Toning

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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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'I see you're admiring my little box.' the Knight said in a friendly tone. 'It's my own invention--to keep clothes and sandwiches in.
"Fie, for shame!" said aunt Glegg, in her loudest, severest tone of reproof.
"Well, I despise you." If she had even said `I hate you' in a petulant or coquettish tone, he would have laughed and rather liked it, but the grave, almost sad, accent in her voice made him open his eyes, and ask quickly...
She listened eagerly, and said her next words in a louder, firmer tone.
"My friend," said Anna Mikhaylovna in gentle tones, addressing the hall porter, I know Count Cyril Vladimirovich is very ill...
"Scarcely had these tones sounded, everywhere there began tumult and sound, as if voices above and below the water.
`A likely story indeed!' said the Pigeon in a tone of the deepest contempt.
It was as if the tones came from a church in the still forest; people looked thitherward, and felt their minds attuned most solemnly.
"What is the matter?" he said, in a gentle tone of voice, "and who is it making this disturbance?"
So I will call you Monsieur George," she paused and then added, "I could never get old," in a matter-of-fact final tone as one would remark, "I could never learn to swim," and I had the presence of mind to say in a tone to match, "C'est evident, Madame." It was evident.
His deep voice dropped suddenly to a low and quiet tone as he spoke the parting words.
"Who's there?" cried the learned man, in the gracious tone of a famished dog, disturbed over his bone.