Monday, January 14, 2008

Silver Dollar! ... Snow Day

Today is a snow day. We got about 10 inches of snow in my town and my workplace was kind to us all and shut the office down. :) It was a lot of shoveling.

This weekend I did more baby stuff. I finished painting the baby's room, moved in a dresser from my parents (one that was mine and my Uncle's), bought a rug, switched the outside lights to CFL's, and replaced our two hallway light fixtures to better looking ones that can take CFL's.

I also did some coin roll hunting.

On Friday I searched through two boxes of pennies (hand rolled) and found twenty Wheats, twenty-three Canadians, one Euro 2¢, and one UK penny. The Wheat varieties were:

1936(2), 1941(2), 1942, 1945, 1946(3), 1948(2), 1950(2), 1950D, 1953(2), 1956D(2), 1957, 1957D(3), 1958D

Then on Saturday morning I did some bank hunting. Things started out bad. The first eight banks produced no keepers ... and few halves. I kept thinking, "it's like I'm asking for Ikes!" The ninth bank produced one 40% half. Things continued on slowly until the 16th bank. I saw some silver halves in the teller's tray. I asked for them and any others. She let me buy those and said that she had some others. I saw they were large dollars and when I saw one had a silver edge I immediately said I'd buy them too. When I got in my car I realized what I bought, a 1986S Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Commemorative Dollar. It's a bit heavier than an Ike and it is 90% silver! My goal for the year was to find one silver dollar. I would have settled for a 40% Ike, but I'll take this one any day. The 18 banks I hunted turned up 310 halves that produced three 90% silver halves (3 x 1964), nine 40% silver halves (2 x 1966, 2 x 1967, 5 x 1968D), 14 Ikes and the silver dollar.

Found: 5 pennies (2 at Papa Gino's, 2 at Shaw's, 1 at Home Depot), 1 nickel (at Papa Gino's), 1 dime (at Home Depot), 1 quarter (at Shaw's), 1 dollar bill (outside the Mall), 1 foreign coin (a UK penny at Shaw's)