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dfeder
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I'm sure this has been addressed before and I apologize if it has (though I did a search and couldn't find anything relevant). I purchased a Kennedy half gravity flipper (Schoolkraft) and it works like a charm - except - it stands out because it is so shiny and new. It outshines even the newest Kennedy halves I have. Is there a way to age the coin other than carrying it everywhere?

Thanks.

Dov
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I know ways to age silver coins and yours is most likely silver; I don’t think Jamie Schoolcraft sells clad. I don’t know how the aging will affect the band though. I use the following process that I am pretty sure I got here on The Magic Café, but I can't find it right now so here it is (Hope this helps!):

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Materials:

Silver Coins - Be sure to check the coin lists to the left and find your coin to make sure it is in fact silver.
Bleach - Everyday household bleach will be sufficient.
Water - To dilute the bleach.
Tupperware - A plastic disposable tupperware is perfect for this. A plate or bowl will do just fine. Don't use a metal container.
7-Way Nail Buffer - A Trim 7-Way Nail Buffer. You'll find these for like $7 on the interwebs... $.99 at Wal-Mart! http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/catalog/shop_p......umb=true

How To:

1. First, we'll darken the coins. Then we'll buff them.

2. To darken, mix enough bleach and water into your container depending on what you want your coins to look like,

* If you want a dark contrast to your coins, use 100% bleach. It will take about an hour and your coins will turn completely black.
* If you want a nice brown patina, use about 50% bleach, 50% water. Within a few minutes, or sometimes seconds, they will start darkening.
* If you want a slight patina, use very little bleach and lots of water. It may take a while, but you can pull them out at any time
* This is up to you. You can use any combination of bleach and water and get the look you want.

3. To brighten your coins, use your 7-Way Nail Buffer. Do not use side 1 or side 2, as these will wear down the coin. This is for aging your coins only.

* If you made your coins super dark, start with side 3.
* If your coins are not black, start with side 4.
* If you don't want your coins super shiny, don't move past side 4.
* If you want them really shiny, move up from side 4 until you reach your desired brightness.

4. This should be enough to age your silver coins. They are what you make them!


Jim
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You my friend are good thank you so very much for this. I'll write back after I've tried it and let you know how it worked
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On 2011-01-22 20:55, dfeder wrote:
I purchased a Kennedy half gravity flipper (Schoolkraft) and it works like a charm - except - it stands out because it is so shiny and new. It outshines even the newest Kennedy halves I have.


Your flipper sounds like a 1964 Silver coin as it came from Schoolcraft. But it sounds as if your other halves may be newer which almost certainly means they are clad coins. If this is the case, then there will always be a difference, no matter what ageing techniques you apply. The only solution is to use matching silver halves or buy a clad flipper.

Kind regards
Sean
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Good call Sean. As a matter of fact, it is a 1964 and I bought it from TC who actually took the time to call me after reading my question to explain just that. The guy is amazing! I will buy all of my coins from him. He's reliable, accessible and fairly priced. In a world where there is no loyalty this guy deserves our business.

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Jim:
Thanks for the info on how to darken coins. I was just wondering today how to make my morgans all look the same.

Toby
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Be real careful Toby. Less is more.

Try this first:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=202

Regards,

Alan
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Ammonia will not darken clad coins, but it will dramatically diminish the shinyness of them, giving them a more "circulated" look.
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