Friday, May 23, 2008


Yesterday at my pickup bank I picked up two new coins, the 2008P New Mexico quarter, nice design, and the 2008P John Quincy Adams dollar, looks a bit like Darth Vader without the helmet.

Today I took a vacation day and didn't go to work. Because of that I was able to spend more time with Meg and Henry as well as get some yard work done. I most proud of a big ivy-like bush I took out in our front yard. It had completely overgrown two nearby bushes (I thought they were one bush before I took this beast out!) and had almost totally obscured our front light. It is now no more. Even the trunk is gone.

Here's a great picture of Henry. This is how we frequently see him these days. He's really using his hands a lot these days.

I searched 540 small dollars I gathered in three banks. They didn't produce anything.

I also hunted through 10 boxes of halves, 10,000 coins. They were very good. In them was twenty-two 90% halves (1946, 1949, 1961D, 2 x 1963, 1963D, 15 x 1964, 2 x 1964D), one hundred one 40% halves (1965, 18 x 1966, 41 x 1967, 32 x 1968D, 9 x 1969D), three mint set halves (2002D, 2005P, 2006P), and one plated half. That's one of the best silver hauls I've come across in some weeks (and I have two boxes to go!). It's too bad it wasn't capped off with some new ones for my albums. I haven't come across too many early Franklins, so the 1949 was pretty good for me.

7,280 hand rolled quarters turned up five Canadians, one UK 10 pence, one Bahamas 25¢, and one Bermuda 25¢. That makes it 16,360 quarters I've searched since I've found a silver Washington.

I also searched 1,050 dimes. They only produced two Canadians.

720 nickels turned up seven Canadians (2 Ni) and one Bermuda 5¢. In the batch was also a key date nickel, the 1955.

Lastly, I looked through 1,650 pennies. In them was only eight Wheats (1940, 1940S, 1944, 1946D, 1947, 1948, 1955, 1957) and fifteen Canadians.

At McDonald's I got one of oddest non-Canadian foreign coins in change I've gotten in some time, a Belgian 1 franc.

Found: 20 pennies (2 at the hospital, 2 at Citizen's Bank, 1 at McDonald's, 10 at Shaw's, 5 at the car wash), 1 nickel (at Shaw's), 2 dimes (1 at Shaw's, 1 at the hospital), 2 quarters (1 at Shaw's, 1 at the hospital)

Redeemed: $11.10