Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by AlexHeaton, May 20, 2019.
Does anyone know what this is?
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a penny after getting run over by a train would be my guess..
I think that is an excellent guess. Rail Token. Can you read the date?
it looks like 197 something to the naked eye
is that a common thing to have happen? why would someone do that
Perhaps a roller mill that jewelers and metalworkers use to thin metal.
To sell on Etsy and eBay for $$ to the uninformed. Jim
yes its common, and for same reason someone would put a coin to a grinding wheel...boredom..
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.
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.
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.
I collect Rail tokens. My oldest is a Flowing Hair Cent.
First coin I ever found Metal Detecting. 40 feet from RR tracks.
Wow, that's just... wow.
Can you tell what the type is?
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.
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.
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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