Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Last night I was reminded just how much spirit Henry has. He was pretty sick all day with a cold and ear infection (he threw up once in the morning). Meg tried to be very accommodating to him (lots of Popsicle and TV) and he was a bit grouchy, troublesome at times, but there are still lots of moments when even sick he's a fun kid and something special to have around. It would trouble me a lot to see him totally not himself for a long period. Hope he's better today. It's a long three day week for Meg. :(

After Henry went to bed I searched my coin. It was a big, big night.

5,200 quarters turned up one silver Washington (1964D), nine Canadians, two US nickels, one US dime and one US penny. Many rolls were short. Annoyingly short too, as if someone thought it'd be good to pull one over on the bank and roll their quarters in rolls of $9. Thanks!

2,450 dimes produced two silver Rosies (1956, 1964), two Canadians and one US penny.

I had my best luck with the nickels I searched. 1,540 of them yielded two War Times (1942P, 1943D), three Canadians and three US pennies. That's right, the 1943D!. It's taken me just over 2½ years and 608,850 nickels and I've finally completed my Jefferson nickel album (1938-). It's tough to say how rare this one nickel is, but for me it was as rare as the other key date Jeffersons (those of 2-3 million mintages).

It feels super to have completed this album. Right now I'm not sure what I'll do. Many people have asked me, "when are you going to stop searching?" and I frequently say when I've finished finding them all (meaning the more modern albums are filled). Part of me would rather not see another roll of nickels ever again, but another part still longs to find a 19th century nickel, a shield nickel, more proofs or more strange foreign coins. I'll have to give it some thought. I'll definitely be searching enough nickels to get the recent coins, 2009, 2010, etc., but on other hand I don't plan on buying a box of nickels again. We'll see ...


Bryan said...

Congrats on finishing the nickel book! I still have a few key dates to find before I finish mine.

Thom said...

that was a nice Christmas gift from the coin roll fairy. Congratulations, I'm very happy for you.