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« on: August 20, 2009, 09:50:49 pm »
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Australian coins, like those the world over, come in different sizes and different compositions. In order of diameter and size the modern coinage of Australia plays out like this.

1. 5c, $2
2. 10c, $1
3. 20c
4. 50c

Items 1 & 2 are coins of the same diameter with different thicknesses and composition. The $ coins are made of a brass alloy.

They are lost in the same order in which they appear on the list. In other words, I find equal numbers of 5c and $2 coins and equal numbers of 10c and $1 coins and the least of the largest - 50c.

This may be as a result of holes in pockets which start out small and grow until the person notices it. It may also be the result of carrying change in a person's hand and losing them randomly but based mostly on size. Visibility of the lost item may also play a part. If you drop a handful of change into the grass you'll know what I mean. Drop it into sand and it's even harder to locate.

How about other countries? Does anyone else have any statistics to share?

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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2009, 11:25:14 pm »
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Our coins are for the most part, one cent, five cents, ten cents and twenty
five cents. 25 cent is largest, followed by 5 cents, one cent and 10 cents.

Out of 26 hunts last year, I found 640 coins.

57.2  percent were 1 cent coins
16.9  percent were 5 cent coins
16.4 percent were 10 cent coins
9.5   percent were 25 cent coins

I only found about 10 one dollar
coins in all of last year.

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Down here, they seem to be falling through a classifier mesh, if you know what I mean. When I lived in the US, I probably had much the same as you with the addition of oodles of silver half dollars which were recovered from various housing projects which had been demolished.

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