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My First Ever Silver Coin Spill Turned Into Cointopia - Now With Day 35

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I have a nice detector-found silver thimble that's made by Horner, that's my only piece by them. Other UK detectorists have found hat pins, I recall, they were a major producer at one time. Phrunt should get out the magnifying glass, to check for the 925 and CH marks on it, just to confirm.

All these British coins, and the easy silvers, is pretty much how we have it here in the UK's parks. Detecting is almost universally banned in parks, meaning they are undetected, and full of stuff .... very tempting. Plus the draw of 'high value' one and two Pound coins ( about USD 1.20 / 2.40 ), and the prospect of very old, and even really ancient stuff maybe coming up, means they are good hunting if you're brave. Choosing the wet seasons, having good recovery technique, and being discrete are necessary skills, of course.

I've enjoyed reading this thread, may your winning streak continue, Mr.P.

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Well day 3 is going well, lunch break time.  I've already got 36 coins, a few silvers and more pennies than previous days.  Around the club house area is very trashy, I may have to tackle that another day with a smaller coil although I did pull a penny out of it with the 15x12"

 

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Simon,

It seems you are developing a serious coin habit. Rooting for your day 4 report to satisfy the need. Good hunting!

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Simon, does New Zealand money expire? Just wondering because you keep saying too old to be spent. US money never expires basically so wondering if that is different there.

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Just now, Lacky said:

Simon, does New Zealand money expire? Just wondering because you keep saying too old to be spent. US money never expires basically so wondering if that is different there.

Yes, older coins become demonetised when they're no longer in circulation.  

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has demonetised all New Zealand dollar coins of 5 cents, 2 cents and 1 cent. These coins are no longer legal tender in New Zealand. In addition, the large type 20 cent and 50 cent coins, and the cupronickel 10 cent coins have been replaced by more recent coins. The old style New Zealand coins are no longer accepted as a means of payment.

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Since you dig everything ,

looks like a good place to try the updated QED with the 11"Commander  DD , and  i bet youve ordered a 18 "CC  Detech to try also 

cheers  Dave 

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6 minutes ago, 10fp said:

Since you dig everything ,

looks like a good place to try the updated QED with the 11"Commander  DD , and  i bet youve ordered a 18 "CC  Detech to try also 

cheers  Dave 

That's not such a bad idea, I hadn't considered that.  My QED is away in the post at the moment to be updated.  I'll use it with a big coil once I've finished doing it all with the Nox to see if I can get any deeper older stuff.  I'd like an 18" Detech CC for the job.

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Looks like all NZ silvers differ from here in Oz being either 50% silver content (up to 1946), or cupro/nickel from 1947 onwards.  Australian silvers are 92.5% silver up to and including 1945, then changed to 50% from 1946 onwards.

Seems you also have the same curse of the prolific 1c & 2c coins as we have in Oz.

Pictured is an example of a mix of 92.5% & 50% Australian silvers from an old racecourse I detected recently.

Keep up the good work Phrunt, good to see some coins from a different part of the world on what looks to be some virgin ground.

oz silvers.jpg

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8 hours ago, phrunt said:

I have a bungy setup for my T2 that I bought when I wrongly invested in the 15" coil.  I'm sure instead of filling that coil with epoxy or foam they used concrete.

I've read quite a bit of negative reaction to that coil's performance.  I don't know if it's justified.  What about going with the Detech Ultimate?

 

1 hour ago, Goldpick said:

Seems you also have the same curse of the prolific 1c & 2c coins as we have in Oz.

You think you've got it bad.  Not only does the US *still* mint pennies (7.8 billion in 2018 alone!), but they are the biggest PoS ever -- dissolving in the ground.  The Stinkin Zincolns are 22 TID on the Equinox when freshly dropped (discareded) and as low as 17 after several years in the ground.  They've been minted since 1982.  I searched a curb strip a few weeks ago where there were parking meters.  You could tell that about everyone who reached in pocket or purse and pulled out some coins just threw the pennies on the ground out of disgust.  To put things in perspective, when I was growing up in the 60's, one piece of bubblegum (the cheapest item you could buy) cost a penny.  Now (if you can find a single piece) it's about 15-20 cents.

Previous to 1982 (actually 1982 date had both) our pennies were 95% copper back to 1864.  Those typically TID on top of dimes (modern clad dimes and prior to 1965 -- silver!).  I don't mind those as they don't deteriorate and can be cashed in.  In addition to all that, not only don't we have $2 coins, but the public dislikes the $1 coin and as a result you almost never get one at the store in change.  I've recovered only 3 in my 600+ hours of detecting parks, schools, etc.

(Sorry for the OT rant....)

 

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