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Good post, thanks, your numbers on coins seem quite low compared to around here, 263 hours detecting and only $78 in modern coins?

I just went detecting yesterday hoping to gather up new years revelers losses on the beach where the fireworks is held on the lake, unfortunately when I arrived at 6am there was an army of cleaners cleaning up all the crap the locals and tourists left all over the lakefront so I didn't want to go detect there and went further along the lake to a spot I'd hit hard earlier in the year and found $32 in new coin drops since last time a few months ago and I was only there just over an hour, a few of them admittedly were coins I'd missed last time because of their depth and corrosion levels.  That same beach last time I got around $120 in coins over a couple of day period detecting it for a few hours each day.   I was hoping to get a ring but lucked out this time.

Maybe people around here have lots of holes in their pockets, although I think it's tourists mostly as they still seem to use a lot more cash than their foreign credit cards for the fees attached and so on, not to mention the area is packed with tourists and the odd local appears occasionally.  You always see them queued up at the foreign exchange areas.  I wish gold nuggets were so plentiful 🙂

I should start keeping a bit more track of my finds, I haven't really done that yet at all.

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Great post GB_ Thanks!

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19 minutes ago, phrunt said:

Good post, thanks, your numbers on coins seem quite low compared to around here, 263 hours detecting and only $78 in modern coins?

I just went detecting yesterday hoping to gather up new years revelers losses on the beach where the fireworks is held on the lake, unfortunately when I arrived at 6am there was an army of cleaners cleaning up all the crap the locals and tourists left all over the lakefront so I didn't want to go detect there and went further along the lake to a spot I'd hit hard earlier in the year and found $32 in new coin drops since last time a few months ago and I was only there just over an hour, a few of them admittedly were coins I'd missed last time because of their depth and corrosion levels.  That same beach last time I got around $120 in coins over a couple of day period detecting it for a few hours each day.   I was hoping to get a ring but lucked out this time.

Maybe people around here have lots of holes in their pockets, although I think it's tourists mostly as they still seem to use a lot more cash than their foreign credit cards for the fees attached and so on, not to mention the area is packed with tourists and the odd local appears occasionally.  You always see them queued up at the foreign exchange areas.  I wish gold nuggets were so plentiful 🙂

I should start keeping a bit more track of my finds, I haven't really done that yet at all.

If the $78 was only quarters, that alone would be 312 coins.

If the $78 was half quarters, half dimes that would be 546 coins.

If the $78 dollars was 75% pennies which is a more typical ratio, well that would be over 6000 coins. About 22 coins per hour, or a coin every 2.72 minutes.

Folks in Canada think it will be easy too when they hit a modern relatively untouched site with a lot of large denomination coins. That can however dry up real quick. It will take another 30 years for these modern coins to replenish themselves if dropped at the same rate. People don't use as many coins now, plus new coins are steel so guess what lol.

$78 in sub- one dollar coins is very respectable IMO.

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ahhhh I see, oddly I find mostly gold coins here which are $1 and $2 coins so I was thinking along those lines, I forgot they still even have 1c pieces in America :laugh:, the other coins here are made up of junky metals (made in Canada in the same way they make the Canadian coins) and bounce all over the place on the VDI's except for older versions of the coins from prior to 2006 when they were made elsewhere and give a good solid Target ID.

 

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You did good. The wife has first right of refusal over here as well. I love finding those old pocket watches. Is it fully intact? You also got a lot of Buffs and those are particularly hard to find as are the Indians. I'm surprised you dug less pull tabs then the previous year even though you got out more. Keeping records a good thing I wish I had the drive to do it. I have a buddy who has keep a record of every duck he has shot for the past 20 years!

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12 hours ago, phrunt said:

ahhhh I see, oddly I find mostly gold coins here which are $1 and $2 coins so I was thinking along those lines, I forgot they still even have 1c pieces in America....

Yes, quite different in the US compared to many other countries (even our close neighbor Canada).  For almost 50 years the US government has stubbornly tried to get its citizens to use $1 coins:  Eisenhowers, Susan B Anthonys, Sacagaweas, presidentials.  None have stuck.  The $1 note continues to be printed in massive quantities.  When many of us were kids and silver coins still in circulation the half dollar was common to see.  Once they went to clad that rapidly faded.  I don't recall receiving more than 1 or 2 halves in change over the last 30 years!

Meanwhile the penny (now even more worthless being made of copper coated zinc which begins to eat itself almost immediately when in the wet ground) has no respect amongst the public yet continues to get distributed in change.  Most coin hunters get the feeling that they are intentionally thrown down, being so worthless.  I don't know what the lowest price item you can buy today but it's way more than a penny AFAIK.

1399 US coins (5.3 per hour of searching) found in 2018, including the ones I care about -- Wheaties and other old coins -- with only 1 half dollar and 1 dollar.

I could do better if I were concentrating on modern coins, which I'm not.  There are posters here who do much better, particularly those who hunt the popular beaches.  But those from Europe, for example (some who post their results here) actually have a chance to supplement their incomes with modern coins.  Not really the case here from what I've seen.

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Thanks for clearing that up, it's always confusing when involving other currencies, our lowest value coin is a 10c, we used to have 1c, 2c and 5c coins.  Now we just have 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 and because the 10c, 20c and 50c are made of a junk metal mix in Canada they're not so easy to find, they just don't stand out as a coin.  The $1 and $2 are absolutely simple to find and scream at you even at depth with a very solid 21/22 VDI on the Nox, 79/80 on the GBP/T2.  It's not uncommon to find $20 in these gold coins in a hour or two.

Finding 1399 US coins at a rate averaging 5.3 per hour is pretty good going as once my few good spots dry up, I'd very much struggle to achieve those results.

The strange thing now is I find more US 1c coins than I do NZ 1 cent coins.  I'm getting quite the collection of 'em, they don't seem to break down in the ground here, are these the pennys you speak of? 

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This is one I've dug up recently, it looks to be in perfect condition.  Dug up on the lakefront near the water.  Sorry to be taking over your thread a bit, but it's all interesting stuff to me 🙂

 

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Thanks for the great 2018 Year in Review post GBA!!  I will work on my summary this weekend.  I too track all my finds, but not quite as detailed as you.  I am definitely going to add the "pull tabs" column in my sheet for 2019.  and  +1 on the war nicks comment.  I am amazed how many I found this year with the EQX!  Great Year GBA!  May 2019 be even better for you!  Tim.

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5 hours ago, phrunt said:

Thanks for clearing that up, it's always confusing when involving other currencies...

Yup, that's the most recent iteration of the Zincoln.. Been minting the shield reverse since 2010.. Penny got switched to clad mid-1982, so there's both copper and clad cents that year..

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