Monday, March 22, 2010

You Bike

This weekend was a great weekend for non-coin finds. We found free items for Henry at three separate houses. The first item we happen to see driving by was a big wheel. It's a bit beat up, but Henry loves it. He calls it "you bike" (yup, he's still referring to himself in second person!). We let him ride it at a park and then at our home. He wants to take it inside, but we haven't let him. On the way back from the grocery store Meg scored a nice train table, a small tractor and a small fire truck. We're hoping Henry will be willing to trade the train table for some of his other furniture that we want to put in the new baby's room. I hope there are some more great weekends like this soon.

At my sister's house all three cousins were in the bathroom at once to watch Liam's potty TV. The only one who pooped was Henry.

This weekend's halves stunk! 8,000 had nothing.

I did better with the nickels and pennies I searched late last week.

3,160 nickels had three War Times (1943P, 2 x 1945S), ten Canadians (3 Ni), three Bermuda 5¢ and one US penny.

11,300 pennies produced seventy-six Wheats, ninety-one Canadians, ten US dimes, one Panama 1¢, one Barbados 1¢ and one UK penny. In the batch was a new variety for me the 2009D Presidency. The 1909 VDB penny is in awesome condition, it's definitely at least a $16 coin (catalog price). My picture of it got messed up; I'll redo it soon. The Wheats were:

1909 V.D.B., 1918, 1919, 1920, 1926, 1937(2), 1938, 1939(3), 1940(5), 1940S, 1941(2), 1942, 1944(4), 1945(6), 1946(2), 1950(4), 1950D, 1950S, 1951, 1951D, 1952(3), 1952D, 1953(3), 1953D, 1954(2), 1954S, 1955, 1955D(2), 1956, 1956D(6), 1957(2), 1957(7), 1958, 1958D(3)

On Saturday I also finished reading another book, Alfred Maudslay and the Maya: A Biography, by Ian Graham. The work of Alfred Maudslay (1850-1931) is well known to anyone who has read anything about the Maya. In the late 1800's he financed multiple solo exhibitions to the Mayan ruins. Although not formerly trained as an archaeologist or anthropologist Maudslay set a new standard for respectful study. His trips produced numerous photographs and casts of monuments that aren't as accessible today as they were in his time. Maudslay didn't formulate many theories about Mayan history and culture (that was for others to do, he believed), but he did pay for the production of a lavishly illustrated series of books that are still in demand today. Graham's biography is quite readable. At times he describes the background of different characters associated with Maudslay with too much detail, but other than that I don't have any complaints about the work. I'm glad to know more about such an interesting man.

Found: 1 penny (at Bank of America)