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Salby
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Wondering if coins that are metal, but if Silver-plated, tarnish well like the Morgans and Walking Liberties??
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Larry Barnowsky
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Yes they tarnish unless they are coated with a sealent.
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Which sealent is ideal for that? Thanks! Just being tired of polishing my coins so frequently.
Larry Barnowsky
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Any spray clear lacquer. Art stores sell them for protecting pastels. Make sure you use a clear finish and not a matte finish.
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Look around a few paint stores, there are a couple of brands marketed especially for use to protect metals like brass and silver. I found those to work a bit better than just clear lacquer.
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Are you sure you want to plate them if you are going to clear coat them after?
They handle and sound funny after you do that BTW.
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Jonathan is right.
I did that once many years ago, it was a mistake.
I like people to handle my large Lassen coins before and after a routine (when possible). When they are coated they do not (to me) sound or feel right.

Also I enjoy polishing my coin set now and then.

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Salby,
I think I may have misunderstood your question. If you are asking if silver plated coins tarnish with a patina like solid silver Morgans then the answer is yes. I don't seal my coins with a lacquer coating. Just using them from time to time keeps them looking good.
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I think Salby is asking if he buys replica Morgans and has the silver plated, will they still tarnish.

If that's actually the question, the answer is 'yes' because silver is still silver, no matter how thick it is. Additionally, the plating will wear off eventually, depending on the quality of the plating job, and the amount of handling.
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Actually, I wanted to buy an Obama coin that was already silver plated at the manufacturer, but I wanted to do a Spellbound effect converting a 1964 Kennedy half (well tanished) to an Obama coin that is also well-tarnished.

They will look the same from afar, but up close, it is Obama on the coin, NOT Kennedy. The Tarnished (darkened in the crevices, but silverish on the raised areas) makes the detail of the president's profile stand out so much better.
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Sounds like an interesting idea...
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I was confused for a while there. Regular coins used as currency (at least in the USA) were never "silver plated", they were either made out of 90% pure silver, or stamped out of a three layer sandwich of metal.

One thing about silver plated things, depending on the thickness of the plating, but the plating can sometimes wear off, especially if you polish using traditional silver polish.
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Salby
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I'm NOT going to polish them... I want them to stay tarnished.

I tarnish my silver coins by getting them dirty (staying in my pockets, "spitting on them", handling them with the natural oils on my hands, etc. etc. etc.).

I just want to know if silver-plated coins will still tarnish the same way as solid silver coins do??
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Yeah, they do. Once they get to the proper state, take them out of your pocket and store them so that they don't rub against each other so much to avoid them wearing out. Probably not an issue, but be careful.
Marty Sasaki
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