Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Just a quick coin update ...

2,120 quarters produced two Canadians.

1,050 dimes yielded two silver Rosies (1960, 1963D).

560 nickels had one Canadian (1 Ni).

1,050 pennies turned up twelve Wheats and three Canadians. The Wheats were:

1940D, 1946, 1946D, 1950, 1950D, 1951, 1951D(2), 1953D, 1956D, 1957, 1957D

Found: 2 pennies, 1 foreign coin (a Canadian penny)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Things went pretty well this weekend for us. I'm sorry to see the four day vacation just about over. Our Thanksgiving meal was good and we had fun visiting with everyone (even if H1 was a bit fussy more than a few times). I looked at some mini-vans (Henry loves crawling in and out of showroom cars and getting free balloons), I went to a Celtics game, I took the kids to my parents (their first trip with just me), Hazel had two nights of sleep and today church went really well.

In a few weeks Hazel will have her acting debut in our church Christmas pageant. She has the gender bending role of Jesus.

Hazel just before dinner with Aunt Jess.

Hazel all set for her first Thanksgiving!

Hazel's cute headband has some trouble staying up.

Henry helped his Nonnie make waffles on Black Friday. It was a good recipe Henry said.

8,000 halves turned up two 90% silver halves (2 x 1964), three 40% silver halves (1966, 1968D, 1969D) and one proof half (1992S). That's better than things have been in weeks, but I still wouldn't say I've broken out of my slump.

Found: 1 dime

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I felt lucky so I did a bit more coin.

400 quarters just had one Canadian.

2,000 dimes produced one silver Rosie (1964D), three Canadians and a Netherlands 25¢.

1,200 nickels yielded dateless Buffalo and two Canadians (1 Ni).

6,000 pennies turned up forty-five Wheats, thirty-three Canadians and one Bermuda 1¢. The Wheats were:

1925, 1927, 1937S, 1939(2), 1941, 1942D, 1944(4), 1945(5), 1946(3), 1946D, 1947D, 1948(4), 1950, 1951D, 1952(6), 1952D, 1954D, 1955(2), 1955D, 1956, 1956D(4), 1957D, 1958D

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Last night I had a great idea (inspired by cousin Evan) ... making a fort for Henry in his bedroom. He slept in it all night and was the most eager I ever saw him to get in bed! I might have to use that trick in a future moment of desperation. Hazel didn't sleep as well, but she and I did have one nice hour on the couch sleeping together.

My coins were pretty good last night. The teller told me they were just lot of quarters.

6,400 quarters produced two silver Washingtons (1943S, 1963), one proof quarter (1994S), five Canadians, seven US nickels, four US dimes and a Bonkers arcade token. I also got a 2009D PR quarter! That's a good bunch.

500 dimes turned up one silver Rosie (1959) and one Canadian.

2,500 pennies yielded ten Wheats, nine Canadians and one Taiwan 1 Yuan. The Wheats were:

1936, 1942(2), 1945(2), 1947, 1948, 1955, 1956, 1956D, 1957D

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I managed to sort some Wheats while compiling just now ... 11,350 pennies had sixty-two Wheats, sixty-nine Canadians and four US dimes. The Wheats were:

1918, 1930, 1934, 1937, 1939, 1942, 1944(9), 1945(3), 1946(4), 1947D, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1950D, 1951(3), 1951D, 1952(2), 1952D(3), 1953, 1953D(4), 1954D, 1956(2), 1956D(5), 1957(2), 1957D(5), 1958D(7)

Found: 3 pennies

One of a Kind

Here's some good pictures of the kids.

Hazel in her cute coat and surprised look.

Henry pointing to where Hazel is. He has a tendency to bury her and in blankets and toys.

Hazel doing tummy time in a sweater made by her Cioci.

Hazel in the exer-saucer. Henry likes to run around this while she's in it and often spins her in it. She seems to like both of these things and follows him intensely with her eyes when he's doing both.

Henry looking smug while trying out a very old fire engine.

Henry trying out a newer fire engine (with lollipop). The day was a bit crazy, but most of the time he had a blast going in and out of fire trucks with his cousins. They also explored a jail cell and a snazzy new police car.

Hazel and Duck as snapped by Henry.

50 small dollars and 8,000 half dollars only turned up one mint set dollar (2005D) and two 40% silver halves (1967, 1968D).

1,760 quarters rounded up eight Canadians.

2,200 dimes yielded one silver dime (1957 Proof), two Canadians and one US penny. This is only the second proof dime I've found in a roll and the first silver one. Only 1,247,952 were minted.

1,000 nickels had two War Times (1943P, 1945P).

14,500 pennies turned up eighty-two Wheats, ninety-nine Canadians, three US dimes, two UK pennies and one Bermuda 1¢. The Wheats were:

1924, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1934, 1936, 1937(2), 1938(2), 1939(2), 1940(5), 1941(4), 1942(3), 1944(6), 1945(4), 1945D, 1946(9), 1947, 1948(3), 1950S, 1951D, 1953(4), 1954D(3), 1955(4), 1955D, 1956(3), 1956D(5), 1957(2), 1957D(3), 1958(2), 1958D(2)

Last week I also had a really cool "random" coin find. In the reject bin of a Coin Star machine I found a bunch of foreign coins (see below). In them was a coin from Botswana. It's the only coin I have from that country and one of the few I've found from Africa. It's a 10 Thebe.

Found: 1 penny, 5 foreign coins (1 Euro 2¢, 1 Euro 5¢, 1 Canadian 1¢, 1 Canadian 10¢, 1 Canadian 25¢, 1 Botswana 10 Thebe)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Things went pretty well last night with my coins. I just wish we could get over these colds!? I'm loosing count of them. I think we're at three, maybe four ... and it's only November. The good news is Hazel slept really well last night and Henry's been getting just a little more independent every day. Last night I tried to get him to scrub his body and wash his hair. It worked better than my trying to do it for him.

50 small dollars and 170 half dollars didn't produce anything.

4,520 quarters had three silver Washingtons (1952, 1961D, 1964), seven Canadians, two US nickels, two US pennies, two Bermuda 25¢, two German 1 Marks, two Riverfront Casino 25¢, one South Korean 100 Won, one Jamaica 10¢, one Netherlands 1 Guilder and one Venezuela 1 Bolivar (1977). That's one great quarter run for me! A new silver quarter; a new country, Venezuela; and three new foreign types!

5,000 dimes yielded one silver Rosie (1964), twenty Canadians (one 80% silver one, 1958), one US penny, one Singapore 10¢ and one Bermuda 10¢.

3,440 nickels rounded up one Buffalo (1925), one War Time (1945P), eleven Canadians (8 Ni) and one Singapore 20¢.

Hope the pennies turn up some interesting stuff as well!

Found: 2 pennies

Sunday, November 14, 2010

This weekend we went with Henry and Hazel to a local, large furniture store. Henry loves the place for some reason. They have two types of car carts there, but his affection for the place seems to go beyond that. I guess he likes the size of the place and multitude of things to explore. Hazel fit in one of the car carts, too! She was equally well behaved.

I spent some time blowing, raking and bagging leaves. Henry came out both days to "help." Here he's getting ready to run and jump in a big pile. Meg and I had fun piling leaves on top of him. He tried to bury Meg and Hazel in leaves as well, but his use of the rake got a bit dangerous.

8,000 halves only turned up two 40% silver halves (1967, 1968D) and one proof half (1981S).

Found: 2 pennies, 1 dime

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hazel's been up to a whole lot of tricks lately, she's moved like an inch worm, had cereal twice, rolled over both ways and now she's pulling the play mat down on top of herself just like Henry used to do!

It took me a while to get to last week's halves. 8,000 of them turned up just five 40% halves (1966, 2 x 1967, 2 x 1968D).

Whoopie! A New Wheat!

Here's a quick coin update (a good one too!) ...

6,640 quarters produced seven Canadians and one UK 10 pence. In the mix was a new quarter for me too, the 2010P Grand Canyon.

5,100 dimes yielded three silver dimes (1944, 1946, 1958D), ten Canadians and two US pennies.

4,640 nickels turned up twelve Canadians (3 Ni), one Bahamas 5¢ and a Guatemala 10¢. Plus there was a semi-key Jefferson, the 1951S, in there.

Best of all was 10,950 pennies rounded up two hundred ninety-one Wheats, sixty-six Canadians, nine US dimes, one Bahamas 1¢ and one Mexican 5¢ (1959). That's more Wheats than my trip to California produced where I searched about six times as much and better yet this time I found a new Wheat, the 1932D! Only 10,500,000 were minted. This is the first new Wheat I've found in over a year. Most of the Wheats I found came from about ten rolls from the same customer and were so-so condition 40's and 50's Wheats. The 1932D was just in some random customer roll with just a Canadian also in it. I now have nineteen Wheat varieties to go. The following chart shows them:

1909-S V.D.B.

The Wheat breakdown from this week is:

1919, 1920, 1929, 1930, 1932D, 1934, 1935(3), 1937, 1938(2), 1939, 1940(14), 1941(12), 1941D, 1942(10), 1942S, 1944(24), 1944D(2), 1944S, 1945(19), 1946(19), 1946D, 1946S, 1947(4), 1947D(2), 1948(3), 1949(6), 1949D(2), 1950(7), 1950D, 1950S, 1951(6), 1951D(5), 1952(10), 1952D(8), 1953(7), 1953D(11), 1954, 1954D(5), 1955(24), 1955D(3), 1956(9), 1956D(19), 1957(5), 1957D(22), 1958(4), 1958D(8)

(With the above breakdown you can see that even a big find of Wheats produces very few pre-1940 Wheats and that D and S mint marked Wheats are very under represented here in the Northeast.)

Found: 4 pennies, 2 dimes, 1 quarter

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Halloween - California - Baptism

Things have been a bit busy here and so I haven't had that much time to update the blog. Recently we celebrated Halloween, I went on a trip to California and Hazel was baptised.

Henry arranged these magnets on our fridge and then told Meg they spelled five dollars. I don't see it.

One of Henry's better Hazel pictures.

Henry wasn't in his costume much at all. We got him in it for about 10 minutes at a Halloween party and somehow snapped this photo. He didn't want to wear it at all for trick-or-treating. He still had lots of fun, however.

Hazel in her ladybug costume with Meg.

Henry playing with his cousin's lightsaber on Halloween night. He wanted Meg to use the other lightsaber so he could duel with her, but she was holding Hazel and that would have been a bit difficult.

This weekend I took down three items from our attic for Hazel, the jumperoo, the exer-saucer and the high chair. Henry helped me "fix" the jumperoo for Hazel. She likes it quite a bit.

Hazel's first attempt at eating "baby cereal!" She didn't like it so much.

Hazel's baptism was today. Afterwards we took some pictures.

This week while at a conference for work in northern California I did a lot of coin searching. I was helped a lot by a bank that let me just fill up plastic bags with loose pennies for machine counting (it takes a few days to credit the account). I sure wish I could find a bank like that at home. I dumped a dozen bags on them!

20 large dollars and 121 half dollars just turned up one lone 40% silver half (1967).

57,350 pennies rounded up one proof (1969S Proof), one Indian Head (1894), two hundred thirty-seven Wheats (including one, very rusty Steelie), sixty-three Canadians, eighteen US dimes, six Euro 2¢, two Hong Kong 10¢, two UK pennies, one Euro 10¢, one Panama 1¢, one German 2 Pfennig, one Norway 50 ore, one Euro 1¢ and an Argentina 10¢. That's the most pennies I've searched during a West Coast trip! I didn't find any new Wheats, but I feel like I got close and I was pretty pleased with the Indian Head (first found on the West Coast), the new country find (Argentina) and the first proof I've found in a roll. Perhaps I'll find my next Wheat soon; it has been a long time. The Wheats were:

1910, 1911, 1920, 1920S, 1924, 1929, 1935(3), 1936S, 1937D, 1937S, 1938, 1939S, 1940(2), 1940D, 1940S, 1941, 1941D, 1942(4), 1942D, 1943S, 1944(15), 1944D(4), 1944S(11), 1945(11), 1945D(2), 1945S(3), 1946(6), 1946S(4), 1947(2), 1947D, 1947S, 1948(3), 1948D(5), 1948S(2), 1949, 1949D(2), 1949S(3), 1950(3), 1950D(3), 1950S(2), 1951D(4), 1951S, 1952, 1952D(9), 1952S(5), 1953(4), 1953D(7), 1953S(2), 1954D(5), 1954S(2), 1955D(5), 1955S, 1956, 1956D(23), 1957(2), 1957D(28), 1958(3), 1958D(22)

Found: 3 pennies, 2 dimes, 1 foreign coin (a Canadian 25¢)