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14 Apr 2017

Easter egg coins

Coins-United States | CoinLady

During the weekend when people are dyeing eggs all sorts of lovely colors, I'm thinking of the many colorful coins to be seen.
Tone Morgan dollars have become tremendously popular in the last few years. These coins can come in blazing shades of red, gold, violet, pink, green. Sometimes the impression of the paper wrappers can be seen.  I especially recall an 1882-S with violet toning on the obverse, an 1883-O with rainbow toning on the reverse (that I picked out of a box) and an 1885-CC with deep orange color.
Large cent collectors know that their favorites can come in all sots of colors, attractive or not. There are the chocolate brown cents. There are the ones with shades of Mint red. Some have been harshly cleaned and are dull orange.
Matte proof Lincoln cents are seen in lovely tones, due to the sulfur in the paper used to wrap them. I once saw a gorgeous 1910 proof with subtle shades of violet, visible when the coin was turned under a light.  I also recall a 1915, possible the best Lincoln cent I've ever seen, shimmering red and violet.
Nickel coins sometimes show a gun-metal blue tone. Buffalo nickels and three-cent nickels come to mind. I once saw a 1945-S War nickel with pink and gold toning on the reverse, and a 1939-S nickel with pale green toning.
Some would say, toned coins show a chemical reaction, and are therefore not desirable. I enjoy the beauty of toned coins.  I'm a fan of toned coins.

Comments

user_7180

Level 5

Not a big fan of toned coins, but I have seen some with beautiful colors.

Kepi

Level 6

Great blog! I love toned coins as well! I especially like Mercury Dimes which can have some amazing colors!

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

toned coins are some of the best (sometimes better that key dates) because if naturally toned they are truly unique and one of a kind

SpartaCuse

Level 4

Toning isn't for everyone, but some of those toned coins have have unbelievable colors - That is the great thing about different metals, you get different colors & Some stay just the way they were originally minted - I have a few - It is what makes this hobby so great!

user_9073

Level 5

I do think that toning can be quite beautiful. But I don't get the high prices asked for toning. After all it is the beginning of what would be call corrosion.

Raye_0826

Level 4

I love the look of toned coins -- but as SUN stated, some coins aren't done any favors when they change hue. I also love the chocolatey-brown patina that copper-based coins sometimes develop. On a smooth, high-grade surface, it's absolutely marvelous!

Mike

Level 7

I'm not a big fan of toned coins. I do have if you can believe a 1912. D toned LIberty V nickel it's beautiful. A few nickels with a lite gold hue on them. And some cents with that blue tint. Silver dollars I like luster and the old cart wheel. Thanks for the blog enjoyed it.

"SUN"

Level 5

Toned coins can be beautiful, and some can be ugly.

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