has come out well.

I am surprised what a little preparation can do lol.
If you put the time in....you will achieve ...
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Yes, it must not drop on hard surface. When it falls, the edges becomes uneven and that what causes the sound.

I noticed them after it makes sound when I shake a stack. Usually soft coins make less sound when you shake them in a stack. If it makes sound = resand with highest grade sandpaper.

The edge becomes sharp too after you sandpaper them. So be careful of it. But after time it will not be sharp. or is there a way to get rid of the sharp edges?

My coins are does not contain silver, so I don't bleach them.

edit: Soft coins are more sticky, and theres a United we Stand feature in them when in a stack.
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On 2007-08-19 19:00, ShawnB wrote:

I have been down this road.. If you want soft coins just buy soft coins
you can sand down your coins but they will never look natural... Just
go to the coin shop, hunt around and find 4 or 5 soft coins that match, it
is really the best way to do it. Any other way is a waste of time and money
because you will jusr ruin your coins.


I would also like add that, as a coin collector, the thought of someone taking sandpaper to old coins makes me shudder. (This is just my humble opinion, I'm not trying to put anyone down - I just see old coins as little pieces of history. Who used this coin? What did they buy with it? Where has it traveled and why?)

I am sure that if you make friends with the local coin shop, they will keep an eye out for just the type of coins you want. Generally the worn out coins are not worth anything more than the silver content and they will be glad to find an outlet for them that will do more than melt them down. Plus an added benefit of giving some orphan coins a home.

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The coins here in my country can't get soft anywhere they can, because of the thick rim at the edge which makes a lot of noise. It needs to be sand down and leveled. It's different than the US coins.

The ones I made my soft coins are 2002,2003,2005,2005.
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I just checked to see if I have any Malaysian coins. My goodness, those ARE thick rims. Funny how I never noticed that before. I could see why you would want to smooth those out a bit.
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Hahaha, I wonder how many years of circulation will it take to wore down those rims(hills at the end). As the oldest Malaysian Coin I ever see is only 1970.
1957 Independence. Those rims are noisy.

But I will soon change to Kennedy Halves and Eisenhower Dollars.
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I got ahold of some Barbers the other day that had been part of someones mint sets and they were not only chrome like shiny but the milling was so crisp I thought I was gonna cut my hands! I'm just leaving them with my pocket change for a month or 2 to give them a natural wear.
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I agree that purchasing soft coins from a coin dealer is the way to go. Also, using household bleach to tarnish silver coins works great. Just leave them in for about a minute, or until they're as dark as you want, then polish off the high spots with a little bit of metal polish on a rag or paper towel. If you mess up, you can remove all of the tarnish and start again.
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I was wondering if the bleach and toothpaste will work on clad coins (non silver) to make my new halves soft?
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I've been using toothpaste to shine coins since the seventies. It works on just about any coin. Bleach works to tarnish silver coins due to it's reaction with the alloys in the coin. I don't believe it will be effective on non-silver coins.
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Viris,
The simple answer about making your clad (non silver)coins "soft" with bleach and tooth paste is NO! A) Bleach does not effect the clads the same as it does silver. B) "Soft" refers to a very worn, smooth coin that has very little (if any) milling in the edges and the the rim around the coin and the heads and tails are usually worn smooth showing much less detail. The main reason for using soft coins (as I understand it) is because they don't "talk" (make noise when slid across each other) as much as a newer or better condition coin. Hope that helps!
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I don't really have to worry about the coins talking with the routine I use the coins for. It was all about "the look" more than anything else. I'll just stick with my nice shiny ones. Thanks.
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You will when you do stack manipulations.
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I just purchased some 2007 coins directly from the Mint. This has, by far, been the craziest year of my life, and I wanted something to commemorate it, if you can
believe that. May sound crazy, I know, but...

I did get 4 uncirculated American Eagle silver dollars and was planning on making
them soft. It does feel weird taking such nice looking coins and making plans on
making them look less beautiful, but I gotta do what I gotta do!

Hey, at least I'm not ruining the proofs I bought!!!
In December of '06 I was diagnosed with a very rare cancer, Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans. One in a million people worldwide are diagnosed with this type of cancer annually. Sarcomas account for 1% of all cancers. Knowledge is power!
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Don't ruin your Silver Eagles by trying to make soft coins out of them, it can't be done. It takes a hundred years of coins rubbing against each other to get that look. Just visit coin dealers until you find what you want. The dealers buy estates periodically, so if you don't find what you want, go back every couple of weeks. I've accumulated a number of groups of four coin sets that way.
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Well, Nick D.
I hate to prove you wrong but, it can be done and has been done!
I couldn't be happier with the results. I've been working on 3 Fly
and the coins are great.

I didn't have a lot of choice. There are NO coin shops where I live
so it would've meant a good deal of traveling, etc. to find a nice
set that would suit me.

Now I've got coins that look like they've been around for a very long
time but aren't worn down as thin as much older coins would be, giving
me better grip while palming, etc. and it's cool to have the 2007 and
the "W" mint mark on them!!

Thank you to everyone that contributed to the success of my coin transformation.
I got all the help I could have wanted by this one thread.

Thanks again and good luck to all!!

Peace,
Lee
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Lee,

Any chance you could post a picture of those coins?
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