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Scott Horn
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I have couple of steel (thus magnetic) Morgan Dollars. I want to use 1 along with 3 real Morgan Dollars. However, I need to get the finish on the steel coin to look "reasonalby" close to the Morgans. If I polish the steel coin, it looks like a chrome, mirror finish. If I rub it with steel wool, or super fine sandpaper, it looks gray. My Morgans are dull, with relatively little patina which is more gray than black.

Any ideas?
inigmntoya
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I don't know if it's possible with steel, but you might be able to electroplate them with silver?
jim ferguson
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You can get silver plating liquid. I had some which I used for a copper coin years ago. The stuff is rubbed on to the coin, which turns black due to the chemical reaction. It can then be buffed to a shine and looks just like a real silver coin.

I can't remember the name of the stuff though or what the American equivelent may be. But perhaps someone here may be able to point you in the right direction.

Or you could take them to a jewlers and have them properly plate them ?


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You're welcome.

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Being a jeweler, I electroform all the time, to make your coin silver it's going to cost you more than a real silver coin.
not worth the cost honestly, but if you want to waste cash plating a steel object then by all means have it done.
Your item will need to be plated in copper first then nickel, then silver, this is how it's done, no other way about it.
you can do it yourself but the investment is expensive. search electroform plating.
have fun
Scott Horn
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Definately not worth it. The liquid plating products don't appear to work on steel. I was hoping to find a simple, roughing or buffing solution
HarryB
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Scott,
My other hobby is welding/metal working. I would believe that your morgans must have some sort of plating. Raw steel would rust and will not shine up as you describe. If they are nickel plated, then you are two thirds there. If it is zinc or another plating then oh well. Can you call and find out what the plating is on the steel morgans? Just trying to help.
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