How thick is the copper on a modern rod? I found one the other day while I was metal detecting. I was pumped when I saw it just laying on top of the ground. I immediately thought it was probably an old copper one, I put my magnet to it and it stuck! Dang-it-all. So just for shi#s and giggles I whacked it with my hatchet, it surprisingly had alot more copper on it than I thought. I would estimate the steel core not even as big around as a bic pen! I left it there because I was about 1 1/2 mile from my car and I couldn't see carrying that thing that far, just to get steel price for it.
Do you think I could get more than steel price for it. There is only one mention of them on SMF and it says "steel price". Who knows I might get it anyways and try to shave the luscious copper from its irony core! It would be nice to add to my copper "hoard"(approx. 100Lbs.)
I have another one that I found at an old burned down house that dates back to the mid 1800's. I didn't have my magnet when I found it( I was metal detecting for old coins) and I couldn't pull it out. I'm going to trek in there tomorrow with my magnet and a scissor jack to pull it out, just in case it is an "old copper one"! I'll let ya'all know tomorrow night!!
Thanks for any input.