Sunday, July 31, 2011

This weekend's coins were so-so.

34 small dollars had nothing.

8,000 half dollars produced five 90% silver halves (4 x 1964, 1964D), three 40% silver halves (1967, 2 x 1968D) and three proof halves (1974S, 1978S, 1986S).

5,000 pennies yielded twenty-three Wheats and forty Canadians.

1928, 1929, 1937, 1940, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1948D(2), 1949D, 1951(2), 1952D, 1955, 1955D, 1956D(3), 1957D, 1958, 1958D(3)

Found: 5 pennies, 1 token (a Chuckie Cheese token)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Last night's coin was pretty boring.

42 small dollars and 2 halves had nothing.

5,800 quarters produced three Canadians and five US nickels.

1,300 dimes had one Canadian.

240 nickels had one Canadian.

1,800 pennies turned up ten Wheats and seventeen Canadians.

1934, 1935, 1944(3), 1951D(2), 1954D, 1956D, 1957D

Found: 2 pennies

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

17 small dollars and one half dollar didn't have anything.

1,920 quarters produced one proof quarter (1987S), two Canadians, three US dimes and three US nickels. The proof is in pretty good condition, but the rim isn't too shiny. I'm kind of surprised, but glad, I spotted this one.

The new proof quarter puts me at 61 new US varieties found this year in circulation. That's one more than all of last year and it's only July!

1,650 dimes yielded one silver Rosie (1962D), one Canadian and one UK 5 pence. In change this morning I got a proof dime, the 1992S! Just 2,858,981 were minted; thus this is now the 4th rarest dime, by mintage, that I've found.

520 nickels had five Canadians (1 Ni).

2,500 pennies turned up thirteen Wheats and fourteen Canadians.

1934, 1936, 1944(2), 1945, 1946, 1951, 1952(2), 1953, 1955, 1955D, 1956D

Found: 3 pennies, 3 quarters, 1 foreign coin (a Canadian penny)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Here's some pictures of the kids Meg took recently.

238 small dollars and 3,040 quarters had nothing.

2,300 dimes produced two silver Rosies (1951, 1957), two Canadians and two Belgian 1 franc.

2,880 nickels yielded two Liberties (1904, 1912D), one Buffalo (1929), two War Time nickels (1944P, 1944D), one proof (1972S), ten Canadians (3 Ni), one Ecuador 5¢ and a key date Jefferson (1939D). That's probably my best nickel batch ever. Before last night I had last found a Liberty nickel over two years ago! (6/23/2009) I never turned up more than one at once and this time one of them was a new one for me. A pretty good one too. Embarrassingly, I didn't notice it had a mint mark on it until this morning. I thought it was just another 1912. The dated Buffalo and proof were awesome as well.

5,050 pennies rounded up twenty-seven Wheats and thirty-two Canadians.

1936, 1938, 1940, 1941(2), 1944(2), 1945(3), 1946, 1947D, 1948(2), 1948D, 1950, 1952D, 1953, 1953D, 1954D, 1955D(2), 1956, 1957D(2), 1958

Monday, July 25, 2011

5,000 pennies turned up thirty-six Wheats and twenty-nine Canadians.

1924, 1929, 1930(3), 1936, 1940(2), 1940S, 1941(2), 1942D, 1945, 1946(2), 1947(2), 1951, 1951D, 1952D(2), 1953D(2), 1953S, 1954, 1954D, 1955, 1956D(3), 1957, 1957D(2), 1958, 1958D(2)

8,000 halves yielded just two 40% silver halves (1966, 1969D) and seven proofs (1989S, 2 x 1996S, 2 x 1997S, 2000S, 2010S).

Found: 5 pennies, 1 dime

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Meg told me that this afternoon while Hazel was patting Henry he said to her, "Aw, I love you too, Hazel."

5,950 pennies turned up thirty-five Wheats (one Steelie), forty-two Canadians, two US dimes and one Bermuda 1¢.

1939, 1940, 1940S, 1941(6), 1942(2), 1943, 1945(2), 1946(2), 1946S, 1948, 1950(2), 1950D, 1952(2), 1953, 1953D, 1955, 1956(3), 1956D, 1957, 1957D(2), 1958D(2)

Found: 3 pennies

Here's some good pictures of the kids Meg and I have taken during these hot days.

357 small dollars didn't have anything.

4,920 quarters turned up nine Canadians, seven US nickels, four US dimes and an Italian 5 Centesimi (1861). I knew I had something different when I picked up one of these rolls of quarters because it was bulging from a coin with a larger diameter. The coin was a bit stuck in there and when I looked down into the roll I saw a very old design. I told Meg, "I've got a really old one here, I think." Sure enough when it came out and I inspected it I saw it was an 1861 Italian 5 Centesimi (made in Milan). It's the third oldest coin I've found! It's catalog worth is only about $1, but it's really cool to me.

4,850 dimes produced three silver Rosies (1951, 1958D, 1964D), eight Canadians (including one 1967, 50-80% silver), one Polish 10 Grozy and one UK 5 pence.

1,600 nickels yielded one War Time (1943P) and one Canadian.

Found: 1 quarter, 2 foreign coins (a Canadian penny and a Euro 1¢)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The weekend started pretty good for us. On Friday we had a nice dinner out with the kids. The food and service weren't so good, but the kids were well behaved. Hael was very active at the restaurant and made a lot of loud sounds. No worries, she was having fun and we were in a far off corner of the place. We even did some shopping afterwards.

Saturday began pretty rough for us with Henry at his worst, shrieking lots and having to be punished. We went to "Fire And Ice" day at Sturbridge Village anyway. It was a good time. They had lots of fire engines and pumpers there from all time periods. Henry called the really old ones "carriage fire trucks." We saw some of the tornado damage off in the distance (the village really dodged a bullet on that one) and tasted some chili as part of a contest. Henry wasn't too hip on leaving, but that's kind of usual these days. Hazel did well.

Sunday was a much better start. We had a great time at cousin Evan's second, family birthday party. All kids were super and we adults had a lot of peaceful time together. It felt good to be the shade and talk to everyone. The kids made us a pay a bit for all of this once we got home. They teamed up and fought nighttime with a vengeance. We parents won the long struggle eventually, but it did take a lot out of us!

This morning after seeing his PBS Kids picture on the TV start distort. I had this cute exchange with Henry.

Henry: Why it do that?
Dad: I don't know. I guess something's wrong with their antenna.
Henry: Why their antenna wrong? I ask grandpa.

426 small dollars turned up just one mint set dollar (2002D).

8,008 half dollars produced one 90% silver half (1964) and ten 40% silver halves (3 x 1966, 6 x 1967, 1968D).

1,320 quarters had one silver Washington (1959), one Canadian and one French franc. The Canadian was a new one for me too, the 1992 Manitoba!

3,350 dimes yielded two silver Rosies (2 x 1956D), sixteen Canadians, one US penny, one Bermuda 10¢ and one Singapore 10¢.

1,160 nickels rounded up three War Times (2 x 1943P, 1944S), one Canadian, one Bahamas 5¢ and one US penny.

11,100 pennies turned up forty-eight Wheats, seventy Canadians, four US dimes and one Euro 2¢.

1909, 1910, 1935, 1939, 1940(2), 1941, 1942(2), 1944(2), 1944D, 1945, 1946(8), 1947, 1950, 1951S, 1952D(2), 1952S, 1953(2), 1953D(2), 1954, 1954S, 1955D(2), 1957(3), 1957D, 1958, 1958D(2)

A teller saved me a good foreign coin for me, a South African 1 Rand. It's a new country for me and counts as it was found in US circulation.

Found: 4 pennies, 2 tokens

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Yesterday Meg e-mailed me at work to tell me that Hazel had been doing a little walking while holding her hand. Last night I was able to get her to take a few steps while holding me hand. Perhaps true walking isn't that far off?

After a really bad butt wiping experience with Henry (the neighbors must think we're torturing our child) we had a terrific time reading together. Henry got one of his new magazines yesterday and he was really into spotting the silly things in the picture and picking out what thing were different in another set of pictures. My particular favorite moment was when he told me that the lady using a vacuum on the lawn was silly because you don't vacuum a lawn. "Why not?," I asked. "Because there's no food (crumbs) on the lawn," he told me.

2,520 quarters turned up just two Canadians and what I think is a very slightly clipped quarter.

2,400 dimes rounded up two silver Rosies (1952D, 1959D) and six Canadians.

1,960 nickels yielded one dateless Buffalo, four Canadians and one Ecuador 5¢.

550 pennies produced three Wheats (1953D, 1956D, 1958), four Canadians and one US dime.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Just a quick coin post ...

48 small dollars and 22 half dollars had nothing.

5,160 quarters produced one silver Washington (1964), two Canadians, one UK 10 pence, one US nickel and one Bermuda 25¢.

4,300 dimes turned up one silver Rosie (1963), four Canadians and one Bermuda 10¢.

1,480 nickels rounded up one War Time (1942P), four Canadians (2 Ni) and one Bermuda 10¢.

2,550 pennies had sixty-seven Wheats, twenty-five Canadians and two US dimes. One roll had "W" written on it and as I suspected it was solid Wheats. :)

1935, 1940(3), 1941(4), 1942(3), 1944(6), 1945(4), 1946(6), 1948, 1949(3), 1950S, 1951(3), 1951D(4), 1952, 1953(3), 1953D(5), 1954D(2), 1955, 1956, 1956D(2), 1957(3), 1957D(7), 1958, 1958D(2)

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

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Yesterday evening we attended cousin Evan's 7th birthday party. Before the party I told Henry that it was a pool party. "I bring my pool?" he asked me. Nope, it's not a Bring-Your-Own-Pool kind of party I told him, "It's a big pool that's in the ground." He was a bit confused.

Things started out pretty bad at the party for us. Henry was very upset. It took a long time for him to calm down and to decide that he wanted to try the pool out. Once he got in there (after Hazel) he was totally thrilled by it. It's so bizarre how parenting can be hellish at one moment and heaven on earth the next. It was great to bounce around with him in the pool. Hazel didn't want me holding her much in the pool so Meg played with her. Hazel was really enjoying the pool too. Henry got upset when we left the pool, temporarily, for pizza and cupcakes, but then was all into again after dinner (we didn't take the obligatory 20 minutes off after eating). We didn't see much Evan, but we did see Liam. It was also great to see how much Liam loves to play with Grandpa.

Last night's coins were pretty good to me. All denominations turned up something.

415 small dollars produced one proof dollar (2007S Jefferson), one mint set dollar (2008P) and a Greek 10 Drachmes (1986). That's one more new Sacagawea for me! This one is tied for my lowest mintage dollar, 1,820,000 were minted. The Greek coin is a new one for me.

1,040 quarters yielded one silver Washington (1964), one Canadians and one Cayman Islands 25¢.

2,150 dimes turned up four silver Rosies (1946, 1962D, 2 x 1964), three Canadians, one US penny and a Bulgarian 10 Stotinki. The Bulgarian coin is a new one and a new country for me!

1,360 nickels rounded up two Buffaloes (1920, 1929), one War Time (1943P), five Canadians (4 Ni) and one Bermuda 5¢. The two Buffaloes were in one roll, both are pretty beat up, but their dates are readable.

3,050 pennies had twenty-three Wheats, twenty-four Canadians, two US dimes and one UK penny.

1914, 1918, 1930, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1944D(2), 1944S, 1945, 1946(2), 1948D, 1949, 1942, 1953, 1954D, 1955(2), 1957(2), 1957D, 1958, 1958D(2)

Found: 3 pennies, 2 dimes, 1 plastic penny, 3 arcade tokens

Monday, July 11, 2011

This weekend was a really nice one for us.

Things started out well on Friday when we had a surprisingly good meal at Friendly's. Henry arrived having just woken from a nap. That usually means disaster, but after ten minutes or so he was in pretty good shape. At the end of the meal Hazel gave Henry lots of hugs and kisses. It was adorable. I wish we had it on video.

On Saturday we took it a bit easy. We went to the park, got vegetables at our favorite local stand and got some yard work done. We also had an evening picnic.

Sunday was pretty relaxed too. In the morning we just went to church, played a bit at a playground, I did some more yard work and Meg cooked some good Indian food. In the evening I took the kids to my folks for a short play date and Meg enjoyed a hot yoga class.

8,000 halves produced three 90% silver halves (3 x 1964), eighteen 40% silver halves (5 x 1966, 5 x 1967, 6 x 1968D, 2 x 1969D) and one UK 50 pence (1982).

5,000 pennies turned up forty-three Wheats and thirty-two Canadians.

1919, 1920, 1929, 1935(2), 1937, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1944(4), 1944D, 1945(5), 1946, 1947, 1948(2), 1949, 1950S(2), 1951D, 1952D(2), 1953, 1954(2), 1956(3), 1956D, 1957, 1957D(3), 1958D(2)

Found: 1 penny, 1 nickel, 2 dimes

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Duck arrived yesterday! When he saw that she arrived in a box Henry said something like "guess Duck doesn't need a car seat" to Meg. Later in the day Henry, Hazel and Meg went to the library this time Henry wasn't in his usual rush and Hazel got to pick up several books. She seems to be into them lately. Frequently she'll hand one to us to read to her (for a just a page or two before she gives us another or gets bored). She even has a word for book that is slightly different than her bird word.

A recent favorite activity of Hazel's I've forgotten to mention is trying out shoes! She enjoys sitting down and pointing to or grabbing different shoes that she wants one (usually Meg) to put on her. She's very pleased when she tries one on. I wish this were so easy to do with Henry!

Last night's coin was pretty good to me.

76 small dollars and one half dollar had nothing.

4,960 quarters produced one proof quarter (2007S Utah), three Canadians and eight US nickels. The proof quarter is the 3rd rarest by mintage that I've found and is in pretty good shape! 2,002,812 were minted.

2,800 dimes yielded five silver Rosies (1951, 1954, 1956, 1956D, 1963D) and seven Canadians.

1,280 nickels rounded up one dateless Buffalo and seven Canadians (1 Ni).

5,350 pennies turned up forty Wheats, thirty-six Canadians, one US dime and one Euro 2¢. In this batch was a new modern Canadian for me, the 2011.

1911, 1916, 1924S, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941(2), 1942(2), 1942D, 1944(3), 1944D, 1945(2), 1946, 1947(2), 1947D(2), 1948(3), 1948S, 1951D(2), 1953, 1953D, 1954, 1956D(3), 1957, 1957D(3), 1958D

Found: 4 pennies

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Henry's always full of funny quotes. Yesterday he told Meg that because Duck was going to come to our house in the mail truck we should get her a special car seat from Babies For Us (Babies R Us).

I didn't find too much coin yesterday (darn holidays!), but it was OK.

41 small dollars and 4 half dollars had nothing.

1,160 quarters produced two Canadians and one new modern one for me, the 2011P Olympic. Sometime ago I came across a new Canadian, the 2001 (no P). I don't immediately check these for new ones. That's one of the last Canadian quarters (clad, anyway) that I needed. Only about 8 million were minted. I still need a 1992 Manitoba.

750 dimes yielded six Canadians.

1,040 nickels rounded up one War Time (1943S), two Canadians (1 Ni), two US pennies, two Euro 5¢ (Portugal, Ireland), one Swiss 10 Rappen and one Greek 5 Drachmes. The Greek coin is a new type for me. Kind of neat to find this one in nickels, because it is significantly larger than a US nickel.

2,400 pennies got me ten Wheats, twenty Canadians, two US dimes and one Aruba 10¢ (kind of strange to find that one in some pennies).

1938, 1944(2), 1945, 1947, 1941, 1953, 1955(2), 1956D

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy Fourth of July

This weekend I had four days off from work. Discounting some unfortunately routine fits from son things and an ER visit went pretty well.

On Friday Meg and I took the kids to the doctor. She took Hazel to her one year appointment. She's doing just fine. Right now she weighs 21 lbs. 4 oz. I took Henry across the street to get his blood drawn. It wasn't a pretty sight. I struggled with him to get in the place, had to pin him down screaming during the procedure and afterwards had to restrain him so he wouldn't take off the bandage. The day turned around quickly, however, with a visit to our local U-Pick center for playground fun, a wagon ride and cherries. We went to celebrate Hazel's birthday that night.

Saturday went kind of the same. Some morning fits and then things weren't so bad. I took Henry and Hazel to the park, got Henry to swing by himself briefly and later in the day I took just Henry to a play date with his cousins.

On Sunday we went out to my in-laws. The kids were pretty excited about it. Unfortunately at a family reunion dinner, at a restaurant, Henry fell from his chair (before we ordered). It was a bad fall. He was screaming, bloody and had a really big lump on his head. The blood stopped pretty quickly (it was a bloody nose), but the bump took a while to go down. We took to the ER to have him checked out. There was lots and lots of screaming as all can imagine. We didn't get back to the dinner. By the late afternoon Henry was fine and a had a lot fun playing outside with his grandparents, aunt and uncle. He, Hazel and Meg were taken on a wagon ride by Pops and the tractor.

Monday was busy, but good. Meg and Nonnie took the kids to a fun playground in the morning and in the afternoon we went to a large family BBQ. The kids did really well at both events. Henry was totally content with box of cars he remembered were at the house and Hazel was delighted to watch the family dog. Both kids and parents left pretty exhausted. So exhausted we left Duck at Nonnies! Henry was not pleased.

8,000 halves had just five 40% silver halves (5 x 1967). In the bunch I found a pretty cool mint error coin, however. I think this coin is an example of a defective planchet. I can't see any tooling on the mark on the obverse and opposite this mark on the reverse is depressed spot.

5,000 pennies turned up one Indian Head (1883), thirty-three Wheats and forty Canadians. The Indian Head is one of the oldest US coins I've turned up. It's in better shape than the one I have in my album. :)

1924, 1928, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1940(2), 1941, 1942(2), 1944, 1946, 1947D, 1948D, 1949, 1950(2), 1950D, 1951(2), 1952D, 1953, 1954D, 1955(2), 1956, 1956D, 1957D(2), 1958

Found: 1 dime