Does anyone know what this is?

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  1. AlexHeaton

    AlexHeaton New Member

    Does anyone know what this is?
     

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  3. ken454

    ken454 Well-Known Member

    a penny after getting run over by a train would be my guess..
     
  4. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    I think that is an excellent guess. Rail Token. Can you read the date?
     
  5. AlexHeaton

    AlexHeaton New Member

    it looks like 197 something to the naked eye
     
  6. AlexHeaton

    AlexHeaton New Member

    is that a common thing to have happen? why would someone do that
     
  7. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

  8. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    To sell on Etsy and eBay for $$ to the uninformed. Jim
     
  9. ken454

    ken454 Well-Known Member

    yes its common, and for same reason someone would put a coin to a grinding wheel...boredom..
     
  10. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Yes... I was a horrible abuser of pocket change as a lad. I placed many a cent on rail tracks, spooned lots of nickels..... It’s just the sort of thing youngsters did before we had video games and smart gadgets in our hands.
     
  11. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Only once did I put a cent on the rail tracks. Not sure what became of it. I was too into spending my change, myself stay on candy. Way back then a Cent wound buy a few mouthfuls.
     
  12. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    When I was a child my friends and I would put pennies on the LIRR tracks. After the train ran them over there was nothing readable on them. Just a piece of flat elongated copper.
     
  13. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    I collect Rail tokens. My oldest is a Flowing Hair Cent.
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  14. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    First coin I ever found Metal Detecting. 40 feet from RR tracks.
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  15. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

  16. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    It is copper and it weighs in at 3.g. My best estimation is a Lincoln Cent.
    The tracks (spur) where it was located have been out of service for more than 40 years.
     
  17. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Maybe it was a Wheatie. Not that that makes any difference, but I always liked to scry out the faintest details on my mystery metal detector finds. Found a rough slug of a copper in an old colonial (Rev War era) sand road bed, once. Almost zero detail left on it, but from the diameter and the faintest ghost of a portrait on it (which was only visible at certain angles to the light), I surmised that it was a French copper of Louis XV.

    Love those little puzzling mysteries, sometimes.
     
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  18. SLACKACTION

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    I have witnessed this many times as youngsters will place coins on track and watch them as they hard to find sometimes when they fall off rail into ballast ,,you have to dig a little sometimes. There always a few places that people will park and walk down to smash coins. they sometimes stack them on top of each other and smash them together or try to.... vibration sometimes they slide off rail
     
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