Monday, June 11, 2007

A Lucky Piece

This weekend went pretty well.

On Friday I went through two boxes worth of nickels and one of pennies. The box of nickels and the 50 hand rolled rolls produced a 1944D, a 1926 Buffalo nickel (my sixth) and nine Canadians, two of which were new specimens. I think I was cheated out of money a bit as some of the hand rolled rolls had less than $2 in them. I didn't mind too much though as I have had such a hard time finding a D war nickel. The 50 hand rolled rolls of pennies produced one wheat I needed, 1942D.

After house hunting a bit on Saturday I went to the Rutland State Park beach to try out my metal detector. No luck, no trash, nothing. Disappointed, I went to a wood chipped playground. I didn't find anything there either. I was getting pretty annoyed at that point, so it's not really a surprise that the playground didn't produce.

Things turned around on Sunday, however. In my backyard I found a copper token about the size of half dollar about four inches down. I'm trying hard to remember how the blips sounded different than the other beeps. It seemed to be much easier to pinpoint. I read online that a potato can be used to take the green crud off of copper pieces. I'm going to use a potato on it for a few days.

During the weekend I finished reading The Official Red Book a Guide Book of Buffalo and Jefferson Nickels. It was a good read. I learned a lot and am very excited about collecting Buffalo nickels in the future. I'll have to get some similar books soon. I also started reading The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying and Selling a Home. Reading this book is not as relaxing.

Also the Boston Globe had a good piece of phantom power, the power consumed by devices in standby mode to power the clock, etc. It forgot to mention cable boxes which use a ridiculous amount of power in standby mode, but otherwise it was a good piece. It's an issue everyone should be aware about, I think.

Found: 15 pennies (2 at McDonald's, 3 at Shaw's, 10 at the Car Wash), 1 dime (at the Car Wash), 1 quarter (at Shaw's)

Detected: 1 token