These coins fit over a normal sized duplicate and will look like one coin. Features of Tango shells is that the rims are always totally straight, not angled out (as that’s a bad thing). We also admire that the rims come almost all the way down to almost completely cover the coin they nest over.

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American coins (expanded)

Expanded Shell - Quarter ($30.00) Expanded Shell - Half Dollar (Heads) ($34.00) Expanded Shell - Half Dollar (Tails) ($34.00) Expanded Shell - Half Dollar (Two Sided) ($36.00) Expanded Shell - John Adams Dollar ($39.00) Expanded Shell - Half Dollar (Low Silver) ($50.00) Expanded Shell - Eisenhower Dollar ($58.00) Expanded Shell - Replica Walking Liberty Half Dollar (w/ 4 Matching Coins) ($59.00) Expanded Shell - Copper Morgan (w/ 4 Matching Coins) ($60.00) Expanded Shell - Replica Morgan Dollar (w/ 4 matching coins) ($65.00) Expanded Shell - Walking Liberty Half Dollar ($100.00) Expanded Shell - 1964 Half Dollar ($120.00) Expanded Shell - Morgan Dollar ($200.00)

American coins (super-expanded)

Super Expanded Shell - Quarter ($30.00) Super Expanded Shell - Half Dollar (Heads) ($40.00) Super Expanded Shell - Half Dollar (Tails) ($40.00)

American coins (steel shim)

Shim Shell - Quarter ($14.95) Shim Shell - Half Dollar ($16.00) Shim Shell - Quarter - Expanded ($32.00) Shim Shell (Expanded) - Half Dollar ($36.00) Shim Shell - Eisenhower Dollar ($60.00)

American coins (slippery Sam style)

Slippery Expanded Shell - Quarter ($30.00) Slippery Expanded Shell - Half Dollar ($38.00) Slippery Expanded Shell - Eisenhower Dollar ($58.00) Slippery Expanded Shell - Walking Liberty Half Dollar ($80.00) Slippery Expanded Shell - Morgan Silver Dollar ($170.00)

Euros (expanded)

Expanded Shell - 20 Euro Cents ($27.00) Expanded Shell - 50 Euro Cents ($37.50) Expanded Shell - 2 Euro ($60.00)

Euros (steel shim)

Shim Shell - 50 Euro Cents ($30.00) Shim Shell - 1 Euro ($33.00) Shim Shell - 1 Euro ($57.00) Shim Shell - 2 Euro ($63.00)

Chinese coins (expanded)

Expanded Shell - Chinese Coin (Blue) ($29.95) Expanded Shell - Chinese Coin (Yellow) ($29.95)

English coins

Expanded Shell - English Penny ($35.00)

American coins (shell sets)

Perfect Shell Coin Set - Quarter (Not Expanded) ($100.00) Perfect Shell Coin Set - Half Dollar (Not Expanded) ($120.00) Perfect Shell Coin Set - Eisenhower Dollar (Not Expanded) ($130.00)


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Types of Shell

Expanded Shells An expanded shell is a coin shell that fits over a regular coin. Many years ago, you would need to buy a shell and a milled down down to fit it, but nowadays an expanded shell is the standard shell for most magic tricks.

Super Expanded Shells The "super" expanded shell is meant to fit over a typical expanded shell. In this way you can nest three coins in what appears to be just one coin.

Slippery Sam Shells A Slippery Sam Shell is often used for routines such as Three-Fly. In this gimmick only half of the edge of the coin is remaining, allowing you to slide the coin into the shell and have it "lock" in place only when fully nested. This type of gimmick was popularized by Steve Dusheck and invented by Edward Bagshawe in the late 1920s.

Shim Shell Shim Shells are expanded shells that have a thin piece of metal hidden inside that allow them to be attracted by a magnet. These can then be used in conjuction with gimmicks such as a Raven to steal away the shell.

Repairing a shell

Stuck shell? Or need to expand it a little more? Read our blog post to learn how to repair an exapnded shell.

A turtle?

It seems that Penn & Teller"s use of the word "turtle" to to refer to a coin shell on their Fool Us television show has moved into general magic terminology and many newcomers to magic now use that word in place of a shell.


Gimmick Coins for Magic Tricks

Turn your coin magic into a coin miracle with the addition of a gimmicked coin. We stock a complete range:


• Folding Coins • Shells • Flipper Coins • Double-Headed Coins • Hopping Halves




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• Gimmicked Coin Sets • Magnetic Coins • Copper/Silver Coins • Hook Coins • Scotch and Soda


• Bent and Stretched Coins • Stacks of Coins • Chinese Coins • Bite Coin • Tango Ultimate Coin (TUC)