Friday, February 29, 2008

Looking for Silver

Last night I had a good time looking for silver. I got a big batch from the bank yesterday and looked through about half of it already.

I searched 8,001 halves. They produced eight 90% silver halves (7 x 1964, 1964D), thirty-eight 40% silver halves (2 x 1965, 6 x 1966, 9 x 1967, 16 x 1968D, 5 x 1969D), and one gold plated 1972D half. One of the boxes had twenty-two keepers in it. That's one of the best boxes I have had in a while.

I also looked through 2,920 quarters. In them was only four Canadians and one US nickel.

After that I searched 950 dimes and found one silver Rosie (1960D) and one Canadian.

This morning I saw a really cool car that is going to be made. It's a diesel hybrid. And is supposed to get almost 70 miles to the gallon. Unfortunatley it is going to be make by Volkswagen. Here's the article.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Very Light Night

Last night I did very little coin roll searching. I looked through 192 halves, 100 dimes, 120 nickels, and 350 pennies. In them I found just one Wheat (1945) and one Canadian penny.

The good news is we went for an appointment with the doctor this mornings and although late everything is still fine.

Found: 1 penny (at Sovereign Bank)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Last night I did just a bit of searching.

I started out with a bunch of hand rolled quarters, 1,720. In them I found just two Canadians.

I next searched 400 dimes. They produced one Canadian. It's a 1968 50% silver one though, so that's not too bad.

After that I looked through 160 nickels. They turned up two US dimes (extra ones!), one Canadian, and one Somalia 10 Shilling. The Somalia coin is a first for me. It is extremely light, probably aluminum. In February 2007 it was worth .06¢. I'm pretty sure it's not worth a whole lot now either.

Lastly, I searched 700 pennies. In them was small Wheat hoard. In total I found twenty-six Wheats and two Canadians. The Wheats were:

1940, 1941, 1944(2), 1945(3), 1949, 1951, 1952, 1952D, 1953(2), 1956(2), 1956D, 1957, 1957D(8), 1958D

Found: 1 penny (at the Mobil Mart)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Back from China

Yesterday things started off on a good note ... a teller friend of mine saved three halves for me, one 90% silver half (1964) and two 40% silver halves (2 x 1968D).

I bought four boxes of pennies (10,000 coins) and went through them when I got home. In them were 113 Wheats (about double my normal rate), 58 Canadians, and one Euro 2¢. The Wheat varieties were:

1917, 1927, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1940(2), 1941(3), 1941D, 1942(6), 1944(8), 1945(6), 1946(11), 1946D(2), 1947(2), 1948(4), 1949(3), 1949S, 1950(3), 1950S, 1951(3), 1951D(2), 1952(2), 1952D(4), 1953(3), 1953D, 1954, 1955(3), 1956(4), 1956D(12), 1957(3), 1957D(8), 1958, 1958D(7)

In other news my carpool buddy came home from China. It's going to be great to hear all about his trip on our rides in. He brought back a big batch of Chinese coin and currency for me. It's some really cool stuff. The collection contains about a dozen bills and a half dozen coins. I'll put up some pictures of the bills later, but here are some type pictures of the coins. Top to bottom the pictures are 1 Yuan, 5 Jiao, 1 Jiao, 5 Fen, 2 Fen, and 1 Fen. 1 Yuan = 10 Jiao = 100 Fen. (It's a bit like pre-decimal British Empire.)

Found: 15 pennies (at the car wash), 2 dimes (at the car wash), 1 quarter (at the car wash)

Monday, February 25, 2008

The Big Wait

The waiting game continued this weekend. My wife and I didn't know exactly what to do with ourselves so we read and went out to eat twice. We also visited with family which was fun and kept our mind off of things.

I searched alot of hand rolled coin this weekend. I didn't want boxes.

I only scrounged up ninety-one halves at four banks. There was nothing in them.

I also turned up 2,400 quarters. In them were two Canadians and one Netherlands Antilles 1 Gulden. This is my second such Antilles coin. I found another one in some halves some time ago.

I searched 4,700 dimes. They produced four silver Rosies (1946, 1956D, 1959, 1960D), eight Canadians, three US pennies, one French 5 centimes, and one Cayman Islands 5 ¢. The French and Cayman Islands coins were first for me.

I looked through 3,000 nickels and in them I found two War Times (1942S, 1944D), eleven Canadians, and one US dime. The 1942S was a nice upgrade for the one in my album.

Lastly, I searched 4,900 pennies. They produced twenty-seven Wheats, thirty-five Canadians, one Panama 1¢, and one US dime. The Wheat varieties were:

1919S, 1925, 1928, 1929, 1940(2), 1944(4), 1945, 1945D, 1946, 1950, 1951, 1951D, 1952D, 1953(2), 1954, 1956(3), 1956D, 1957, 1958, 1958D

Friday, February 22, 2008

Killing Time

Last night I did just a little searching. I didn't want to get ahead of myself, but I did want to do something to keep myself busy while we wait for the big day. I stopped at a local credit union on the way home and picked up a bunch of hand rolled coin.

I first searched 3,000 dimes. In them I found just three Canadians, one UK 5 pence, and one US penny.

After that I looked through 1,700 pennies. They produced ten Wheats, twenty Canadians, and one Bermuda 1¢. The Wheat varieties were:

1937, 1944(3), 1948, 1951, 1955D, 1957, 1957D, 1958D

I found this great article yesterday on MSN. I wish my blog or a few friends' blogs were mentioned.

Found: 3 pennies (at work), 2 dimes (at work), 1 quarter (at Sovereign Bank), 1 foreign coin (a Spanish 25 ptas at Sovereign Bank)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Waiting ... Mostly quarters

Well, we're still waiting. The due date for our baby is tomorrow. I thought it was going to come early, but that was probably just wishful thinking. I can hardly wait.

Last night I mostly searched quarters. I searched 9,840 hand rolled quarters and found one silver Washington (1964), seven Canadians, and one Bahamas 25¢. The Bahamas coin is a first for me. With this big load of quarters I broke the 200,000 mark!

I also acquired one roll of dimes, but it was a skunk.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Good Boxes, Bad Run

The past few days coin hunts have gone both ways, good and bad. The boxes were great, the bank runs were bad.

I searched 9,363 half dollars and came up with fifteen 90% silver halves (1942D, 1963, 11 x 1964, 1964D),fifty-two 40% silver halves (3 x 1965, 9 x 1966, 17 x 1967, 20 x 1968D, 3 x 1969D), and two proof halves (1985S, 1992S). The 1942D was one I need for my album and it was right on top, a first for me. I've never opened a box and seen the reverse of a Walker looking back at me. Hope to do again! The bank runs I did on Friday were disappointing. I'm getting sick of being in someone's wake. I'm just not sure how many such runs are left in me or worth doing (the remaining banks that I haven't hit and are in my general area are shrinking though).

I also looked through 4,480 hand rolled quarters and found eight Canadians, one Bermuda 25¢, two Cayman Islands 25¢, and one US penny (an extra). The Cayman Islands quarters were a first for me.

300 hand rolled dimes, 280 hand rolled nickels, and 250 hand rolled pennies produced one Canadian dime, two Canadian nickels, and nine Canadian pennies.

Found: 1 penny (outside Pet Smart), 1 dime (at Sovereign Bank), 1 foreign coin (a UK new penny at Sovereign Bank)

Redeemed: $8.70

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Winning Bids!

Last night I had some good fortune at my local coin shop. I was able to win three old coin albums I bid on there. The albums I won were Canadian 5 Cent Pieces, Canadian 10 Cent Pieces, and Canadian 25 Cent Pieces Part 2. I think I got them all for a good price.

Here are the details. Bold means it was a new one for my albums and ^^ means it was an upgrade for the specimen I previously had.

Canadian 5 Cent Pieces:

1871, 1872H, 1880H, 1882H^^, 1886, 1888, 1901^^, 1903H, 1904^^, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1910 Holly Leaves, 1914, 1923^^, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939^^, 1940^^, 1941^^, 1942, 1945 Tombac, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947(2), 1949, 1950^^, 1951 Nickel Commemorative, 1951, 1952, 1953 SS Near, 1954, 1955^^, 1956, 1957^^, 1958^^, 1959^^, 1960^^, 1961^^, 1962^^, 1963^^, 1964, 1965^^, 1966^^

Canadian 10 Cent Pieces:

1903H, 1910, 1912, 1913 Small Leaves (2), 1914, 1915, 1916, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946,, 1947, 1947 ML, 1949, 1950^^, 1951, 1952, 1953 SS^^, 1954^^, 1955^^, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960(2), 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965(2)^^, 1966, 1967, 1968 Nickel Square Grooves, 1969 Small Date, 1971, 1972^^

Canadian 25 Cent Pieces Part 2:

1937, 1938, 1939, 1940^^, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946^^, 1947 ML, 1948, 1949, 1951^^, 1952, 1953 Large Date, 1953 Small Date, 1954, 1955^^, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959(2)^^, 1960, 1961, 1962^^, 1963, 1964^^, 1965, 1966^^, 1967, 1968 Nickel^^, 1969, 1970, 1971^^, 1972^^, 1973 Small Bust^^, 1974^^

Found: 2 pennies (at Home Depot)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Indian Head

Last night I had some decent CRH luck. :)

I first searched some hand rolled coin, 240 quarters, 450 dimes, and 120 nickels. In that mix I found a silver dime (1937) and two Canadian dimes. The Mercury is a pretty good one, unfortunately I already have that one. I also found one dollar in extra quarters ... someone miscounted.

I next searched 12,100 pennies (four boxes and some hand rolled). They produced one Indian Head (1887), sixty-three Wheats, sixty-nine Canadians, and one Bermuda 1¢. The Indian Head is in very good shape. You can still read "Liberty" on the headdress. It is the second oldest coin I've found in a roll. The oldest is an 1879 Indian Head (I'm not counting the 1864 Indian Head I found on the bank floor last year.). The Wheat varieties were:

1923, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940(3), 1941(4), 1944(4), 1945(4), 1945S, 1946(3), 1947D, 1948, 1949(3), 1949S, 1950, 1950S, 1951, 1951D(3), 1952(5), 1952D, 1953, 1953D(2), 1954, 1954D, 1955, 1956(3), 1956D(2), 1957(3), 1957D(3), 1958D(5)

Found: 2 pennies (at Sovereign Bank), 2 foreign coins (a UK New Penny and a Canadian dime at Sovereign Bank)

Monday, February 11, 2008

This weekend I didn't search to much. We had lots of engagements with family and friends.

On Saturday morning I searched 3,150 hand rolled pennies. In them was only eight Wheats, twenty-nine Canadians, and one Euro 1¢. The Wheat varieties were:

1940, 1944, 1945, 1955(2), 1957, 1957D, 1958

I also looked through 800 hand rolled nickels. They produced one War Time (1943S), one Canadian, and one US penny.

After that I experimented a bit with the Nic-A-Date I got. It didn't work as well as I expected based on some pictures I saw of the results online, but it was still fun. I started out with thirteen dateless Buffaloes, one of which was a D mint and two of which were S mints. Afterwards I found I had:

1913(2), 1916(2), 1917(2), 1918, 1919(2), 1919S, 1925, 1925S, 3 Unknowns (including a D mint)

Although I know the dates of most of them, none are specimens I really want in my albums.

While doing errands on Saturday I picked up fifteen half dollars, but didn't find anything. On Sunday I went to a coin show.

Found: 5 pennies (4 at the Greendale Mall, 1 at Stop 'N Shop), 2 dimes (at Stop 'N Shop, on two separate occassions), 1 foreign coin (a UK new penny at Stop 'N Shop)

Friday, February 8, 2008

Other Canada

Last night I got a package from a coin supply company, Brent-Krueger. In it were the album pages and Nic-A-Date I ordered. I put my Other Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland) album together. The coins that are in it now look great. I'll try the Nic-A-Date this weekend.

I searched 4,040 quarters (all hand rolled) and found two silver Washingtons (1951D, 1951S), five Canadians, and one US nickel. Both of the silver Washingtons were ones I needed! They were both from the same source too.

I also went through 1,340 dimes (hand rolled), but they only produced one Canadian.

Last while watching TV, Big Love Season 2, I went through eight boxes of halves (a record). The 8,000 coins turned up three 90% silver halves (1918S, 1964, 1964D), twenty 40% silver halves (4 x 1965, 3 x 1966, 6 x 1967, 4 x 1968D, 3 x 1969D), and one proof half (1972S). The 1918S Walker is now the oldest half dollar I have found. The previous oldest half was a 1934. It's very worn, but for now it'll go into the album. The 1972S proof half is the third I've found and the second one this week. Only two of the eight boxes produced silver, the other six were silver skunks.

Found: 4 pennies (at Sovereign Bank), 1 dime (at Sovereign Bank), 1 quarter (at Sovereign Bank)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Last night I worked my way through two boxes of nickels, 4,000 coins. In them I found one dateless Buffalo, three War Times (3 x 1943P), and eleven Canadians. On Monday I ordered some supplies to make a Maritime Province album and a bottle of Nic-A-Date. I'm hoping to use Nic-A-Date on the two dozen or so dateless Buffaloes I've found. It's a mild acid and it helps reveal a worn off date because the density of the metal is slightly different between the numbers and the background. Last night I thought, "gee, maybe I'll find another dateless Buffalo or something" ... and then I found one.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Short Box

Last night I did just a little bit of searching. While I was searching my wife put together a mural in the nursery. I like the idea of murals, but don't like the idea of something permanent that I'll have to paint over one day. These removable stickers she got were a great find.

I started things out with some hand rolls I got, 160 quarters, 50 dimes, and 40 nickels. They were all skunks.

I next went through four boxes of pennies, 9,950 coins. One of the boxes was short a roll. This is the first time I've been shorted a whole roll. I'm glad it was a box of pennies and not a box of halves or quarters because they're $10 a roll. In the boxes I found sixty-eight Wheats, seventy-four Canadians, and one Panama 1¢. The Panama cent is a bit different than the ones I have found before.

The mix of Wheats was good, but it sure feels like a while since I've found one for my albums. The summary:

1918, 1920(2), 1937, 1940, 1940S, 1941(2), 1941D, 1942D, 1944(6), 1945(4), 1945D, 1946(7), 1946D, 1947, 1947D(2), 1950, 1951, 1952, 1952D(3), 1953(2), 1953D(2), 1954, 1955(4), 1956(3), 1957(3), 1957D(6), 1958, 1958D(4)

Found: 1 penny (at Sovereign Bank)

Monday, February 4, 2008

Silver Clad!

Today's a bit sad here. The Patriots loss was a big let down. Before that it was a good weekend. My wife and I really enjoyed our time before the baby and had great fun babysitting our nephews.

Saturday's bank run was mostly all silver clad affair. The second bank I went to produced 101 40% silver halves! I was astonished. My lap was full of them after I went through the bunch in my car. After that things were so-so, but it was a great day based on that one bank alone. In all I gathered 1,618 halves. In them I found 107 40% silver halves (3 x 1965, 15 x 1966, 31 x 1967, 35 x 1968D, 18 x 1969D), one proof half (1972S) and one Bermuda 50¢. The Bermuda coin is a first for me.

I also went to the coin store. There I bought a couple of nice George V Canadian quarters, three Canadian silver 5 cent pieces, one Canadian half, a Nova Scotia 1/2 cent piece, and a big mess of Indian heads. I had a lot of fun going through their bins of Indian Heads.

Found: 3 pennies (1 at Papa Gino's, 2 at Shaw's)

Friday, February 1, 2008


Last night I did a lot of coin hunting. I searched 10,600 coins. The results were OK, but I still had fun.

I searched 6,079 halves (6 boxes and some hand rolled) and found one 90% silver half (1941) and eighteen 40% silver halves (4 x 1965, 2 x 1966, 4 x 1967, 6 x 1968D, 2 x 1969D).

I also looked through 3,480 quarters. They only produced two Canadians and one UK 10 pence.

I was skunked by 400 dimes.

I searched 320 nickels and found one War Time (1942P) and three Canadians. One of the Jeffersons I came across was a key, 1949S.

And lastly, I searched 400 pennies and found four Wheats, five Canadians, and one US dime. The Wheat varieties were:

1941, 1945, 1951D(2)

Found: 2 pennies (1 at the Mobil Mart, 1 in Weston Center), 2 dimes (at Sovereign Bank)