Are toned coins worth anything?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Juggalo, Dec 13, 2019.

  1. Juggalo

    Juggalo Active Member

    I found a 2007 P Montana quarter that has a lot of toning to it I was wondering if it might be worth something? I would like to hear what everyone thinks.
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  3. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    That toning looks unnatural. Artificial.
    Like a dried chemical stain IMHO
  4. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    I agree with artificial toning on that one. Some times heat is used to color a coin.
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  5. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    AT all day!

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  6. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Here's the deal from my side of the cheap seats.... There are those out there very recently who seem to have quite the affinity for toned coins. I am not one of those people. You won't look up toned coin values in the Redbook or any other price guide that I am aware of. However, I have seen people pay a premium for toned coins. Myself, I believe it to be a poor purchase as I believe this will be a passing fad in the hobby.
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  7. cpm9ball

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    Most collectors of toners are those who prefer the brilliant colors you'd find on the old cartwheels, mostly Morgan dollars. The ones that carry hefty premiums are not those that have a tinge of gold around the rim but more often have a rainbow arc, a cat's eye or even target toning.

    If I recall, very rarely do you find a clad coin with such vibrant colors unless it happened to be Artificial Toning (AT). @cladking could probably tell you more about these.

  8. Juggalo

    Juggalo Active Member

    Thanks for the fast answer and actually I was thinking the same thing though I had seen one similarly colored but not so extreme that one was a lot older in the 50s. I just wasn't sure what caused it chemicals make sense. Looks like I'll just hang on to it was hoping though that I had found some extra Xmas cash.
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  9. MatrixMP-9

    MatrixMP-9 Well-Known Member

    Id pay more for cool toning. That particular coin looks heated with a torch or something so I probably wouldnt. I have started "liking" coins that show toning that are still inside the mint packaging. Weird but whatever.
  10. LA_Geezer

    LA_Geezer Well-Known Member

    George Carlin mentioned in one of his skits on Johnny Carson that people will buy anything. He recounted the experience of picking out two pieces of scrap wood at a home construction site, then asking one of the workers there to nail them together, creating an angle. He put a "For Sale" sign on it, then explained its rarity to the buyer. He sold it for $5. If eBay had existed back in the day, that buyer might have made a hefty profit for it by mentioning that it was a George Carlin creation.

    I have a 1987 ASE that I had received as a gift when it was new. I tossed it into a desk drawer wherein it sat for more than 25 years. It is now naturally toned and possibly worth hundreds or even thousands to those who collect this sort of thing.
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  11. Islander80-83

    Islander80-83 Well-Known Member

    With little imagination these can be mass-produced.
  12. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It's AT or artificial toning. There are collectors for them. They are fairly easy to make and numerous ways to do so.
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  13. HaleiwaHI

    HaleiwaHI Active Member

    Like anything nowadays, to me, AT is just another form of counterfeiting or faking. I do have some naturally coined Morgans and I keep them in a humidified safe for safekeeping. Personally, I enjoy them and I do place a premium on them. But that's what coin collecting is all about IMHO. Collecting coins that you put a value on even though few others do!
  14. Juggalo

    Juggalo Active Member

    Thanks everyone for the help confirming the AT. I thought it was a little new to have that much toning on it but I had to hope for the long shot. Thanks again.
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  15. Tonkawa Bill

    Tonkawa Bill Member

    I bid on a morgan that I liked the coloring.. asked the seller if he knew if genuine toning or artificial.. He admitted that he had toned the koin. Have gotten 2 from him & happy with them. I prefer blast white silver, though have 5 toned
  16. cladking

    cladking Coin Collector

    My knowledge here is limited but I can confirm that golden toning is common in clad and other toning quite scarce. It's scarce enough that there are likely individuals trying to create it.

    I am told that toned clad can be quite valuable. Clad simply tends to corrode or turn gold rather than develop other colors.
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  17. cpm9ball

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  18. STU

    STU Active Member

    almost all of them are not naturally toned some greedy trying to make a fast dollar
  19. HaleiwaHI

    HaleiwaHI Active Member

    I'm not sure how you figured this out. But personally, I think NT's are amazing. Here's a few of the many that I have.

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  20. STU

    STU Active Member

    junk to me they are horrible I don't have any and will not buy them and I have lots without
  21. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    That’s what makes coin collecting so great. There is something for everyone.
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