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56 Years Vs 56 Days ... smiling bouncing smiley vs angry smiley -- Thinking about your photos.

March 12, 2021 01:12PM avatar
Last week I finished my 56th year enjoying this great sport, and as I am now starting my 57th year I can say it is because there have been so many excellent finds made, a lot of enjoyable time spent at some beautiful and interesting sites, and very little frustration from all the tens of thousands of coins I recovered.

But looking at Rick's photos, and seeing the condition of that 25 year old Zinc 1¢, I don't think I would have lasted 56 Days if that was what I would have been recovering in great numbers. I used to find a lot of coins back when I started out, and naturally the bulk of them were our One Cent coins, usually making up 50 - 55% of all the coins found on a day's detecting jaunt. Fortunately, most of them were good Copper Wheat-Back and Indian Head types with less than a decade of Memorials in the mix. And they were in decent, spendable condition.

If we would have had Zinc Cents introduced in 1940, 25 years before I got started, I would have been recovering a lot of those blasted eaten-up coins and I am sure that would have helped discourage me from enjoying this great sport. Modern hobbyist's who spend the bulk of their time Coin Hunting the typical sites that have mainly recent coin-drops will have to stay active to pluck those coins, including Zinc's, before time and ground mineral conditions can destroy those pennies.

1982 was the transition year and the earlier mintage's were the 'Copper' variety and then they switched to the 'Zinc' type Cent. From '83 to the present, here in the US, we have been given pieces of rot-away coins if they end up lost and buried and exposed to natural elements where we hunt. Some ground conditions can be brutal on those Zinc coins. Fortunately, for me at least, it was mid-'83 when we also got a very good detector on the market that worked well in iron nail infested places, and immediately that July I switched to the bulk of my hunting being in ghost towns, homesteads, old pioneer and military encampments, logging and mining camps, etc. In other words, I devoted most of my time to OLD sites and they had OLD coins and other keepers so I didn't have to deal with a modern Zinc 1¢ in my recoveries.

I still did some urban Coin Hunting, but I lived in a larger-size metro area and I either hunted old locations, void of modern change, or I kept busy rounding up the bulk of my coinage from recent-loss locations, such as wood-chip or pea-gravel or sand-filled tot-lots. Recent-loss targets so very, very few had the opportunity to start decaying.

To this day I do my best to avoid hunting places where I am likely to encounter Zinc Cents that would have been there for more than a year or so. I sure wish all of our money was made of a more durable metal, and while I'm busy 'wishing', I would like to have some good $1 and $2 metal coins to replace all of the paper money we use. Sure would enhance the 'fun-factor' of getting out detecting more often.

Monte

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Rmcnelly 54 March 12, 2021 02:46PM

Good conversation about a terrific detector.

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Rmcnelly 44 March 12, 2021 06:33PM

56 Years Vs 56 Days ... smiling bouncing smiley vs angry smiley -- Thinking about your photos.

Monte 73 March 12, 2021 01:12PM

Rick, 'Welcome to the AHRPS Forums!' ... and a great group of participants.

Monte 71 March 12, 2021 07:50AM

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