Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Bermuda Madness

Last night was a quick night.

I quickly searched the remaining box of cents I had. In it I found thirteen Wheats and twenty-two Canadians. No new varieties were in there. In the past few days I have found the following Wheats:

1913, 1929, 1934, 1940(2), 1940S, 1941(4), 1942(3), 1942S, 1945(7), 1945D, 1946, 1947, 1948(4), 1949, 1951D, 1952, 1953(4), 1953D(4), 1953S, 1954D(2), 1955(6), 1955D(3), 1957D(4), 1958D(4)

I also went through 5,360 nickels (two boxes and some hand rolled). They produced one very worn 1920 Buffalo, three War Times (1943P, 1944P, 1945P), eighteen Canadians, four Bermudas, and one Dominican Republic 5 Centavos coin. That's the most Bermudas I've found. What's strange is that both boxes had two even though they were stamped with different dates. I'm not sure who the guys are on the DR coin. World Coin Gallery has them down as Sanchez and Mello, but a quick web search didn't turn up any more information on them. The coin reminds me of some ancient Roman coins.

I also finished my penny book, The Complete Guide To Lincoln Cents by David W. Lange. It was well worth the $10 I paid for it. The book is 11" x 8" and is 364 pages. I only read half of it. The first half covers the history of the Lincoln cent, forgeries and error coins in detail. Some really interesting stories and tidbits are in there. The second half covers each variety in detail. I just skimmed that section as it is a bit repetitive for a circulation collector like me. My only gripe with the book is that although there were plenty of useful pictures they were all in black and white. I'll definitely get his other books in the same format. They are just more expensive. :(

My next book is The Official Red Book: a Guide Book of Indian And Flying Eagle Cents by Richard Snow. I just started reading it. This is a great series that I hope grows to cover every US coin. Each book has tons of color photos in it.

I also heard about this great product yesterday while listening to Living On Earth. It's a Micro-CHP, a home heating and power system that runs on natural gas, called Freewatt. It's great because it doesn't waste the heat from the power generation and reduces the power loss associated with transmission. It'd be good for homes in colder regions of the US. Here's a link to the company's website. In certain states you can even feed the unused power (like when you're at work, etc.) back into the power grid.