Friday, March 28, 2008


The past fews days Henry's been smiling more. I tried to capture it in this photo session, but I wasn't fast enough. It's very cute and makes him look a less serious/grumpy. He's seems to really enjoy play time now on Meg's or my lap. It's very rewarding.

Yesterday and today I did a whole lot of coin roll hunting.

I searched 9,000 half dollars (nine boxes) and found ten 90% silver halves (1906, 1942S, 1950, 1962, 1962D, 5 x 1964), thirty-nine 40% halves (4 x 1965, 6 x 1966, 13 x 1967, 10 x 1968D, 6 x 1969D), and seven proofs (1980S, 1977S, 3 x 1995S, 2001S, 2003S). The 1906 half was a great one for me! It's my first Barber half and the oldest half I have found so far. It's in really good condition too. I'm not sure how much it is worth, but I think it is the most valuable coin I've found. Strangely, it was from the first box I've ever gotten from a new source I'm trying out. I've also never gotten that many proofs before in one box, nor did I ever get multiples of the same variety in one sitting.

I also hunted through 3,720 hand rolled quarters. The produced two silver Washingtons (1961D, 1964), five Canadians, and one Dominican Republic 25 Centavos. One of the silver quarters was one I needed. That's a pretty good week for me ... two in one week!

6,050 dimes turned up four silver Rosies (1948D, 1959, 1963D, 1964), six Canadians, one UK 5 pence, and one Norwegian 25 ore. I have never found a coin from Norway before and it comes right after I spoke with co-worker about getting me coins from his Norwegian trip! What an odd coincidence, I think. This denomination is out of circulation so it's good to find it in a roll.

I also did pretty good with some nickels. 520 of them produced one War Time (1945S) and one key date (1938S). I kept trying to wish the little S on the back of 1938 nickel to be a D, but it didn't work. The hunt for the 1938D goes on.

Lastly, I searched 1,500 pennies and found five Wheats (1918, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1957D), twelve Canadians, and one Euro 2¢.

Found: 4 pennies (2 at work, 2 at Bank of America), 1 dime (at Sovereign Bank), 1 quarter (at Sovereign Bank)