What to do with old cupronickel coins? 6d to 50p

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What to do with old cupronickel coins? 6d to 50p

Post by fred » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:43 pm

I find a huge amount of old coinage on beaches. Old copper and brass just goes in with the scrap but over the years I have built up about 5Kg of old cupronickel coins that can no longer be spent or easily exchanged and have no metal value. These range from 6d pieces to the large 50p pieces via shillings, florins and even half crowns and are mostly in a really rough condition.

They are too rough for charities or Ebay and don't really have enough face value to be worth cleaning up. Does anybody have a clue what else to do with them please? ::g
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Re: What to do with old cupronickel coins? 6d to 50p

Post by Wessexlad » Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:02 pm

Are you sure charities won't take them? I thought they'd take any coins, foreign or domestic. Pretty sure they'd have scrap value whatever they're made from.
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Re: What to do with old cupronickel coins? 6d to 50p

Post by Fusion » Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:17 pm

Banks will take them, if they are bagged up in the appropriate quantity.
For pre-decimal, that is bags of 1 Pound. See this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=82628
I can't be certain, but I think the large 5p/10p/50p have to be in the same quantity as their modern equivalents: £10 in 50p, £5 in 10p or 5p. Presumably you could mix the shillings/5p's ? ( and florins/10p's)
As these coins aren't going back into circulation, the Banks have no reason to care if they are 'garbled' or not... in theory.
The Yanks use coin tumblers to clean up their dug-up coins. Have a look on Preloved/Gumtree for a second-hand one. My friend has a 'National Geographic' branded one he got for his kids. It's cheap, plastic and ugly-looking, but seemed to work OK. ( I've just had a quick search, they seem to go for about £25 secondhand ... how about homebrewing one, there's bound to be dozens of Instructable/YouTube guides out there on the interwebs.)
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Re: What to do with old cupronickel coins? 6d to 50p

Post by Ollie K » Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:38 pm

I would ask if your local primary schools would be interested in them, as they are always doing projects on history. What seems a bit mundane to us can be surprisingly intriguing to a class of children and teachers!
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Re: What to do with old cupronickel coins? 6d to 50p

Post by fred » Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:39 pm

Fusion wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:17 pm
Banks will take them, if they are bagged up in the appropriate quantity.
For pre-decimal, that is bags of 1 Pound. See this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=82628
I can't be certain, but I think the large 5p/10p/50p have to be in the same quantity as their modern equivalents.

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I can't imagine any of the banks or charities would accept the junk coins that I have without considerable cleaning. Probably simply not worth the effort. My brain has been fried cleaning up the spending money anyway. :D
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Post by DAVYBFAST » Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:41 pm

You could make rings out of them, have a look on youtube

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Post by geoman » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:16 pm

Not had any luck taking these denominations even coins that have never been in the ground to the Banks. They just give you the run around even if you have an account.

Spread them on the nearest site that is being plagued by nighthawks !!!

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Post by Easylife » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:41 pm

The Royal Mint states: "It is our understanding that some United Kingdom high-street banks are willing to accept demonetised coins from their customers. Please be aware, however, they are under no legal obligation to do so." x;
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Post by THE MOLE » Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:04 pm

have a go at this fred, maybe one for the garden

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Re: What to do with old cupronickel coins? 6d to 50p

Post by Luke Grey » Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:48 pm

Hi Fred,

Is there any possibility you could find an area of land or beach.

Plant them at various diffiliculties to find.

Invite us newbies down.

Charge us or just cover costs etc, for your experience, knowledge and as before most of all your assistance which is really massivly appreciated.

Went scuba diving today with 3 students (4 degrees ! It was cold, very very cold) in the lake.

Same thing. People want to learn from people that have experience.

I certainly do.

On the other hand you could task the experienced with deep / beneath / side of iron etc.

Perhaps also a day out for all and socialising. A bit of a competition maybe. BBQ maybe here in Kent.

I’m never going to find anything valuable, just enjoy the excercise, getting out and the quandry of never knowing what I may find and meeting like minded friends.

I’d be happy to help to organise.

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Post by Slapster » Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:35 pm

https://www.cash4coins.co.uk/exchange-p ... mal-coins/

May be of help......
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Re: What to do with old cupronickel coins? 6d to 50p

Post by Easylife » Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:50 am

Okay, just for fun you could superglue some of them to large rocks and bury them in a small area on your local beach - then watch local detectorists get quite frustrated by your prank. Alternatively to make for an even more challenging recovery just superglue them direct to the shallow bedrock. :))
I guess that didn't help much? x;
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Re: What to do with old cupronickel coins? 6d to 50p

Post by fred » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:57 pm

Luke Grey wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:48 pm
Hi Fred,

Is there any possibility you could find an area of land or beach.

Plant them at various diffiliculties to find.

Invite us newbies down.

Charge us or just cover costs etc, for your experience, knowledge and as before most of all your assistance which is really massivly appreciated.

Went scuba diving today with 3 students (4 degrees ! It was cold, very very cold) in the lake.

Same thing. People want to learn from people that have experience.

I certainly do.

On the other hand you could task the experienced with deep / beneath / side of iron etc.

Perhaps also a day out for all and socialising. A bit of a competition maybe. BBQ maybe here in Kent.

I’m never going to find anything valuable, just enjoy the excercise, getting out and the quandry of never knowing what I may find and meeting like minded friends.

I’d be happy to help to organise.

Very best.
No need. Just give me a call and I'll try and find somewhere with real signals for you! ::g
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Re: What to do with old cupronickel coins? 6d to 50p

Post by fred » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:59 pm

Easylife wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:50 am
Okay, just for fun you could superglue some of them to large rocks and bury them in a small area on your local beach - then watch local detectorists get quite frustrated by your prank. Alternatively to make for an even more challenging recovery just superglue them direct to the shallow bedrock. :))
I guess that didn't help much? x;

I'd bankrupt myself buying enough superglue for that lot! :D
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Re: What to do with old cupronickel coins? 6d to 50p

Post by deepdig » Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:41 pm

Hi Fred my last trip to the scrap yard i had brass copper lead and loads of cupronickel chap who owns the scrap yard told me to put the cupro in with the brass and thats from a man that knows
Keep up the good work Alan.

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Re: What to do with old cupronickel coins? 6d to 50p

Post by fred » Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:06 pm

deepdig wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:41 pm
Hi Fred my last trip to the scrap yard i had brass copper lead and loads of cupronickel chap who owns the scrap yard told me to put the cupro in with the brass and thats from a man that knows
Keep up the good work Alan.
Thanks. Can't think why I didn't ask last time that I was there. ::g
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