Friday, August 24, 2007

West Coast Report #1

Yesterday after twelve or so hours of travelling my wife and I arrived in Seattle. All went pretty well except that the line for the rental was very long. It took over an hour to get the car. Oh well, despite being dead tired we had fun yesterday and have started to feel more relaxed. Today with more rest and a fresh shave I think things will be even better.

A couple of hours after arriving I managed to get to a bank out here (bless my wife!). At the bank I got the three Presidential dollars I needed, Washington D, Adams D, and Jefferson D (I dumped the ones I didn't need at restaurant last night, the waitress asked if they were real.). I also got two boxes of pennies and 2,400 hand rolled pennies.

I went through the hand rolled pennies first. In them I found thirteen Wheats and nine Canadians. Not too bad, I thought. No new varieties, but the mix of mint marks was excellent. After that I went through the two boxes I got. These were not as good, out here they come in clear plastic wrappers, which is good for silver searching, but stinks for pennies and nickels. It took me about twice as long as usual to search them and reroll them. I don't think it was worth my effort, I only found eight Wheats and forty-three Canadians.

Today I think I'll go looking for the two state quarters I still need, Montana D and Idaho D. I'll probably try to pick up some hand-rolled pennies as well.

Before I left I went through a box of nickels. In the box I found one dateless Buffalo, one War Time (1945P), three Canadians, and one Bermuda 5¢.

Found: 3 pennies (2 at the St. Louis Airport, 1 at the Seattle Airport), 1 dime (on the tarmac in St. Louis)


Man said...

I've read most of your blog and I'm not sure how deep into numismatics you are in.

For example I look at each coin under a magnifier for varieties such as Doubling, RPM, die cracks or rotational errors.

This leads me to 3 "slugs" you have found. The two copper blanks look real and are about $3.00 a piece.
The nickel blank is hard to tell but if real is about $15.00.

I just say this in case you think they are fake.

Have fun out west.

kestrelia said...

So far I haven't started to look for errors. At this point I think it'd take just too much time as I'm going through so many coins.

That's a good idea about the slugs. I'll have to look into that when I get home.