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youngdanf
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I have some silver Morgans and walking liberty halfs. I love how quiet they are, but is there any way to make them quieter?
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What condition are they in? My coin dealer calls (soft coins) "old dogs" because they're old coins (late 1800's Morgans or mid-40's halves) and are really worn.
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On 2003-03-10 14:24, Tony wrote:
What condition are they in? My coin dealer calls (soft coins) "old dogs" because they're old coins (late 1800's Morgans or mid-40's halves) and are really worn.


Another industry term for very worn coins is "slicks".

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Tom,

I first heard the term 'soft' coins from David Roth. Do you know the origin of the expression?

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Jon,

In your original 3F does the routine use "soft" coins?

Tony
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On 2003-03-11 14:28, Tony wrote:
In your original 3F does the routine use "soft" coins? Tony

Hello Tony, My coins across does not require soft coins. -Jonathan
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Thanks, Jon. I guess Troy Hooser has the same belief that the noise actually creates the misdirection (kind of like doing a click pass--in a way).

Tony
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No problem Tony, the coins across just happens to use the Ramsay display position and the coin holdout subtlty twice. The coin appearances were not designed to exploit soft coins since more often than not at least one coin would be borrowed. -Jonathan
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Got it, Jon. Thanks.

Tony
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I have added wear to my coins (to make them more soft and less talkative) by taking some fine emery cloth (plumbers sandpaper) with 3 & 1 oil. With these at hand, I just evenly rubbed some years on them. It worked quite well and afterwards I polished them up with Brasso. Caution is needed to get the desired look and feel with out taking to much detail out of the coin. Just something I tried, it worked for me, and thought I would share it.
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is the goal to make the coins quiet or to ADD LOTS OF WEAR TO THEM?

If you REALLY want to wear your coins you might try a rock tumbler with some course grit. May take a day but you will wear your coins without making artificial surfaces and edges which will cause noise. Afterwards you may wish to get the edges remilled.

If you want to QUIET the coins and can accept the change in surface and noise... you can use clear latex or even nail polish.

A bit of advice... try to study some real soft coins to understand how use has worn the sharp corners round, the flat surfaces pitted and filled in with dirt etc. Just grinding the coins flat(er) will not give you the result you need. That's why David Roth took the Ramsay phrase 'well worn' and refined it to 'soft'. Smile -Jon
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JonTown,
That is really Great advice. Which would you prefer in choosing the quieting medium, laytex or polish? Does one wear down less than the other?
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the acrylic seemed to last longer, the latex seemed to make the coins MUCH softer though it adds a very non coin like touch to the coins. i forget what it was... 20 years ago now... just remember buying it at the hobby shop.
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Thank you very much for sharing this information.
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JonTown, where can you get the edges remilled? I have several coins I would like to do this to but have no idea how to go about it.
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PoofDaddy: Todd Lassen (http://hometown.aol.com/klarentz/) can re-mill the edges on any coin you send him.
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Hey guys,
If you guys want softer coins get BARBER HALF DOLLARS, go to a coin dealer store and asked for old barber halves. These are soft. Good luck.
Christian
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