Friday, June 20, 2008


Last night was an exciting parenting night for me ... I got to see Henry roll over. He did it twice in the afternoon for Meg and she was determined that he'd do it for me. It takes some coaxing with a toy. His neck control has improved a lot when he is laying on his stomach. The difference is quite amazing from a week or two ago. Meg, Henry, and I continue to feel better too. The walk we had last night sure was nice. I can't wait for this weekend. It feels like I've hardly spent any time with either of them this week.

The coin roll hunting I did yesterday stunk. It's a been a very slow couple of weeks.

Fifty small dollars didn't produce anything.

6,000 half dollars, six boxes, turned up just two 40% silver halves (1967, 1968D). I didn't have high hopes for the lot. The ten boxes I got had no silver coins showing at the ends of the rolls. I'm guessing the other four I have to go through will be the same, but perhaps I'll be surprised. One good coin can make the difference.

I also passed the 300,000 mark for quarters! I searched 3,720 of them and found six Canadians. One of the Canadians was one I needed though, a 2008 RCM.

400 dimes turned up just one Canadian.

I had my best luck with nickels (that's not saying too much). 440 nickels produced one War Time (1945P), one Canadian, and one Holland America token. The token is a first for me. It looks somewhat like the picture below, except mine is not a dollar token. It says 5 on the back and is presumedly worth 5 cents or so.

2,750 pennies turned up seventeen Wheats and nineteen Canadians. The Wheats were:

1929, 1939, 1940(2), 1941, 1942, 1944(3), 1946, 1950, 1952(2), 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957D(2), 1958, 1958D

When I was doing my pickups I got some teller saves too. One teller saved me a 1963D silver Rosie and another saved me a Canadian penny, a Canadian dime, and a Swiss 10 Rappen coin.

The token I found last night made me think of making a list similar to my country list, but for tokens and other stuff. So far here is the exonumia I've found:

slugs (penny, nickel, quarter)
plastic toy penny
TILT arcade token
MBTA token
Holland America token
NH Highway token
Wal-Lex token
Princess Cruises token
NAMCO arcade token *
Connecticut Golf Land token
Theodore Roosevelt medal *
Jokers token *
Funspot token *
Davis' Mega Maze token *

* not found in a roll

Found: 8 pennies (7 at the car wash, 1 outside the Tiger Mart)


danhegler said...

Glad to hear your famil is feeling better...

Wondering if you ever get this... I went to pick up my first box of nickels today and the guy asked what I was doing with them. He didn't so it in an inpolite way, but makes me wonder if the banks are asking that in case anyone says "I'm going to melt them"... Seemed odd. He helped me find some loose halves and I picked up my first roll of halves today as well. So, he seemed nice, but wondered where he was going with the "what are you going to do with [the 2000 nickels]?"

kestrelia said...


I get that all the time. My advice is to just be honest and tell them what you're up to. If you have an account and don't make the mistake of returning your rejects to the same bank you got your supply from they shouldn't have any problem with it. Who knows? Maybe you'll develop a relationship with the teller and they'll start saving you cool coins.

danhegler said...

So, I shouldn't return the box of nickels back to that branch? What about another branch of the same bank? They frown on that? Why would that be? I really only have an account at oen bank, although I do have one open (technically) at another local bank I could use. I need to learn the "etiquette" I guess...

He was nice to me, so I'd rather not alienate myself there if I find them to be nice enough to order boxes for me.

kestrelia said...

Without a doubt, do not return the coins at the same place that you bought them. A different branch is probably OK, but a different bank is better. Most tellers are not going to be too happy to sell you a box just have you return it the next day.

Best of luck.

Dean M said...

Not only that but you want to minimise the chances you'll be looking through the same coins again. I've had rolls I took to the "dump branch" of one bank turn up at other branches. Now I use two totally different banks, not two branches of the same bank.