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  1. #1
    Oct 2009
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    Metal Detecting

    Halves : Good News Plus a Blip?

    This week's box contained what I hope is just a blip, but, if not, a disturbing trend.

    I found four Ecuadoran 50 centavos pieces -- how they got into the mix is anyone's guess. I have found these coins in the past, but it was one-offs.

    But now the good news -- I finally broke my 90% silver drought (I posted something a few days ago on this topic) with two 90% Kennedys and a Franklin and also found four 40% silver Kennedys.

    But imagine a skunk box with those foreign coins - not good.

    Anyway, I'll take the foreign junk all day if I get seven silvers in the box.
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  2. #2

    Apr 2020
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    Coin Roll Hunting
    That's so weird! I got a box a few weeks ago with the same Ecuadorian 50-cent pieces in it! And it also had a good amount of silver in it, both 40%ers and 90%ers! Bizarre... I wonder if we both got boxes from some batch mixed together at some east coast federal reserve branch bank?

    I forget how many Ecuadorians I found in there, probably 5 or 6 of them, because at first I was setting them aside to save (I keep all the foreigns I find, as souvenirs). But after I found a 3rd one, I decided to throw them back into circulation instead.

    And I don't feel bad about it, either, because those Ecuadorian 50's are actually worth exactly 50 cents. Ecuador dollarized its currency a while back. If you're in Ecuador, two of these 50 centavo pieces will buy you a dollar.

  3. #3
    CJ9 is offline
    Dec 2018
    NYC area
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    I am with you, i would take the foreign all day to get silvers. Nice finds there.

  4. #4
    Feb 2012
    85 times
    Coin roll hunting
    I started going through my halves boxes in 1987. (Unfortunately my banks can't order them for me now. I've gone through $843,252 in boxes and CWR's) Going through the boxes I've found the following - 1928 E. Africa 10 cents,
    1967 British One Penny, 1913 British One Penny, 1966 British One Penny, 1932 British One Penny, 1967 British One Penny, 1860/50 Brazil 1000 Reis, 1961 British One Penny, 1946 South Africa One Penny,
    1936 British One Penny, 1941 Australian One Penny, 1947 Republica De Panama Medio Balboa, 1965 Irish One Penny, 1961 Republica Italiana L500, 1967 British One Penny, 1921 British One Penny.

    The coins that are highlighted are Silver. Hope to start going through coins SOON.

  5. #5
    Feb 2010
    2065 times
    There are quite a few countries in central and South America who have the same coins specs as the US. Balboa’s and Ecuadorean halves are ‘common’. I actually like finding foreign coins. Something different to look at.



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