Thursday, April 16, 2009

Yesterday at the bank I rounded up nineteen half dollars. When the teller gave them to me she said, "this one's different. Do you still want it?" I got excited, but alas it was just another Bermuda 50¢. That was the only thing of interest in the bunch.

I also searched 10,000 pennies. These yielded ninety-one Wheats, seventy-three Canadians, fourteen US dimes and one Bermuda 1¢. The Wheats were:

1919, 1924, 1927, 1929S, 1937, 1940(2), 1941(2), 1942, 1943, 1944(10), 1944D(3), 1945(7), 1946(9), 1946S, 1948(5), 1949(2), 1950, 1950S, 1951(2), 1951D(2), 1952(3), 1952D, 1953, 1953D(2), 1954D, 1955(4), 1955D, 1956(3), 1956D(3), 1957(3), 1957D(8), 1958(3), 1958D(4)

That's the eighth Steelie I've found this year! I've found so many of them recently it seemed normal to come across another. I've been spoiled! The 1929S got me thinking too. During the past two years of CRH'ing I've found seven of them. It's strange how one can come across certain varieties much more frequently than their mintages and ages suggest. As a contrast I've come across only one 1939S. That one has a similar mintage (roughly 50 million) and is ten years younger, too! Reminds me a lot of the tons of 1957D silver quarters I was finding. Luckily, I haven't found another of them in some time and have instead found other varieties I need. Here's hoping for the 1928D, 1930D or the 1936D. They're the next most likely ones for me to find, by mintage anyway.

Found: 1 penny (on a pay phone stand)


James (UK) said...

That's the thing with averages and statistics... we all forget that to get an average of "5", someone must be a "1" and someone else a "10"...

Truth is, I heard that over 98.7% of all statistics are made up.