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  1. #1

    Mar 2012
    16 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    they know about silver!

    How do you deal with tellers that know about silver or mention it? I was dumping halves at td today and the bag filled and the manager came over to change the bags and there were a couple half dollars that kept coming out of the return slot and the manager took it out and said that it was probably either bent or silver. Then he said he'd try it again and threw it in the machine. He didn't check the coin at all so he obviously wasn't checking for silver. Is it ok to talk about silver in a situation like this where bringing up silver isn't going to educate them any more?

  2. #2

    May 2012
    216 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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  3. #3
    Mar 2012
    The Constitution State
    Garrett Ace 350 Bounty Hunter Fast Tracker
    162 times
    CRH, Tag Sale Hunting
    Next time ask to check them out first, and say you'll just keep those ones. Even keep a couple clad on you to switch out of the bag or reject tray. Otherwise, I wouldn't talk about it. Play dumb. Some tellers are confused about which ones are silver and which aren't, in all denominations. The less they know, the more likely they won't be sniping them and you will find them, IMO. If a teller is talking about finding all this silver and seems very knowledgeable, then I say go ahead and make a new friend. Might help you get boxes, or maybe even get to buy out their stash, etc. - Jonathan
    Last edited by Mr. Silver Stash; Jun 24, 2012 at 08:03 PM.

  4. #4
    Apr 2012
    East Coast
    127 times
    US Coins
    Stopped by a local bank last week to ask for halves. The teller only had two. She was about to hand them over to me until she stopped and asked the teller next to her "Are these the ones where you can sell for money?". The teller next to her then proceeded to drop test each half. Didn't bother to look at the dates. Both were clad however so no loss.

    Some tellers are aware but not educated.
    Amount Searched as of 05/7/13 - $24,087.50

    90% Kennedy - x15
    40% Kennedy - x44
    Franklin - x10
    Walker - x6
    Roosevelt - x38
    Mercury - x3
    War Nickel - x4
    Buffalo Nickel - x4

    = 1 New CRH Find

  5. #5
    Mar 2012
    6 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    When they start talking silver I ask if they've found anything good, sometimes offer to buy from them
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  6. #6
    Aug 2011
    122 times
    I was dumping today and the teller at the bank asked me, "So you have searched through these right? Because there is a guy who comes in asking for them all the time." I said, "yes but he might be looking for something different, I'm looking for certain dates and mintmarks for my collections." Trying to at least give the guy the chance of searching through my dumps. "I'm looking for proof coins with S mintmarks mostly." She went "Ohh, those will be hard to find," and I thought yeah that's why I need to look through so many when she came out with a gem, "He is looking for the Kennedys that they made the year he was assassinated, the guy said they were worth a little more." I played dumb and said I didn't know anything about it. I figure the other guy was at least smart enough to not mention silver so I didn't tell her they were making Franklins the year JFK was killed and just left her as confused as she was.

  7. #7
    May 2012
    Garrett AT Pro (5x8", 8.5x11" coils), Pro-Pointer AT, Stealth 720i Hybrid
    362 times
    Metal Detecting
    When I'm asked about why I'm buying/dumping halves, I tell them the complete truth. Most of them know what you're doing anyways. I don't really care what they think or have to say about it

  8. #8
    Jul 2010
    Garrett Ace 250, Bounty Hunter Quick Draw
    267 times
    Coin roll hunting, British coins, ancient coins, antiquities
    Of course most tellers know about silver. The point is to figure out what they like and what they are willing to part with. Some tellers have no interest in wheats, others try to find a complete set and would have no problem exchanging some silver for some wheats. Some really like Ike dollars and wouldn't mind trading some silver for them, etc.

    The goal is to find what they like and what you have to exchange for what they have and what you like.
    Speeding up Gresham's law one roll at a time

  9. #9
    Feb 2011
    1618 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I went to a new bank and used their coin machine, the teller struck up a conversation with me about how she has all sorts of weird coins and oldies, walkers, bens, mercs, indian cents, wheats... you name it, she has it. I think you'll be fine, I think quite honestly, it is best for the bank to know what you're doing, you don't have to be upfront with everything you find, just a little here and there...

  10. #10
    Apr 2009
    Cornfield, IN
    F-22 (soon I hope)
    37 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    When I used to hunt and road trip, I'd tell them that I was looking for dates and mintmarks to fill a book. I told them that I'd never found a 1970 (still haven't), and that '87s are tough to find. The more that they know about silver, the less you'll find. Occasionally, if I was in an area that I knew that I wouldn't be hunting again, I might say that I needed halves and big dollars for poker games and that they were more fun than plastic chips.

    Kindest regards,



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