Monday, March 10, 2008

Best Find

Last Sunday was a big day for my wife and I. We welcomed our son into the world. We named him Henry Shaun. He came in at 10 pounds, 4 ounces and was about 22 inches long. The ordeal lasted 32 hours for wife. Almost all of his grandparents, aunts and uncles were waiting at the hospital for many hours. It was great to celebrate the event with all of them.

We stayed at the hospital until Thursday. The days passed quickly in one odd blur with visiting family and medical personnel. At then end of our stay my wife was pretty sick of being in her bed and I was quite tired of my vinyl recliner/bed that was next to her.

On Tuesday Henry came back from the nursery with his hair combed. I couldn't stop looking at him because he looked like a little man with this grumpy face.

Going home felt great. Immediately we all bonded with multiple napping sessions. Since then we've been introduced to all the pains and joys of new parents everywhere, lots of crying and diapers, but even more staring and wonderment at our new child. We can't believe he's finally here and already feel immensely blessed.

I stayed true to form and did some coin roll hunting over the past week. Some was before the birth and some was afterwards.

I searched 920 hand rolled quarters and found five Canadians.

I also looked through 10,150 dimes (two boxes and a whole lot of hand rolled). They only produced two silver Rosies (1953, 1964D), eleven Canadians, one Bermuda 10 cent, and one UK 5 pence. I was definitely hoping for more silver dimes. The 1953 was an upgrade for the one in my album though. It is in pretty good shape.

In addition I searched 3,720 nickels (mostly hand rolled). In them was one Buffalo (1920), one War Time (1945S), and thirteen Canadians. The Buffalo nickel in this batch was probably my best coin find of the last week. It is in great shape. One of the best ones I've found and one of the oldest with a date, too!

Lastly, I scanned 8,650 pennies (mostly hand rolled). They turned up thirty-four Wheats, seventy-six Canadians, two US dimes, one Euro 2 cent, and two Bermuda 1 cents. The Wheat varieties were:

19??, 1919, 1937, 1940(3), 1941, 1942, 1944, 1944D, 1945(2), 1946, 1952D, 1955(2), 1956(3), 1956D(3), 1957, 1957D(3), 1958(4), 1958D(3)

During my stay at the hospital I completed reading a used book I got some time back, Crusader: By Horse To Jerusalem, by Tim Severin. This is the ninth box of his I've read. This one was a bit different. Instead of recreating a sea voyage like most of his books, Severin recreated the journey of the first Crusade. He road on horse with a friend all the way from Belgium to Jerusalem. It took them two years and a few horses. I didn't know much about the first Crusade so I enjoyed that part alot and I didn't know much about horses so I learned alot there. He has a few more books that I plan on reading. I have them in my pile. One day I hope to meet him and get an autograph.

Found: 28 pennies (14 at the hospital, 2 at Stop 'N Shop, 1 in Marlboro, 1 at the Bank of America, 2 at Shaw's, 8 at the Car Wash), 4 nickels (3 at the hospital, 1 outside the liquor store), 10 dimes (5 at the hospital, 1 at the Bank of America, 2 at Shaw's, 1 outside the liquor store, 1 at the Car Wash), 6 quarters (all at the hospital), 1 foreign coin (a Canadian penny at Stop 'N Shop)

Redeemed: $5.00


Chris said...

Congratulations, but not on the coins!

sassymom said...

Henry Shaun has definitely been your best find to date. Cioci Nicki just adores him!

sassymom said...

Henry Shaun has definitely been your best find to date. Cioci Nicki just adores him!