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Kurtis Chin
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The Ike's that I obtained were from the casinos. I'm not sure if any use them anymore as I think most have been replaced by chips.

Very nice routine MB...very smooth, unrushed and casual, all elements that make great coin magic.
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Many years ago, somebody on the Café recommended Kennedy halves from 1966-1968 because of their shininess and the milling. I sought these out and he was absolutely correct on both fronts. The four I carry around with me have never lost their shine, and they very nearly grip your hand back when you cl****c p**m them.

For my hands, the copper English pennies also work really well; your mileage may vary, and this might have something to do with my mutant body chemistry, but I find them easier to work with than American halves.
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I won an auction for four mid-to-late 60's Kennedy halves this evening. They weren't too expensive and look pretty good in the pictures.

I bought a lot of twenty "good clean" English pennies too (for £4 inc postage!).

Need to decide which larger coins to get now, and whether to go down the hobo/replica route.

And I'll probably need [ before long...
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The coins have arrived!

They're 40% silver as far as I know and show minor signs of silver oxydisation. Can anyone suggest the best way to clean them? Am I better off using silver polish or a completely non-abrasive method such as electrolysis (alu foil, baking soda & boiling water)?
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Apologies for yet another post but I want to share how I cleaned them in case it's useful for others like myself who are newcomers to silver coins.

I've given them one round of "quick & dirty kitchen electrolysis" and they've come up a treat. (Pyrex jug lined inside with alu foil, coins in the bottom, covered in a couple of tablespoons of baking soda, pour boiling water over - carefully because the reaction fizzes quite vigorously, leave for 5 mins).

They're the four on the left. The picture doesn't really do them justice but even without any buffing, the sheen is much more pronounced than on the 1971 non-silver half, also pictured. I really like them.

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I've always read you need both salt and baking soda, which is the way I've done it. But it does work very nicely, even for very tarnished coins. You can smell a burnt hair type smell if you've done it right which is the silver sulfide giving off sulfur and returning to metallic silver. I also usually use baking soda and an old toothbrush to get any actual dirt or grime off.
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My chemistry is very patchy but I think adding salt speeds up the process but isn't absolutely necessary. I first discovered the method when restoring a 1920's silver plated Gillette razor and I didn't use salt then either.

Either way, it's a great way of cleaning up silver items.
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Too much chemistry for me! Wrights Silver Cream works just fine for me.

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That's fair enough, J-Mac. I was wary when I first tried it but it's really quick & easy and strangely satisfying. It doesn't remove any silver either, like polishing does (which is why I didn't want to risk polishing the silver plated razor).

Anyway, I love these coins. They feel quite different to my '71 half - they're much sharper/grippier. The edge border/rim is also noticeably thinner than on the '71 coin too (noticeable in the picture above). They'll take a bit of getting used to but they are definitely an improvement, and they sound fantastic when they clink each other. I've been doing a lot of clinking!
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With large hands you could probably do some cool things with poker chips of different colors and styles, and not just coins. I am mostly in cards now, but used half dollars and walking liberties in the past.
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Those look pretty good Kong. I hope you enjoy them. Smile

Not for nothing, but "1971" was a very good year! Smile

I have always liked the set of 1971 Kennedy Halves I've had for some time now, like the look and feel of them, even as seen in comparison in your photo. And went that way mostly because I had received a [ from Johnson's that was a 1971, and so found a few coins to match, especially then for the Roth's Coins Across. They are not super shiny as you have worked yours to appear, but honestly I really didn't want them to be so much as I like the sorta older glazed look to them. The '71s have a nice show to them, a nice noticeable ring around them too. And though no silver to them(?), they feel like they do. Smile I've had them for many, many years now, about the only half dollars I use for coins across, my own and other such routines, like Gadabout Coins, Winged Silver, Copper Silver tricks, etc. Smile
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Thanks Mb.

Yes, I like the '71 too. It was my first US coin and the coin I've spent the most time practicing with since I started learning coin magic some months ago.

The late 60's coins do feel very different though. I think it's all down to that difference between the "rims". It's much thinner and sharper/more pronounced onthe late 60's coins that I find helps my cl****c p**m be more relaxed. They do feel strange to hold by the extreme edge (in preperation for a retention vanish, for example). There really isn't much meat to grab onto!

That's an interesting story there Mb, of how your set of halves came together. I hadn't considered that I'll need a matching 40% silver [. Oops! I'll have to start shopping around.

In the meantime, between Bobo's MCM, Tylers fantastic routines and J Burke Whittaker's masterclass (when I get a coin box) I have plenty to be getting on with!
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Yes Kong, I actually built my little set off receiving the [ first. Got it from Johnson's, loved the feel and look of it as it wasn't so shiny, actually a sort of dull haze to it. I then checked around for the same year coins (1971) and was surprised to find that they matched perfectly. And the feel of them made me smile, like I had gotten a complete set made by a fine craftsman, just not for those crazy prices. Smile

Anyway, I still have that same set of '71s that I carry around in a purse of several effects. Coins Across is one of my old favorites, and so this set lives in this old purse with a few other tricks I like to do. Smile And I'm real happy nowadays that it's just a few things, that from practice have come to just be comfortably always fun to do, some of my own and a few fine others I've glommed onto along my journey. Smile

It's funny, but with just a few (4-5) half dollars, a couple of English pennies, a ], and a C/S coin, you can do a whole lot, that don't cost a whole lot to do. Smile
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Very true that Mb, and that's the goal I'm working towards: to be able to perform a combination of strong effects at a moment's notice with minimal "luggage".

As much as I like the '71 half, I'm afraid I find the allure of silver halves very hard to resist. I think I have magpie genes!
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Also meant to say Kong, love the dark Argentinian coin you show, very nice contrast to the others. Smile

And I'd throw in a nice Chinese coin (with a hole in it) to complete the little set I mentioned above here. With that, you're set! Smile
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The Argentinian coin is an 1891 "Dos Centavos" and I like it too. It's a nice contrast to the other coins as you say, and the colouration/patina is really nice. Surprisingly, it was only a couple of pounds to buy (on the famous online auction place - not sure if I can mention it here...) and they didn't seem to be in short supply either.

Funny you should mention a Chinese coin...

I got myself one along with a coin purse (many thanks to Tyler Rabbit for some valuable purse advice). Here it is along with my other coins, including four soft pennies I picked up since the last photo.

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Nice! Good looking cache of coins you got there now, and definitely enough to journey a good long ways...and even a purse. Good stuff! Smile
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Kong, where did you get that coin purse?
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On Oct 4, 2019, Mb217 wrote:
Nice! Good looking cache of coins you got there now, and definitely enough to journey a good long ways...and even a purse. Good stuff! Smile


Thanks Mb. I'm having a lot fun with them, including practicing your Spe'l Coin routine (...which is coming together, just need to keep working on my "pitch" to smooth it out. The "put" change has been an eye opener. It looks so good when done correctly, when it first "clicked" I even fooled myself! Fantastic).

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On Oct 19, 2019, JoshDude849 wrote:
Kong, where did you get that coin purse?


Hi Josh, it's this one:

https://www.propdog.co.uk/gosh-coin-purse
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Okay sweet!

Thanks Kong!!

Josh
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