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A little toning experiment

I was hard boiling eggs this afternoon when I had the idea to tone some coins. So I crushed up a hard boiled egg in a bowl, heated it in the microwave, and let it sit on the vent for a while. I tried to position the lke and the proof dollar like you find in a bag, with mild success. Here is the setup:
And here are the results:





I put a Ike in there overnight, but the effectiveness of the eggs seems to drop off with time.

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  • Insider3Insider3 Posts: 163 ✭✭✭

    What do the coins smell like? I've seen graders smell coins and say "this coin smells like as." Tobacco toning has a distinct smell also.

  • OwnerofawheatiehordeOwnerofawheatiehorde Posts: 1,458 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Insider3 said:
    What do the coins smell like? I've seen graders smell coins and say "this coin smells like as." Tobacco toning has a distinct smell also.

    Smells like metal. After the “Incident” I always like to smell my coins before buying them. ;)

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  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 45,203 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @FlyingAl said:
    The Olympics Proof is very interesting. Looks like the kind of tone that often ends up in straight graded holders.

    Don't encourage him! ;)

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  • BLUEJAYWAYBLUEJAYWAY Posts: 7,824 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Next time try putting some bacon or sausage in with the eggs. :)

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  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,599 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Now try it with quail eggs. Did you cover the tray to trap the off gas?

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  • OwnerofawheatiehordeOwnerofawheatiehorde Posts: 1,458 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Namvet69 said:
    Now try it with quail eggs. Did you cover the tray to trap the off gas?

    Yes, the bowl had a clip-on lid.

    Type collector, mainly into Seated. Young Numismatist. Good BST transactions with: mirabela, OKCC, MICHAELDIXON

  • Insider3Insider3 Posts: 163 ✭✭✭

    @Ownerofawheatiehorde said:

    @Insider3 said:
    What do the coins smell like? I've seen graders smell coins and say "this coin smells like as." Tobacco toning has a distinct smell also.

    Smells like metal. After the “Incident” I always like to smell my coins before buying them. ;)

    That IKE in the original package was worth a lot of money to the right person. After attending one of her seminars, I donated a Proof Set (horrible case of PVC but not as bad as yours) to Susan Maltby for her conservation lectures. IMO, your RARE example was the wrong coin to experiment with. :'( Nevertheless, you are the owner.

  • originalisbestoriginalisbest Posts: 5,901 ✭✭✭✭

    Skip is back? And what exactly is rare about a '71-S Blue Ike package?

  • RLSnapperRLSnapper Posts: 494 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Instead of a coin doctor you are a coin chef!!

  • Insider3Insider3 Posts: 163 ✭✭✭

    @originalisbest said:
    Skip is back? And what exactly is rare about a '71-S Blue Ike package?

    The coin that is deteriorating inside the package.

  • IkesTIkesT Posts: 2,367 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 5, 2024 4:00PM

    @Insider3 said:

    @Ownerofawheatiehorde said:

    @Insider3 said:
    What do the coins smell like? I've seen graders smell coins and say "this coin smells like as." Tobacco toning has a distinct smell also.

    Smells like metal. After the “Incident” I always like to smell my coins before buying them. ;)

    That IKE in the original package was worth a lot of money to the right person. After attending one of her seminars, I donated a Proof Set (horrible case of PVC but not as bad as yours) to Susan Maltby for her conservation lectures. IMO, your RARE example was the wrong coin to experiment with. :'( Nevertheless, you are the owner.

    He can make more...Sparky just needs to have a full bladder. ;)

  • RobertScotLoverRobertScotLover Posts: 515 ✭✭✭✭

    Well now I know, it Looks like everyone else's toned coins unfortunately, wish I didn't view this

  • Insider3Insider3 Posts: 163 ✭✭✭

    Make sure it is still in the original pack w/no pin holes!

  • johnny010johnny010 Posts: 1,045 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Are you planning round two with fresh eggs?

  • Steven59Steven59 Posts: 8,167 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You really only need the yolks for toning - it has the Sulphur in it. Try duck eggs if you can find them for sale - they have bigger yolks while the albumen (whites) are less than chicken eggs thus they produce more sulfur.

  • Steven59Steven59 Posts: 8,167 ✭✭✭✭✭

    And if you don't like the toning you can remove it by:
    1) Crumple up a piece of aluminum foil and put it in a glass bowl
    2) Place the coin on the aluminum foil
    3) add 1TBSP (or more) of Baking Soda on top of the coin
    4) Pour boiling water over the coin until covered

    That should remove the toning, then you can try again if you want.

  • Steven59Steven59 Posts: 8,167 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @RobertScotLover said:
    Well now I know, it Looks like everyone else's toned coins unfortunately, wish I didn't view this

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  • OwnerofawheatiehordeOwnerofawheatiehorde Posts: 1,458 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Insider3 said:

    @Ownerofawheatiehorde said:

    @Insider3 said:
    What do the coins smell like? I've seen graders smell coins and say "this coin smells like as." Tobacco toning has a distinct smell also.

    Smells like metal. After the “Incident” I always like to smell my coins before buying them. ;)

    That IKE in the original package was worth a lot of money to the right person. After attending one of her seminars, I donated a Proof Set (horrible case of PVC but not as bad as yours) to Susan Maltby for her conservation lectures. IMO, your RARE example was the wrong coin to experiment with. :'( Nevertheless, you are the owner.

    It was very disgusting, when i picked it up crystallized dog pee flaked off. Not something i would want to keep, lol. :D

    Type collector, mainly into Seated. Young Numismatist. Good BST transactions with: mirabela, OKCC, MICHAELDIXON

  • OwnerofawheatiehordeOwnerofawheatiehorde Posts: 1,458 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Steven59 said:
    And if you don't like the toning you can remove it by:
    1) Crumple up a piece of aluminum foil and put it in a glass bowl
    2) Place the coin on the aluminum foil
    3) add 1TBSP (or more) of Baking Soda on top of the coin
    4) Pour boiling water over the coin until covered

    That should remove the toning, then you can try again if you want.

    That's what I did for my "toned" Ike above, worked like a charm.

    Type collector, mainly into Seated. Young Numismatist. Good BST transactions with: mirabela, OKCC, MICHAELDIXON

  • originalisbestoriginalisbest Posts: 5,901 ✭✭✭✭

    @Insider3 said:

    @originalisbest said:
    Skip is back? And what exactly is rare about a '71-S Blue Ike package?

    The coin that is deteriorating inside the package.

    Spend it for yuks and get another blue package '71-S Ike, then?

  • BLUEJAYWAYBLUEJAYWAY Posts: 7,824 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like a job for a Denny's Grand Slam breakfast. :)

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  • If it’s so easy, try to make some attractive ones and get straight graded by the GS.

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