Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Zoo

Today Meg, Henry and I went to zoo with my sister, brother-in-law and my two nephews. It was fun. Henry did really well considering he has the sniffles and it isn't all that interesting for him. The zoo we went to is the Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts. It's in an out of the way, rural area of our state, but it is a good size. It is well kept up and the paths are very shady. I was looking forward to going on a camel and elephant ride, but they were kind of expensive and I just saw little kids in the line. A sign near the camel ride said only people 180 pounds or less could ride. I think I'm under that, but I wasn't up for a debate and at $5 for the camel ride and $10 for the elephant ride my cheapness kicked in. Meg and I are looking forward to going again when Henry can make sense of it all. At that point there'll probably be three or more kids to run after instead of one like today. We'll have to invite my parents along to up the adult to kid ratio. Let's hope he sleeps well tonight because he sure is over tired.

The pennies I worked on yesterday were OK. 5,850 of them turned up twenty-nine Wheats, thirty-one Canadians, three US dimes, two UK pennies, and one MBTA token (still good for a $2 ride!). The Wheats were:

1919, 1938, 1940, 1941(2), 1944(3), 1945(2), 1946(2), 1951S, 1953D, 1955D, 1956(4), 1956D(2), 1957(5), 1958D(2)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Downward Dog

Today I searched some coin I got from my regular Saturday pickup place and from some random banks.

6,503 (mostly machine wrapped) produced two 90% silver (1943, 1964), eight 40% silver halves (1966, 2 x 1967, 3 x 1968D, 1969D, 1970D), one proof half (1989S), one Bermuda 50¢, and one Polish 50 Zloty commemorative. The 1970D is only the third one I've found. It is very tarnished, but only about 2 million were made. The Polish coin is really cool. It is my first foreign commemorative coin and the first one I've found from Poland. I have many other Polish coins, but those I got when I was there nine years ago. I'm don't think it is legal tender as several similar ones haven't sold well on Ebay for even a $1, but if it is its face value is just over $22!

5,000 dimes, two boxes, yielded one Canadian and one Philippine 10 Sentimos. The Philippine coin is a first for me. It's been two weeks now since I've found a silver dimes in the boxes from this source.

I have a huge amount of hand rolled pennies to search later tonight and tomorrow.

Found: 6 pennies (5 at the car wash, 1 outside Stop & Shop), 3 dimes (at the car wash), 1 quarter (at the car wash), 1 foreign coin (a Canadian dime outside Stop & Shop)

A Million?

Last night Henry gave Meg and I another nice dinner out. My boss was right. One's got to take the baby out when you can because they only get more disagreeable for dinner out later. Henry was remembered by the waitress at our favorite, local BBQ restaunt and charmed her once again.

During a bank errand I found some loose halves. Fifty-six of them produced two 90% silver halves (2 x 1964) and one 40% silver half (1967). Not too bad I say. I always feel less worried about spending money from dinner when I find half the money in silver beforehand.

I also rounded up 4,150 hand rolled pennies. They yielded twenty-two Wheats, forty-four Canadians, one US dime and one UK new penny. The Wheat breakdown was:

1920(2), 1936, 1941(3), 1942, 1944(2), 1945(2), 1946(2), 1948(2), 1950, 1951, 1951D, 1955, 1956, 1957

Friday, August 29, 2008


Last night after having a nice dinner at a friend's house and watching their one-year-old son walk around I searched some coin. It was so-so. My big success of the night was not with the coin, however, it was with Henry. I put him to sleep! It sounds small to some, I know, but for several weeks I had been unable to seal the deal with him. I'd get him sleeping in my arms, but soon after putting him in the crib he'd start stirring. Let's hope my new technique keeps working. It almost did this morning.

225 small dollars turned up two Canadian Loonies, one gold plated Susan B. Anthony dollar, and one religious medal. Normally I'm not that concerned about getting junk instead of coins as I find most of it interesting and I'm not lossing much money, but with dollar coins it ticks me off a bit. Urgh.

1,240 quarters didn't produced anything.

I had better luck with the dimes. 2,500 of them yielded one silver Rosie (1964), four Canadians, one US penny, and one Finnish 10 Penni. The Finnish coin is a first for me and the first coin I've found from Finland. It seems like a while since I've found a coin from a new country.

The nickels weren't bad either. I searched 2,080 and found two War Time (1943P, 1943S) and three Canadians (1 Ni).

I got a lot of pennies, too, but they didn't turn up much. In 3,500 coins I found fourteen Wheats, sixteen Canadians, one Bahamas 1¢, and a penny that is stamped with the outline of Indiana on the obverse (front). The Wheats were:

1916, 1937, 1941, 1942(2), 1944, 1946, 1948(2), 1951, 1956D, 1957, 1957D(2)

The best news with the coin is I think I have found two new, good sources for hand rolled stuff.

Found: 2 pennies (1 at Home Depot, 1 at Burger King), 1 nickel (at Stop & Shop)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Rail Trail

(Sometimes don't we all feel like Henry looks in this photo?)

Last night I did just a little coin roll hunting while Henry slept.

760 quarters turned up just one Domincan Republic 25 Centavos coin, 350 dimes didn't produce, 240 nickels also stunk, and 150 pennies yielded two Canadians and one Euro 5¢ from the Netherlands. The 5 Euro cents coin is a new variety for me.

This past Sunday Meg and I had another nice day. The weather turned out really well and wasn't as humid as I thought it'd be. We went for a walk with Henry on The Mass Central Rail Trail. We've been on other parts of it before, but this was the first time we were on it starting in Sterling center. It started out a bit swampy, although we did see about a dozen ducks and one snake, and then we got to walk through some nice tall pines. At one point the walk was along two small, quiet lakes. That was the best part of it. Meg accidentally dropped her water bottle while going over a small bridge. It rolled right into the water. I almost waded to get it out, as it was floating, but I couldn't determine the depth of the water. Some minutes later a trio of kayakers came by and fished it out for us.

(Although it looks like I'm posing in some sort of pretend wonderment, I didn't know I was in this photo.)

I also finished reading a book I had been working on for a few weeks, The Man Who Would Be King: The First American in Afghanistan by Ben Macintyre. It's about a Pennsylvanian Quaker named Josiah Harlan who ventured to Afganistan in the early 1800's to find his fortune. Over the years Harlan learned the language and customs of the country and used his skills to become advisor to several monarchs in the area. At one point he even convinced a local cheiftan to name him prince. Eventually Harlan returned to Pennsylvania to write an memoir that was never published, lead cavalry unit in the Civil War, and press the US government to support two schemes of his, one to import camels from Afghanistan and two to grow Afghanistan grapes in the midwest. Harlan's story became the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's short story, The Man Who Would Be King, which was later made into a movie. His memoir was thought to be lost, but was found by Macintyre, the author, in 2002. Some reviews on Amazon criticize the author's extensive use of memoir quotes, but I thought it was it was well done. The quotes added a lot of detail to the story that otherwise would be entirely known and reading Harlan's passages helped me to understand his personalaity. Macintyre put together a really enjoyable book and I look forward to reading some of his other works.

Found: 1 penny (at Sovereign Bank)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Beautiful Day

Today was a beautiful day. It started out great when we woke up later than usual as Henry slept through the night. He was in a good mood all day. We did some errands. The weather outside was nice. We also went over to my sister's house. There we BBQ'd some steak and chicken and watched the boys enjoy their little pool and slide. I let Henry dance a bit in the pool and held him in the swing. He did very well except for supper, but he was tired by then. I hope tomorrow goes just as well.

I searched 6,001 half dollars (mostly from six boxes). They produced one 90% silver half (1963), ten 40% silver halves (2 x 1966, 4 x 1967, 4 x 1968D), and two proof halves (1981S, 2002S). I wish the silver haul would have been better, but it felt good to find those new proofs.

5,000 dimes were all skunks.

Found: 2 pennies (1 at Sovereign Bank, 1 at the liquor store)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Some More

Today I searched a bit more.

560 nickels turned up just two Canadians.

2,900 pennies yielded fourteen Wheats and sixteen Canadians. The varieties were:

1920, 1938, 1940, 1945, 1946(2), 1948, 1950S, 1953D, 1954, 1956(2), 1956D, 1958

Found: 1 penny (at Shaw's)


Today Meg and I went to the ER. Everyone's fine. Yesterday I was having occasional bad pains on my right flank. It hurt to drive and move at times. Last night in bed it seemed to get worse. I wasn't able to get up well at all and one point I couldn't find any comfortable position. Meg had to help me move. At 5AM we decided this had to get checked out and so we went to the ER. They determined that it must be some bad muscle strain (I don't remember any particularly bad lifting experience just before this.). I got some medicine and I'm home today taking it easy. Strange. Hope it gets better soon so I can finish the playroom.

Last night I searched some hand rolled pennies. 3,350 turned up thirteen Wheats and fourteen Canadians.

1940, 1942(3), 1947, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1956D, 1957(2), 1957D(2)

I also rounded up ten halves. In them was two 40% silver halves (1965, 1968D).

Found: 1 penny (at Burger King)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A Bit More

Last night I finished the pennies I got for the week. 5,000 yielded seventeen Wheats, twenty-six Canadians, and one US dime. The boxes weren't as good as the previous night's, but I had a hunch they'd be that way, there was lots of new shiny ones showing when I opened the box.

1940, 1941D, 1944(2), 1945, 1946, 1946D, 1948, 1951D, 1952, 1952D, 1955, 1956, 1956D(2), 1957, 1958D

Found: 5 pennies (at work)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Anything Goes

Two nights ago I was reminded that being a parent is all about trying anything, doing anything to maintain sanity. We were eating some delicious corn on the cob and Henry started acting up. For most meals it is possible to eat and keep him happy, either by feeding him inbetween your own bites or by eating with one hand and amusing him with another. With corn on the cob things are different though. Ones hands get pretty messy and once you start a cob it's tough to put it down. Well last night while we were both eating a cob Henry started acting up. Meg put him on her lap. I thought it was our usual end of dinner routine when one of us plays with him while the other finishes and then we switch. This time, however, Meg did the impossible! While holding Henry she successfully finished half of a cob. Super Mom!

I searched some pennies after he went to sleep (which took a long time). 5,000 of them turned up thirty-five Wheats and forty-five Canadians. One of the Wheats was a Steelie too!

19XX, 1919, 1927, 1929, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941(2), 1943, 1944(2), 1945D, 1946(2), 1947(2), 1948D, 1950, 1952D(3), 1954D, 1955(3), 1956, 1956D(2), 1957D(3), 1958D(3)

Found: 3 pennies (2 at work, 1 at Costco), 1 nickel (at Costco)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Last night while Henry was sleeping I searched some coin.

400 hand rolled dimes turned up one Canadian and one UK 5 pence.

I also searched two boxes of nickels, 2,000 coins. They produced one War Time (1945S), seventeen Canadians (9 Ni), one Swiss 20 Rappen, and an error nickel. The error nickel is a 1983P with a cud over "WE TRUST." It is the first such coin I've found. Here's a definition I found online:

The term "cud" is a slang holdover from the 1960s that stuck. A cud occurs when a section of the die face and corresponding shank breaks away and leaves a void in the die in its place. The die will then strike coins that will show a raised blob of unstruck metal that has been partially forced up into the void during the strike.

On the opposite side of the cud will often be an area of weakness representing the fact that not enough metal was present on the opposing side to raise up the design sufficiently when struck.

The obverse of my coin does have a weak spot on the area opposite of the cud.

During the day Meg and Henry found two $1 bills on a side street near our house! I'm very jealous.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Go Henry, Go!

This weekend was very busy. Even though I took Friday off of work to make it a three day weekend, it still seemed crazy.

On Friday I sanded the trim in the playroom with my Dad. We made a lot of good progress. While we did that my mother watched Henry and gave Meg some much needed alone time. Having help for just three hours sure goes a long way. The next day we left for another wedding. Meg and I have been to a lot of these together, probably about twelve of them. This one allowed us to spend some good time with our siblings. Henry got a break from us too! He showed all sorts of stuff to the family. Although he's not quite crawling yet, his skills are impressive. We put him on the floor 12 feet or so from som toys and had people watch him make his way to the toys.

I did some coin roll hunting before we left to go to a wedding.

6,000 halves, six boxes, produced one 90% silver half (1964), two 40% silver halves (1967, 1968D), and two mint set halves (2005D, 2006D). Bummer ... at least it wasn't six skunk boxes.

5,050 dimes, two boxes and one roll, yielded four silver dimes (1953D, 1954D, 1957, 1964D) and two Canadians.

Six rolls of quarters, 240 coins, and one roll of pennies, 50 coins, turned up just one Canadian.

At a bank I also picked up a brand new small dollar, the Andrew Jackson 2008P. I actually got 1,000 of them as the whole box was the same coin, but I only need one. :( It's a nice looking presidential dollar coin. The portrait is the same as the one on the $20 bill. I've always thought it looked a bit spooky. He looks like a villian just unmasked by Scooby Doo and friends at the end of an episode.

Found: 4 pennies (1 at Stop & Shop, 1 outside Walgreens, 2 at Hannaford's), 1 dime (at Stop & Shop), and two foreign coin (a Euro 2¢ at Stop & Shop, a Canadian dime at Sovereign Bank)

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Last night Henry and I went on a long walk together. It was nice as it has rained a lot here. Mostly he just slept and that was a good thing since he didn't sleep to well all day. I spoke to my folks, we looked for change, and we got his mom some flowers and a card. Sometimes it is very tough work staying home with him and Meg deserved a treat. Meg might be "just at home everyday," but her job is definitely tougher than mine is. Even though he always looks cute, Henry can be a mean boss!

I hunted through some pennies last night. 5,000 of them, two boxes, yielded thirty-nine Wheats, thirty-four Canadians, and one Bahamas 1¢. The Wheats were:

1936, 1939(2), 1940S, 1941(2), 1942, 1942S, 1944(4), 1945, 1946(2), 1947(2), 1947S, 1948, 1949, 1950(2), 1951(2), 1952, 1952D, 1953(2), 1953D, 1956, 1956D, 1957(2), 1957D(4), 1958, 1958D

Found: 5 pennies (4 at the car wash, 1 outside the convenience store), 3 dimes (2 at Stop & Shop, 1 on the street near our house), 2 quarters (1 outside of Newbury Comics, 1 at the car wash)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Last night I just searched six small dollars (nothing) and 3,680 hand rolled nickels. The nickels produced one Buffalo (1925S), three Canadians and a key date Jefferson (1949S). The Buffalo is pretty worn. I used Nic-A-Date on it to read the date.

Found: 1 penny (at Costco)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Neat Foreign

Last night Henry had avocado for the first time. He seemed to like it, but he was extremely cranky. We had to eat fast, especially Meg, so that he could go to bed. It's too bad, because the new pork dish Meg was great. Henry also had squash for the first time yesterday. Two new foods in one day!

We've also noticed that he has a new sound he enjoys making. It's a high pitch squeal, much like a pig. I can't reproduce to well. Often it leads into some crying. It has seemed to replace his pteradactal sound, his monster sound, and his bubbly sound. I hope this one doesn't last too long.

After he went to bed and while he was playing a bit I searched some coin.

963 small dollars yielded four mint set dollars (2 x 2002P, 2005D, 2007D). The 2007 is a new one for me and the newest Sacagawea dollar I've found. The coin is my 100th new US variety for the year! I'm not sure why I find so many 2002's, they by far represent the most mint set small dollars I've found.

1,400 quarters turned up seven Canadians, one US nickel, one US penny, and one United Arab Emirates 1 Dirham (worth 27¢). The UAE coin is really cool. It is a new one for me and is the second UAE coin I've found.

The dimes were a bit dull, 950 of them produced just three Canadians.

The nickels were even worse, in 200 were one US dime and fifteen US pennies. The dime and all but one penny were found in one roll of nickels ... thanks for shorting me 55¢!

I had fun, however, with the pennies I gathered. 3,100 yielded twenty-one Wheats, twenty-two Canadians, seven US dimes, one plastic US dime (marked "COPY"), one Bermuda 1¢, one Euro 10¢ (worth 15¢), one Swiss ½ franc (worth 46¢), and one French ½ franc. The French ½ franc is a first for me. The plastic coin is the second toy coin I've found.

The Wheats were:

1941(2), 1944, 1945(3), 1946(6), 1950D, 1952D, 1953D, 1955D, 1956D, 1957D, 1958

Found: 4 pennies (at Sovereign Bank), 1 foreign coin (a Canadian quarter at Sovereign Bank)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Wooden Shoe

Today my parents came over to help Meg and I out. My mother watched Henry with Meg and my Dad and I worked on the playroom. We put in a bit of moulding right were the wall meets the floor boards. It's called a shoe. It gives the room a more finished look, especially now that the carpets are up. I'll spend some more time on the room tomorrow, but mostly we'll spend the day at a BBQ. I'm really looking forward to that. It'll be my first opportunity to meet some of the new friends Meg has made lately.

I also searched some coin.

A box of small dollars, 1,000 of them, produced one proof dollar (2001S), one mint set dollar (2003D), and a Barbados $1 coin (worth 50¢). Other CRH'ers seem to overlook small dollars. I'm not sure why. I've had a lot of fun searching these dollars and hope my luck getting boxes that aren't entirely one president continues. There's still a lot proof and mint set dollars I need for my collection and there seems to be a whole new bunch of foreign coins to find. I know that there will be other new varieties of foreign coins to find in other denominations, but for the most part it seems to have slowed down. The proof 2001S coin is in pretty good shape and the Barbados coin is a new one for me.

I also hunted 6,000 halves. They yielded five 90% silver halves (1952, 4 x 1964) and seven 40% silver halves (2 x 1967, 5 x 1968D).

Lastly, I searched 5,000 dimes, two boxes. They turned up just one silver Rosie (1954). I'm still thinking about taking a break from the dimes from this source, but part of me wants to try just two boxes a week in hopes that my consistent effort will pay off with a new silver Rosie for my albums.

Found: 2 pennies (1 at Sovereign Bank, 1 at Dunkin' Donuts), 1 nickel (at Home Depot)

Last From Source #2

Last night I searched the last halves from source #2, 10,000 coins. In them was one 90% silver half (1964), six 40% silver halves (2 x 1966, 4 x 1967), one proof half (1977S), and two mint set halves (2002D, 2005P). Not too great.

Meg, Henry, and I also went out for Indian food. It was our first time there with the little guy. He did well. It is amazing how agreeable he's been for all the times we've taken him out together. How long can it last?

Friday, August 8, 2008

Indian Head Pennies Galore!

Last night I was bit bummed about the loss of my source bank and a two hour ride home. I was a bit stressed about my job, too. I did have a lot of fun playing with and holding Henry before supper. I was thinking how nice it is to have a family and feel so positive about the long term. I just didn't feel that when I was single, but now there seems to be no limits. That's a good feeling.

I did some coin roll hunting with the final coins from source #2. I was hoping for something good, so as to go out with a bang, etc. My hopes were met.

75 small dollars, 200 quarters, 950 dimes, and 400 nickels only turned up 2 Canadian dimes and 1 Canadian nickel (1 Ni).

I saved the pennies for last. They were awesome. In 6,800 pennies (one box and some hand rolled coin) I found forty-one Indian Head pennies, twenty-three Wheats, forty-six Canadians, one UK penny, one US dime, and two Bermuda 1 ¢.

That's no typo! I found 41 Indian Heads!

Eighteen of the customer rolls seemed to be from the same person as they were all taped at the ends. I've had good luck with taped rolls before, so I had hopes, but not too high hopes. I soon found out my hope was well founded when the second taped roll I looked at produced two Indian Head pennies. "Two in one roll!," I thought, "that's awesome." To explain my fist pumping I told my wife that I've only found 8 total in over 800,000 pennies searched. A few rolls later I surpassed that "once in a lifetime experience" and found four Indian Head pennies in a roll. At that point I realized something sweet was going on. "Would the other rolls have more Indian Heads or a ton of Wheat pennies!?," I thought. A few rolls later I found a roll with 10 Indian Head pennies and then a roll with with 21 Indian Head pennies. My record breaking stopped there, but I did have a roll with three and one final roll with one (not taped, but probably from the same source).

Strangely there were only two common Wheats in all of the taped rolls. I did find two good Canadians in the taped rolls, however, 1935, a George V, and 1937, an early George VI.

Most of the IH's are in good or less condition. Three of them are definitely better than good and have full Liberty. The dates of the Indian Heads were:

1882, 1883, 1887, 1889, 1893(2), 1896, 1897, 1899(3), 1900(2), 1901(2), 1902(2), 1903(3), 1905(2), 1906(8), 1907(5), 1908(2), 1909(4)

This certainly helps make up for the loss of a good source and coming just two weeks after the gold coin find from the same bank I feel incredibly blessed and lucky. I never thought I would find thirteen new penny varieties at once. I'm feeling very encouraged in pursuit of my goal of searching 1 million pennies.

The Wheats were:

1917, 1930, 1935D, 1941(5), 1942, 1945D, 1946(3), 1947, 1948, 1950D, 1951, 1952D(3), 1953D, 1955(4), 1955D, 1956(3), 1956D(4)

Found: 1 penny (at the car wash), 1 dime (at the car wash)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Goodbye Source #2

Today I got some bad news for my coin roll hunting hobby. The source for half of my coins is no more. The powers that be said it had to end. I didn't get any more explanation, but I imagine that they realized how much of an expense it was to help me. I always tried to be extra courteous to the tellers that helped me out there, but it only takes one person up the chain to end things rather quickly. Lately the halves from that bank have stunk so I don't feel too bad about moving on there, but I am bummed that they will not be collecting the coin rolls the customers brought in for me. Those coins yielded some good stuff and it is far easier to get such coins regularly from a teller I built up a relationship with rather than go around to different banks to scrounge them up. I am also a bit concerned that the higher up has put an end to source bank #1 too as they are the same company.

I'll have to look into some other sources and make do with source #1 (maybe) and source #3 for now.

A teller saved one Canadian penny for me.

Found: 2 pennies (1 at Circuit City, 1 at Sovereign Bank), 1 quarter (at Circuit City)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Wrestling Pose

Yesterday on the way home I stopped at the grocery store. My good fortune with coin counting machines continued. I found a steel penny (1943) in the reject bin! It was the sole coin in there. It's a bit beat up, but one doesn't find those everyday.

When I got home I saw Henry's latest skill. I call it the wrestling pose. He hasn't combined it yet with his leg movements, but he is able to be up on his hands and knees for some time now. When he holds the position it's really cute because he shakes a bit trying to balance himself. I'd say he can hold it for a minute or two. I also gave him a fun bath in the sink that involved lots of kicking in the water. After the bath we both needed some new clothes. I think that'll be the last bath he has in the sink. He's too big for it now!

After Henry went to bed I did some coin roll hunting ... just pennies. 7,500 of them, three boxes, the fourth box was all new 2008's, produced forty-six Wheats, two hundred fifteen Canadians, and one Bahama 1¢. One of the Wheats was a new for me! It was the 1927S. It's the third rarest by mintage penny I've found. About 14 million were minted. The condition of it is fairly good. All of those Canadians only turned up two "Kings."

I also found a Type II blank planchet in the pennies. A blank planchet is a coin that was properly cut into a round at the mint, but somehow missed being struck by the die. It is a Type II because its edge is raised. This is the first one I've found. I think they are worth a couple of dollars. Mine is 1982 or newer as it weighs 2.5 grams. (That scale I got from Meg for my birthday has been coming in handy lately.) I have tough time taking scans of copper coins so here is a picture of a blank planchet like mine.

The Wheat mix was:

19XX(2), 1927S, 1934, 1939, 1940, 1941(4), 1944(9), 1945(5), 1946(5), 1949, 1950, 1950S, 1952(2), 1952D, 1953(3), 1953D, 1954D, 1955D, 1956, 1956D, 1957(2), 1957D

Found: 7 pennies (1 at Home Depot, 1 at Burger King, 1 at Stop & Shop, 3 at the car wash), 2 dimes (1 at Stop & Shop, 1 at the car wash), 2 quarters (1 at Stop & Shop, 1 at the car wash)

Monday, August 4, 2008

A Good Start

This morning I had a good start to another week of coin roll hunting. In the reject bin of the coin counting machine and on the floor next to the machine I found four pennies, four dimes (one flattened one, one silver one, 1954), one quarter (silver, 1964D), one Canadian penny, and one Canadian dollar coin!

I'm also a bit sore this morning. Yesterday I spent most of the day painting. Meg and I are in the process of turning the TV room in the back of our house into a play room for Henry. It almost seems like we can't finish the project fast enough as he rolls and wiggles so well that danger is every present in the living room. This room should be very safe for him. The room will double as a guest bedroom.

Before lunch I searched some coin a co-worker brought in. He was going to bring it to a bank and I thought, I might as well just buy it from him and save him the trip. 200 dimes, 120 nickels, and 100 pennies didn't produce anything. Oh well. It would have been funny to find a War nickel or something in his little stash.

Found: 8 pennies (2 at Target, 2 at Home Depot, 4 at Sovereign Bank), 5 dimes (1 at Home Depot, 4 at Sovereign Bank), 1 quarter (at Sovereign Bank), 2 foreign coins (a Canadian penny and a Canadian dollar coin, both at Sovereign Bank)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Little Amount Saturday

Today after doing my normal bank dump/pickup routine I went to Dunkin' Donuts to get Meg an ice coffee (that's also part of the routine). I learned why Meg had sometimes gotten lots of cream even though I thought I asked for the right thing. Before I asked for light cream, when I should been asking for a small amount of cream. Instead of a bit of cream they were giving her a ton of light cream (the standard practice for most of the workers). Lesson learned!

In my pickup was 1,000 small dollars, one box. They produced two mint set dollars (2002D, 2006D) and a UK 2 pence coin. The UK coin is the first one I've found in a roll. I needed it for my collection, it's a 1980, but next time I'd rather pay less!

I also searched six boxes of halves, 6,000 coins. They stunk! I only found one 40% half (1966). I did much better last week with my six boxes from the same source. I even think I might have come up negative this week in that I gave four silver coins and some clad ones to the teller for face. It was for her grandson's collection. I won't count it against my totals.

5,000 dimes yielded only one silver Rosie (1959).

Found: 1 penny (at Bank of America), 1 dime (at Shaw's)

Redeemed: $11.70