Sunday, June 14, 2009

Three Day Weekend?

This past weekend I took an extra day off. Meg needed to leave early for a well deserved moms' night out. I took the opportunity to visit my grandparents and Meg went to Boston with five of her friends for a nice dinner, stay over and nice breakfast. She had fun, but unfortunately she came home sick. :( My parents came over on Saturday. My mother made biscuits for our church fair, my Dad propped up the neighbor's fence (it was threatening our backyard) and I worked on Henry's sandbox. On Sunday we an early Father's Day event at my sister's house. It was a very manly affair, beer, pigs-in-a-blanket, ribs and potato salad. It all tasted very good. Henry had a great time in their church hall being lead along by his older cousin and playing with his cousins' toys.

We've also heard a lot of new words lately. Henry has begun to say a lot of "S" and "T" sounds. His new word-likes this past weekend were, "steering wheel," "stroller," "cheese," "shoes," "toes," "swings" and "hole."

Being a three day weekend I was able to search some coin.

60 small dollars produced one mint set dollar (2004P). One roll had two extra dollar coins in it and two extra quarters. It was an easy $2.50!

8,000 halves didn't turn up too much. In them was two 90% silver halves (2 x 1964), four 40% silver halves (4 x 1967), two proof halves (2 x 1978S) and six mint set halves (2002P, 2003P, 2003D, 2004P, 2005P, 2009P). Thankfully I found that new 2009 half! That saved the batch a bit. I've now searched over 700,000 halves! In one roll of halves I found a 1964 and a smooshed penny with a New England Aquarium design on it (see below).

While making a deposit at one bank I was told that they had a lot of hand rolled coin one customer had brought in. "He was saving it for twenty years ... there should be old stuff in there," the teller said. I didn't get my hopes hope as I've heard such things before, but I figured my chances were slightly better than normal.

4,240 quarters yielded one silver Washington (1944), fifteen Canadians, one French 1 Franc (1976), one German 1 Mark (1977) and one Fun & Games arcade token.

2,250 dimes produced five silver Rosies (2 x 1946, 1947D, 1962D, 1963D), seven Canadians, one Bermuda 10¢ and six US pennies. The 1947D was a decent upgrade to the one in my album.

1,440 nickels had one War Time (1942P), three Canadians (2 Ni) and four Namco arcade tokens. The 1942P was a great upgrade to the one in my album.

6,000 pennies turned up twenty-nine Wheats, fifty-five Canadians, seven dimes and one Euro 10¢ (France, 2000). In the Wheats was a great one, the 1931D. It's a new one for me, in decent condition and it's now the rarest penny I've found. Only 4,480,000 were minted. The Wheats were:

1919, 1919S, 1920, 1924, 1931D, 1939, 1942, 1944(7), 1945, 1946(3), 1948, 1950, 1951, 1951D, 1952D, 1953D, 1955, 1955D, 1957D, 1958D(2)

Here's a small gallery of the three smooshed pennies I've found.

I found this alien penny in a box of half dollars. I suspect that some coin counters toss these into the half dollar bag.

This one came from a Coin Star machine. It was lying on top.

Above is the penny I found this past weekend.

Found: 1 penny (at Bank of America), 1 dime (at Home Depot)


Thom said...

since when are there birds at an aquarium? many congratulations on the 31d!

Man said...

Squished pennies cost 50 cents to make plus the cent could that be a coincidence or on purpose? The mysteries of funny money are unanswerable.