Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Yesterday I got two packages in the mail that took my coin collecting to a new level.

The first package I got contained coins I had traded for with an Ontarian fellow I met online. A few weeks I ago I decided to trade some of my spare US coins for Canadian coins. In this way I can expand my Canadian collection rather cheaply and get more value out of the US coins I find and don't need. The envelope had thirty-seven varieties I needed and two upgrades. Thank you, CH! The breakdown is:

Canadian Pennies

1929, 1929, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1939, 1941, 1948, 1954 SS

Canadian Nickels

1922, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1947, 1960

Canadian Dimes

1968 50% Silver

Canadian Quarters

1992 NB, 1992 NWT, 1992 NF, 1992 Y, 1992 PEI, 1992 ONT, 1992 Q, 1992 BC, 1999 January, 1999 February, 1999 March, 1999 July, 1999 October

The second package I got was a shipment from Brent-Krueger, a coin supply store. In it was a magnifying glass (now I can tell which 1965 Canadian penny varieties I have), three Dansco albums (Indian Head Pennies, Buffalo Nickels, Mercury Dimes), three Gardmaster albums (Canadian Quarters pre-1967, Canadian Loon Dollars, Canadian Two Dollars), and an extra Gardmaster sheet (for my recent Canadian quarters). With the Dansco albums I'll have a nicer place to put the older US coins I find. In the future I might purchase some of the cheaper varieties. And with the new Canadian albums I can expand my Canadian collection a bit, collecting Canadian one and two dollars coins should be relatively easy through trading.

I also did some coin roll hunting last night.

I went through 3,080 quarters (all hand rolled). In them I found one silver quarter (1964), two Canadians, one South Korean 100 Won, one French Franc, and one UK 10 pence.

I also searched 5,550 dimes (two boxes and some hand rolled) and found five silver dimes (1953D, 1956, 1960D, 1964 x 2), three Canadians, and one UK 5 pence. One of my tellers saved me a very nice 1949 silver Canadian dime. It is one I needed! (* I missed one silver dime in this batch, the Coin Star machine rejected it two days later.)

Lastly, I looked through 760 nickels (all hand rolled). These produced just three Canadians.

It was a busy night as I also had a nice homemade pizza night with my wife (she has to spread though dough for me) and I watched some TV with her.

Before bed I finished reading The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. I got the book at Target for my trip, it is one of the few books I've bought new in the past few years. I had heard about the book on NPR. In the book the author explores what would happen to the world if humans suddenly vanished. The chapters in the book are very disjointed, but some of them are immensely interesting. It depressed me though, and I found I could only read a little at a time. We humans have done some terrible things to our planet. The book's closing chapter was also extremely disappointing. The author left it entirely up to the reader to combine all of the topics he discussed into a cohesive vision (nuclear power plants, sea life, urban decay, etc.). Despite its flaws I think I'll be thinking and talking about the book for some time.

Found: 1 penny (at Sovereign Bank)