Lets have some fun, Its experiment time, as you saw in a recent film I bought a lot of George 3rd solid silver coins that had been bent over, I had a lot of comments and it was decided that they were bent over as love tokens, well rather than melting them down for the silver value I have some fun and try to flatten them to make them saleable as a coin once again, hope you enjoy. If you haven’t already subscribed https://www.youtube.com/user/Antiquesarena?sub_confirmation=1&via=tb Should you wish to view some of the items from my films you can visit my eBay store at the following link. https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/antiquesarenaclearance?_trksid=p2047675.l2563 Thank you for watching, If you enjoy my films please would you like and share to help me create more, My Content is free however should you wish to donate to support my channel please find a Paypal Icon in the Banner and a link at the end of the description. If you decide to support the channel , leave a comment I will give your channel a shout out. Should You Wish to Donate / Support my channel there is a paypal icon in the banner or you can click on this link. Thank you. Donate Here, https://paypal.me/AntiquesArena
23 thoughts on “Let’s have fun – Flattening Silver Coins – Bent Love Tokens”
Hi Walter I do a bit of metal detecting as these would be love tokens. Stick some masking tape to jaws of vice so reduce scratch marks. Heating coins up will also help with flattening but love tokens sell well on ebay.
Thank you very much Gary appreciate it mate
Well done, you saved the coin from going to scrap. Everyone loves old coins, there is a magic to them.
Thank you for your comment I appreciate it. Your totally right. One of my top sellers are coins. I love them too
jobs a gud un pal id tape the jaws to save any damage and reading below that bent coins were love tokens and worth a bit you could knock a few up with hard to shift ones wink wink hahaha
Hi Martin thank you for your comment. I have looked and they are worth more than the silver value but not as much as a coin so if I can save any I will. The tape is a good idea to stop slipping. Thank you
Putting the coins between leather might help to reduce damage. If it has a raised edge, maybe a circle of leather that sits inside so you don’t flatten it. I’d take before and after photos to see exactly what kind of damage the vice does so you can improve with each one.
Yes, good idea. He could even request online sofa companies to send him free leather swatches.
I love experiments too! Good job saving the coin! XX♥
Thank you very much love xx
Nice work on recovering those coins, having been away for a week I admit I am amazed seeing the vid and having seen them in the flesh yesterday wow
Thank you mate
That method worked pretty well, the jeweller in me finds it scary though as those metal vice jaws are so much harder than the silver of the coins.
The way I would have done this in the jewellery trade would have been with a hide mallet and the coin sat on a piece of chamois leather.
The hide mallets are good and heavy but because the hide itself is softer than the metal it will straighten the coin without leaving any marks at all. If any coin or group of coins were proving difficult, you could either gently heat them with a torch to anneal them and soften the metal, or for a more DIY approach, try baking them in the oven for 10-20 minutes at about 150-200 degrees.
Another recommended use for the hide mallet is tapping rings round on a solid ring stick (triblet) or again, for a more DIY approach you can use a snooker cue
But all that said, whatever makes something which wasn’t saleable into something that is saleable, is definitely worth doing! As long as the end result is what you want then there isn’t necessarily a “right or wrong” way to get there.
Great video again, you are rapidly becoming one of my favourite reselling YouTubers as I’m starting to venture down the rabbit hole of more vintage/borderline-antique products and I can honestly say I think I learn something useful from every one of your videos. When I’m out shopping with the wife now and I’m looking at older ceramics or glassware for example, she says I’m “trying to channel my inner Antiques Arena” 😂
Thank you for your comment. I will get some leather thank you if I ever get more. I didn’t even think of that. Shows your experience over mine. But as you said they were at least saleable lol. I tried to use a smith vice but the leather would have been much safer. And thank you for taking the time to comment and some very kind comments
Your camera focuses very well. Some YouTube people make me go blind with their fuzzy close ups.
Thank you very much. I use my phone to film all my films.
Would a piece cloth for the coins.
That might work better will try it next time. I just used what I had to hand lol
Can I ask for a potential new video one that shows the process of restoring silver items especially silver plate costs and methods
Hi Martin thank you for your comment I made a film already. An experiment to restore silver plate with restoring liquid.
I have unearthed many “crooked sixpences” while metal detecting in quiet scenic areas buried by courting couples as love tokens
Thank you for your comment. Loads of people have said same that they are love tokens. As a coin lover it’s hard to see a coin ruined lol
Would putting the coin in boiling water help.