Monday, August 30, 2010

Here's some good pictures of Hazel and some others we've taken lately. It was a cranky weekend, but the her sleeping patterns seem to be improving and our times together during the day have been great.

Henry and I hiking in Purgatory Chasm.

Henry trying out a cap a friend made for him. He insisted on wearing this cap to bed this evening.

25 small dollars didn't have anything.

8,000 half dollars were pretty disappointing. In them was just one 90% silver half (1964) and three 40% half (1966, 2 x 1967).

4,800 quarters produced four Canadians, two US nickels, two Bermuda 25£ and one UK 10 pence.

5,250 dimes had four silver Rosies (1946, 1952, 1962D, 1964D) and five Canadians. In the Canadians was a new one for me, the 2009.

1,660 nickels rounded up one War Time (1942P), ten Canadians (1 Ni), one US penny and one Bermuda 5£. One of the Canadians was a good one for me, 2010.

6,400 pennies turned up thirty-four Wheats, fifty-four Canadians and one US dime. The Wheats were:

1919D, 1920, 1930, 1937, 1939(3), 1941, 1942(2), 1944(3), 1945(2), 1946(3), 1950, 1952, 1952D(2), 1953, 1954, 1955(3), 1956, 1956D(2), 1957D(2), 1958, 1958D

Found: 3 pennies, 1 dime

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It's been while since I've found the time to post a family update so here is a ton of pictures.

Here's Henry on our couch with his grocery bag and food. He told us just before this that he was putting together a bad of food for "work."

A picture of Hazel on her play mat (Henry took this.).

Cousin Evan holding Hazel. Recently Henry told us that Evan and Liam were cousins. I guess he was listening to me when I explained our family relations to him on the way to church that morning.

Hazel in her swing. Henry took this photo.

A self-portrait of Henry. The camera has lots of these on it after Henry's been playing with it. This is one of his better ones.

Some coins. Henry actually took this picture using my homemade camera stand.

Another self-portrait. Henry must have set the timer somehow to get this photograph of himself.

Hazel by Henry.

The outside according to Henry.

Self-portrait #3.

Hazel on my lap. I love this little outfit of hers.

Henry's photo of his Nonnie with Hazel.

Henry in a fort I made watching Curious George.

Last week's coins were pretty halves for me. 8,000 halves turned up thirteen 90% silver halves (1940, 1941S, 1943D, 1957D, 1963D, 8 x 1964), seventy 40% silver halves (1965, 8 x 1966, 30 x 1967, 20 x 1968D, 11 x 1969D), eleven proof halves (1971S, 4 x 1973S, 5 x 1976S, 1979S), one Great Britain old penny (1962) and a guitar pick. The British coin is a new variety for me.

Found: 5 pennies, 1 nickel

Monday, August 16, 2010

Just a coin update. I'll have to post our latest family pictures and stories tonight or tomorrow night.

I didn't have a good feeling about halves this week, but I did OK. 8,060 halves turned up six 90% silver halves (19??D, 5 x 1964), twenty-eight 40% silver halves (1965, 2 x 1966, 9 x 1967, 9 x 1968D, 7 x 1969D) and twenty-four proof halves (4 x 1973S, 1974S, 2 x 1976S, 2 x 1980S, 1983S, 1984S, 1987S, 1988S, 3 x 1990S, 3 x 1991S, 2 x 1995S, 1999S). The dateless half I found was Walking Liberty half. I think the date is 1935D, but it is in terrible shape. My scale showed it to only be 91.3% of it's original weight. One the 90% Kennedy halves I found had a hole in it. This one has only 95.3% of it's minted weight. Lastly, in the mix was one of the very common stamped Kennedy halves I've found, but it has a stamp of RFK on it as well.

My other coins were pretty interesting.

7,600 quarters produced one silver Washington (1954), twenty-one Canadians, four US nickels, three French francs, two UK 10 pence and one token. The token is gambling coin from Japan. It says "Ishiyama Omega" on it. One of the quarters was a new one for me, 2009D Guam. That's the first 2009D quarter I've found.

7,000 dimes had one silver Rosie (1964), twenty Canadians, two UK 5 pence and one Guatemala 5 Centavos. The Guatemala coin is a new type for me.

4,000 nickels finally broke me out of my silver nickel dry spell. In the mix was five War Time (1943P, 1943S, 1944P, 2 x 1945S), twelve Canadians (6 Ni), three US pennies, 2 US dimes, one Bermuda and five Italian 20 Centesimi (1913, 1939, 2 x 1940, 1942). The Italian coins were great. All except the 1913 is in excellent condition and three are now in my top 10 oldest foreign coins.

7,500 pennies turned up forty-eight Wheats, seventy-three Canadians, five US dimes and one Euro 2¢. There was also a penny with a little Florida stamp on the front of it in there. The Wheats were:

1916, 1919S, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939(2), 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944(5), 1944D, 1945(3), 1946(4), 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951D, 1952D, 1953(3), 1953D(4), 1955(2), 1956D(2), 1957, 1957D(4), 1958D(3)

Found: 15 pennies, 2 dimes

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

People often ask me how Henry and Hazel get along. I usually say, "good." For the most part they really do get along well. Henry is sometimes jealous of the attention she gets, but it is not bad. He doesn't seem angry at her much. Most of the time he wants her to be in the same room as him and enjoys holding her hand or giving her hugs. It's pretty cute when he lays down next to her on her play mat. Henry even sometimes shares duck with Hazel. Yesterday he even gave her some of his polished stones, saying "don't eat these." So far my fears about her crying waking him up have proven unfounded. It all could change, but as of yet there have been very few incidents of him waking up because of her.

2,920 quarters turned up two silver Washingtons (1964, 1964D), ten Canadians, two US nickels and one US penny.

2,550 dimes had twelve silver Rosies (1950S, 2 x 1953, 1954, 1959D, 1960D, 2 x 1961, 1962, 2 x 1964, 1964D), five Canadians (including a 1964, 80% silver) and one Irish 5 pence (1994). It seems like I've been finding a lot of Canadian silver coins lately.

2,120 nickels produced one Buffalo (dateless), six Canadians (2 Ni), one US dime, one US penny and a Bermuda 5¢. I also found a key date Jefferson, 1949S.

4,100 pennies rounded up twenty-six Wheats, thirty-seven Canadians and one US dime. The Wheats were:

1934(2), 1940(2), 1941, 1942(2), 1944(4), 1945, 1946(2), 1950S, 1953D, 1954D, 1955(2), 1956D(2), 1957D(3), 1958D

Found: 1 penny

Monday, August 9, 2010

Meg took a bunch of photos of Hazel so we could have some good ones to print out (it takes a lot shots of a newborn to get a good one). This one came out really good, I think.

Henry drew these tracks specifically for his cars.

Henry goofing around at the Worcester Vietnam Memorial.

This past weekend we went to a big family part in rural New York. Henry had a blast running around Meg's uncle's yard. He played on the trampoline, followed after a favorite cousin and ate plenty of his Nonnie's pasta salad. Here's a good picture of him throwing a balloon.

Last week I did really well with some of the denominations I searched. Others were pretty poor.

8,000 halves turned up one 40% silver half (1968D).

5,240 quarters had nine Canadians, three US nickels, one US dime and one French franc (1977).

4,450 dimes produced four silvers (1940, 1943, 1959, 1962D), twelve Canadians (one was a 1967, 65% silver) and one US penny.

2,480 nickels rounded up seven Canadians (4 Ni) and one US dime.

I did really well with the pennies, however. Two sources produced a good number of Wheats. In all 7,550 pennies had one hundred seventy Wheats (including two Steelies), fifty-six Canadians, eight US dimes, two Euro 2¢, two UK pennies and one Bahamas 1¢. The Wheats were:

1917D, 1926D, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1934(2), 1935, 1936, 1937(2), 1938(2), 1939(2), 1940(3), 1940D(2), 1941(8), 1942(2), 1942D, 1943, 1943S, 1944(17), 1944D, 1945(6), 1945D, 1946(10), 1946D, 1946S, 1947, 1948(6), 1949(2), 1950(3), 1950S, 1951(3), 1951D(2), 1952(7), 1952D(5), 1953(3), 1953D(4), 1955(8), 1956(7), 1956D(10), 1957(4), 1957D(16), 1958(2), 1958D(7)

In one week I found three varities, 1917D, 1926D and 1943S, that I've only found once before. That seems to be happening to me a lot this year as I keep looking for my first new Wheat of 2010.

Found: 7 pennies, 1 nickel, 1 dime

Sunday, August 1, 2010

2 lbs, 2 inches

This past weekend although we didn't take our camera with us (evidence is slim) we had a good weekend. On Saturday we went to our favorite local farm. There we saw animals (goats and South American turkeys), ate day old strawberry donuts (Henry had a whole one and coated himself with sugar somehow), played on the swings and picked peaches. Meg made a cobbler with the peaches for that evening. The weather was great and it was very relaxing being outside in the morning like that with everyone. On Sunday Henry and I went to church. I didn't make it into the service as I had to watch him in the playroom, but he had a great time as was excited as ever to go to church.

Yesterday Hazel went in for her one month appointment. She gained two pounds and two inches. We thought she was bigger and longer. She's doing great.

I did really well with my coins last week. Every denomination I searched except nickels produced a new US variety.

8,000 half dollars turned up two 90% silver halves (1940, 1942), nineteen 40% silver halves (4 x 1966, 8 x 1967, 8 x 1968D, 3 x 1969D), twenty-eight proof halves (1973S, 1974S, 1982S, 1983S, 3 x 1984S, 3 x 1987S, 2 x 1988S, 1989S, 2 x 1992S, 3 x 1993S, 1996S, 2000S, 3 x 2001S, 3 x 2003S, 2007S, 2009S) and three commemoratives (3 x 1986S Statue of Liberty).

9,040 quarters had one silver Washington (1964D), eight Canadians (1 1968 50% silver), one US nickel, one US dime and three US pennies. In the batch was also a 2010P Yellowstone. I am now just twenty quarters short of one million searched!

3,750 dimes yielded two silver Rosies (1960D, 1964), four Canadians, two US pennies and one Bermuda. In there was also a 2010P.

1,400 nickels produced five Canadians (3 Ni), two US dimes and one Bermuda 5¢. I also got two key date Jeffersons, 2 x 1955.

5,000 pennies turned up twenty-seven Wheats, fifty-five Canadians and eight US dimes. Finally in these pennies I found a 2010P, 2010D and a 2010 Canadian. The Wheats were:

1928, 1930, 1944(2), 1944D, 1945(4), 1946, 1947S, 1950, 1951D, 1952, 1953D(2), 1954D, 1955, 1956D(4), 1957(2), 1957D, 1958D

Found: 3 pennies