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Adam Fraise
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I have searched for any threads on this but couldn't find anything.
I have always used English old pennies - just over 1 inch in diameter. I have just started reading Tarbell who recommends a knurled edge. He also says you can buy silver dollars from magic stores but the 2 main online stores I use don't stock them - only Chinese coins which I don't want to use (I want to use regular looking coins). Some people recommend 2 Euro coins.

Where do you guys get your coins from?
Riley
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Try the old English half crowns - nice coins, slightly bigger than the penny and with the knurled edge. I got some a few years
back from a collectors fair/flea market. You may also find two shilling coins (florin) - slightly smaller than the penny.
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Hello Adam!

RE: Honorable "Doc" TARBELL and his course. The original course was published in the 1920s! The Hardbound course was first published in the '40s--except for Volume 7. So, some of his references "may" be a bit "dated".

Try shops that sell collectible $$$$$ SILVER coins. (even EISENHOWER $ which are not silver. Be prepared to spend some money for these however.

Otherwise, follow Mr. Riley's advice!
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While I have been trying to find some good quality Chinese coins for spellbound, it took me some time to find the Eisenhower dollars. I ended up spending $1.75 each on them. I have been looking at the $2 Canadian coin. Not sure what the edging on them are though.
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Thanks Riley (or should that be Mr Riley?). Nice to have comments from someone on this side of the pond as availability of coins is location specific to some extent. I used to love half crown coins as a kid so am pleased to have an excuse to buy some. I think florins would be too small for my hands for most manipulations that I want to do.
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On 2013-05-30 08:01, Dick Oslund wrote:
Hello Adam!

RE: Honorable "Doc" TARBELL and his course. The original course was published in the 1920s! The Hardbound course was first published in the '40s--except for Volume 7. So, some of his references "may" be a bit "dated".



Yes, I realise this, the patter is hilarious - eg ask a member of the audience to write something on the coin. "Your girls telephone number will do. Then I can call her in the morning".
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