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Agate - Altered

*Experimental Coin* Agate from Brazil with black and white banding at center, surrounded by beige/brown bands on the exterior. The natural color of this material is a lighter, more translucent and pale beige and it was dyed by the vendor to enrich it with brown tones. I have ground one side down to reveal the natural color of this material while leaving the opposite side dyed. The photos on black show the color difference from one side to the next. The lighter side is more natural color, while the darker side has more saturated browns. Looking at the edge, it's possible to see how the dye impregnated the stone and how it fades into the natural side.

Stone dyeing has been a common occurrence since at least the time of the Ancient Greek culture, so I think it is interesting to document it with a double sided coin in this way. Many agates dyed bright colors (bright greens, purples, blues, pinks, etc) are sold as natural, which I consider to be an unethical practice that preys on uninformed consumers.

This coin is pocket safe and would make a great conversation starter or reference piece.


Catalog #: AGBR001
Material Origin: Brazil
Coin Size: Approx. 32x3mm (1.25x0.11") without case
Opacity: Partially or fully translucent
Durability: Pocket safe outside of case
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Pocket Safe: This Lithicoin is suitable for frequent handling or daily carry without the case. Try to minimize the number of additional hard objects carried in your pocket or bag (metal coins, etc.) to minimize the chance of breakage or scratches. Many stones are harder than the metals in our everyday lives, but we prefer a cautious approach.

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