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Pesos along the border ?
Posted by: Dancer
Date: November 16, 2018 07:47AM
Just wondering if you hunters down there dig very many Pesos. Up north here Canadian coins aren't rare at all, along with other foreign currency. But in 18 years I've only dug maybe a dozen Pesos at most. I don't think the exchange is very good either.

Re: Pesos along the border ?
Posted by: still looking 52
Date: November 16, 2018 08:53AM
Here in WV I've never dug a peso.

Dancer, where "up north" are you? I find Mexican change often.
Posted by: Monte
Date: November 16, 2018 10:15AM
Pesos, Centavos, etc., and in some locations I hunt there is other 'foreign' coinage as well. Naturally, a lot will depend upon where you live and the percentage of Hispanic folks in your area. Not the one who have been living here for a long time and are a 'normal' part of our USA landscape, but an influx of those who shouldn't be here and/or those who made it here legitimately, but still speak Central and South American Spanish most of the time and have a lot of their friends and family 'visit' who haven't figured out this is North America and we speak American English.

Don't get me wrong as I am not racially or culturally biased as such, but we do have a lot of people in certain parts of many places, "Out West" at least, who just haven't given up on their homeland or done away with all their coinage. Lot's of places, like around Cornelius Oregon and surrounding western Oregon communities, or in many agricultural towns, like here in Vale where I live in far Eastern Oregon, where hard working Hispanics do, and have done, the physical labor most of our lazy American kids and young adults won't or don't know how to do or are willing to try and do. Just a separation of a short distance can make a difference, too. For example, Oregon Gregg lives in another but slightly bigger town than where I live and maybe a twenty-minute drive away, but he has a much greater 'Hispanic culture' over there.

When I get out and about in my travels and have been able to enjoy a lot of detecting here in Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and some other western states, and am able to put in a regular amount of detecting, I would guess I pluck anywhere from 5 to 20 'foreign coins' a month and the bulk of them come from parts south of our US border. Today we do not have the transient labor camps that were very full and bustling with farm labor workers back in the '50s through to about the '80s, and hunting around those places will definitely up your Hispanic coin count. There's one former labor camp site here on the west end of my town but it is so choked up with tall weeds I haven't even bothered to try and get permission to hunt it. But those earlier-use transient labor camps from long ago can hold some older US coins, especially silver, and are places I used to enjoy tracking down after they were no longer habitated and torn down.

I've spent about 58 of my 69½ years living in Oregon, mostly in the greater Portland area, and detecting back in the last half of the '60s and through the '70s the biggest percentage of 'foreign' coins were from Canada. By the time the time we hit '89/'90 Canadian coins made up maybe 25% of my annual 'foreign coin' recoveries, but through the '90s and especially this past twenty years 'Hispanic' coins can easily make up 50% to 75% of my annual 'foreign' change.

Naturally, 'site selection' can be a key if we want to up the number of coins that are not USA minted.


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Re: Pesos along the border ?
Posted by: Flintstone
Date: November 16, 2018 06:35PM
I have never got one in KY. I think if I did it would be like finding a Silver Dollar.

Re: Pesos along the border ?
Posted by: Tom_in_CA
Date: November 16, 2018 06:45PM
I'm on the central coast in CA (about an hour south of San Jose). The agriculture / leaf veggies business here has brought tons of migrant farm workers back and forth from Mexico, ever since WWII. So we find lots of Mexican coins.

And when we're hunting the REAL old spots (gold rush and earlier sites), we find their Spanish and Mexican reales. Since this was Spanish then Mexican territory, before becoming a USA territory.

Re: Pesos along the border ?
Posted by: chuck, ky
Date: November 16, 2018 08:27PM
you would think with all the farm workers in Kentucky we would find more. I've only found one a 100 peso laying under a swing in a school yard

Re: Pesos along the border ?
Posted by: txquest
Date: November 16, 2018 09:07PM
My oldest coin is a 1834 20 centavo, found here in west Texas. If it could only talk, the history it could tell. Txquest

Re: Pesos along the border ?
Posted by: Dancer
Date: November 17, 2018 06:25AM
My oldest coin is a 1834 20 centavo, found here in west Texas. If it could only talk, the history it could tell. Txquest

5x8, 1834. That was minted 2 years before the fall of the Alamo. Nice find.

Re: Pesos along the border ?
Posted by: jarrow
Date: November 23, 2018 06:26PM
I am happy with not finding Mexican coins.

Re: Pesos along the border ?
Posted by: u2robert
Date: December 06, 2018 02:28PM
I got the pistols so I get the Pesos...………………………...

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