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Reflecting back on 15 years of 'Coin Counting & Denomination Break-Down.'

January 15, 2019 08:39AM avatar
These days, I know that Gregg & I keep a binder(s) of carded Old Coins, Trade Tokens and small, interesting finds we've made which let us look back to see how we've done. Usually the carded finds indicate the Date, Location, and Detector/Coil used to make the find, and these are on combined on an annual basis. Gregg has compiled his over the 5½ years he's been detecting, and my binder only reflects results from 2016, '17 and '18 since I moved to Vale, Oregon.

Sadly, for me, my age and health impairments have really limited the amount of metal detecting I have been able to do for the past several years, especially due to injuries and surgeries in 2018. Therefore my recent Annual Results are not very inspiring. I used to keep track of my annual finds of more notable older Coins and Trade Tokens, combined with my Annual Coin Count Tally just so I could reflect on how I did each year. However, I lost those notebooks on a move from Utah back to Oregon in June of '01.

When I moved from Bend, Oregon to the Portland Oregon metro area in November of '92 I was back in a very populated area with more urban Coin Hunting sites and farther from the ghost towns and preferred places I enjoy so my modern 'flash money' numbers increased. In June of '94 I bought a new White's XLT which was great for Coin Hunting grassy areas, and by late that year I decided to start off 1995 and do a 15 year tally of all the coins I find, older and newer, to determine my percentages by denomination as well as figure an average PCV or Per-Coin Value. For example, if you hunted a day and got 12-Quarters, 21 Dimes, 9 Nickels and 58 Pennies for a total of 100 coins, and a Face Value of $6.13, your PCV would be 6.13¢ per coin recovered.

I started that in 1995 and kept an Annual Coin Count by Denomination through 2011 to get 15 years. My 1999 and 2000 Annual Totals were in a small notebook in my vehicle that I lost on a drive from Oregon to Utah in 2000 so I had to include two more years to reach totals for 15 years and that took me through 2011.

In those 15 years I had the following Penny Percentage results:

I did this partly because Pennies annoyed me from some locations and I wanted to figure out what they averaged per year. Naturally, the bulk of these totals reflect a lot of urban Coin Hunting with modern Pennies that seem to be in abundance. This is just to give you a 'warning' of how many stinking pennies are out there.

1995 = 63.92%
1996 = 56.03%
1997 = 51.56%
1998 = 60.56% (I recovered 7,557 pennies that year of the 12,479 total coins found.)

2001 = 59.69%
2002 = 59.79%
2003 = 57.75%
2004 = 59.95%
2005 = 56.83%

2006 = 59.52%
2007 = 50.12%
2008 = 55.63%
2009 = 55.99%
2010 = 55.73%

2011 = 54.78%

Those blasted Pennies 'averaged' 57.19% pennies-per-year over those 15 years.

Of those 15 years I only went over 10,000 coins one year, 1998, when I recovered 12,479 coins and really concentrated on woodchip and sand-filled playgrounds of which there were many. Also singling out areas around picnic bowery's and sports fields, etc. The balance of coins divided over the other 14 years only 'averaged' 4,399 per year, and 6 of those 14 exceeded that 'average.'

In those 15 years I recovered this many coins by denomination:

$ = 156
H = 47
Q = 8,996
D = 13,641
N = 8,495
P = 42,730

Total Coins: 74,065

Total Face Value: $4644.65

PCV: 6.27¢

Percentage by Denomination over 15 years:

$ = 00.21%
H = 00.063%
Q =12.146%
D =18.418%
N = 11.47%
P = 57.69%

By the way, of those 156 Dollar coins I found, the bulk of them were Susan B., Sacajawea or newer smaller-size Dollars, perhaps 5 Ike Dollars, but there were some good old Silver Dollars, too! A Morgan in 2011, A Peace Dollar in 2010, 2 Morgan's in '98 and 2 other Morgan's in '95 thru '97. And of the 47 Halves, over half of them were Silver, to include 2 Seated Liberty's in one hole about 3"-4" apart, a mix of 6 silver '64 Kennedy or Franklin's, and ±20 were Walking Liberty 50¢ pieces.

I know most urban sites don't see as much activity these days as they used to, however there are still many locations out there than can produce coins, especially in larger urban locations. This is maybe an encouragement to think about what you usually find at places you generally hunt.

Maybe come up with some plans to get out more often or hunt for longer periods of time and maybe, just maybe, think of a few things that might interest you such as how many coins you might find in a year. What the percentages might be for different denominations. Make some notes of what you'd like to learn this year then get out hunting all you can, as long and as often as you can, and keep track of what you find to answer your questions.

Just something to ponder if you're not enjoying Cabin Fever Time as cold as it has been.


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Reflecting back on 15 years of 'Coin Counting & Denomination Break-Down.'

Monte 387 January 15, 2019 08:39AM

Re: Reflecting back on 15 years of 'Coin Counting & Denomination Break-Down.'

NWCindy 281 January 16, 2019 03:02PM

What I put on the carded coins or trade tokens, and how I organize my binder.

Monte 331 January 16, 2019 01:06PM

Re: Reflecting back on 15 years of 'Coin Counting & Denomination Break-Down.'

OregonGregg 245 January 16, 2019 06:59AM

Re: Reflecting back on 15 years of 'Coin Counting & Denomination Break-Down.'

NWCindy 265 January 16, 2019 03:26PM

Looks like you need some help with Total Coin #'s

UtahRich 283 January 16, 2019 03:23PM

So what are ya say'n ??????

OregonGregg 321 January 16, 2019 04:06PM

Best Producing Detector?

UtahRich 328 January 18, 2019 10:37AM

Not Bored Anymore.

OregonGregg 265 January 18, 2019 01:04PM

Re: Not Bored Anymore.

Remfire 281 January 18, 2019 01:41PM

Re: Not Bored Anymore.

OregonGregg 279 January 18, 2019 05:26PM

Re: Not Bored Anymore.

zincoln 265 January 18, 2019 03:46PM

Is that a STAR on the walk of fame ? cool smiley

UtahRich 266 January 18, 2019 10:09PM

Re: Is that a STAR on the walk of fame ? cool smiley

zincoln 250 January 19, 2019 08:29PM

Re: Not Bored Anymore.

OregonGregg 294 January 18, 2019 05:31PM

How I show My Finds -

UtahRich 250 January 15, 2019 06:31PM

Re: How I show My Finds -

NWCindy 294 January 15, 2019 07:43PM

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