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Ruffsta 09-14-2021 09:30 PM

Curious
 
Hi everyone!

I have always wanted to metal detect but never got to do so.. I still want to and maybe one day i will.. However, for now i am curious about something..

What is the point in going somewhere and finding corroded coins when you can't do anything with them?

1.) can't change them at a bank
2.) can't change them in say a coinstar machine
3.) can't use them in vending machines
4.) can't buy stuff with them
5.) can't clean them because "they loose value"
6.) nobody is gonna buy a pile of corroded coins from me - so what do you do with them?

which btw i find #5 funny.. they already have no value.. one would think cleaning them up where you can see the value and date it would increase the value.. then you "might" be able to do something with them.. Currently i look at corroded coins as junk like pull tabs.. they do nothing for me..

GroundSweeper 09-14-2021 09:36 PM

It’s fun.

JWalker3 09-14-2021 10:00 PM

If you clean your coins ( ie: tumble them ) You can do 1-4. I have spent lots of coins in stores.
Most coins in the ground have already lost their numismatic value so feel free to clean away.
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Welcome to the forum from Western NY


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Ruffsta 09-14-2021 10:29 PM

i didn't even really think of tumbling them.. but i just watched a few vids.. seems pretty cool and easy.. and i definitely saw a lot of coins that can be put back into circulation.. hence now i can do something with them.. ie: cash them in, coin rolls, spend them.. etc..

at first i was like what do you do with all these green, corroded and what not coins cause if you couldn't do anything with them, then they would be just junk. i just was totally under the impression of to never clean your coins is all..

cellrdwellr 09-14-2021 11:35 PM

Welcome to the forum! You can do alot with almost everything you find, including relics. I've sold alot of stuff, that most would consider junk, but there's collectors of many things. I once sold a couple dozen musket balls for 88$. You just never know, which is what makes this hobby much more interesting/exciting. Sure there are some spots that are loaded with crusty zinc pennies, but then theres some spots that have nothing but old coins, in relatively good shape, and some in better shape than the zinc garbage they produce now.

Stiffwrists 09-14-2021 11:47 PM

If you are talkin' corroded zinc pennies. I agree with you. I avoid digging them and toss them in the garbage. Nickels on up, I'll dig them. I primarily look for silver coins and other interesting things. The clad is a byproduct that usually adds up to $500 to $1000 a year.

Basically, I agree with GroundSweeper. It's fun.

petejc 09-15-2021 12:29 AM

For me it's the anticipation of finding something really cool. Value wise or history wise.
If I find a coin or relic that was made in the 17th or 18th century...I know when I touch that object I'm more than likely the first person to touch it since it was lost....Thatr to me is exciting......At my age I need all the fun and excitement I can get......Pete

BTW I have never found anything like that....YET, but I'll keep looking

Wolf-Dog 09-15-2021 12:46 AM

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Originally Posted by JWalker3 (Post 3336707)
If you clean your coins ( ie: tumble them ) You can do 1-4. I have spent lots of coins in stores.
Most coins in the ground have already lost their numismatic value so feel free to clean away.

X2


:fmdfwelcome:... from the Land of 10,000 Lakes - Minnesota! :cool3: Happy hunting! :mder:

KinTN 09-15-2021 09:52 AM

Like GroundSweeper said, its Fun. And thats enough for me.
And if you ever get the chance to return a treasured item that someone thought was lost forever, well, it is one of the most satisfying powerful emotions you will ever experience. My first one was so intense, it still gives me chills when i think about it.

As to the implied cost analysis of this hobby, my coin finds have paid for thousands of dollars worth of metal detectors. And this doesnt even touch on what my precious metals finds are worth.
(to answer your question, i tumble my coins until the bank coin counter will take them. so i get face value for my coin finds.)

As to not cleaning a coin, that is in the rare case of finding one numismatically valuable. Ive seen exactly one case on the internet that i believe was an actual find of a $5k+ coin. Theres been waaaaay more rare coins that appeared to be bought and then claimed to be found imo.

grinsebring 09-15-2021 10:27 AM

How to cover costs on
 
gas, batteries, accessories etc.

https://metaldetectingforum.com/show...in+totals+year

no numbers on gold, silver, plat, other valuables that are found. I would guess that number dwarfs the totals on clad...

SeabeeRon 09-15-2021 10:42 AM

To add onto Gil's post, here a post that shows all the past years Clad Totals since we started keeping track records on this Forum...

https://metaldetectingforum.com/show...69&postcount=1

Last year's (2020) total was $14,683.79

rweathers1 09-15-2021 03:47 PM

Ruffsta where are you from? maybe me or another member live near you and you could go and see if you like it.

Silversmith45 09-15-2021 04:01 PM

Coins aren't the only thing you might find. You might find artifacts or jewelry. The fun is not knowing what you might find next. If you are detecting to get rich you are in the wrong hobby. You might but I doubt it.

FreeBirdTim 09-15-2021 04:29 PM

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You are correct, the corroded coins are pretty much worthless. But every once in awhile, you dig a nice silver coin and that makes it all worth the effort. I dug this 1824 half dollar a few months back. These are the coins that keep you digging...

nelsondetecting 09-15-2021 06:09 PM

Who says you cant change them at a bank or coinstar? not every coin comes out of the ground totally toasted, ive never had problems cashing in clad. Also the dont clean or it removes value is only a necessity for coins with numismatic value, and in that case than there are ways of preserving it without decreasing its value. Youd be surprised how well the ground sometimes preserves coins after properly restoring them. Also if you really feel that they have no value, melt them down and sell them for their metal content, you would be making more money anyways, a penny is worth 2 cents. Despite all that, this hobby is for fun, if you are looking for a get rich quick scheme id say your looking in the wrong place.

Tom_in_CA 09-15-2021 06:54 PM

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Originally Posted by FreeBirdTim (Post 3336824)
You are correct, the corroded coins are pretty much worthless. But every once in awhile, you dig a nice silver coin and that makes it all worth the effort. I dug this 1824 half dollar a few months back. These are the coins that keep you digging...

Sweet. I remember that one. And that wasn't a function of "every once in awhile you dig...". That was more a function of research and location location location. Right ?

Tom_in_CA 09-15-2021 06:58 PM

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Originally Posted by nelsondetecting (Post 3336835)
Who says you cant change them at a bank or coinstar?...

Correct. I take mine to coin-star all the time, uncleaned (other than to get standing dirt off of them, is all).

Granted, about 10% of the coins won't get accepted. D/t perhaps they have a ding on them or whatever. Those get spit back out. And those I just keep in a tray in my truck dashboard, for loose change to add to a fast-food drive-through order, etc....

If you don't like the % fees that coin-star charges, you can take them to the bank. Which means you'll need to roll them (depending on the bank). And if I were going to do the bank route, to avoid fees, I'd probably put them through the tumbler first. So that they're not black, green, brown, etc.... Otherwise, since you're writing your acct. # on the rolls, someone in the bank could track you back down and gripe. Not that they have any legal standing, but .... still .... it's just not something I feel like dealing with. So I go ahead and accept the coin-star fees, so I don't have to clean, roll, etc...

Tom_in_CA 09-15-2021 06:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Ruffsta (Post 3336702)
Hi everyone!

I have always wanted to metal detect but never got to do so.. I still want to and maybe one day i will.. However, for now i am curious about something..

What is the point in going somewhere and finding corroded coins when you can't do anything with them?

1.) can't change them at a bank
2.) can't change them in say a coinstar machine
3.) can't use them in vending machines
4.) can't buy stuff with them
5.) can't clean them because "they loose value"
6.) nobody is gonna buy a pile of corroded coins from me - so what do you do with them?

which btw i find #5 funny.. they already have no value.. one would think cleaning them up where you can see the value and date it would increase the value.. then you "might" be able to do something with them.. Currently i look at corroded coins as junk like pull tabs.. they do nothing for me..

I'll tell a funny story, about how to get your cruddy grubby coins cashed in, in a post I'll make shortly :)

Truth1253 09-15-2021 07:36 PM

Just quit digging corroded coins it worked for me [emoji631]


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FreeBirdTim 09-15-2021 08:39 PM

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Sweet. I remember that one. And that wasn't a function of "every once in awhile you dig...". That was more a function of research and location location location. Right ?
True, it was near a spot that was once a sawmill back in the 1800's. The sawmill site was picked clean many years ago, but I kept working out from the site in a circle until I found that keeper about 200 feet away from the mill.

ollievon 09-16-2021 05:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Truth1253 (Post 3336857)
Just quit digging corroded coins it worked for me [emoji631]


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True dat!

Truth1253 09-16-2021 05:42 PM

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Originally Posted by ollievon (Post 3336994)
True dat!


Who dat say day gonna get dat clad who that,who dat!!


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Wom 27 09-16-2021 05:54 PM

Way too many “cants” ! Actually, you can !

Ruffsta 09-17-2021 10:16 PM

I just moved to Ohio from Rhode Island.. and no, i have never been metal detecting.. was just curious about what one could do with the coins they find to put them back into circulation or get face value at the very least. i would love to go metal detecting, but i don't have the money right now to buy the equipment.. also, i don't think Ohio has much to offer - especially where i am.. Cincinnati.

zeemang 09-17-2021 10:39 PM

I tumble and spend ALL my clad. Mostly find 10 peso coins, worth about 50 cents US, I spend them at the gas station, at the convenience store, etc. I have even paid my electric bill with beach coins, the elec company has machines in the lobby which are open 24 hours a day, i go in and pump the coins in to the machine and pay my bill in under 10 minutes. I have zero problems using coin for purchases, it's valid currency...

HistoryHippy 09-18-2021 10:47 AM

Im from north of Cincinnati. There's plenty around here.
A whole bunch of history.

CLR cleans cruddy clad up pretty well!

CalReg 09-18-2021 11:29 AM

I tumble my clad then deposit them in the bank (in rolls of course). So far I haven't had a problem. I do try to avoid digging pennies. A lot of times, they're corroded and not worth anything.

GKL 09-18-2021 05:56 PM

Welcome from Winnsboro, South Carolina !!!!

Many of us dig our share of corroded coins like Zincolns and also plenty of metal trash like nails and pull-tabs, but occasionally if you dig a silver coin or an older coin it makes you want to keep looking :lol:

.....besides the above it helps to have the attitude that this is meant to simply be a fun hobby, not a get rich quick scheme :lol:, (though some do manage to do well at digging a lot of clad), while I prefer to dig at least a few coins per hunt, I still enjoy the hunt regardless, it is a fun way to get fresh air and exercise !

georgeinsc 09-19-2021 10:24 PM

I did a lot of nasty looking coins. I clean them. Take them to the bank and exchange them for 100 dollar bills. I USE THE BILLS to pay for things i want or maybe need and some times just to pay for vacations. And i keep some of them in my gun safe in case i need a new bang stick.


who said you cant do anything with nasty coins.

van guy 10-09-2021 10:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Wom 27 (Post 3336999)
Way too many “cants” ! Actually, you can !

I agree. The list of good reasons on "Why metal detecting?" is long IMO.

Some spend money chasing a little white ball around the grass all day and go home frustrated and with less then what they started with.

Relic_Finder 10-09-2021 07:29 PM

As others have said you can tumble them. The best part is not knowing what you will find. I have a nox 600, that 12/13 signal could be a nickel, pull tab, or even a ring. It is an addicting hobby and one of few I know that pays you while you do it. For me it is like opening Christmas presents, some things you find will be duds, others will be good, some will be excellent, and a few will be amazing.


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