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Scott Horn
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Does anyone know how the coin is affixed in an Opongo Box? I would like to switch it out for a Walking Liberty
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Scott,

I am not sure about the Opongo Box, but I have a dollar size Okito box with a removable magnet bottom that has an Eisenhower dollar in the bottom auch as a Boston box. I wanted to remove the Eisenhower dollar, because I do not do use them. I didn't want to destroy the coin, so I soaked the bottom of the box in a metal dish with lacquer thinner in it. I covered the dish so the lacquer thinner didn't evaporate. After a few hours, I removed the box and let it sit around for a few days. Lo and behold the coin fell out. I now have a Morgan dollar in it's place attached with some very thin double sided tape. Hope this helps you. By the way, even if it is attached with super glue, the lacquer thinner will dissolve that also.

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Scott, you can use any US half dollar size coin you want.
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Jerry,

My question is how to remove the coin that is pre-affixed in the Opongo Box. It may be glued, but I don't know if that's the case and if it is, what solvent I can use without damaging the brass
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Scott, did you purchase this used?
The version I have is NOT pre-affixed.
So, just to be clear, it came with the coin glued in place?
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I've wondered the same thing and have e-mailed the manufacturer @ info@essentialmagiccollection.com but have not had a response. I'd be interested if you find any info...
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I soaked mine in Goo Gone for 2 days, and while it didn't hurt the finish, the coin still won't come out! I might try heating it up then putting it on ice.
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Threecard, so Opongo box came with the coin glued in place new?
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The Boston load is "locked in." It could be glued or something else. I think I saw a review where the performer had switched their load from a Kennedy to a Liberty. So far, sounds like Goo Gone isn't the answer.
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Scott, I you willing to use Bremner's method?
He had success with that.
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On Oct 8, 2020, Jerry wrote:
Threecard, so Opongo box came with the coin glued in place new?

Yes, brand new and I'm thinking it might be epoxied in place. Hopefully someone figured out how to remove that coin! Still no response from the manufacturer.
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Jerry,

I have not. First he did not have an Opongo box, so no idea whether the adhesive is the same. Also, I didn't follow his comments as he was saying the box had a removable "magnet bottom." If the bottom was in any way magnetic, why would it have a coin permanently affixed to the bottom ?

I will see if any of the "standard" solvents risk damaging the brass.
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I would suggest placing the box in a pot of boiling water for about a minute. I have done this before to replace a coin that I myself glued into a Boston box.

If it doesn't work with your Opongo box, at least you don't have to worry about damaging the brass.
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Once I ask Rubiales about this topic and he said that yes, you can remover it and then disolve the remains of the glue before fix to it the new coin.
I remove it and didn't have any problem with it!
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Scott, inigmntoya brought this to my attention on another thread involving a different coin topic.

GO HERE:

https://goofoffproducts.com/product/pro-......er-4-oz/

This might be the answer.
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I tried acetone overnight (nail polish remover).... no affect. Next Ill try Goof Off
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Inigmntoya swears by it. Frequently applies it to his coins.

Please update us on the outcome.
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I'll give the Goof Off a try and let you know...
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I do not know what glue is used with the Op. Box. But the best way to get almost anything out, with
a solvent(if any solvent will work), is almost always Acetone. Not nail polish remover, which is only partly acetone.
But you need to use a sealed jar to let the part soak and to avoid bad fumes.
I use contact cement and acetone for my flipper coin, for instance, and it is a breeze to repair.
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Success! I soaked the box in the Goof Off "Super Glue Remover" overnight in a sealed container (it smells suspiciously like acetone). While the coin did not fall out of the box, I was able to pry it out with a very thin metal scale (ruler) with minimal effort. The coin appears to have been adhered with super glue and there is still a bit of adhesive in the recess of the box after the coin popped out. I'm soaking the box now to get rid of the excess, but the coin is perfect and no damage to the box by the Goof Off. This is the way....
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