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May be the strangest cache I've ever found...

trojdor

Well-known member
We went for a 4x4 drive in a national forest here in Colorado today, and ended up driving way back into a tough 4-wheel drive only trail until it dead-ended.
At about 9,000 ft above sea level, the weather and scenery were perfect.

When we stopped where the trail dead ended, we could see something very shiny reflecting just a little further up, so we got out and walked a short distance to investigate.
I haven't got the first clue as to how, or why....but there were many hundreds of pennies scattered all over the forest ground, over an area of maybe 25' x 25'.

After we picked them up and brought them home, we cleaned and counted over 1,400 pennies, and 1 nickel, lol!
Over 400 were copper, from the 60's and 70's, and many of those still had some nice luster .... as though perhaps they had been uncirculated.

I've found caches of coins (far more valuable) before, but never have I found this many coins in one outing .... and all without a metal detector.
I'm still scratching my head, trying to figure out the story of how/why they were there.

Here's a pic of the cleaned coins. It's hard to see how thick the pile is, but it's about 3" high.
HH,
:)
mike

penny cache.jpg
 

Mkus

Well-known member
That’s a lot of pennies Mike that’s crazy !
Matk
 

jim tn

Well-known member
Now that is wild. It would be fun to know the story behind that. Apparently, who ever tossed them had a four wheel drive as well. Need to see if my wife will let me use her Jeep and do some exploring, too. HH jim tn
 

BigTony

Well-known member
We went for a 4x4 drive in a national forest here in Colorado today, and ended up driving way back into a tough 4-wheel drive only trail until it dead-ended.
At about 9,000 ft above sea level, the weather and scenery were perfect.

When we stopped where the trail dead ended, we could see something very shiny reflecting just a little further up, so we got out and walked a short distance to investigate.
I haven't got the first clue as to how, or why....but there were many hundreds of pennies scattered all over the forest ground, over an area of maybe 25' x 25'.

After we picked them up and brought them home, we cleaned and counted over 1,400 pennies, and 1 nickel, lol!
Over 400 were copper, from the 60's and 70's, and many of those still had some nice luster .... as though perhaps they had been uncirculated.

I've found caches of coins (far more valuable) before, but never have I found this many coins in one outing .... and all without a metal detector.
I'm still scratching my head, trying to figure out the story of how/why they were there.

Here's a pic of the cleaned coins. It's hard to see how thick the pile is, but it's about 3" high.
HH,
:)
mike

View attachment 7117
Wow, that is a crazy cashe, congratulations!
 

Ronstar

Well-known member
Could it be, just maybe, Susquatch poops pennies???? I mean as long as we are contemplating theories.....
 

earthlypotluck

Well-known member
What a cache!!

🤔🤔 Maybe a thief broke into someone’s house and stole a piggy bank and other valuables. Then the thief went someplace secluded to look over the stolen goods. When the thief realized They were all pennies, they got mad and dumped them out.
 

trojdor

Well-known member
Now that is wild. It would be fun to know the story behind that. Apparently, who ever tossed them had a four wheel drive as well. Need to see if my wife will let me use her Jeep and do some exploring, too. HH jim tn
Jim, the whole time we were picking them up, (and then driving back,) we were trying to come up with a reasonable theory .... but drew a blank.

BTW, if anyone's interested in how to recover hundreds of pennies (or dimes I suppose) without a good container or pouch; You can easily fill up empty plastic mountain dew bottles with pennies .... they just do clear/fit the opening.
However, we found out that once they're full you can't easily get the coins back out again. You have to cut the plastic bottles open.
:)
mike
 

Missouri -- Ma Betty

Well-known member
We went for a 4x4 drive in a national forest here in Colorado today, and ended up driving way back into a tough 4-wheel drive only trail until it dead-ended.
At about 9,000 ft above sea level, the weather and scenery were perfect.

When we stopped where the trail dead ended, we could see something very shiny reflecting just a little further up, so we got out and walked a short distance to investigate.
I haven't got the first clue as to how, or why....but there were many hundreds of pennies scattered all over the forest ground, over an area of maybe 25' x 25'.

After we picked them up and brought them home, we cleaned and counted over 1,400 pennies, and 1 nickel, lol!
Over 400 were copper, from the 60's and 70's, and many of those still had some nice luster .... as though perhaps they had been uncirculated.

I've found caches of coins (far more valuable) before, but never have I found this many coins in one outing .... and all without a metal detector.
I'm still scratching my head, trying to figure out the story of how/why they were there.

Here's a pic of the cleaned coins. It's hard to see how thick the pile is, but it's about 3" high.
HH,
:)
mike

View attachment 7117
Very wierd maybe a bank robbery & pennies thrown away or dropped from a plane or helicopter? If only they could talk! Ma Betty
 

Monkeys Uncle

Active member
I lean towards the home theft by some adolescents...grabbed a piggy bank or jar full of coins. Drove to your location before assaying their goodies and then discovered they weren't as lucky as they had assumed...OR...pulled out the silver (larger denominations) and subsequently fled the scene. Oh well, supposedly the govt. (US Mint/Fed Reserve)? are short of change. See if they'll pay you a premium for their return. ;):rofl:
 

Missouri -- Ma Betty

Well-known member
I lean towards the home theft by some adolescents...grabbed a piggy bank or jar full of coins. Drove to your location before assaying their goodies and then discovered they weren't as lucky as they had assumed...OR...pulled out the silver (larger denominations) and subsequently fled the scene. Oh well, supposedly the govt. (US Mint/Fed Reserve)? are short of change. See if they'll pay you a premium for their return. ;):rofl:
Sounds logical & after breaking the container &/or emptying the contents onto the ground, they didn't want to pick up all those newer pennies by knowing what were valuable & what were not so much! LAZY don't you think & probably in a hurry, too, not wanting to get caught with the stolen goodies?! Kids throw pennies at each other when playing in parks--sometimes could find rolls of them or enough to roll up! Maybe they heard you coming & that is when they took off! Ma Betty
 
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