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Toning

In numismatics, the color of a coin. The color of coins changes over time due to use and corrosion. How much or how little the toning corresponds to the toning of the coin when it was first minted is one aspect of determining its condition, which in turn determines its value.
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In Hepzibah's tone, at that moment, there was a certain rich depth and moisture, as if the words, commonplace as they were, had been steeped in the warmth of her heart.
The Fairy was never more seen; but her enchanting tones have often been heard.
he said, in a gentle tone of voice, "and who is it making this disturbance?
Captain Blunt might have been a Frenchman as far as languages, tones, and manners went.
he called out impatiently; and she came back, with a slight glance of surprise at his tone.
Reverend master," he said in a grave tone, "your renown has reached my ears, and I wish to consult you.
Her tone was now querulous and her lip drawn up, giving her not a joyful, but an animal, squirrel-like expression.
Rosa's speech seemed to have brought a certain conviction into the heart of Van Systens, and he was going to answer her in a gentler tone, when at once a great noise was heard in the street, and loud cheers shook the house.
His deep voice dropped suddenly to a low and quiet tone as he spoke the parting words.
There was no answer to her question, but she was satisfied and putting her arm round her friend, she said, in her most persuasive tone, "My precious Polly, do I know him?
Now Ariadne, though she looked like a wax doll, had feelings within her instead of sawdust, and these feelings were hurt by Rose's lofty tone.
he asked, suddenly changing his tone, and speaking sharply.