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Thread: A"mystery" coin found at beach this morning.....solved the mystery after electrolysis

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    Mar 2012
    Ft Myers, Florida
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    Quote Originally Posted by lorraine View Post
    Thank you for your reply, Native Floridian,

    I was sure hoping that it was one of these 1899 Beauties ( see attached pic) that I had found several years ago under the same muddy, salty beach low tide conditions...and would you believe I then returned to that same beach the very next day and found another Barber Liberty dated 1895...also in great condition , which I promptly gave to my brother a coin collector who lives in Florida , in appreciation for his on - going advice and assistance in this terrific hobby.
    This is exactly why I love this hobby! You never know what's going to show up in the scoop today. Just like everyone else I love finding gold bling, but I gotta tell ya, I really love the old coins too!!!!! And these are beauties!!!! Thanks for posting!!

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    Lorraine , your post are the most enjoyable . Congratulations on your find .
    herb

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    Joe

    Sep 2007
    Long Beach, California
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    Interesting result. I'm wondering about the HUGE loss in weight...over 12g. A good half, I believe, should weigh about 12.5g so looks like you had some extra on there rockysand particles. But going down so low to 2.76g seems excessive electrolysis .

    I have found some pretty bad halves in salt water (Walkers too) never as bad as yours. Interestingly I also got some coins which apparently were imbedded in the clay (deep enough) and protected from corrosion and came out looking brand new.

    Yesterday I also picked up a mystery silver coin about quarter size from my landfill site. Usually those have been Washingtons but this guy is only 4.75g (instead of 6.25g). I'm using the aluminum foil method and hope to have an ID soon.
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    Regards, Joe (California)

  4. #19
    us
    Dec 2010
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    Thankyou for your interesting, informative comments, Dr. Joe

    Yes, that weight business is strange...I know that the coin is so thin, that a piece of it broke off as I was gently rubbing after about 40 minutes of intermittent electrolysis.

    I feel bad about this coin, but I don't think I could have gotten it in any better condition..it had to be down there for many , many moons.It was not deep enough to have itself protected..just about 5" in mud.

    Sometimes I find coins down deep in that gray clay...almost cement -like level, and it's true that they are in not so bad condition from being protected in that deep matter.

  5. #20
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    May 2012
    Foothills, Siskiyou Mountains, southern Oregon
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    Looks like you could harvest coins and quahogs on that beach. Poor old half dollar!
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  6. #21
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    Dec 2010
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    How did you know that,billinoregon? I'm always diggin' up clams, and crabs and worms in target holes...and almost steppin' on jellyfish a lot of times........ich!

    L

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    May 2012
    Foothills, Siskiyou Mountains, southern Oregon
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    Lorraine, that beach looks just like the butter and horse-clam beaches here on the north Pacific Coast, and in the Puget Sound. Spent a lot of happy hours on those beaches as a kid, fishing, poking around and watching for "squirts."


 

 
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