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David Freeman
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Hey everyone,

Has anyone made their own palming coins? If so, what material did you use? Any help or suggestions would be great! I would like 12-15 for use in my Miser's Dream routine and for other coin manipulations.


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This is enigmatic. If you wanted hundreds, you would be best served in finding some substitute but even if you used half dollar coins the cost to you is only $7.50 at most.

If the problem is that you don't want to be tempted to spend the coins, go to a coin shop and ask to go through their culls and buy silver coins. The satisfying ring of a silver coin in your pail will amaze you.

Often, you can get silver half dollars for only a few cents over face value. Silver bullion is not high enough for coin shops to melt the culls down at this time.

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I did a miser's dream a while ago and had a whole bunch (over 100) coins silk screened on heavy silver mylar.. they looked like super shiny coins and yet were soooooo thin.. and because I had them die cut, they had a pretty good "gription" (grip and Friction) that made them a joy to palm! They had some bend and had some spring, were thin enough so that I could more than double the number of coins I could palm, and becaue they were heavy-duty mylar, from most venues they looked like polished metal. As they become more and more used.. they actually looked BETTER!

Best of luck!
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I made some palming coins the other day. I bought some old, thin copper coins (the more worn the better) at the coin shop for 50 cents and sanded the face and edge down by gluing very fine sandpaper to a block of wood and rubbing down both sides of the coin until you could just see the head and tail. They are about the same depth as palming coins but without the milled edge. Anyway try that with some cheap copper coins about an inch in diameter. I might also add that it's usually illegal to deface your own country's coins - so use old, cheap, copper coins from far off places.
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Actually it is not illegal to deface currency, it is yours and you can do whatever you like with it.
It is illegal to deface and then try to recirculate currency as then the government has to spend time and money to replace it.
Actually the government loves it when you take currency out of circulation by collecting, losing, or converting it into unspendable gaffed coins as it helps inflation. This is one of the reasons for making the new state quarters as it will take millions and millions out of circulation as everyone is trying to collect a whole set of them. This allows the government to print more money yet have less in active circulation.
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Hey MakeupGuy! Wanna sell any coins?

The trouble that you have already gone through to obtain the material and create the screen pattern, and find a screener, would be more than a lot of would put forth, but since you have done it already, you might find a market for them...

I for one, would take some. I don't know how many, because I would have to know a price, but I would think a large number would make a great display! And if they were priced right, I think you could move quite a few of them.

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I'd be interested as well. Smile
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Me three. Smile
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I have used tin roofing tabs as palming coins. If you want them to nest, you can press them into a pattern or shape so they will lock when they stack. Only thing is they don't make a pretty clink.
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Hmmmm.. I got out of the magic biz a few years ago to concentrate on being a makeupartist for film and tv..

maybe I'll track down my old coins.. and printer.. and see if I can get some shops to carry them.

I know the BIG bag of the mylar coins got tossed a few years ago.. but it wasn't hard or expensive to have them made.
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Before I bought some coins at a coin shop, I practiced with several washers that I picked up at the local hardware store. Worked just fine for coin manipulations and tricks.
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Mardi Gras tokens are about the size of a silver dollar. they're made of aluminum so they are light. You can buy them cheap on ebay.
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