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    Oct 2007
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    Strange Half Dollar

    The wife and I were searching a box of halves this evening. I found a 1972D clad half. It looks completely normal including the edge. However, the sound of it hitting other coins drew us to it. It has a low dull sound when hitting the table. Almost as if it is hollow. I can post pics or even upload a video so that you can hear it. Was there a planchette error for this year?
    Thanks for your expertise.
    Steve.
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    Oct 2013
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    It's a magician's half. Scotch and soda trick coin. Put it in a sturdy Tupperware container and shake the $&/! Out of it. It will pop open and reveal (most likely) a 20 Mexican centavo or a British one penny on the interior of the reverse. Let us know what you find!
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    likely has a rotated die also and will weigh about 10 grams. I run them under HOT water then bounce off the floor-- voila---- now you have 2 coins

    found about 9 of those--- and all sold for $8+ each
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    Oct 2007
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    Thanks for the help everyone. Click image for larger version. 

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  5. #5
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    Been there...Dug that

    Mar 2015
    Northern Illinois
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    Ha! My uncle used to own some tool n die shops and I'd see those being made every now and then. I had the dime-in-penny ones.
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    Dec 2013
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    Worth about $10, so it’s a good find, grats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by port ewen ace View Post
    likely has a rotated die also and will weigh about 10 grams. I run them under HOT water then bounce off the floor-- voila---- now you have 2 coins

    found about 9 of those--- and all sold for $8+ each
    Wow.
    Where in the world would you sell these?
    I have 6 of them here, just collecting dust.
    I guess I just don't believe in magic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott W View Post
    Wow.
    Where in the world would you sell these?
    I have 6 of them here, just collecting dust.
    I guess I just don't believe in magic.
    Per advise from PEA, I sold mine on eBay. I had accumulated over 30 of them. Sold 21 of them for just shy of $150 after fees. I sold them in lots of 3.... One I great shape, and 2 in good shape. No one was really interested in the damaged ones.
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    us
    Dec 2009
    South East, MI
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    You can sell them at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/surplusmagicexchange/ but you have t be a member.
    It helps a lot to have the matching coin. I sold some a few years ago. I went to my local coin shop and found a few matching Centavos and British penny to complete the sets. I also shined the coins up on a buffer.
    You can open them easily with a "bang ring" sold a magic shops.
    Here is a link to an Ebay listing. It shows what the "bang ring" looks like. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Scotch-and-....c100677.m4598

    Good luck selling them.
    Keep on searching
    Dad and Tanner
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    sprailroad

    Jan 2017
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    Very cool, I've never seen or even been aware of them.

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    Wow! Very cool find.....

  12. #12

    Feb 2007
    Southern Arizona
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    I have 1/2 of one of the magic coins I got out of a box a few weeks ago. I just stuck it back into my drawer waiting for the other half to appear. That would be MAGIC!!

 

 

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