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Discussion in 'Hangar Talk' started by AggieMike88, Jun 25, 2020.
I guess it’s time to turn in all those water cooler jugs full of coins...
My wife has already done just that.
When I was living in my Rv, I hoarded quarters for laundry.After I moved into my house I just kept them for just in case.
I had about 40 bucks worth when she found my hiding place. And she deposited every one of them. She even wanted to deposit my jar full of silver dollars, but I caught that one in time.
First people were hoarding toilet paper, then it was flour, then meat... now coins?
I got into the habit of throwing all my change into a jar and that would be my Vegas gambling fund for typical yearly trip. Would usually save up a few hundred $$.
Well, as I got older and made more money no longer needed to cash in the change for vacation but continued the habit of tossing space change in a jar. Ultimately wound up with bags and bag of change and didn't want to hassle with rolling it so it just amassed over the years.
Finally discovered CoinStar in the supermarket. They take a healthy cut if you cash out, but if you take a gift card for certain retailers you get 100% of the value.
Wound up with close for $900 in change when I finally cashed out for Starbucks and Amazon gift cards which I was spending a ton on anyway!
Now just cash out every once in a while for full value Amazon cards that I load into my Amazon account. Easy Peasy.
...but now I put EVERYTHING on rewards credit cards for points vs paying cash.
Coins have intrinsic value... Moreso than paper money. More "barterable."
While some suggest gold as a bartering medium in the event of monetary collapse, I suggest (what is called) junk silver coins. Silver dimes and quarters that are 90% silver (pre 1964). These are still recognizable by denomination, but have no collector value (too worn). So, a silver dime is worth about $1.60...
fly to the scene of the incident, or be recovered at the scene of the tragedy
About 6yrs ago I finally cashed in all my change. Was collecting it since my Navy days. It was in popcorn tins. Couldn't even lift them! So I started scooping out a bunch each day and taking to the bank. After about a week and half cashed in over $3000 Maybe I should have waited.
I have almost exactly the same amount, minus a zero.
Twice a year or so, I take the jars of coins to the bank. They run thru the change machine, puts the result into my savings account. So much easier.
I once paid for a Polaroid camera with solid silver Kennedy half dollar pieces at their face value. ($150.00)
My buddy who used to be a black jack dealer used to throw his tips in a big change jar. Used it to pay off his DUI fine LOL!
In the doomsayer world, gold isn’t suggested so much as a barter as it is a hedge to preserve value into the next currency. In the 19th century, a 5$ gold coin would buy a nice pistol. Today, it will still buy a nice pistol.
From an early 1900’s Sears catalog...
I had a 5 gallon water bottle that I would chunk my change each evening.
One Friday I got home and through my change in it and heard plink plink pink.
My friggin' room mate had taken it to the bank. I asked him what happened and he says, "Oh, I borrowed it. There was $742 in there."
I explained to him the difference between borrowing and theft. Guess how much he repaid.
8 shots in one second...somehow, maybe. The 500yd range thing...wow! Yeah it's not 45cal but still.
We would kid in the service that the 1911 (similar, but not shown here) was designed for gunfights in a elevator. I wonder if you can even get a 235grain bullet to go 1000yds pointed up at any angle.
Actually, that can be (and has been) rather easily calculated.
Back to change, my brother was visiting and pointed to a globe full of change that I had created by emptying my pockets every day. He said he'd give me $150 for it! SOLD, sucker!! He, his wife, and his child dumped it on the floor and counted out over $400.
I used to have a pretty good little stash of coins. Like many, I put all my pocket change in a bank at the end of the day. I ended up with a bank and a tin full of rolled pennies, and another couple full of everything else. We did empty out the "everything else" for a little extra pocket cash for a cruise several years back. But, now "pocket change" is such a rare thing for us any more that I might have $40 or so in the bank -- plus another Lord-knows-how-much in pennies. I use cash mostly just for buying stuff from other people (round dollar amounts). I use a credit card for everything else, because it's a direct and immediate 1 to 5 percent discount. I should round up those pounds of pennies and take them to the bank.
We have an old glass carboy that I throw my change in. Come December we pull it for the Hannuka present. Usually between a hundred and two hundred dollars.
Made me look. I found a reference that indicates that the 1911 has a maximum range of 1,600 meters at an elevation of 30 degrees (I would have thought 45 degrees would be optimal.) Sounds questionable to me. I think I remember the maximum effective range was considered to be 50 meters. They were surprisingly accurate considering the sloppy fit. They were still in service even after the M9 Beretta was adopted.
Jerry Miculek has a couple of videos out of hitting steel plates at 1000 yards with a 9 mm revolver. The holdover doesn't look too extreme.
The venerable 1911 is the basis for most centerfire/.45 bullseye guns. There are a few gunsmiths out there that rework them to deliver a guaranteed 5 shot group of 1.5" or less at 50 yards. Olympic free pistols are commonly guaranteed to fire groups of no more than 1 cm at 50 meters. Quality handguns are a lot more accurate than most people think.
SWMBO works for Coca-Cola, so our change receptical is one of those 3' tall plastic Coke bottles. I emptied it a couple of years ago and there was $997 in change in there. Fortunately, one of the banks I use has a location nearby with a free (for customers) coin counter which came in very handy. I probably made 5 trips by there to get all of it counted.
That may be maximum effective range, that is, hitting the target with x energy.
I have a couple of Hammerlis that are much better than I am.
Remember the difference between max range and max effective range?
I think that the maximum effective range is the distance that an expert marksman can be expected to achieve a 50% hit ratio, from what I recall. The maximum range is the furthest a projectile can travel.
It’s changed a little over the year’
Max Effective Range is now the maximum distance at which a weapon may be expected to be accurate and achieve the desired effect.
Max range is essentially correct still.
My local bank (truly a "local" bank--I think there are only two or three branches) offers a free service for its account-holders. At one of the branches they have a coin machine right in the lobby. You walk in, dump in your coins and get a chit for their value, which you can deposit or get as paper cash on the spot.
I saw someone at Safeway using a Coinstar machine this morning. Don't think I would have noticed if I had not been reading this thread.
Initially worked trauma imaging back in mid 80's (prior to seat belt law). I hate coins. They were always stuck to someone's rear end while they were on the backboard, would interfere with our x-ray and CT images, were usually caked in excrement, emesis, urine or blood. They were always "returned" to the patient, usually in a sandwich bag
The early 1900s would be the 20th century. Back that up about 50 years to the mid 19th century and a pistol was about $5.
In 1860, Colt made a pistol for the Army, charged $20 for it and it was a scandal. .
Coincidentally, this just hit my Facebook feed...
Spoiler alert: over $7,000 in pennies.
Maximum Range ≠ Effective Range
Maximum Range = How far will it go?
Effective Range = How far away can a skilled marksman reliably be expected to be able to hit what they were trying to hit?
...and yah... 50 yards/meters is pretty much the effective range of the 1911.
Funny part is you think it is "coincidence"...
Worth a lot more, melted down.
I also wonder.... would this coin shortage be a
newsworthy thing if COVID19 didn’t happen
I'm guessing COVID may have something to do with creating the shortage, so no. I'm seeing a few more stores putting up similar signs around here, so there must be something to it
Even more if any of them were a copper-wheat or other rare penny.
I dunno about that...zinc doesn't bring much on the scrap market.
The alloy remained 95 percent copper and 5 percent zinc until 1982, when the composition was changed to 97.5 percent zinc and 2.5 percent copper (copper-plated zinc).