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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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He thought the bell sounded from the depths of these still lakes; but then he remarked again that the tone proceeded not from there, but farther off, from out the depths of the forest.
he said, in a gentle tone of voice, "and who is it making this disturbance?
I murmured something affirmative in a doubtful tone and she remarked quaintly, with a certain curtness, "It's so unnecessary, this worry
Tis very possible that he is right, madman as he is, Doctor Jacques," replied his comrade in the same low tone, and with a bitter smile.
However, though she could see nothing but the soles of his feet, she was much relieved to hear that he was talking on in his usual tone.
Glegg, with a tone of bitter meaning, "I should like to know what good is to come to the boy by bringin' him up above his fortin.
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 walked more slowly than usual; she spoke more rarely than usual, and in a lower tone.
He is his godson," she added, her tone suggesting that this fact ought to give Prince Vasili much satisfaction.
With golden comb so lustrous, And thereby a song sings, It has a tone so wondrous, That powerful melody rings.
said Alice in a tone of delight, which changed into alarm in another moment, when she found that her shoulders were nowhere to be found: all she could see, when she looked down, was an immense length of neck, which seemed to rise like a stalk out of a sea of green leaves that lay far below her.
How charming it is that there are words and tones; are not words and tones rainbows and seeming bridges 'twixt the eternally separated?