Magician's Coin?

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  1. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Here are the pics, and I see some glue, but on the rim of the hollowed out reverse, they left some verbage...
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  3. buddy16cat

    buddy16cat Well-Known Member

    Where did you get that coin?
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  4. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Tell your dog I said hi!

    I have a magician's quarter I found in change. Pics when I take 'em.
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  5. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Looks like it’s been around for quite awhile. Neat find.
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  6. paddyman98

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    It's the Obverse shell of a spy coin. Any coin can be used. A magician's coin is usually shilled meaning a steel insert is added so it would stick to a magnet.
    The shilled shell would be placed over a smaller coin then using a magnet the shell is moved away revealing the hidden coin.

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  7. VistaCruiser69

    VistaCruiser69 Well-Known Member

    Sad to see a 102 year old coin be mutilated like that.
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  8. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Painful isn’t it?
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  9. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Tell your dog I said hi!

    The magician coin I have is a two-headed coin
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  10. Kentucky

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    Junk box
  11. Kentucky

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    The crud in the center might be old glue. Perhaps the second head fell out.
  12. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    It looks like the nickel was ground down in a similar way to this 1859 cent.

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    Before you get upset about "ruining an old coin," this was is listed as a Civil War token, and it was done when this cent was only a few years old. The CWT variety code is PA 360 A-Ido. It's a little scarce, but not impossible to find ... at least 20+ years ago. I sold a couple of these when I was dealer. I still have this one.
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