Road Kill Coins and Lead Wheel Weights
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  1. #1
    Jun 2010
    Los Angeles
    My Nose

    Road Kill Coins and Lead Wheel Weights

    March 6th, 2011
    Los Angeles, California

    When I was a kid growing up in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 1960s, I worked with an old man who had a pick-up truck. We made money hauling junk like Sanford & Son. We also sold scrap metal to the scrap yard. We sold steel, and stainless steel, brass, copper, cast iron and aluminum – which was not as widely used then as it is today. My take was 1/3 of whatever money we made.

    The old man would use a magnet to distinguish steel from stainless steel, which is non-ferrous. I didn’t need a magnet, I could tell the difference by just looking. We would build a fire and burn the insulation from copper electrical wire. And while the old man took a lunch break I would clip and remove copper wire windings from old electric motors and sealed refrigerator (we called them ice boxes) units. Today I see people picking up aluminum cans on the streets, yet step right over copper tubing that fell from a plumber’s truck. They just don’t know.

    While riding my bicycle on Sunday mornings I pick up any coins and wheel weights that I find. I use the lead to make casts of the footprints of my grandchildren. Yes, I know to be careful about lead vapor fumes and lead poisoning. Incidentally, the very busy streets where I live are littered with coins and wheel weights (just beat the street sweeper). Many of the wheel weights are new. When people buy new tires, they are balanced. But many tires don’t stay balanced for long. An unbalanced tire will cause a rough ride at higher speeds and also premature tire wear.

    Anyway, I guess looking for silver coins has been a natural progression for me. I’ve been looking for one kind of metal or another for most of my life!

    In the accompanying photograph, can you spot the wheat-back penny & dime? Thanks for reading.


    2011 silver coin totals: 16 90% halves, 62 40% halves and still stuck on 11 silver dimes.
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  2. #2
    Sep 2007
    N. San Diego County
    Ace 250
    42 times
    Metal Detecting

    Re: Road Kill Coins and Lead Wheel Weights

    I do a lot of bike riding too and have picked up quite a few coins off of the road.

  3. #3
    Charter Member
    Oct 2007
    Northern, OH
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    Re: Road Kill Coins and Lead Wheel Weights

    My dad this this the last few years of his life. He would ride his bike 5 to 10 miles a day. All the money he found he would put it in a drawer and at the end of the year he would count it and buy himself something or go out to eat at a special place.

    I am always picking up coins when I am out walking. I walk a couple miles a day and I find a few coins a week.......Matt
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  4. #4
    Nov 2009
    Upstate NY
    My eyes
    715 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Road Kill Coins and Lead Wheel Weights

    The dime is the 2nd coin down in the middle, the wheatie is just above and to the right of the 3 folded coins....??
    2015 stash - 40 ounces
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    Canadian dimes - 36

  5. #5
    Nov 2009
    Lexington KY
    Garrett Ace 350
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    Re: Road Kill Coins and Lead Wheel Weights

    I melt the wheel weights and make bullets.



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