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Do You Also Search/Dig Pennies When Out Metal Detecting?:shrug:
Posted by: John-Edmonton
Date: November 01, 2017 10:51AM
I finished rolling 22 rolls of pennies ($11.00) last night and will put that towards my annual gold coin.. I remember seeing some posts, stating that the person discs out pennies and wont waste time digging them.silver I know from experience that if you disc out copper pennies, you miss rings and some other collectible items in that conductivity rage?

Re: Do You Also Search/Dig Pennies When Out Metal Detecting?:shrug:
Posted by: Tom_in_CA
Date: November 01, 2017 11:05AM
If I'm a beach hunt, or relic hunting environment (ghost towns, cellar holes, ruins, old-town urban demolition), then no, I don't pass penny signals.

But if I'm on turf hunting for old coins, then Yes: I pass all shallow pennies. Depending on the park (and normal depths of coins in certain parks) this depth cut-off for skipping can be 4" to 6".

I know that some md'rs *bristle* at that. They will say: a) "Sometimes an old coin might be shallow", or b) "a big fat man's gold ring could read up high into the zinc or penny range" or c) " Why skip pennies ? They add up after all"

However, if you hunt with those persons long enough, the proof starts to be evident: They end up with scads of clad, and very few oldies/silver.

Re: Do You Also Search/Dig Pennies When Out Metal Detecting?:shrug:
Posted by: D&P-OR
Date: November 01, 2017 12:03PM
Good answer Tom!-----I'd just add---I ain't got that kinda energy anymore, I only got only so many get 'em down & get 'em ups in me!:smile:-----On turf hunting, anything below 4" is "a go" for me--even then fill dirt is a problem a lot of times.------As to the old sites like you mentioned--they get dug.---------Del
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If I'm a beach hunt, or relic hunting environment (ghost towns, cellar holes, ruins, old-town urban demolition), then no, I don't pass penny signals.

But if I'm on turf hunting for old coins, then Yes: I pass all shallow pennies. Depending on the park (and normal depths of coins in certain parks) this depth cut-off for skipping can be 4" to 6".

I know that some md'rs *bristle* at that. They will say: a) "Sometimes an old coin might be shallow", or b) "a big fat man's gold ring could read up high into the zinc or penny range" or c) " Why skip pennies ? They add up after all"

However, if you hunt with those persons long enough, the proof starts to be evident: They end up with scads of clad, and very few oldies/silver.


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Re: Do You Also Search/Dig Pennies When Out Metal Detecting?:shrug:
Posted by: still looking 52
Date: November 01, 2017 01:58PM
I disc out zinc pennies but not copper pennies, they fall real close to silver. Copper pennies come in around 70 and a silver dime comes in around 75.
I'm starting to skip those shallow targets that come in around 70, like Tom says there is the percentage game you need to think about and those targets just take away from the silver finds overall.
If I'm in a new area that I've never detected then I'll dig more shallow until I learn the area and see how things are going.

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Re: Do You Also Search/Dig Pennies When Out Metal Detecting?:shrug:
Posted by: HanoverDigger
Date: November 01, 2017 02:41PM
I don't specifically go looking to dig pennies but I'll dig'em up, throw'em in the pouch just to get'em outta the way.



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Re: Do You Also Search/Dig Pennies When Out Metal Detecting?:shrug:
Posted by: mrwilburino
Date: November 01, 2017 03:20PM
What Tom in CA said. The exception to that is when I'm finding nothing at all, then I dig them out of desperation.



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Re: Do You Also Search/Dig Pennies When Out Metal Detecting?:shrug:
Posted by: GeorgeinSC
Date: November 01, 2017 03:53PM
At the beach I disc out iron and steel and dig Everything else. Even dig some items just because they don't completely disc out. On the dirt I leave the zinc pennies in the dirt. I dig copper pennies and my hearing is not acute enough to be able to tell them from a dime.

I enjoy digging coins but those corroded zinc pennies are worthless. At nearly 77 years of age I prefer using what energy I have digging something other than zinc pennies.



Minelab Sovereign GT With an assortment of coils
Garrett Pro Pointer
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Minelab Excalibur II
T-Rex 9.5 wet sand scoop

Re: Do You Also Search/Dig Pennies When Out Metal Detecting?:shrug:
Posted by: jim tn
Date: November 01, 2017 05:23PM
I don't like pennies, but I dig them. A lot of wheat cents and early Memorials read the same. Also, just in the last few years two cent readings turned out to be big gold class rings. Further, just the other day I dug a bouncy cent reading, recovered it, rescanned the hole and about 2 inches deeper recovered a 1927 S L quarter. So, yeah, I dig pennies and also find silver. HH jim tn

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Re: Do You Also Search/Dig Pennies When Out Metal Detecting?:shrug:
Posted by: Tom Slick
Date: November 01, 2017 06:22PM
I'd never disc Zincs at the beach or at ghost town or home sites. At local parks, sure if I'm just digging fresh drops of clad and silver jewelry. I don't ever disc copper cents.



Arizona
42 years detecting, ex White's dealer.
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Re: Do You Also Search/Dig Pennies When Out Metal Detecting?:shrug:
Posted by: dfmike
Date: November 01, 2017 07:39PM
Zinc pennies are not an issue here (Canada) but digging copper penny signals is a must since they can come so close and even equal silver dimes on the VDI (on some detectors anyway).



Active detectors: Fisher F19 LTD, Nokta Fors CoRe, Makro pointer and way too many coils.
Previous detectors: Bounty Hunter Discovery, Fisher F44, Omega 8000 V6, Minelab X-Terra 705, Fisher F5

Re: Do You Also Search/Dig Pennies When Out Metal Detecting?:shrug:
Posted by: sprchng
Date: November 01, 2017 08:02PM
I'll dig zincs depending on the site so I don't have to contend with them at a later date but some sites are so corrupted with them by people leaving them behind that the sites are undetectable. I see people who try those sites with small coils and fast recovery machines and have little success because the masking is nearly complete. Unlike iron masking , zincs corrupt signals on the conductive side , much more difficult to sift through than a beep and dig iron infestation relic site. I have some luck digging just the corrupted odd ball signals but usually go to greener fields. After 30 or 40 minutes of digging the zincs I begin to weary and become lazy like some of the other posters here but I don't try to blow smoke up others a$$e$ by saying that I do it out of some superior strategy and just admit I'm lazy and it's below me.:smile:

Re: Do You Also Search/Dig Pennies When Out Metal Detecting?:shrug:
Posted by: Dancer
Date: November 02, 2017 05:01AM
Funny. At the time, around 2004, I snagged my oldest coin. It was a Indian Head in very nice shape. The best part is, it was laying on top of fresh bark mulch in a tot lot. Honestly can't say if I eye balled first or not. Go figure.
Dancer

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Re: Do You Also Search/Dig Pennies When Out Metal Detecting?:shrug:
Posted by: MarkCZ
Date: November 03, 2017 06:56PM
I don't like DIGGING corroded zinc's but I'll take them as fresh drops as long as they're
spendable.
Coppers and any other pennies are on my menu as a side dish.
Many of days if I had not brought home the pennies my coin count for the day would have dropped
from 8 to 10 to 1 to 3

Mark



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Re: Do You Also Search/Dig Pennies When Out Metal Detecting?:shrug:
Posted by: budster
Date: November 04, 2017 03:00PM
I dig them, but I now have about 18 pounds of corroded zink. Even the scrap yard won't take them.

Bud

Re: Do You Also Search/Dig Pennies When Out Metal Detecting?:shrug:
Posted by: sprchng
Date: November 04, 2017 05:05PM
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budster
I dig them, but I now have about 18 pounds of corroded zink. Even the scrap yard won't take them.

Bud

Tumbler the dirty ones with the coppers just like any other coin. I save the copper for some reason but when I get about a three pound coffee can of zincs I take them over to the Coinstar at Wally World and dump them in. I usually leave the return full to overflowing with rejects and someone will think they have struck it rich. It usually nets around 25 bucks after the Coinstar kickback , so it pays for some ammo , jerky or Confederate flags.:smile:

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