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Has anyone used this called “The pocket pinger”

Type2Type2 Posts: 13,985 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited March 13, 2022 6:16PM in U.S. Coin Forum

Kind of a cool tester. But I think it should only be used on junk silver or gold just because I don’t know if it damages whatever your testing.


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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Well, I would not be whacking coins together like that, especially soft PM's... Plus, my hearing is excellent, however, I could not detect the 'ringing' he referred to... Cheers, RickO

  • CoinHunter4CoinHunter4 Posts: 311 ✭✭✭✭

    I actually own one--and I can tell you that it works pretty well (although mainly for larger coins) and if it weren't a little overpriced I would recommend it as an easy quick test for junk silver (and nicer stuff if you are careful).

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  • CaptHenwayCaptHenway Posts: 31,260 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have done many a ring tests on a piece of glass or a piece of marble without damaging a coin, with good results.

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  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 44,855 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @CaptHenway said:
    I have done many a ring tests on a piece of glass or a piece of marble without damaging a coin, with good results.

    That's why many older cash registers had a marble ledge over the cash drawer so the merchant can drop a suspicious looking coin on it and listen for a melodious ring or a dull thud.

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  • amwldcoinamwldcoin Posts: 11,269 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 14, 2022 7:29AM

    I just balance a coin on the tip of my finger and lightly tap it when a pen or pencil. Probably works better than that thing if you have a finely tuned ear. I have never hurt a coin doing that either. Ting!

    Edit to add...if you want to test your ear get some 500, 800, + 900 fine coins and listen for the difference in pitch.

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