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I watched something or other with Zee and he's using a silver eagle that looks like well worn walking liberty.

How does one soften a coin like that?
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Patience and fine grit sand paper
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Okay! Thanks. I may give it a shot. Ooor I might just stick with morgans.

I appreciate it.
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You can do it! I have a set of 4 I softened. And you can get Silver Eagles for less than the price of Morgans a lot of the time. Plus they are solid silver whereas Morgans are 90%.
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Think an orbital sander would work? Seems like it should... also, what grit did you use? 2000 fine enough?

I appreciate the advice!
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No orbital sander! Would be too fast. Just go by hand in a figure eight pattern on 400 grit checking the results every 20 passes. Then finish the lower relief section with a 4 sided nail buffer. You can find nice foam ones that you can press into the lower detailed areas of the coin.

The main thing you want is to knock the outer ridge of the coin down, that's the main source of noise when coins slide against each other.

I like my coins soft enough while also maintaining as much detail of the design.

It's a delicate process, so just go slow.
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Thanks again, much appreciated.
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