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    If i knew then what I know now . . ...

    Sheesh ! Big silver...seems like yesteryear, visiting Las Vegas , I would cash in $100 racks of silver dollars .
    THESE COINS were lovely to hear as they CLANG CLANGED , ringing down the payout chute . I loved rolling them in my hand and that silvery sound satisfI'd my senses . The Heft of that coin was not to be dismissed either with each rack weighing about 2.75 pounds ! Boy , could I pick those One Armed Bandits and frequently liberated thousands in sweet silver . I would treat my crew to steak dinners with my new found treasure though first exchanging the silver for paper as the restaurant declined the coin ! "Sir , the cash drawer has no place for dollar coins!"...... Transporting any great volume of the sweet metal discs in my pants pockets was cumbersome and required a cinch of the belt and an odd gait .... special attention was required to Sit and an errent crossing of the leg sent coins slipping to the depths of a restaurant booth or a creative crawl to retrieve a rolling spray of Liberties , Morgan's and Flowing hair. Patrons were often tolerant in moving their legs or holding their dresses as I recovered the escapees.
    Today all casinos in the U.S. are Coin less and while no longer an enthusiast , I miss that big beautiful coin !
    The slot machines now Blare a realistic recording of the once synonymous CLANG CLANG CLANG pay off that no one born in the 80s can really relate to and a cacophony of solid state lamps flash in strobe like fashion in lieu of the flash of silver . I am now rewarded with an instantly printed receipt that expires in 24 hours to be played or cashed out from an "Iron Teller" whose whereabouts are often "hidden" and rarely near an exit.
    Oh , I understand the change from coins to chits , it's cleaner and less bulky . My Mother , in her retirement , started a GAMING GLOVE line of seamless Second Skin Slot Gloves ! , a specialty designed cotton glove to protect the hands from the filthy coins . First seen at the International Gaming Convention in Las Vegas, they became an instant sensation and Casinos world wide placed orders and camera ready artwork. In the states they could be found in gift shops , given as "perks" and even sold on the floor. Men and women alike enjoyed the protection of their fingernails and hands and Mom was assured a room with perks at any casino in the world !
    Sadly , my Mother passed away during the passing of coinage used in gaming machines.....like the joyous sounds of big coins dropping , her laughter is gone but not forgotten as every time I hear those big coins clinking together I hear her golden voice .
    As I try to calculate the volume of silver dollars that passed through my hands , I wonder where the hordes are stashed, where no banks existed , pokes were hidden and the futures never collected . Today , it's the thrill of the search and Like a Dowser, I stand at the edge and roll the coin in my hand surveying the landscape knowing that Someday . . . ...
    Last edited by 4x4x4; Sep 05, 2017 at 03:01 PM.
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    Feel free to post your own "if i knew then.....
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    ... Walks on flaming Pop tarts ...

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    Read my signature,, lol
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    Great story, 4x4x4. Thanks for sharing. Brought back a few memories of being a kid and hearing rhose actual coin payouts. And seeing the old ladies with their fingers stained black from hours at the nickle slots.

    I dont have any stories to share as of this moment. I can only say that i still dont think I know anything, but every now and then I have my moments of brilliance.
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    We purchased this farm land in 2005. Back then, I was not into treasure hunting of any sort. Our plan for the property was to build first, the pond, then a barn and then a house. There was, however, a very old, unstable barn that had to be torn down. So, a couple years later, my husband sees and add for an outfit that would come in and tear down your barn and remove it as long as they got to keep the wood. That was one of those "too good to be true" deals. They tore it down, took the good beams that they wanted, and left a huge mess. So, my husband dug a huge hole, burnt the remainder barn, and buried it. So any coins and/or relics there may have been are too deep for me to dig.

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    Isaiah 40:28

    28 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
    The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
    He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.



    My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friend.
    John 15:12-13


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    So well said. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrightdigger View Post
    We purchased this farm land in 2005. Back then, I was not into treasure hunting of any sort. Our plan for the property was to build first, the pond, then a barn and then a house. There was, however, a very old, unstable barn that had to be torn down. So, a couple years later, my husband sees and add for an outfit that would come in and tear down your barn and remove it as long as they got to keep the wood. That was one of those "too good to be true" deals. They tore it down, took the good beams that they wanted, and left a huge mess. So, my husband dug a huge hole, burnt the remainder barn, and buried it. So any coins and/or relics there may have been are too deep for me to dig.

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    Let's have detection party ! Gee, all that treasure is still there and outside the barn ....rains will show you where .

    Thanks and HH,
    MARK
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    if a knew about silver coins when 5 or 6 i would have a SLQ when i was little i got a strange quarter i knew nothing about it so i spent it
    now looking back on that i wished i kept it
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    Great post! I would have bought every cheap VW split window bus I could find.
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    I've got another one, but no pics. We moved from N. C. to a small town in Ohio in our early 20's. New parents, new home (old house. I guess this is a double " if I knew then."). Our first Halloween I did not know how many trick or treaters to expect. We were dirt poor, lived off of $40.00 a week in groceries, including diapers and formula. I splurged and bought a couple bags of candy. We ran out that first hour. Being the soft-hearted woman that I am, I couldn't just say we were out. So I grabbed our jars of pennies and handed out a half a handful to each kid for the last hour. I was thinking " They're just pennies." I cringe to think what I gave away! We have one jar left to this day.
    Last edited by Wrightdigger; Sep 14, 2017 at 04:19 PM.
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    Isaiah 40:28

    28 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
    The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
    He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.



    My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friend.
    John 15:12-13


 

 

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