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    Angry Geocoin Thieves!

    Is it just me, or does it seem like a lot of coins in the Bangor area are missing? On Marsh Island alone I have found 4-5 caches that are supposed to have coins in them with NO coins. Someone is taking coins. I would hate to think a fellow cacher is a thief, but this is getting tiresome. I have opened up 6 caches in the last two weeks looking for geocoins only to find them gone with no logs or any trace. Beware coin owners, geothieves are about.

    Where the hell is that thing?

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    The most I ever have had a coin travel is 3 caches. Then they mysteriously dissappear. Thats not entirely true. Let me rephrase that. The most I ever have had a coin travel "in the U.S.A" is 3 caches. I put a Maine coin in Australia a year ago and it is still travelling. Many of us live your frustration EH!!!!!!
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    I quickly lost my one and only. Debating if I should try again or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRF View Post
    The most I ever have had a coin travel is 3 caches. Then they mysteriously dissappear. Thats not entirely true. Let me rephrase that. The most I ever have had a coin travel "in the U.S.A" is 3 caches. I put a Maine coin in Australia a year ago and it is still travelling. Many of us live your frustration EH!!!!!!
    That explains your mission for your Augusta FD Pirate geocoin that I found in the Friar Tuck cache.
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    I'm wondering if folks are deliberately stealing them or if it's folks who for some reason think the coins are treated the same as normal swag . . . or maybe they put them in their pocket or swag bag and forget about them . . . or maybe they really think that some day those coins will be valuable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRF View Post
    The most I ever have had a coin travel is 3 caches. Then they mysteriously dissappear. Thats not entirely true. Let me rephrase that. The most I ever have had a coin travel "in the U.S.A" is 3 caches. I put a Maine coin in Australia a year ago and it is still travelling. Many of us live your frustration EH!!!!!!
    Ha! I have you beat! Mine went 4 caches!!! For as much as some coins cost, I prefer to hang onto mine instead of releasing them, It's almost a given that someone is going to walk off with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiram357 View Post
    Ha! I have you beat! Mine went 4 caches!!! For as much as some coins cost, I prefer to hang onto mine instead of releasing them, It's almost a given that someone is going to walk off with it.
    I keep Mine too!!!!!! I have 1 out.The last person retrieved it from ROAD EASY and is waiting for a cool cache to put it in. It made it to 3 caches and 1 event!But it's still in play!!!
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    The coins are sought after, and a few have made a good profit on ebay. Some people drill holes in them to devalue them if they are going to set them loose.

    I have little faith in any trackables. I had an 18 lb. TB stolen from the first place I put it, and it was on an island! If they'll steal that, a coin has no chance.
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    I didn't realize geocoin theft was that big of a problem. Yikes! I wanted to send one with a goal to go from Cali back to Maine when I'm out there next month... would I be better off using a travel bug instead?

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    That would be my preference,that way you are only out 4 bux instead of the cost of the coin which would probably be more.
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