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shakuni
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There are almost no videos with anyone using clad coins. Everyone is using silver gimmicks and coins. Is there any reason for it?
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Because in the real world silver coins sound better clinking together than clad ones. I use both.
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I'm getting started into coin work, and am canadian. The clad half dollars seem really out of place up here; they aren't that old, nor are they that interesting; I would wonder why someone would be using them instead of our local currency. With silver coins (even from the US), there seems to be a justification for them; they're interesting to see. I have some gaffed canadian currency, but find them to be the wrong size for me; loonies ($1) are a bit too small and toonies ($2 coin) is somehow incredibly slippery (I can C P*lm it for like, 1 second before it just slides out) so they don't work for me. In my mind, if I'm not going to use local, everyday currency that people have in their pockets then the coins need to be interesting.

Silver looks nice, has value, is old (lots of presentation points; my coins are from the era of WWII, and am working on finding some from WWI), sounds nice, feels nice, has a decent weight and size for working with, and it's not too hard to find matching gaffs.

That said, I also have a C/S coin from West/East Africa from the 1930's (and plan to get an x[ made to match) and have an x[ set coming from Todd in New Zealand pennies because they're also interesting; people haven't seen them before (typically!)

I hope my long-winded answer helps!
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Well I use both myself.silver morgens are beautiful.
but costly especialy when dropped on a hard surface.
it use to be hard to get a custom clad coin.but now that lassen opened his
commerical site.i think more people are using these.to a spectator it really
doesn't matter it's the magic they are there to see.
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I do coin rolls, roll downs and downs star (one handed) and silver coins stick to the fingers much much better than clad coins. personally for me its that one reason alone why I choose silver. add the shine and sound and age of a silver coin and its just pretty.
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Whenever I perform a coin routine where I provide the coins for the routine, I only use Silver coins. One, they are simply more attractive than non-silver coins. Two, because they're Silver coins, their date is of interest and that alone creates opportunities for conversation. If The routine needs a coin borrowed, then of course, whatever coin is borrowed is utilized.
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I'm just too much of a "tight-arse" to buy the silver coins!

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Keep in mind if you buy the 'cull' or soft coins, you'll be getting them basically at the cost of silver. In a pinch, you can always sell them again for the value of the metal they're made of, so unless you're buying expensive gaffs/extras, they can be looked at as a relatively liquid investment.
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I like Morgans because of the look and size. I have large hands and the half dollars seem to get swallowed up in there.
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They feel good.
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Many reasons, some valid, some more esoteric. But mostly.... tradition. Most people starting out fresh in coin magic use whatever coins they have - usually starting with quarters in the US. Then when they start reading magic books and realize that a larger coin is better for various reasons they move to half dollars (clad, since that's all that is generally available without visiting a coin shop). And then, after rubbing shoulders with other magicians via conventions, magic clubs, or whatever, they are told that silver coins are what they really need! And so they refrain from eating lunch for several weeks, then months.... and buy some silver coins.

In reality I don’t believe there is any real necessity to use silver. Clad coins work just as well, are just as slippery - or not as slippery as the case may be. The only reason I know that silver would be advantageous over clad coins is that only silver coins are "soft", or worn to the point of being somewhat flat so that they make less noise when sliding over another soft coin.

Other than that IMO using silver coins is pretty much just a preference. Like using an expensive pen instead of a BIC... because you just want to and can afford to! Smile

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Well, and the fact if you want SOFT coins, silver is the way to go.
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On 2012-12-29 12:43, Sir Richard wrote:
I'm just too much of a "tight-arse" to buy the silver coins!

Sir Richard.


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On 2012-12-29 12:56, J-Mac wrote:

In reality I don’t believe there is any real necessity to use silver. Clad coins work just as well, are just as slippery - or not as slippery as the case may be. The only reason I know that silver would be advantageous over clad coins is that only silver coins are "soft", or worn to the point of being somewhat flat so that they make less noise when sliding over another soft coin.

Jim (OK - bring it on!)


can you soften them (clad coins) with a wetstone or sandpaper or grinder? I just softened all my uncirculated Morgans with a wetstone and thay came out great http://www.themagicianscoin.com/resource......er-coins one good resource and http://www.coinmagictricksblog.com/coin-......t-coins/ an excellent video tutorial
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