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 Posted 05/05/2015  01:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add publius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
After comparing the older clad coins I get in circulation with old nickels, I have come to the conclusion that clad coins are culled rapidly when the surfaces begin to wear. This makes sense because any appreciable reduction in the surface layer thickness would throw the electromagnetic signature right out of specification.

According to the Director of the US Mint, in a nineteenth-century report, silver coins lost about 1% of their weight in 40 years of circulation, the dime & quarter wearing faster than the half-dollar, in accordance with their greater proportional surface area.
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 Posted 05/05/2015  05:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add X2an to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Personally, being unused to the typical 'clad' type with copper edges, I can't help but to find them extra dirty for whatever reason. I feel the copper edge, that turns brown after a while, is a sign of dirt attaching to coins. The copper trace isn't covering the whole edge either, it's pretty irregular. I'd rather use barrel plated coins such as those in Canada. They feel cleaner and nicer.
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Oh dear heavens... my wallet can't take any more special sets this year!
Agreed. The four C&C sets are going to hurt my 7070 budget.
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 Posted 05/05/2015  11:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pepactonius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I also grew up with real silver coins, and never bothered to collect clad issues. I suppose once the government goes cashless/all-electronic, clad coins might become more interesting?
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I suppose once the government goes cashless/all-electronic, clad coins might become more interesting?
That is an interesting thought.



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Somehow in the past 20 years my views have changed. I don't even know when or why it changed.
I think the recent generations of collectors find them appealing since this is what they have pulled from circulation all of their lives. Perhaps your views evolved as you have become accustomed to seeing them in change.
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Cashless society is still about 50 years away.... since international commerce still depend on physical currencies. The train's engine is out of the tunnel but all those freight cars are still around the corner and down the slope.

As generation X, Y, Z matured and get into coin collecting, interests/demand for clad coins will pick up AND silver bullion market will expand with the growth of the world population as people climb up the ladder of prosperity.
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