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I'm going to need a bigger box!! What do you do with your finds?

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:24 am
by sgoody1
Looks like I might be doing a bit more detectoring while everything is in lock-down!

My finds box has just reached capacity.

What do you all normally do with these kinds of finds (old pennies that are not in great condition / bits of shrapnel, musket balls, old rifle cartridges in poor condition etc....)?

And all the modern currency that is also in bad condition - can I just take it all to a bank?

All the older coins in reasonable shape, eg silver sixpences etc, I have put into a small coin album.

I would be interested to know what everyone does with their less interesting finds.
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Re: I'm going to need a bigger box!! What do you do with your finds?

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:07 pm
by fred
Become selective, give the junk away to anybody who is remotely interested and visit the scrap merchant frequently. All of which I don't do enough of and am consequently pemanently unable to use either my work room or the shed! ::g

Tidying up my detector finds is so far down my 'things to do' list that Coronavirus would have to go on for half a century before it would even be withing hailing distance of actually getting done. There are far more interesting things to do like rearranging the pebbles on my front garden (Friday) and painting all the neighbours houses (2 in progress and more getting lined up all the time). :D

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Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:37 pm
by Bors
Any old coins and bits that seem interesting but unidentifiable I keep in containers, same with Artifacts I keep ,but scrap metal pieces I put in separate Toffee tins such as you get at Christmas and They are kept in the shed till I have enough to weigh in at the scrap yard.

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Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:54 pm
by haggz
i know im fairly new to this hobby but would recommend that any folded lead is checked for any hidden coins. did see a post on this

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Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:57 pm
by andiron
Go around fields and throw the unwanted away, there is like 90% of detectorists here that still trying to find something beyong 19th century ;))

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Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:11 pm
by sgoody1
andiron wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:57 pm
Go around fields and throw the unwanted away, there is like 90% of detectorists here that still trying to find something beyong 19th century ;))
I am sure what I am digging up is detectorists discarded finds!!! B|

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Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:12 pm
by sgoody1
haggz wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:54 pm
i know im fairly new to this hobby but would recommend that any folded lead is checked for any hidden coins. did see a post on this
Is that a thing? Why would people hide a coin inside lead?

Re: I'm going to need a bigger box!! What do you do with your finds?

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:14 pm
by sgoody1
Bors wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:37 pm
Any old coins and bits that seem interesting but unidentifiable I keep in containers, same with Artifacts I keep ,but scrap metal pieces I put in separate Toffee tins such as you get at Christmas and They are kept in the shed till I have enough to weigh in at the scrap yard.
How much of this stuff do you need to make it worth the visit - is it like a dustbin load, or a few Quality Street size tins worth? And roughly what would you get per quality street tin - is it worth the journey?

Re: I'm going to need a bigger box!! What do you do with your finds?

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:23 pm
by haggz
sgoody1 wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:12 pm
haggz wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:54 pm
i know im fairly new to this hobby but would recommend that any folded lead is checked for any hidden coins. did see a post on this
Is that a thing? Why would people hide a coin inside lead?
it is true. there was a post on here a few weeks ago. some good pictures of a coin lurking in the folds of lead.

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Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:29 pm
by JBM
Identify the good items.

Sort out the Brass,Copper and Lead which is sold for Children`s Hospice South West.

I then catalogue the good items and box them up in trays for the farmers and friends to view and pass down to future generations to enjoy.

Over the many years I have been detecting once in a while something really special comes up out of the blue and and these few items now reside in museums.

Happy Hunting.

Jerry.

Re: I'm going to need a bigger box!! What do you do with your finds?

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:31 pm
by john Colin
sgoody1 wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:14 pm
Bors wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:37 pm
Any old coins and bits that seem interesting but unidentifiable I keep in containers, same with Artifacts I keep ,but scrap metal pieces I put in separate Toffee tins such as you get at Christmas and They are kept in the shed till I have enough to weigh in at the scrap yard.
How much of this stuff do you need to make it worth the visit - is it like a dustbin load, or a few Quality Street size tins worth? And roughly what would you get per quality street tin - is it worth the journey?
To give you some idea, this lot fetched £124 a couple of weeks ago.
I wonder if the value of the scrap in the ground in Britons fields and riverbeds is worth more than the gold and silver.
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Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:36 pm
by Bors
u;@ u;@ thats exactly what I mean .

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Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:38 pm
by Oxgirl36
sgoody1 wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:12 pm
haggz wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:54 pm
i know im fairly new to this hobby but would recommend that any folded lead is checked for any hidden coins. did see a post on this
Is that a thing? Why would people hide a coin inside lead?
Be careful as folded lead often holds dangerous lead dust inside. Chances of finding a coin? Small. Unfolding it an inhaling lead oxide? High.

Most folded lead is obviously not hiding anything anyway but please do take care ::g

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Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:52 pm
by Phil2401
All my junk will be inherited by my daughter, who despite emigrating to New Zealand over 15 years ago has left all her junk here and refuses to let me get rid of it.

Phil

Re: I'm going to need a bigger box!! What do you do with your finds?

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:04 pm
by sgoody1
Oxgirl36 wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:38 pm
sgoody1 wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:12 pm
haggz wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:54 pm
i know im fairly new to this hobby but would recommend that any folded lead is checked for any hidden coins. did see a post on this
Is that a thing? Why would people hide a coin inside lead?
Be careful as folded lead often holds dangerous lead dust inside. Chances of finding a coin? Small. Unfolding it an inhaling lead oxide? High.

Most folded lead is obviously not hiding anything anyway but please do take care ::g
Damn - I seem to find a lot of lead - thats all going straight in the bin! I normally clean it and put it in my tin, but I had no idea it could be dangerous.
Thanks for the warning - I hope I havent breathed in too much!

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Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:06 pm
by sgoody1
Phil2401 wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:52 pm
All my junk will be inherited by my daughter, who despite emigrating to New Zealand over 15 years ago has left all her junk here and refuses to let me get rid of it.

Phil
I think thats brilliant - genius idea.

Re: I'm going to need a bigger box!! What do you do with your finds?

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:09 pm
by sgoody1
JBM wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:29 pm
Identify the good items.

Sort out the Brass,Copper and Lead which is sold for Children`s Hospice South West.

I then catalogue the good items and box them up in trays for the farmers and friends to view and pass down to future generations to enjoy.

Over the many years I have been detecting once in a while something really special comes up out of the blue and and these few items now reside in museums.

Happy Hunting.

Jerry.
That collection looks great - I really havent found much worth displaying like that. Maybe my musket balls are interesting, and I found part of a WW1 anti-aircraft missile which I think is my favourite find.
Thanks for sharing your finds.

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Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:39 pm
by JBM
sgoody1 wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:09 pm
JBM wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:29 pm
Identify the good items.

Sort out the Brass,Copper and Lead which is sold for Children`s Hospice South West.

I then catalogue the good items and box them up in trays for the farmers and friends to view and pass down to future generations to enjoy.

Over the many years I have been detecting once in a while something really special comes up out of the blue and and these few items now reside in museums.

Happy Hunting.

Jerry.
That collection looks great - I really havent found much worth displaying like that. Maybe my musket balls are interesting, and I found part of a WW1 anti-aircraft missile which I think is my favourite find.
Thanks for sharing your finds.

Thanks for your kind comments.

With perseverance and a little luck it will happen.

Happy Hunting,

Jerry.

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Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:47 pm
by sweepstick47
sgoody1 wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:04 pm
Oxgirl36 wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:38 pm
sgoody1 wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:12 pm


Is that a thing? Why would people hide a coin inside lead?
Be careful as folded lead often holds dangerous lead dust inside. Chances of finding a coin? Small. Unfolding it an inhaling lead oxide? High.

Most folded lead is obviously not hiding anything anyway but please do take care ::g
Damn - I seem to find a lot of lead - thats all going straight in the bin! I normally clean it and put it in my tin, but I had no idea it could be dangerous.
Thanks for the warning - I hope I havent breathed in too much!
It's worth remembering that lead in any form is percutaneous (able to pass through the skin) to cause damage to organs. It is also cumulative so will continue to increase as a hazard with repeated skin contact.

In it's oxide form, showing as a grey/white powder on the surface, it can easily be inhaled causing respiratory damage. Lead should also be considered a carcinogen, so is best handled appropriately.

It is the dry powdery oxide that is disturbed whilst 'dry brushing' that poses the greater hazard. Be cautious , stay safe always ::g Regards - ss47

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Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:59 pm
by sgoody1
sweepstick47 wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:47 pm
sgoody1 wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:04 pm
Oxgirl36 wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:38 pm


Be careful as folded lead often holds dangerous lead dust inside. Chances of finding a coin? Small. Unfolding it an inhaling lead oxide? High.

Most folded lead is obviously not hiding anything anyway but please do take care ::g
Damn - I seem to find a lot of lead - thats all going straight in the bin! I normally clean it and put it in my tin, but I had no idea it could be dangerous.
Thanks for the warning - I hope I havent breathed in too much!
It's worth remembering that lead in any form is percutaneous (able to pass through the skin) to cause damage to organs. It is also cumulative so will continue to increase as a hazard with repeated skin contact.

In it's oxide form, showing as a grey/white powder on the surface, it can easily be inhaled causing respiratory damage. Lead should also be considered a carcinogen, so is best handled appropriately.

It is the dry powdery oxide that is disturbed whilst 'dry brushing' that poses the greater hazard. Be cautious , stay safe always ::g Regards - ss47
Thanks
That all sounds pretty dangerous. I think I am going to throw out all my lead bits. But what about Musket balls - are they lead, and therefore not really safe to keep? They seem to be the only really interesting lead items that I have - but I dont want to keep them if they are potentially hazardous.

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Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:17 pm
by sweepstick47
There's no need to dispose of your lead finds ::g it's just a sensible precaution not to breathe in the white dust that forms on them, similarly avoid unnecessary handling of them without gloves.
As long as you're sensible in your actions, your lead finds can be retained for your display case as many others do. There are some very nice lead finds to be made which you should be aware of such as Seals, Seal matrix, Pilgrim's Ampulla and the ubiquitous Musket/Pistol shot etc. etc.

Carry on enjoying your lead finds but just be aware it can be hazardous in certain circumstances and conditions. Regards - ss47 ::g

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Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:39 pm
by oldartefact
john Colin wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:31 pm
sgoody1 wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:14 pm
Bors wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:37 pm
Any old coins and bits that seem interesting but unidentifiable I keep in containers, same with Artifacts I keep ,but scrap metal pieces I put in separate Toffee tins such as you get at Christmas and They are kept in the shed till I have enough to weigh in at the scrap yard.
How much of this stuff do you need to make it worth the visit - is it like a dustbin load, or a few Quality Street size tins worth? And roughly what would you get per quality street tin - is it worth the journey?
To give you some idea, this lot fetched £124 a couple of weeks ago.
I wonder if the value of the scrap in the ground in Britons fields and riverbeds is worth more than the gold and silver.

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That is very good.. but what are your 6 categories .. I only have three .. Lead, Brass, and Brassed-off ...

Re: I'm going to need a bigger box!! What do you do with your finds?

Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:07 pm
by john Colin
oldartefact wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:39 pm
john Colin wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:31 pm
sgoody1 wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:14 pm


How much of this stuff do you need to make it worth the visit - is it like a dustbin load, or a few Quality Street size tins worth? And roughly what would you get per quality street tin - is it worth the journey?
To give you some idea, this lot fetched £124 a couple of weeks ago.
I wonder if the value of the scrap in the ground in Britons fields and riverbeds is worth more than the gold and silver.

IMGP0178.jpg
That is very good.. but what are your 6 categories .. I only have three .. Lead, Brass, and Brassed-off ...
Lead and Brass/bronze, six buckets to make humping it to the car manageable.

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Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:02 pm
by MilitaryMetalMagnut
My finds box is getting a bit full after 8 years if filling it. lol

These are the ‘different’ cartridges that I have found, a couple of mildly rare .303’s in there, too. Most are generally common, but these are ones I personally don’t find that often, like pre-1940 cartridges. I rarely find pre-1940 cartridges for some reason, even though they aren’t rare! Even a 1797 cartwheel penny in there somewhere.

Most the other cartridges that I already have a million of go for the scrappy. Got six full bags for life ready to go. ::g

Best regards,

Simon