Toned Coins

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by chking3, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. chking3

    chking3 Member

    I hope this is the right forum still pretty new. I have a question about toned coins. I see online that people like them and are buying them. I have a couple that are really pretty. One is a state quarter and it looks kinda like a rainbow but of course not bright like that. Are toned coins worth selling or should I just keep it for myself because it is so awesome to look at.
     
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  3. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    You've asked a question no one can answer for you. It's a personal preference thing. Here's just one possible circumstance:

    1) You have access to toned coins.
    2) You don't care for toned coins.
    3) You know somebody else that loves them.
    4) You are short-term profit motivated.

    If 1-4 all are true, you need to SELL. Otherwise, maybe not.
     
  4. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    only you can decide that. show us some pics of them here.
     
  5. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    A number of years ago no one wanted them, now they are in demand. Their popularity has grown and is, in my opinion, here to stay. Only you can decide if you want to collect them or sell for a profit. A word of caution as you stated you are pretty new, beware of artificially toned coins or AT.
     
  6. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    I cannot bring myself to believe that.
     
  7. mac266

    mac266 Well-Known Member

    To answer your question: It depends. Some collectors like toning, some pay huge bucks for "rainbow" toning, whereas others like blast white. So it all depends.

    With any toning but with rainbow toning especially, there are some unscrupulous sellers who do things to the coin to cause it to tone in that way. I know one technique is to jam the coin into a potato and bake it. The chemical reactions cause it to tone.

    However, these "artificially toned" (AT) coins are considered problem coins the same as cleaning, whizzing, scratching, etc. the coin. So if you like them, it is incumbent on you to learn to spot AT.

    The problem is, it is not very easy to determine. Even the professional graders at NGC, PCGS, and ANACS have a difficult time, and have resorted to labeling some coins as "questionable toning."

    I hope this helps.
     
  8. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I don't want to either but I've seen enough to make me believe it.
     
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  9. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    Ah, but what happens "when" it's revealed that actually making virtually undetectable AT is not only possible, but that it's been being done at scale for years?
     
  10. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I've a strange feeling that no one will care. That coin looks so pretty! Not me.
     
  11. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    Yeah, me too. I'm not that pretty at all. Final days Luke Skywalker having a bad hair day.
     
  12. baseball21

    baseball21 Well-Known Member

    Agreed. Basically everyone is aware that that has happened before and no one really seems to care as long as they like the end product.
     
  13. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    A-stinkin-mazing.
     
  14. baseball21

    baseball21 Well-Known Member

    Eh, it's kind of the dipping thing reversed. People that like blast white coins are just worried about the final look not necessarily how it got there.

    Plus with toning no one can even agree what exactly would be considered "making toning". Kind of hard to have a market consensus yes or no when it can't even agree on what should be considered what
     
  15. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    Any wildly colored ASE is an altered piece of crap, in PCGS plastic or not - let's start there and see how far we get.
     
  16. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I think there are 2 main types of AT coins the first being wild colors. This creates wild and bold reds, blues, pinks and yellows. The second is carefully applied to create a specific area of toning. This is common on silver eagles. I.E., the flag is toned but not the stars or the skirt lines are toned every other line. The coins surface is toned but not the sun or the rays and certainly not the stars. A little Vaseline or sulfur applied with heat can do wonders.
    I'd post photos but my phone won't let me. Still having a few issues.
     
  17. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    C'mon, man. Ya need altitude, laddie! I been down there! Those valleys'll kell yar signal, laddie. Pull up, pull up.
     
  18. chking3

    chking3 Member

    I will post pictures later, my phone screen is broken and can't take pics right now. I will get them on here tonight. I have two arkansas state quarters I will post too. I got one awhile back and couldn't find any errors for them online but kept it because it looked unusual. Today I got another one so Im going to get you guys to look at it, I wouldn't say they're toned, just dark grey except for the raised parts.
     
  19. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    I just saw your neighbor on the news. She's a luger. Not a loser, a luger.
     
  20. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I have no neighbors. Only 3 houses and I'm in one of them. Can't see the others.
     
  21. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    Glen Rock. Close enough.
     
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