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After decades of only using clad Kennedy half dollars, I've recently upgraded to silver halves. (I went to a neighborhood coin shop and picked out some well-worn Walking Liberties from the drawer where they kept coins that were too worn to be collectible, so that you're basically just paying for the melt value of the silver content.)

Now, of course, I need to upgrade my old Johnson Products' clad Kennedy expanded shell, as well. I see on JP's website that they do offer an expanded WL shell. However, from the photo on the website, theirs looks a bit too shiny and clean. My coins have a nice bit of black tarnish around their raised highlights, which give them a nice aged look (as well as a bit of contrast). I'm concerned that a too-pristine shell will stand out like the proverbial sore thumb, when it's on the table alongside these coins.

I realize I could polish away all of the tarnish on my WL halves to make them better match the Johnson WL shell, but I'd really rather not; I like the aesthetics of a bit of tarnish on an obviously older coin.

Would the trick of blackening a silver coin in bleach, and then polishing/buffing away only the highlights, work well on a silver shell? Would it be likely to make it a pretty good match for coins that acquired their tarnish over decades of exposure, rather than in a few moments bathing in bleach?

Perhaps it would be best to treat everything -- shell and coins alike -- to the bleach/polish process, so as to ensure a more uniform outcome?

Has anyone else done this? How well did it work?

(Also, can anyone who has purchased a Johnson WL shell tell me whether it indeed arrived in a polished, tarnish-free condition -- the way it looks on their website?)
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I tried the bleach trick once and it came out more brown than black compared to my natural coins.
The "real" stuff to use for tarnishing silver is liver of sulphur and from what I've read it's more trouble than it's worth for just a coin or two.
Call up one of the customer gaffers (Lassen, Schoolcraft, etc.) and order a "soft" Walking Liberty expanded shell and call it a day.
If you send them your coins they'll be able to make a shell that's a custom fit as well, since not all worn coins have the exact same diameter.

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http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/searc......=8169390
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Call up one of the customer gaffers (Lassen, Schoolcraft, etc.) and order a "soft" Walking Liberty expanded shell and call it a day.


Maybe that's not such a bad idea. Johnson's expanded WL shell is $69.25. Schoolcraft's (just the shell, not a set) is $90, so it's really only about twenty bucks more. (Until I double-checked both, I thought there would have been a bigger price difference.) I don't know about Lassen, since it seems he does not list prices on his website.
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On May 12, 2014, karnak wrote:
I don't know about Lassen, since it seems he does not list prices on his website.


Actually, he recently posted a price list on his blog:

http://coolotis.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/2014-custom-prices/

One other source to consider -- Mark Mason - $75 for a WL expanded shell:

http://www.jbtvusa.com/j-b-pro-coin-line......-334.php
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Thanks!
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