Monday, January 31, 2011

Not So Golden Rule

Last night I was reading a kid's Bible to Henry before he went to sleep. I read the Golden Rule to him. His response ... "I do that someday. Owen and Griffin do that someday too (his best friends)." Who knew? The Golden Rule is only applicable for part of your life. I'm not sure when it goes into effect.

This past weekend we celebrated Meg's birthday. We went out for a nice family breakfast on Saturday, went to a nearby botanical garden (indoors, of course), made Mom a cake, didn't nap while Mom got a massage (it's been a very long afternoon nap strike at our house, must be in solidarity with the Egyptian people) and had a family party on Saturday night. We took a bit easier on Sunday to get ready for the additional, now routine, mid-week snow that's coming.

The coins weren't so hot. 20 small dollars, 8,000 half dollars and 200 quarters turned up just two 40% silver halves (1967, 1969D).

Found: 1 penny, 1 dime, 1 foreign coin (a Irish penny)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Today we got more snow. We have so much that we told Henry we had nowhere to put it. Henry told us we could put it in lots of trash bins and have the garbage truck take it away.

1 large dollar and 152 small dollars turned up one proof dollar (2008S Van Buren) and one mint set dollar (2003P). This is the second presidential proof I've found in two weeks. It's from the same bank as the last one, but I don't think it is from the same customer as this one seems to have been in circulation a bit longer.

1,000 quarters and 2,250 dimes produced just three Canadian dimes.

600 nickels yielded one War Time (1944P), seven Canadians (1 Ni) and one Swiss 20 Rappen.

11,000 pennies rounded up sixty-six Wheats, seventy-one Canadians, six US dimes, one UK penny and one Euro 2¢. In the Wheats was one I've only found once before, the 1918S.

1916, 1918S, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1941(6), 1941D, 1942, 1944(10), 1944D, 1945, 1945S, 1946(3), 1946D, 1947(2), 1948(3), 1949, 1949S, 1950D, 1951, 1951D(2), 1952(2), 1952D(3), 1953, 1953D, 1954D(2), 1956(3), 1956D(3), 1957(3), 1957D(3), 1958, 1958D(4)

Found: 3 pennies

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Just a coin update ...

20 small dollars didn't have anything.

4,600 quarters produced four Canadians, one UK 10 pence, two US pennies and one US dime.

4,400 dimes yielded six silver dimes (1944, 1952, 1953D, 1956, 1961D, 1964), five Canadians and one UK 5 pence.

2,760 nickels turned up one War Time (1943P) and four Canadians.

7,800 pennies rounded up thirty-nine Wheats, thirty-seven Canadians and four US dimes.

1918, 1935(2), 1940(3), 1941(2), 1942(2), 1944(6), 1945(3), 1946(2), 1949(2), 1950(2), 1951D, 1951S, 1953(3), 1953S, 1954, 1954D, 1955, 1955D, 1956, 1956D, 1958D(2)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Some Do, Some Don't

Lately Henry has been saying some do, some don't. It's quite cute. For instance, he's said, "sometimes I sleep a lot, sometimes I don't" "some houses have icicles, some don't" "some people brush their cars off, some don't."

Here's too less colds and less snow!!

81 small dollars and 2 halves had nothing.

1,680 quarters produced two Canadians, one US dime and one US nickel.

1,550 dimes had nothing, but a teller did save me a silver Rosie (1961D).

800 nickels yielded one War Time (1945P) and two Canadians (1 Ni).

4,100 pennies turned up sixteen Wheats, forty-two Canadians, four US dimes, one Bahamas 1¢, one Euro 2¢ and one PGA Charter Member token (to think, an actual charter member gave that one up!).

1911, 1918, 1926, 1941, 1942D, 1944, 1944S, 1945, 1946(2), 1947, 1948, 1950(2), 1951D, 1953(5), 1956, 1956D, 1958D(3)

Found: 1 penny

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I came across one heck of a silver stash within my halves this weekend. 8,161 half dollars produced thirty-six 90% silver halves (35 x 1964, 1964D), thirty-five 40% silver halves (1965, 7 x 1966, 15 x 1967, 10 x 1968D, 2 x 1969D) and one proof half (2004S). I wish there was a more variety, but I'll take this treasure.

I also searched a bit of coin I got at a small bank (it never produces much, but it is convenient). 16 small dollars, 160 quarters and 250 dimes had nothing. 320 nickels yielded a War Time nickel (1944P) and 550 pennies produced one Wheat (1942), one Canadian and one US dime.

Found: 1 dime

Redeemed 2010: $1.75

Thursday, January 20, 2011

All Love

Last night Henry told us Hazel was all love and this morning he said, "you lovely, lovely girl Hazel." This picture that I took this past weekend seems appropriate. Occasionally when Hazel's playing on the floor Henry will curl up to her and give her a hug.

Hazel playing with her new favorite. Now that she can motor around using her new army crawl (like army guys, crawling under the wire) she seems to amuse herself more. Her favorites include our fireplace (it's never used, but has a reflective surface), furniture, paper and remote controls.

Henry sucking on an icicle I gave him. He wanted the glove because it was too cold. Free treats made direct from our roof run off!

Check out this lunch Meg made for Henry during my snow day!

I had some pretty good luck last night with my coins.

75 small dollars and 2 half dollars produced a proof small dollar (2007S James Madison). That's the first proof small dollar I've found since 2009. This one is a beauty.

6,940 quarters had two silver Washingtons (1960, 1963), six Canadians, one US nickel and a new variety, the 2010D Yosemite.

5,950 dimes didn't turn up one silver Rosie (1964D), nine Canadians and one US penny. That's kind of a poor showing compared to my average returns and the other denominations I searched last night.

2,640 nickels yielded one Buffalo (1928S), two War Nickels (1943P, 1944D) and seven Canadians. I've only found one other Buffalo with a date and a mint mark before this and that was in 2007!

Lastly, 10,350 pennies rounded up eighty-one Wheats (including one extremely rusty Steelie), sixty-six Canadians, six US dimes and one Bahamas 1¢. The Wheats were:

1920, 1929S, 1930, 1934, 1935, 1936(4), 1938(2), 1940, 1941(6), 1942, 1943, 1944(8), 1945(4), 1946(2), 1947, 1948(2), 1949(2), 1949D, 1950, 1951(2), 1951D, 1952(3), 1952(3), 1953D(2), 1955(3), 1955D, 1956(4), 1956D(4), 1957(3), 1957D(6), 1958D(6)

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, I found my first dollar bill since 2009! It was lying in the change dispenser of the auto-checkout lane at Home Depot.

Found: 1 penny, 1 dollar bill

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Another Barber!

This might be Hazel's favorite toy. It was one of Henry's. Unfortunately she gave herself a bit of a shiner with it this week. It went away quickly.

For some reason snow inspires Henry to take his clothes off, so Wednesday was a clothing optional day for him. Here he is painting.

Hazel getting caught pulling down Henry's car basket.

Henry had several funny statements yesterday. One of them was said after Hazel sneezed and cried ... "Hazel not like that sneeze, Mommy." The other was during a changing of his ... "I've got a chocolate chip one (poop). Not my penis, peanut." Henry can now also tell you what planet we all live on. We're still working on him saying his name when asked or giving his age.

My 8,000 halves this week were pretty good. In them was six 90% silver halves (1908, 1950D, 4 x 1964), nineteen 40% silver halves (2 x 1966, 12 x 1967, 3 x 1968D, 2 x 1969D) and forty-three proofs (1971S, 2 x 1973S, 1974S, 1976S, 4 x 1977S, 2 x 1978S, 2 x 1979S, 4 x 1981S, 2 x 1982S, 3 x 1983S, 1984S, 1985S, 1986S, 2 x 1987S, 1988S, 1992S, 3 x 1993S, 1995S, 1998S, 2 x 2000S, 3 x 2001S, 3 x 2002S, 2006S). That's the third Barber half I've found. Although this one is in the worst condition of the three, it is still pretty cool. Always fun to find one of these. This batch also gave me my most proof halves in one sitting. Most of the proofs were in poor condition so I only kept three.

Found: 1 penny

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2010 Books

Before 2011 progresses too much I thought I'd get a quick list together of the books I read last year. My goal was to read twenty-four books last year, two a month, but I didn't quit make it. I completed nineteen books and left two unfinished. Maybe this year.

ADVENTURE (Still most of the books on my list concern some sort of exploration, mostly during Victorian times, by Europeans. I love reading about a time history when the earth still seemed so large.)

The Darkest Jungle: The True Story of the Darien Expedition and America's Ill-Fated Race to Connect the Seas - Todd Balf

This book is about an American expedition to explore a route across Panama that was a potential alternative to the one eventually used for the canal. It was a good read by an author that usually writes about bike riding. Hope he writes more adventure books in the future.

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex - Nathaniel Philbrick

I read a whole bunch of Philbrick books last year and this is probably tied for the best one. It tells the true story that inspired Moby Dick. I wasn't too interested in the history of whaling before reading this book. Now I want to go to Nantucket.

Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 - Nathaniel Philbrick

Philbrick's longest and slowest book about a US expedition to map the ocean and investigate the southern continent ... kind of disappointing.

Travels on the Mekong: Cambodia, Laos, and Yunnan - Louis de Carné

I read two modern accounts about this journey last year and wanted to read the first hand accounts; so I read this book. This account is a quick run-through narrative that has few personal details.

Vol. 1 and 2 of the Mekong Exploration Commission Report (1866–1868) - Francis Garnier

These two volumes were definitely better reads than Carné's account of the same journey. I particularly enjoyed the personal bits (although they are generally too few in Victorian accounts) and the chapters that the expedition artist, Delaporte, wrote.

Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon - William Lewis Herndon

I read this account of a US expedition to explore the economic possibilities of eastern Peru/western Brazil largely on the recommendation of Gary Kidder (Kidder wrote the fantastic Ship of Gold concerning the sinking of a ship captained by this author). I don't know what he was talking about. Although very personal for a book of this period, it's a boring book. I can't finish the last 20 pages.

The Head-Hunters of Borneo - Carl Bock

Bock wrote one of the few narratives of a journey this part of the world that I've found, at least in Victorian times. The journey he took didn't seem all that adventurous to me, but his experiences with the land and people of the region were interesting to me.

Rodrigues the Interpreter: An Early Jesuit in Japan and China - Michael Cooper

I heard about João Rodrigues, a Portuguese Jesuit, who traveled within China and Japan during the 1500's-1600's during a PBS show. I then looked for a book about him and found this one. I found the book quite repetitive and only got through half of it. It's a shame, however, because Rodrigues seems like a pretty interesting guy. I'll have to get back to this book one of these days.

ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS (A few years back the majority of the books I read concern some ancient civilization or another. It's still an interest of mine.)

Angkor and the Khmer Civilization - Michael Coe

Like other books in the classic series Ancient People and Places this book is a good primer on particular civilization. I've wanted to know more about ancient Cambodia for some time.

Palenque: Eternal City of the Maya - David Stuart and George Stuart

David Stuart is a well know Mayan linguist and is father is a equally well known Mayan archaeologist. This book details the known and speculated history of one of their favorite Mayan cities. I wish more Mayan cities got such a treatment as this.

ARCHAEOLOGISTS (Recently it occurred to me that biographies about early archaeologists could be a great combination of my above two favorite types of books. I've got a bunch of known figures on my list.)

Alfred Maudslay and the Maya: A Biography - Ian Graham

Maudslay's a person I frequently heard about when reading about the Maya. Graham's book was pretty good, and needed, look into his life.

The Lost Cities of the Mayas: The Life, Art, and Discoveries of Frederick Catherwood - Fabio Bourbon

Although this book has few personal details about Catherwood (not too much is known) it was printed in an extremely large size (it doesn't fit on any of my bookcases) so as to contain beautiful, full color reproductions of his art. Many pages of this book could be cut out and framed. There are a few other books in this series I'd like to get.

HISTORICAL TREASURES (It might be a while until I get to see some world famous archaeological treasures as Meg and I won't be traveling to Europe or Asia anytime soon so I've been looking for books that can satisfy me for the moment.)

Sutton Hoo: Burial Ground of Kings? - M. O. H. Carver

The Sutton Hoo helmet is shown in every book I have about the Dark Ages or the Vikings so I was eager to learn more about the burial site. This book was a bit dry and academic, but it had the information I was looking for. I wish the pictures in it were a bit better and I might get another book about the topic for that reason.

Vasa : The Royal Ship - Kvarning

Images of the Vasa, a Swedish warship that sank just while still inside the harbor on it's maiden voyage, always seemed spooky to me so it seemed like a good idea to read about how they found, raised and then restored almost the entire ship. This book suffered a bit from being a translation of a Swedish book, but the it was still very readable and the images in are pretty good. I still would like to find a book with even more images, something akin to a walk-thru of the ship.

MUSIC (I used to read rock biographies all the time, but I haven't read any in a while.)

The Smiths: Songs That Saved Your Life - Simon Goddard

I read this song by song treatise on my favorite group, The Smiths, years ago. It was updated some time ago with more interviews. I finally decided to read the 2nd edition. I learned a bit more about the songs and had fun relistening to them for a few weeks.

GENERAL HISTORY (I'm not to into big history books, books covering a US president or a whole war, but some authors write about topics a that are a bit more general than my usual, but not too broad.)

Big Chief Elizabeth : How England's Adventurers Gambled and Won the New World - Giles Milton

I wish there were more Milton books to read. This is the last one i read. He can write a whole book well about a topic others would find difficult to write a lot about. This book mainly dealt with the Jamestown settlement, something I didn't know much about, even though I went there with Meg recently.

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War - Nathaniel Philbrick

This book was a great companion to the above book. The title suggests that it just covers the Plimouth plantation, but it actually covers King Phillip's War as well. I think this is one of Philbrick's better books. It got me wanted to go the Plimouth reenactment.

The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn - Nathaniel Philbrick

This is Philbrick's most recent book. It is one of the few times I've read a book hot off the presses (got it for cheap at BJ's). I didn't know much about Custer's Last Stand before I read this. This book certainly filled in a lot of holes, but I wish it delved more into the after history and cultural significance of the event.d

SHIPWRECKS (Shipwreck pictures always remind of reading National Geographic at my Nana's house. I've always found underwater archaeology interesting.)

Shipwreck: A Saga of Sea Tragedy and Sunken Treasure Shipwreck: A Saga of Sea Tragedy and Sunken Treasure - Dave Horner

I was looking for a good book about the Spanish Treasure Fleets. This one wasn't it. It had some good extended quotes from a Spanish priest's journal. He survived three shipwrecks (in a row) and wrote quite vividly about them. I think an author like Milton could have handled this material better, however. This book read very unevenly, some of it was little more than treasure lists.

Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea - Gary Kinder

I liked this book a lot. The book is about the sinking of Central America a ship returning from the California Gold Rush and full of gold and its eventual recovery. It was a really quick read. The story of the recovery, believe or not, was almost as suspenseful as the sinking. It kind of inspired me at my workplace!

America's Lost Treasure - Tommy Thompson

The only bad thing about the above book was the lack of any decent pictures. This book, written by the head treasure hunter, has plenty of pictures. There is much detail in the text at all, especially if one already read Kinder's work, but it does the job.


Today everyone's at home here because of the snow. Henry's running around naked pretending to be on the phone with Meg and Hazel's on the floor, quiet for a minute, but probably still suffering from constipation. We're out of prunes!

Oops. Hazel's rolled into some trouble.

Last night I slammed through a lot of coin ...

22 small dollars didn't have anything.

5,520 quarters turned up one Canadian, two Bahamas 25¢ and a new US variety, the 2010D Yellowstone.

4,350 dimes had two silver Rosies (1954, 1964D), two Canadians, four UK 5 pence, one Bermuda 10¢ and one US penny.

2,080 nickels produced one War Time (1945P), three Canadians (1 Ni) and one US penny.

5,400 pennies yielded forty-five Wheats, fifteen Canadians and two US dimes.

1920, 1925, 1936D, 1939(2), 1940(2), 1941(4), 1941D, 1942(3), 1942D, 1944(2), 1944D, 1945, 1946(4), 1946D, 1947D(2), 1948(2), 1951, 1952(2), 1952D, 1953(2), 1954, 1955(2), 1955D, 1956, 1956D(2), 1957, 1957D(2), 1958D

Found: 1 penny

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What that do?

Meg took this picture yesterday. I think it is the best one we have them so far.

Coins ...

39 small dollars and 4 halves didn't have anything.

2,600 quarters produced one silver Washington (1964), one US nickel and two new US varieties for me (2009D American Samoa, 2010D Hot Springs).

3,400 dimes yielded two silver Rosies (1964, 1964D), three Canadians and one US penny.

2,960 nickels had one War Time (1943P), two Canadians and one US dime.

5,850 pennies turned up twenty-four Wheats, forty-five Canadians and one US dime.

1909 V.D.B., 1930, 1937S, 1941(2), 1942, 1942D, 1944(3), 1945, 1946, 1947D, 1949, 1950(2), 1952, 1953(2), 1953D, 1955(2), 1955S, 1957D

Found: 2 pennies

Monday, January 10, 2011

Some more funny Henry moments occurred this weekend. On Friday, Henry and I went to pick up an area rug and its pad. We got stuck traffic. Henry told me, "We should have went another way, Dad." Thanks! After we took the items home, one stuck in the car through the trunk and the other through the sunroof (it was a cold drive home) Henry said to Meg and I, "One-Two-Three I've got it all figured out." Meg and I worked on the floor that night. On Saturday and Sunday we had Uncle Tim and Aunt Jess visiting us and Henry and I shoveled the snow. Henry really enjoyed his new boots. In "Mom's yard" (as he calls our backyard) he used his rake, shovel, lawnmower, monster truck and cozy coupe. Hazel stayed inside and watched from the window.

The coins ...

8,000 halves produced seven 40% silver halves (2 x 1965, 1966, 1967, 2 x 1968D, 1969D) and twenty-nine proofs (1971S, 1972S, 1973S, 1974S, 2 x 1976S, 1978S, 2 x 1979S, 1981S, 1982S, 1983S, 1985S, 1986S, 1987S, 1988S, 1989S, 1994S, 1998S, 1999S, 2000S, 2 x 2001S, 2003S, 2005S, 2006S, 2007S, 2008S, 2009S).

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Yesterday Hazel had her six month doctor appointment. She weighed in at 17 lbs. 1 oz. Her height is now 26 inches.

In the evening Henry counted to ten for me. He's been doing this for about 2 weeks now. Sometimes we even here him counting to himself. I asked him, "what comes after ten?" His reply was, "twenty-five."

My coin ...

44 large dollars didn't have anything. In addition two these I did get to keep two others from the coin counter's reject bin.

2,440 quarters rounded up one silver Washington (1964), eight Canadians, two US nickels and one US dime.

2,500 dimes produced one silver Rosie (1964), one Canadian, one Aruba 10¢ and two US pennies.

1,280 nickels had one Buffalo (1937), three Canadians (1 Ni), two Bermuda 5¢, one US dime and a Brazil 1 Cruzeiro (1990). The Brazil coin is a new type for me. That's the third 1937 Buffalo I've found in a row.

3,100 pennies yielded twenty Wheats, twenty-nine Canadians and six US dimes. The Wheats were:

1940, 1942, 1944, 1944S, 1946S, 1947D, 1948(2), 1949, 1951S, 1952D, 1953D(2)(, 1954D, 1955(3), 1957, 1958, 1958D

Found: 3 foreign coins (1 Canadian penny, 2 Canadian dimes)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Henry playing with the frozen trucks in his rain boats. He now has some really snazzy snow boots.

Hazel lounging on Henry's new construction vehicle blanket. Henry really likes the blanket, especially the two cement mixers, but we haven't convinced him to use it in his bed.

So far my coin searching for 2011 is going pretty good.

219 small dollars didn't produce anything.

4,760 quarters had one proof quarter (2000S MA), seven Canadians and one US dollar (a Susan B. Anthony).

3,900 dimes yielded one silver Rosie (1947, my first silver of 2011), seven Canadians, two UK 5 pence, one Ireland 5 pence and five US pennies.

3,200 nickels turned up one proof nickel (2006S), seven Canadians and one US dime. This new proof nickel (although beat up) is now the rarest (by mintage) nickel I've found. 2,000,428 were minted.

5,000 pennies rounded up thirty-four Wheats, fifty-four Canadians, six US dimes and one Euro 2¢. The Wheats were:

1919S, 1939, 1940, 1941(2), 1942, 1942D, 1944(2), 1945, 1950, 1951D, 1952(2), 1952D(2), 1953(3), 1953D(2), 1955(2), 1956(3), 1956D(3), 1957D(3), 1958

Found: 2 pennies, 1 dime

Redeemed (2010): $20.70

Monday, January 3, 2011

Here's a review of my 2010 coin searching effort ...

I started coin searching coin in 2007. Every year I've wanted to post some sort of year in review, but never got around to it. I always review things in my head, but just never posted.

At the start of this year I assumed things would be tough. I knew I'd be a lot busier this year and would have less time to search and it seemed likely that my new variety count would go way down as the remaining coins are getting fewer. I was a bit wrong. Things were certainly busy and although I searched less coins than I had in previous years, I did still find some good stuff. I got really lucky once this year and found eight new dime varieties in one roll of almost solid Mercury dimes. That definitely helped my new variety count. I also think I'm just getting better at spotting proof quarters and dimes. The new variety count for the years 2008-2010 was 161, 86 and 60. The oldest coin I found in 2010 was a 1888 US penny and the best was a 1900O Barber half.

For 2011 I plan to search a bit more than 2010. I really hope to find more new Wheats (finding just one in 2010 kind of stunk), get my hands on more dollar coins and finish my Roosevelt album.

[] - denotes the rank of statistic compared to the years 2007-2010


66 large dollars [4th] and 4,246 small dollars [2nd] were searched.

Proof Dollars

I didn't find any of these this year.

Mint Set Dollars (eight found, seven varieties)

2002D, 2003P, 2003D, 2004P, 2004D(2), 2005D, 2006P


420,518 halves [2nd] were searched.

Silver Halves (208 90% silver found, 934 40% silver found, 37 varieties, three new ones)

The 1900O Barber I found is probably my best coin of the year. I was a bit bummed to not find any new Franklins (just need three to complete my album!), but finding two new Walkers for my album is pretty cool.

1900O, 1917, 1918S, 1934, 1935S, 1938, 1940, 1941S, 1942, 1943, 1945, 1947D, 1949, 1951, 1951D, 1951S, 1952, 1952D, 1953, 1954, 1957D, 1958D, 1959, 1959D, 1960, 1962, 1962D, 1963, 1963D, 1964, 1964D, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968D, 1969D, 1970D

Proof Halves (171 found, 38 varieties, three new ones)

Of the proof halves 1968S-2010S, I found all of them except 1968S, 1970S, 1997S, 2008S. This year I found the most proof halves ever. In one sitting I found thirty-two! I didn't find any 90% silver proof halves this year and although not a proof, I didn't find any examples of the 1976S Ag (circ).

Commemorative Halves

I didn't find any older, silver, commemoratives this year, but I did find two new ones for me. In one sitting I found three Statue of Liberty halves.

1986S Statue of Liberty (5), 1989S Centennial of Congress (2), 1995S Civil War (circ.)

Silver Canadian Halves

This is the first foreign silver I've found in half dollar rolls.



253,840 quarters searched [3rd]. In all of these were sixteen new ones for me.

Silver Quarters (32 found, 17 varieties, four new ones)

I'm still anxiously awaiting my finding of a silver quarter hoard and I can't wait to find a quarter older than 1935.

1940, 1941, 1943, 1943S, 1952, 1953D, 1954(3), 1957, 1957D, 1958D, 1959, 1959D, 1961D(2), 1962D(2), 1963(2), 1964(7), 1964D(5)

Proof Quarters (five found, five varieties, four new ones)

1994S, 1999S DE, 2001S KY, 2004S TX, 2006S SD

Silver Canadian Quarters (four found, three varieties)

1963, 1967, 1968(2)


215,750 dimes searched [4th]; fourteen new varieties found.

Silver Dimes (196 found, 55 varieties, eight new ones)

A lot the Mercury dimes on this list came from one roll I came across that had forty-five Mercury dimes in it! I've now got just two silver Rosies to go to complete my Roosevelt album.

1916, 1919, 1923, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1938S, 1939, 1940, 1940D, 1941S, 1942, 1942D, 1943, 1943S, 1944, 1944D, 1945, 1945S, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1950S, 1951, 1951D, 1952, 1952D, 1953, 1953D, 1954, 1954D, 1955D, 1956, 1957, 1957D, 1958, 1958D, 1959, 1959D, 1960, 1960D, 1961, 1961D, 1962, 1962D, 1963, 1963D, 1964, 1964D

Proof Dimes (three found, three varieties, three new ones)

During the last third of the year I changed my search technique to try to find more clad proof dimes.

1957, 1983S, 1989S

Silver Canadian Dimes (six found, six varieties)

1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1967


116,060 searched [4th]; six new varieties found.

V Nickels

I didn't find any this year. I haven't found one since June, 2009.

Buffaloes (fourteen found, five varieties, one new one)

I found six dateless Buffaloes.

1924, 1925, 1930, 1934, 1937(3)

War Nickels (forty-seven found, nine varieties)

I didn't find the 1943D or the 1944S.

1942P(2), 1942S(2), 1943P(12), 1943S(4), 1944P(8), 1944D(2), 1945P(7), 1945D(2), 1945S(8)

Proof Nickels (four found, four varieties, three new ones)

1968S Proof, 1975S, 1997S, 2003S

Key And Semi-Key Jeffersons (ten found, five varieties)

Mid-way through the year I changed my search technique for nickels so I don't expect to find these as much as I used to.

1938S, 1939S, 1950(3), 1951S(3), 1955(2)


444,050 searched [4th]; eight new varieties found.

Indians (three found, three varieties, two new ones)

The 1888 Indian penny I found turned out to be my oldest find of the year.

1888, 1890, 1896

Wheats (3,038 found, 98 varieties, one new one)

1909, 1909 VDB, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1916, 1916D, 1917, 1917D, 1918, 1919, 1919D, 1919S, 1920, 1920S, 1921, 1923, 1923S, 1924, 1924S, 1925, 1926, 1926D, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1929D, 1929S, 1930, 1931, 1932D, 1934, 1935, 1935S, 1936, 1936D, 1936S, 1937, 1937D, 1937S, 1938, 1939, 1939S, 1940, 1940D, 1940S, 1941, 1941D, 1942, 1942D, 1942S, 1943, 1943S, 1944, 1944D, 1944S, 1945, 1945D, 1945S, 1946, 1946D, 1946S, 1947, 1947D, 1947S, 1948, 1948D, 1948S, 1949, 1949D, 1949S, 1950, 1950D, 1950S, 1951, 1951D, 1951S, 1952, 1952D, 1952S, 1953, 1953D, 1953S, 1954, 1954D, 1954S, 1955, 1955D, 1955S, 1956, 1956D, 1957, 1957D, 1958, 1958D


This year I found my first (and only so far) proof penny in a roll. I've got to start searching a bit more seriously for these. I also found the 1977S (proof) on the floor of Costco.

1969S Proof


I found coins from seven new countries this year. The beginning of the year started really slowly for foreign coins, but I found six new countries in the last couple of months! I'm still coming across quite a few new foreign varieties.

Romania, Argentina, Venezuela, Botswana, Ghana, Nepal, Belize

Sunday, January 2, 2011

This weekend things didn't go exactly as they wanted to, but was about what Meg and I expected as there had a been a lot of sickness here last week and we thought it would continue. I did manage to take Henry out on Friday. We did a little sledding (me pulling him along), but it was too bumpy for him, so he used the swings and played in the sandbox ("I played with frozen trucks!," he told his mom). Strangely, we weren't the only ones at the playground even though most of it was covered with 6-12 inches of snow (not the sandbox). We didn't do too much on Saturday besides enjoying some treats for dinner and today we just did some errands. I'm hopeful next weekend will be better. Henry and Hazel are ready to get out of the house (both of them seem to be just about well).

I was hoping to close my 2010 coin search out with a bang, but it was not to be. 25 small dollars and 8,000 halves turned up just three 40% silver halves (3 x 1968D). Oh well.

Found: 3 pennies, 2 foreign coins (a Canadian penny and a UK 5 pence)