Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2,720 quarters produced just three Canadians ... boo!

2,050 dimes yielded one proof dime (1989S), two Canadians, two Cayman Islands 1¢ and one US penny. That's the third proof dime I've found this year! I think this one is in the best condition.

540 nickels had just one Canadian and one Cayman Islands 10¢ (I guess someone went there for vacation ... lucky).

2,400 pennies rounded up seventeen Wheats, ten Canadians and one US dime. The Wheats were:

1925, 1937, 1941(2), 1944(4), 1945D, 1946(2), 1946S, 1948(2), 1950S, 1953D, 1957D

Found: 1 penny

Funny Quotes and More Sickness

Henry told me two funny things lately, borrowing phrases he heard elsewhere. On Monday I told him I had to go to work the next day. His response was, "Don't think that's such a good idea, Dad." And then later I asked him if he wanted to read his new penguin book and after picking it up he said to me, "Is this the one you talking about?" What's next?

Unfortunately, Hazel's sickness has moved on to Meg and Henry. I hope it's a quick one. It was bad one for her. :(

I found some cool stuff yesterday. My end of the year push on the coins isn't going so badly.

800 small dollars turned up two mint set dollars (2004P, 2004D), four quarters (in place of one dollar coin), an arcade token, a car wash token and a Nepal 2 Rupee coin (1994?). The Nepal coin is a new type and country for me! I was pretty glad to add one more new country for 2010, especially an obscure one like that.

4 halves had nothing.

2,560 quarters produced three Canadians, one Bermuda 25¢, one British Caribbean Territories 25¢ (1965), one US penny and one Norway 1 Krone. The British Caribbean Territories coin is a new variety/type for me.

8,450 dimes yielded four silver Rosies (1958, 1964, 2 x 1964D), twelve Canadians, three UK 5 pence and two US pennies.

3,520 nickels rounded up one War Time (1945P), eight Canadians (4 Ni), two Thai 1 Baht and a Belize 5¢. The Belize coin was my second new type and country of the night and another for 2010!

5,800 pennies had twenty-one Wheats, forty Canadians, three US dimes and a Polish 5 Grozy. The Wheats were:

1924, 1929, 1930, 1938, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949(2), 1950S, 1951D(2), 1952, 1953D, 1956(2), 1957, 1957D(2), 1958D

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

It's a bit sad, but Christmas is now over. I didn't want to, but we had to throw our tree out today as it is the only day our town will take them at the curb. More than any Christmas before this one seemed to go too fast. I guess I was just so excited about it.

On Christmas Eve Hazel made her acting debut as Jesus in our church play. She lasted about half the time at which point Meg took her back to the pews to console her and our Assistant Pastor's son stepped in (he didn't do so well either). Both babies were outdone a bit by the real donkey pooping at the altar. "Someone pooped!," Henry said; "It was the donkey," he cousin Liam said. Henry did really well during the service. We opened presents that evening at my sister's and had a nice meal there.

(note poop on floor)

Henry playing with his two favorite trucks at his cousins' house.

Meg and Hazel on Christmas Eve.

The kids slept in a bit on Christmas. We opened our gifts at home. Henry seemed a bit burned out by the whole present thing. In the afternoon we were at my parent's for a bigger family celebration. Both Henry and Hazel did fairly well considering how tired of being out and about they were.

Hazel amongst her new presents on Christmas morning.

Henry checking out his stocking.

We got a lot done over the past few days. Little projects around the house can sure pile up and shoveling all the snow we got was a big job.

Henry and Hazel in their fort. (I'm actually in the box holding Hazel. Henry can't be trusted to be in the box alone with her yet.)

I did really well with the coin I searched over the weekend (at least the halves, anyway).

8,000 halves turned up seven 90% silver halves (1963, 5 x 1964, 1964D), fifty-three 40% silver halves (10 x 1966, 19 x 1967, 15 x 1968D, 9 x 1969D) and one beat up proof half (1978S).

2,000 quarters had nothing.

2,500 pennies yielded twelve Wheats, eighteen Canadians, one US dime, one MTBA token (still worth $1.25! ... if I only rode the T ever) and one Bahamas 1¢.

1934, 1936, 1937, 1941, 1944(2), 1946, 1951d, 1955, 1957D

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Things have been very busy at the G Unit household. Hazel hasn't been feeling well this week and today Meg is taking her to the doctor. We're hoping they can give her (and Meg) some relief. Henry has been doing pretty well despite things going on around him. Yesterday Meg her him say, "I'm coming Hazel. Calm down.", as he ran into the living room to console Hazel with a pat on the head. She adores him so much that a simple pat can just about do it.

I pushed through a lot of coin last night.

5,280 quarters turned up one silver Washington (1964D), one proof quarter (2001S Kentucky) eight Canadians, six US nickels, two US dimes and one Bermuda 25¢. The proof quarter is a new one for me. It is the fifth proof quarter I've found this year.

4,050 dimes had one silver Rosie (1962), three Canadians, one Aruba 10¢ and one Bermuda 10¢. The dimes haven't been too good to me lately.

4,600 nickels yielded one Buffalo (1937), three War Times (1943P, 1944P, 1945S), ten Canadians (1 Ni), three US pennies, two US dimes, one Singapore 20¢, one Bermuda 5¢, one German 50 Pfennig, one Ghana 10 pesewas and one New Zealand 20¢. The New Zealand coin is a new type for me and the Ghana coin is a new country and type for me!

2,550 pennies rounded up fifteen Wheats, twenty Canadians, one US dime and a New Zealand 10¢. The New Zealand coin is a new type for me. I also found another George V Canadian penny in the batch, the 1928. The Wheats were:

1944, 1945(3), 1946(2), 1946S, 1947, 1948(2), 1952D, 1955, 1958(2)

Found: 1 foreign coin (a Canadian penny)

Monday, December 20, 2010

This weekend we were at my in-laws to celebrate Christmas a week early so as to not try not fit two locations in on Christmas weekend. Henry and Hazel were well behaved. Hazel got a cold just before we got there and it got worse as we were there, but otherwise things went off without of hitch. Henry was extremely excited for all of his gifts, except for the clothes, however. He was even opening the gifts himself this year with just a little help from us. We all had so much fun watching him. I don't think we could have asked for much more.

When we got home Hazel got worse and so she and Meg weren't able to make it to a birthday bash my mother and father gave me at their house. Hazel did much better today (she bounced like crazy in her jumperoo after lunch, while watching Henry run around the dining room; and she propelled herself at will on the living room floor, e even though she can't crawl). She went with us to the doctor for Henry's appointment and was mostly herself throughout the day. Let's hope she gets even better over the next few days in time for Christmas Eve!

Henry's search for a deeper meaning has picked up steam over the last week. He really seems to be asking for answers that are more complex than the ones he was satisfied with weeks ago. He constantly asks, "what that someone doing?" or "what does this do?" I think it is in direct relationship to his expanding imagination. I love watching him make scenes and narrate it all quietly to himself.

3,500 quarters produced six Canadians, four US nickels, one US dime and one Norwegian 1 Krone. In addition I got a new Parks quarter I needed, 2010P Mount Hood.

2,250 dimes yielded one silver Rosie (1948), three Canadians and one Australian 5¢.

600 nickels turned up one dateless Buffalo, one Canadian and one UK 20 pence.

3,800 pennies rounded up nineteen Wheats, twenty-four Canadians and one US dime. The Wheats were:

1917, 1918, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1944(2), 1945(3), 1946(3), 1947, 1948(2), 1949, 1949S, 1950, 1950D, 1951, 1951D, 1953(3), 1953D, 1955, 1957D, 1958D

Found: 1 penny, 1 quarter

Friday, December 17, 2010

Hazel was helping me go through some coins yesterday.

Henry was pretending his shopping cart was his bike yesterday. Meg thought it was cute so she took this picture. Soon after he feel down and split his lip. It was a bad scene. He hasn't spoken about it since and denies he was hurt.

Hazel in one of her new winter outfits.

25 small dollars didn't have anything.

8,060 half dollars produced eight 40% silver halves (7 x 1967, 1968D) and thirty-two proof halves (1971S, 1972S, 4 x 1974S, 5 x 1977S, 2 x 1978S, 2 x 1979S, 1980S, 2 x 1982S, 2 x 1984S, 1985S, 2 x 1986S, 1987S, 2 x 1988S, 1992S, 2 x 2001S, 2002S, 2003S). That's a lot of proof halves alright!

5,800 pennies turned up thirty-six Wheats, forty-three Canadians, one US dime and a Norwegian 50 ore. The Wheats were:

1929, 1941(4), 1942, 1944(7), 1945(2), 1946, 1948, 1950, 1950S, 1951D, 1952, 1953D, 1955, 1955D, 1956D(2), 1957D(6), 1958, 1958D

Found: 2 pennies, 1 dime

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I searched a big batch of coin last night and had fun putting together a composter with Henry (he loves getting the tools out!). Someday we'll teach Hazel how to use tools, but for now she'll just have to watch.

1 Large dollar, 34 small dollars and 75 halves produced five 90% silver halves (1951, 1952, 1957D, 1962D, 1964) and five 40% silver halves (1967, 2 x 1968D, 2 x 1969D).

5,860 quarters yielded just ten Canadians, seven US nickels and one Canadian nickel (1 Ni). A whole-lotta-nothing!

5,000 dimes had two silver Rosies (1954, 1964D), three Canadians, one Swiss ½ franc, three US pennies, one UK 5 pence and a error dime, a US dime with a cud on the reverse. I've found nickels with cuds, but this is the first dime I've found with such an error.

2,960 nickels turned up two War Times (1943P, 1944P), four Canadians and one US dime.

I'm not done with the pennies just yet.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Just a coin update ...

1,414 small dollars turned up three mint set dollars (2002P, 2004D, 2006P). I was hoping to find some proof dollars, but no luck there!

1,080 quarters had one Canadian, three US nickels and one UK 10 pence.

250 dimes didn't have anything.

2,640 nickels produced one nice Buffalo (1937), two War Times (1943S, 1945P), eight US dimes, six Canadians (3 Ni), one Somalia 5 Shillings and one battery.

800 pennies yielded ten Wheats, three Canadians and one UK penny. The Wheats were:

1919, 1941, 1946, 1950, 1954, 1955, 1955D, 1956, 1958D

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tires & Ferberization

This weekend Meg and I took the plunge and decided to Ferberize Hazel. Her sleeping habits had been getting unbearable and so we felt it was time. The first night was rough. She cried for two hours and then talked to herself for forty minutes. After that she hasn't looked back much. The past two nights have been no problem and she's even been taking naps upstairs by herself. We sure hope this continues.

I also spent a lot of time dealing with a flat tire. It was a lot more complicated than I expected the situation to be because it took a while to get the old tire off and the store was extremely crowded and slow. Despite the problem, however, I did get some Christmas shopping done.

8,000 halves turned up six 90% silver halves (1951D, 1963, 4 x 1964), twenty 40% silver halves (2 x 1966, 14 x 1967, 3 x 1968D, 1969D) and one proof half (1980S). That's pretty good for these days.

I finally finished up all of the pennies I had. 14,050 of them had seventy-three Wheats, ninety-eight Canadians and three US dimes. That was one big batch. There wasn't anything too exciting. The Wheats were:

191?, 1914, 1918, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1939S, 1940, 1941(7), 1941D, 1942(3), 1944(4), 1944D, 1945, 1946(4), 1948(2), 1949, 1950D, 1951D(2), 1952(3), 1952D(2), 1953(4), 1953D(2), 1953S, 1954D(4), 1956(2), 1956D(3), 1957(3), 1957D(6), 1958(3), 1958D(2)

Found: 1 penny, 3 dimes, 1 quarter

Friday, December 10, 2010

My end of the year coin push continues ...

125 small dollars didn't have anything.

2,520 quarters produced one silver Washington (1964), three Canadians, two US nickels and an Iceland 5 Kr. It felt good to break out of my silver quarter slump. This one is the 150th I've found. The Iceland coin is a new one for me.

2,950 dimes yielded three silver Rosies (1947, 1951D, 1957D), seven Canadians, two Israel 1 Shekel and one UK 5 pence. The 1951D is a close one. I still need to find the 1951S.

1,160 nickels turned up three Canadians (1 Ni).

(Still haven't finished all of the pennies!)

Found: 2 dimes

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hazel's sleep wasn't very good again last night. Meg seems to think Hazel's doing better though as she seemed much more chipper this morning. She was especially keen to show just how much she can roll these days. She can roll across half the living room in no time flat. We're going to have to keep a better eye on what's around her from now on.

Henry told me last night he's now to big to clean up!

150 small dollars had one Canadian $1.

1,240 quarters had just one Canadian and one Japanese 100¥ The Japanese coin is a new type for me.

3,200 dimes produced one silver Rosie (1964), five Canadians, one Jamaica $1, one Bermuda 10¢, one Swiss ½ franc and one UK 5 pence.

720 nickels turned up just two Canadians.

I haven't finished all of the pennies yet.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I didn't do too well last night with the coins. We didn't sleep to well either.

3,040 quarters produced ten Canadians, three US nickels, one US dime, one UK 10 pence and a Brazil 25¢ (1994). The Brazilian coin is a new type for me.

2,500 dimes had just four Canadians.

1,280 nickels yielded six Canadians (2 Ni), one US dime and a key date Jefferson (1939S).

4,900 pennies turned up twenty-nine Wheats, forty Canadians and one Euro 5¢. The Wheats were:

1912, 1930, 1936, 1939, 1940(3), 1941, 1944(3), 1945(3), 1948, 1950S, 1952, 1952D(2), 1953D(2), 1955, 1956D, 1957, 1957D(2), 1958D(2)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Just a quick coin update (couldn't find too much) ...

150 small dollars, 20 halves and 480 quarters didn't produce anything.

550 dimes yielded just one Canadian and one Bermuda 10¢.

680 nickels had nothing.

400 pennies rounded up just one Wheat (1952D).

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Adios Pacifier

This weekend was a good weekend for us. We got a lot done and besides two bad sleeping nights for Hazel everyone was well behaved.

On Friday we got take out Middle Eastern food. It was pretty good, but I think it'd be better if we dined there, perhaps next time. Then on Saturday morning, we went to two car dealers, Target and the place to get our Christmas tree. Henry liked getting the tree (except for the chainsaw). He was really excited to bring it inside and put ornaments on the tree as soon as it was up. That night we bought a rug for our dining room and put the lights on the tree. Today we finished the decorating.

After breakfast on Saturday we took Henry's pacifier away and told him he couldn't use it anymore. He was pretty upset and asked for a different one. He mentioned it several times that day and once or twice today, but so far it hasn't been too bad. I hope it is not the cause of his not taking a nap, however.

We've had more and more funny moments with him as his language skills have improved. Last week he had an argument with his friend Owen. Henry told us a couple of times about it, "Henry say this dump truck; Owen say this flat bed truck." Last night Henry got upset when I took him outside to see what the tree looked like through the window. He thought we were taking the tree outside! And this morning when I told him that I was watering the Christmas tree he asked me if it was going to get big like Nonnie's tree.

In addition Henry's been giving some funny answers to questions. Meg asked him how many years old he was. Henry said "25." He didn't want to change his answer once she told him how old his cousins were. Strangely, he also tells us this is his first Christmas. Meg also asked Henry what he should say after sneezing. He said, "Elbow." She said no that's not it. Then he said, "Thank you."

Hazel playing "forts" with Henry (and Mom).

Henry pretending to feed Hazel.

Henry decorating the tree. We had to "unclump" his decorating later, but he sure was doing a good job.


Hazel watching Henry decorate the tree.

The coin update ...

600 small dollars yielded two new ones for me 2010P James Buchanan and 2010P Abraham Lincoln.

8,400 halves turned up three 90% silver halves (1938, 2 x 1964), forty-eight 40% silver halves (3 x 1965, 9 x 1966, 22 x 1967, 10 x 1968D, 4 x 1969D), twelve proof halves (1985S, 8 x 2000S, 2 x 2009S, 2010S) and one UK 50 pence. The 2010S half is a new one for me! It took five bad weeks to have a good one like this.

880 quarters had a new one for me 2009D Virgin Islands. It's a taking a bit, but slowly I'm finding these D mint coins from 2009.

1,500 dimes rounded up one silver Rosie (1953D), six Canadians and one UK 5 pence.

1,760 nickels produced six Canadians (3 Ni) and one Jamaica $5. In this bunch was a also a semi-key Jefferson, the 1950.

6,200 pennies coughed up nineteen Wheats, thirty-eight Canadians and two US dimes. The Wheats were:

1918, 1919(2), 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1944D, 1945, 1946(2), 1947D, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1956D, 1958D

Found: 2 pennies, 1 nickel, 1 quarter

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Yet another quick coin update ...

2,760 quarters yielded just one US nickel and a Swiss 1 franc.

4,500 dimes produced five silver Rosies (1960, 1960D, 1962D, 2 x 1964D), ten Canadians, one Bermuda 10¢, one UK 5 pence and a proof dime (1983S). That's only my second clad proof dime and it is my third rarest (by mintage) dime! I the extra time I've spent looking for extra thick rims has paid off.

1,920 nickels rounded up ten Canadians (1 Ni).

1,850 pennies turned up ten Wheats, eleven Canadians, one US dime and one Hong Kong 10¢. The Wheats were:

1935, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1949, 1952, 1955D, 1956D, 1958

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Another quick coin posting ...

2,440 quarters produced three Canadians, one Bermuda 25¢, one US dime and one US nickel.

1,750 dimes yielded two silver Rosies (1961D, 1963D) and two Canadians.

1,040 nickels rounded up one War Time (1943P), three Canadians (2 Ni), five US pennies (put in place of one nickel) and one US dime.

3,700 pennies gave up twenty Wheats, twenty-eight Canadians and eight US dimes. The Wheats were:

1919S, 1926, 1941, 1944(5), 1945, 1946(2), 1950, 1951(2), 1951D, 1953D, 1956, 1956D(2), 1957

Found: 5 pennies