Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Million Pennies, A Million Miles

For the past few days I have been in California on a business trip, a developer conference. So far the conference has been OK, but being away from Meg and Henry has been more difficult than I imagined. I feel so far. Tonight I even had a pretty tough time eating dinner at a restaurant because I was seated next to two small boys. I feel like I'm missing something. I definitely can't wait to get back. I'm really looking forward to Halloween.

Before I left and I did some coin roll hunting. I didn't find too much for my efforts.

I searched 6,600 quarters and found just five Canadians.

600 dimes didn't yield anything.

240 nickels turned up four Canadians (1 Ni).

I also searched a big batch of pennies. 5,100 of them produced seventeen Wheats and three Canadians. The Wheats were:

1939, 1940, 1941(2), 1945, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1950D, 1952D, 1953D, 1955(2), 1956(2), 1957, 1957D

While here I've tried to go absolutely crazy on pennies. I've used my non-conference time as best I can to accumulate, sort, and dispose of pennies. Along the way I've picked up some other stuff as well.

I rounded up seven large dollars and one hundred fifty-two half dollars. In them I found only two 40% silver halves (1967, 1969D). Oh well, that's better than nothing and it wasn't much of an extra effort.

I also searched 450 dimes, but they didn't produce anything. I got a 2008D dime in change.

At various banks I asked for presidential dollars and state quarters I didn't have. I know I could find these eventually at home, but it seemed a bit easier just to ask for them here. I got three state quarters, New Mexico 2008D, Arizona 2008D and Alaska 2008D. I also got three presidential dollars Monroe 2008D, John Quincy Adams 2008D and Andrew Jackson 2008D.

And lastly I searched a tremendous amount of pennies. My efforts almost triple my previous West Coast penny binges. I guess I've just gotten better and faster. In total I've searched 44,950 pennies! I would have searched more of them if I could as my chances of finding new ones here are just so much greater, but I can't do any more. With these pennies I have surpassed my 2008 goal of a million pennies searched! In them I found one hundred forty-three Wheats, forty Canadians, thirteen US dimes, one Netherlands 1¢, one Hong Kong 1¢, one Bahamas 1¢, one German 2 Pfennig, one UK penny, one Euro 2¢, one Philippines 25¢ and one Philippines 5¢. The Wheats included three I needed, 1925S, 1936S, 1939D! It felt great to find those new ones, especially the two from the 30's as it has been a while since I've found new ones from that decade. Finding a bunch of new foreign coins was a great bonus as well. The complete Wheat breakdown is:

1917, 1919, 1925S, 1930, 1935D, 1936(3), 1936S, 1938, 1939D, 1940(2), 1940S, 1941, 1942(4), 1942D, 1942S, 1944(5), 1944D(3), 1944S(5), 1945(3), 1945S(3), 1946(5), 1946D(3), 1946S(5), 1947D(2), 1947S(2), 1948D(3), 1948S(3), 1949, 1949D, 1949S(3), 1950, 1950D(2), 1951D(5), 1951S(4), 1952, 1952D(2), 1952S(3), 1953, 1953D(4), 1953S(3), 1954D(3), 1954S, 1955(3), 1955D(11), 1956(3), 1956D(16), 1957, 1957D(9), 1958, 1958D(21)

To top things off today I found the first bill, a one dollar bill, since January. Last time I was here I found one too.

Found: 2 dime (1 at Logan Airport, 1 at Wells Fargo), 1 quarter (at Logan Airport), 1 $1 bill (at WaMu)


James (UK) said...

A million pennies... my God... Well done!

That wavy line-edged coin is crazy too!

Anonymous said...

I myself am on a mission to collect 100,000,000 pennies. I started last October and collected a bunch, but am nowhere near 1 million yet