TONED COIN IMAGES

It's sad, but many researchers, dealers and long-time collectors believe that about 80% of all 20th Century silver coins and 98% of 19th Century and earlier silver coins have been cleaned or dipped to increase the coin's value.  Today, we also have the "coin doctors" who use a variety of methods to artificially tone a coin in an atempt to increase it's value.  It seems like someone is always messing with our hobby to make a buck.

Coin doctoring aside, the reasons for toning are numerous.  If you can think of toning on coins as rust is to steel or oxidation is to aluminum, then it's a bit easier to understand.  Toning can be gorgeous or it can be really ugly, but believe it or not, copper, brass, nickel and silver coins are all susceptible to toning.  The following coin images are divided into two categories; naturally and artificially toned.  Each thumbnail image is linked to larger image and the cause of the toning explained (if it is known).




NATURALLY TONED COINS


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1896 IHC
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1901 IHC
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1955 Lincoln
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1955 Lincoln
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1913D Buffalo

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1937 Buffalo
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1939S Jefferson
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1961 Jefferson
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1961 Jefferson
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1962 Jefferson

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1962 Jefferson
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1964 Jefferson
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1971S Jefferson
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1943S Mercury
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1947S Roosevelt

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1930 SLQ
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1962 Washington
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1879 SL Half
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1942 WL Half
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1994 Silver Eagle

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1901 British TD
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1940 GB Penny
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1948 Canada 1$
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1972 Canada 1$
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Restrike MTTs



ARTIFICALLY TONED COINS


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1889 IHC
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1905 IHC
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1940 Jefferson
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1999 Washington
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1999 Washington

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2001 Washington



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