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Toned Peace Dollars

Unlike Morgan dollars, which tint in a fantastic color palette, tinted peace dollars are rare due to the metallic properties of the silver planets on which they are minted. The impurities in the Morgan planchets trigger rainbow colors, as in this example from my collection:

Rainbow colors, as beautiful as they appear, are chemical reactions. Most occur due to long-term air exposure, although coins in paper sheets or holders can also interact with the silver.

Another word for tinted is “patina,” and you can find that on silverware and other metal alloy products.

I have browsed online auctions for decades and have only held three examples of PCGS.

I won this raw coin a decade ago with a modest bid of $ 160 in a Proxibid auction. Here’s how it was displayed by Capital Coin Auction:

It was rated MS-65 by PCGS (certificate: 32555936).

I won these two this year.

The 1926 S-Class AU-55, which I thought was too low; So I cracked the coin and sent it back to PCGS. Got the same grade. But it’s still nice:

I won this at a HiBid.com auction in 1922 with a bid of $ 210. I sent it to PCGS and it came back in questionable color:

Under no circumstance. I tried NGC and got “artificial toning”. Under no circumstance.

I am resenting PCGS with the advice to eye the 1922 coin instead of seeing others graded with similar tones. Bingo. MS-62.

It takes a trained eye to see a real tint in any coin, especially in peace dollars. Almost every other offer on eBay is artificial. Coins with shades of blue or purple, sometimes laced with orange, are almost always artificial, as in these examples:

Image 11 - 1923 P Silver peace dollar $ 1 - ST |  Rainbow colors

Image 1 - 1922 PEACE SILVER DOLLAR NEAR GEM UNCIRCULATED + BEAUTIFUL TONING !!Be wary of wild colors that streak like paint. Check to see if the seller also has an inventory of similarly toned coins. They sound this way because the silver is heated with or in various objects (I will not disclose the methods):

Image 1 - 1925-S PEACE DOLLAR LOOK GREAT

In this case, the seller identified the artificial tint by stating: “COIN HAS BEEN ARTIFICALLY TONED (AT) BY ADDING THE CORRECT AMOUNT OF CHEMICAL MIXTURE. IT TAKES ONLY A FEW DAYS AND NOT YEARS. PROBABLY WOULD NOT DEEP AN EXPERT, BUT THE RESULTS ARE VERY AMAZING. “

I give such sellers a lot of credit for being numismatically honest.

Cleaned coins can also tint, but the colors will be washed out, as in this example:

1883 Morgan dollars

The best way to identify tinted Peace Dollars is to see them in Heritage, Great Collections, Legend Rare Coins, and other premium auctions. Familiarize yourself with the patterns and colors.

Here’s a great one – 1923-D MS-66 PCGS – that’s being offered by Legend with bids estimated at $ 10,000.

$ 1 1923-D PCGS MS66 CAC

When you are sure that a raw coin has real patina, bid high. However, the best bet is to buy PCGS, NGC, ANACS, and ICG holders.

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