Copeland Coin Box Tips:
- The Copeland Coin box is made of solid brass. Brass is an alloy that is very durable, yet it is composed mostly of soft copper, hence the color. Just like coins, you don't want to drop your box on hard surfaces because it can dent and scratch. However, it is very durable for a lifetime of everyday wear when cared for properly.
- You may notice that the box lid starts to sit on quicker every day. That is because the beveled edges on the box are smoothing out. Just like coins soften with use, the box does, too! If you are coming from card magic, it's a little bit of the same thing how a deck breaks in: over time, the exact cut edges round a little. Breaking in your box is a joy and it will gain character with love and care!
- With the square lid you may notice that the corners can briefly catch the lid while setting it on. The depth of the lid is an intentional design to prevent the lid from ever completely sticking on a corner. If you plop the square lid on, just like a reusable, plastic food saver box, this won't matter because the lid will just snap on. If you want the lid to fly on as fast as possible in a traditional manor, treat the box more like a deck of cards. Use your finger tips to guide and square things up. For example: while holding the lid, let your lid holding finger tips overhang parallel sides of the lid. This will give you guides to line up the lid directly flush with the box and there will be no friction at all, just like a round box! You'll find the square box very familiar if you're a card magician!
- The manufacturing of the Copeland Coin Box was done with modern machines, different to the traditional equipment used in making most classic coin boxes...The Copeland Coin Box was built on very expensive machines! The nature of these machines is that production is very precise and can do things, such as the square shape, that has not been done before. At the same time, the production has many individual touch points that is still done by our expert craftsman's 40 years of knowledge and hands on work!
- Is the Copeland Coin Box a vintage design or contemporary? It's your call! The box is intentionally "New Modern." There is a retro, inclusive feel to the Old World but modern aesthetics as well. Hopefully you can feel the "energy" of time, care, and craftsmanship when you hold it. Traditionally, people let their boxes tarnish, but you don't have to do so! If you like a fresh, shinny brass box, run with it!
-To keep your brass looking new, you may want to make a small investment in a brass cleaner. It's not too expensive. There are brands such as "Wrights" and "Brasso." "Bar Keeper's Friend" could be used if you were gentle... but it feels a little more abrasive than you would need and it is not recommended. Just a very mild cleaner with minimal effort will get your box shinny again. Some people even recommend vinegar with water (mixed 50/50), which is super cheap. Copeland Coins' verdict is not in on this mixture as of yet.
- Tips to shinning your brass: It seems, the best way to clean the box is to start by getting it warm with water. (The Copeland Coin Box is not going to rust, but if you leave it wet, the minerals in water will give it a cloudy appearance once it drys. Add in some skin oils and you may even get some extra colors!) After you warm it up, use a brass cleaner mentioned above or another trusted brand. Follow the manufacturer's directions. After the box is clean, wash it with clean water, dry it with a soft towel, and let it air dry inside and out completely to prevent water stains and give maximum luster.
-When not using, store your box in the Coin Box Wallet to keep it shinny as long as possible!
-If that's too much work, just let it tarnish and appreciate the aged look! No shame in that.
-You'll find like most products at Copeland Coins, with daily use, you'll get to know your box as a good friend.
What's that black disk "thingy" with my coins?
If you bought a single coin or a set of coins that were not delivered in a custom album, then you received a floating coin frame with your purchase. The black disk "thingy" is a stand for the frame that holds your coins.
You can reuse the coin frame and store any extra coins or small trinkets in it for a nice floating illusion. It will display well on a bookshelf or looks good in a curio cabinet, too. The disc shaped stand will hold your black coin frame on a flat edge for a square look or on just one corner for a diamond look. Enjoy!
(Note: If your coin slips down while on display in the frame, put a little spot of wax scraped from a candle on the backside of the coin. It will hold your hardware right dead center.)
Copeland Coins Brand Name Coins Tips:
- Carry your coins flat in a snug and secure coin wallet such as the Traveler or Viajero. These wallets minimize the coin movement, unlike coin purses where the coins can rattle and scratch, Copeland Coin brand wallets firmly hug coins tight.
- Never use your coins over a hard or abrasive floor. (example: tile or concrete) If you drop them they could seriously dent. Copeland Coin brand name coins are made from premium metals, just like real historic coins and you will want to take care they don't hit the ground. Practice over a rug, a bed or practice pad.
- The factory tarnish resistant coating on your coins could be a little slick at first, just like a new deck of cards! Give the coating a day or two of practice to begin to break in and feel more natural.
- If the edges still feel slick, you may run the edges only across a floor carpet or rug. This will quickly remove just a touch of the shine and make the coins grip better. If is absolutely NOT recommended that you use anything abrasive on the coin that could scratch the surface.
- Never clean your coins or expose them to solvents, soaps or anything that could effect the tarnish resistant coating. Rather, let the natural oils in your skin work into the coins, making the coating more natural to your grip. (BTW...The Beeswax Finish Viajero has shown no negative side effects to coins so don't worry about using one to hold your precious metal.)
- If your coins are made of a ferrous metal (ex: Kingdom Coins), do not expose them to water as they could rust. If wet, dry immediately and always store in a dry place.
- Practice daily with these coins and you'll be amazed how quickly your skills grow!
US Government Silver Coins Tips:
- Never clean your coins. Let your hands and pockets remove any dirt during practice and let the natural oils in your skin tarnish the coins.
-Never polish your coins. Old coins became beautiful the natural way: from pocket carry and transactional use. Don't use any polish on your coins, the results will chemically alter them with an artificial shine and possibly even effect your grip.
- Never practice over hard tile or concrete. If you drop one the results could be catastrophic! Tile eats coins and concrete chews them up. Neither will apologize for the results.
- Real silver is an investment. The metal has the opportunity to appreciate, the collector's value can increase, and more importantly to a magician... your loved coins develop personalities and traits. Some learn tricks better than others, others learn certain tricks, and all will be come relied upon for that big moment to wow the crowd. Treat your coins well. Carry them in a solid coin wallet such as Traveler or Viajero and they can last for many life times to come.
- Use your beloved coins daily and the rewards will be great!
Tips for all your Copeland Coins Wallets:
- Store your leather wallet dry and with a safe relative humidity when not in use. Leather is a skin, it will react to the climate like a skin.
- If your wallet gets wet, that is not a very big deal. As it drys it will dry a little tighter. Some people may wish to get their wallet a little moist and allow it to dry outside on a sunny day to firm up the wallet. It is not recommended to get the wallet wet and then bake it in an oven as some leather care ideas may suggest. This will most surely weaken the material, particularly at high heat.
- Though you can use leather products and conditioners, it's not recommended on these wallets. Goat skin is a soft thin leather. The oils in your skin will most likely be the only conditioner you really need. As far as the Beeswax Finish Viajero, this wallet will actually condition your skin. Over time, the Beeswax will wear away, but it can easily be recharged with the included or additional recharge kits. The Beeswax is a great natural way to protect your wallet.
- Don't leave the wallet anywhere a pet can get a hold of it. It's sad, but we have heard story after story of a puppy that thought Traveler was a chew toy!
- Do not stretch the wallet by the stitching. Too much stress could tear the leather.
Tips for your Copeland Coins Brand Coin Ring:
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