Thursday, August 6, 2009

Check This Out!

Here's a good picture of Henry I took of him in his fireman hat next to his favorite spot, the stairs. He got the hat from some firemen earlier in the week.

On the way into work and on the way home I searched some nickels. 4,000 of them turned up one proof (1983S), eight Canadians (2 Ni), one Spanish 5 Pesetas, one Thai 1 Baht and one US penny. It had been 262 days since I had found a new US nickel variety! It was good to break out of that slump. The Spanish coin is a new variety for me as well.

After Henry went to bed I searched 9,500 pennies. I thought I was doing really well when early in the batch I found a 1901 Hungary 2 Filler. It's one of the oldest foreign coins I've come across and is in great shape. Things got way better towards the end when in a roll that might have been from the same person (same, common wrapper) I found what I first thought was a smashed penny, but on closer inspection looked like some sort of ancient coin. I could hardly believe it! Could it be? I've dreamed about finding something like this. It's taken me a lot of research, but I now believe I've found a Roman coin from the usurper Postumus, 260-268!! In a roll of pennies ... hard to believe. It's a got a lot of greening, but there's some good detail on the front of it. I can definitely read the whole obverse legend. Here's a picture of the coin I found:

Here's a picture of a similar coin in better condition:

This coin is now by far the oldest coin I've found roll hunting. It'll be tough to beat something 2,000 or so years old.

The total finds were fifty-three Wheats, seventy-one Canadians, ten US dimes, one Hungary 2 Filler and one Roman coin. The Wheats were:

1916, 1925, 1934(2), 1937, 1940(3), 1941, 1942, 1944(3), 1944D, 1945(4), 1946(5), 1948(2), 1950, 1951, 1951D(2), 1952(3), 1952D, 1953(3), 1953D(4), 1954D, 1955, 1956(2), 1956D, 1957, 1957D(3), 1958, 1958D(3)

Found: 6 pennies (5 at Wendy's, 1 at Sunoco)


Man said...

That is beyond awesome.

A firemen's hat and an ancient coin. I would love to get either. Congrats.

With all the Widow Mites that are sold in this country I am sure you will get the 2000 year old coin.

James (UK) said...

That is such a fantastic find! I'm so jealous!

lunaticg said...

That hard work really paid of. Congratulations on your find.