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We're proud to unveil Artifact coins, new custom-designed coins made exclusively for coin magic.

These were designed, made and tested (and tested, and tested, ad nauseum until we got it right) for the coin magician who desires all of the properties, beauty and antique richness that are found in coins such as the Walking Liberty or the Barber Half dollar, without the heavy price tag associated with original antique coins.

If you love walking through coin shows or shops and digging through pile after pile of scrap coins, spending tons of money on dulled, worn pieces, then these coins are not for you. If you have other things going on, such as gigs, you'll love these. They feel like Kennedy halves, glide like Walking Libs and have an eye-catching design that will catch your spectators' eyes.

More information is available here, and Ellusionist Vice President Jason Brumbalow talked at length about the manufacturing process in this podcast. We've been pretty excited about these for a while; we're glad we finally get to share them.
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On 2011-02-17 16:24, MoJoe13 wrote:

If you love walking through coin shows or shops and digging through pile after pile of scrap coins, spending tons of money on dulled, worn pieces, then these coins are not for you. If you have other things going on, such as gigs, you'll love these.



I wish you all the best on these coins. They do look very nice, very interesting to me. I would, however, highly recommend you alter the 2 sentences quoted above.
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I, for one, am very glad that they have an "eye-catching design that will catch your spectators' eyes."
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Will any matching expanded and/or unexpanded she..s be available? The coins look very nice.

Thank you.
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I, for one, am very glad that they have an "eye-catching design that will catch your spectators' eyes."
:)



Crikey! What kind of terrible writer would write something so redundant?

Oy vey...
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They are certainly cheaper than using a liberty half dollar or some other actual antique coin but they are of course obviously not a real coin. So what would make them an advantage over, say, a regular kennedy half dollar coin?
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They are certainly cheaper than using a liberty half dollar or some other actual antique coin but they are of course obviously not a real coin. So what would make them an advantage over, say, a regular kennedy half dollar coin?


Personally, I couldn't tell you, because I haven't gotten a chance to feel my own set yet. But in talking to Jason about them, the Artifact coins glide like older Walking Libs or other older coins. Known how when you rub Kennedys together, they are really rigid, and scrape each other a little more roughly? Artifacts don't do that, Jason said.
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If the idea was to create something old and real looking, this isn't it.
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Do these coins actually have 'precision and stealth' stamped on them?
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There's also a discussion going on in the coin forum here: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......rum=3&17

Personally, I'm not sure how a coin that advertises itself as "precision stealth" is supposed to attract a coin worker who wants their coins looking as ungimmicked as possible.

The patter possibilities feel limited too. But hey, this looks like it would be awesome for youtube performances.
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Just like the Viper deck, Ghost deck and the like, it SCREAMS magic prop. As opposed to an antique coin which harkens a bit of class.

"Here are 4 old Morgan Silver dollars that belonged to my uncle."

"Here's a coin that says precision stealth that I bought online from an online magic store"

Which opening line would you rather use?
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The whole point of using coins is that spectators know they're real. These scream "magic coins". Bad idea. Not only that but they're too small. Besides if you want to use small coins, a half dollar silver coin could be had for the price of this non-silver dollar manufactured coin. Also, I'd be worried these coins are made in China (probably) and may have some lead.
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Also, I'd be worried these coins are made in China (probably) and may have some lead.


No lead. They are made of a nickel and zinc alloy. No worries.
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They look nice, not enough for me to justify spending 6 dollars on a token that says Precision Stealth on one side though.

Anyone know what is written in spanish on the other side?

And my big question is, who was the minter the ad speaks about?
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Also, I'd be worried these coins are made in China (probably) and may have some lead.


No lead. They are made of a nickel and zinc alloy. No worries.


What country are they made in?
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Anyone know what is written in spanish on the other side?


Dan, I'm so disappointed in you. It's Latin, not Spanish. Smile

Fun trivia: Everyone at Ellusionist tried to speak with a Latin accent while designing these coins. But no one actually knew what a Latin accent sounded like. So we listened to Eddie Izzard's comedy bit about that instead. Good times.
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Doug,
You can TOUCH lead, just don't eat it. Lead is not radioactive, like say, your cellphone is. Are you afraid to go fishing beacause the weights are lead, oh no, the fish will get lead poisoning!


Actually EVERYTHING is being made in China now. I hope you know that iPhone is made in China, are you afraid of that?
James


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The whole point of using coins is that spectators know they're real. These scream "magic coins". Bad idea. Not only that but they're too small. Besides if you want to use small coins, a half dollar silver coin could be had for the price of this non-silver dollar manufactured coin. Also, I'd be worried these coins are made in China (probably) and may have some lead.
Still with the Chinese circus Smile
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Very funny..You missed the point though.
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The basic idea sounds good - a modern, thicker and heavier update of the old palming coins. Maybe E might come out with different versions in the future, some that hopefully look more like actual coins. Don't have to look like U.S. coins, necessarily, as long as they look like they could be coins from somewhere. But there is nothing "stealth" about something that says "stealth" on it.
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The ad says $6.99 each. This is what I paid for my silver Walking Liberties at the local coin shop, and love them!
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