Coin Star Find.

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Peter Economakis, Nov 27, 2020.

  1. Peter Economakis

    Peter Economakis Well-Known Member

    At Stop and Shop this morning and I thought this was a typical 1970 penny ground down to the size of a dime.. It was typical till I felt and saw the person actually went out of the way and filed the rim with ridges:eek:
    Did this coin actually make its rounds in pay phones and vending machines??
    The pics aren't the greatest but the ridges are there and you feel them well.

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  3. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Well-Known Member

    It seems like a bunch of weird stuff happened in the 70's .
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  4. scottishmoney

    scottishmoney Я люблю черных кошек

    I have found about a dozen of them that were cut down to dime sizes - they must have worked or there wouldn't be so many of them.
  5. Peter Economakis

    Peter Economakis Well-Known Member

    If a pack of ciggs was 50 cents in a vending machine in the early 70's I can see someone with alot of time on their hands doing this or a bottle of soda in those classic Coca Cola machines.
    Either way it's theft:rolleyes:
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  6. Peter Economakis

    Peter Economakis Well-Known Member

    The filing of the ridges makes me feel he was trying to hustle a blind man??
  7. willieboyd2

    willieboyd2 First Class Poster

    I found this coin in a CoinStar-type machine reject bin in 2015:


    The coin was probably altered with a file to pass as a dime in a vending machine.
    It weighs 2.67 gm, is 19 mm in diameter, and the sides are smooth.

    I had heard of pennies altered this way but had not seen one until now.

    In 2010 President Obama pardoned a former marine who plead guilty to "coin mutilation" in 1963. He and his friends were altering pennies to pass as dimes.

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  8. derkerlegand

    derkerlegand Well-Known Member

    When I was a youngster in the '50s, it was common to rub a penny on a sidewalk until it was the size of a dime - voilà', a coke AND change for 1¢!
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  9. Peter Economakis

    Peter Economakis Well-Known Member

    This penny now weighs 2.46 or 2.47.
    I am all for sending this cut up penny to anyone who wants to see it. Maby do a member to member sending thing.
    I'm sure everyone has seen them but the ridge filing makes it more serious and a bit cooler.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2020
  10. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    I remember looking through the telephone coin return and believe or not I would often find change left behind. Thanks for the memory.
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  11. goossen

    goossen Senior Member

    I remember the round thing that breaks when you open the soda cans (don't know how it is called) worked in the parking meters.

    This is what I meant:
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  12. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    It's called a Pop-Top
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  13. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    We called it a tab.
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  14. Kasia

    Kasia Got my learning hat on

    They worked, but the time used to do that prolly made it not worth doing too much.
  15. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    As a little kid with a fifty-cent-a-week allowance and all the time in the world, I probably would've been all over that -- if I'd been brought up wrong, or fallen in with the wrong crowd. Instead, I ate and drank what we had in the house, and buried my nose in books. It worked out, pretty much. :D
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  16. goossen

    goossen Senior Member

    I thought tab was the thing you pull
  17. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It's all 1 piece. That's the way we took it.
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  18. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Pop top, tab, or pull tab it's what's inside that is refreshing don't you think? Great posts, thanks.
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  19. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    The original defacer took the time to try and duplicate the reeds on the edge thinking it would be needed to pass as a dime in a machine, so in my opinion it shows that was the purpose for how the coin looks.
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  20. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    pop top

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  21. Peter Economakis

    Peter Economakis Well-Known Member

    So Tab is still being produced..
    Wonder why it's called Tab without googling??
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