Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sixteen More Wheat Pennies Pulled From Coin Roll Hunting

I just finished going through forty dollars worth of pennies. I haven't actually had time to go through any full boxes of pennies from the bank because I have been so stretched for free time lately. I've just been grabbing rolls here and there and I've come up with these sixteen. I just haven't had time to keep up with the blog posts, that's why there isn't as many posts this month as I usually try to have. There's also the fact that I'm not getting much search engine traffic to this blog so I'm not as enthusiastic about updating it as much. With that being said my Alexa rank still seems to be growing almost every time I check it so I must be doing something right. I'll try to do better next month and get at least ten posts up. The complete tally shows that I found eleven wheat pennies from the 1950s and four from the 40s. I also found a 1921 with no mint mark. I don't think there is anything extraordinary here though. If you see anything that stands out or looks rare please be sure to leave a comment below letting me know. Below is the scanned image of all the wheat pennies I found in this last batch of coin rolls.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A 1948D Silver Dime I Pulled While Coin Roll Hunting

I've been going through tons of dimes lately. It's been really hard for me to find time to keep up with my coin roll hunting hobby but I've manages to go through over $500 in dimes over the past two weeks. Unfortunately out of all this change I have only found one silver dime and that was this 1948D Roosevelt silver dime. I'm starting to think that doing this on a large scale is not really worth the effort but I guess I won't really know until I start selling off my non silver finds. I've been keeping all my dimes dated from 1965 to 1969 as the eBay prices for these circulated coins seem to be going for about double their face value. Only time will tell if I am able to duplicate other sellers results when I auction off my coins. Below is an image of my latest silver find.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Two More Wheat Pennies I Found At Work

I found these two wheat pennies just the other day in between ringing up orders from customers. Nothing really special here, just a 1945 and a 1956D. It's still nice to find these while I'm on the clock and getting paid though. I also found two pre-war nickles in the register on the same day but nothing with silver in it. I plan on adding these two my 40s and 50s nickle horde that I will end up selling on eBay. Below is a scanned image of the two wheat pennies I found. I think I need to clean the top of my scanner though. Placing all these dirty coins on it is staring to leave a lot of dust and nasty debris that make my scans look gross.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Seven More Wheat Pennies From Coin Roll Hunting Today

I found three of these wheat pennies out of rolls I picked up from work and the rest I got from coin roll hunting bank rolls over the last two days. Not any really big finds other than the 1920 coin without a mint mark. I'm hoping to be able to grab a full box from the bank on my way into work today and go through it tomorrow to see what I can find. My full collection of wheat pennies is really starting to grow and I may have to sell some of them off very soon. Below is a scanned image of the latest finds.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Two Wheat Pennies I Found In The Cash Register At Work

They have started putting me on the front register at work. I like this position as it's not as hectic as working in the drive-thru plus I get to deal with customers which is something I actually prefer. The only problem I have is that I have some hearing issues. I have some trouble hearing some people when they give their orders but I think I will still be able to work this position at work sometimes and it's a great way for me to pick up a few wheat pennies from time to time. I can't hunt silver this way though. I just can't see well enough to pick out the silver dimes and quarters without putting them right up to my face. Obviously I can't do this while I'm waiting on customers so I'll have to be satisfied with the occasional wheat penny score. I found a 1929 and a 1957D this time but who knows what I might find next time.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Three Silver Dimes From 1946, 1962 And 1964 I Found This Week

I've been going through a full box of dimes I got from the bank plus about another hundred dollars of dimes I got from various banks around town and so far I've found three silvers. I got a 1946, 1962 and a 1964. The funny thing about the 42 is that I found it in a clear plastic roll that I was sure had no silver in it but because I have also been looking for sixties dimes to sell for a return profit I opened it anyway and found it. The edges were so dirty it looked black so I was not expecting to find a silver dime. Now I know to look for black looking edges as well as the whiter looking silver ones. Here is a scanned image of all three 90% silver dimes.

A 1899 Indian Head Penny And Thirty-Seven Wheat Pennies I Found Coin Roll Hunting This Week

I actually got all of these pennies from a full box plus another forty dollars worth of pennies I picked up at work and the bank this week. I found the 1899 Indian head penny in the first roll I took out of a twenty-five dollar bank box. I was so excited to find it not only because it's the most valuable penny I have found but also because I was sure that box would end up having more Indian heads in it or at least a lot of wheat pennies. Unfortunately the box turned out to have only three or four wheat pennies in it and would have been the worst bank box ever if it wouldn't have been for the very first find. I have not been able to keep up on my blog posts for penny hunting because I have been concentrating on silver but I've kept everything I've found to make this one post. Below is a scan of the 1899 Indian head penny. As you can see it's in pretty good shape for a coin found in circulation.

Then we have the large number of wheat pennies that I've been hoarding. I'm separating these into three pics. The first one is the older wheat pennies I've found. There are three from the thirties and one from the twenties. We have a 1929 and then a 37,38 and 39. None of these older coins have mint marks on them but they are in great shape for their age. I wish I could find more copper pennies from these earlier dates but they are becoming harder and harder to find these days. Here is a scanned image of all four of these older wheat pennies.

Up next we have all the pennies from the forties and there are quite a lot of them. I found a total of seventeen this week and I'm very happy as there are actually more of these than the ones I found from the fifties. I won't go through all the dates here as there are just too many to list. You can see a scan below but the image is not as large as I usually post because I could not get them all to fit in the pic so I shrank it down a little bit.

And lastly we have all the pennies from the fifties. We had sixteen of these from a nice variety of dates. I'm pretty satisfied with this haul even though I had to go through a huge amount of pennies to find them all. I don't think I ever want to get this behind in my updates ever again. There was one face that was so worn down I couldn't get a date from it at all so I just placed it in this lot. You might also notice two things about this pic. One is that it's the normal larger size like my normal scans. I'm still trying to figure out why some scans come out like this and some I have to crop the image to cut out all the white area on the sides. I think I just need to group them more tightly when I lay them on the scanner. I'll try this next time I do a post. The second thing you will notice is that one of the pennies is upside down and a few others are lopsided, well I'. almost blind it seems without my glasses and I'm getting ready for work as I type this so I'm not going to do another scan. For those of you that have OCD, I'm sorry.

So our total of wheat pennies comes to 37 plus we got an Indian head that is the oldest one I have ever held in my hand. I'd say this is pretty good for going through sixty-five dollars in pennies. Looks like I might have to start hitting eBay soon to get rid of some of these.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A 1943 Silver War Nickle I Picked Up At Work

I got really lucky yesterday because I wasn't even running the cash register at work but I happened to be looking for something in the office when I saw this old worn nickle laying face up in the change tray. I peered down for a closer look and read the date, it was a 1943. I was so surprised to see it just sitting there on the top like that. I got one of the managers to swap it out for a newer worthless nickle so now I have a total of four silver war nickles that I have found so far this week. That's very cool considering that I haven't gone through hardly any rolls in the last seven days. I'd say I've probably only went through a little over fifty dollars worth. Here is an image of the coin I was so lucky to snag.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Three More Silver War Nickles I Found This Week

I can't believe I went through only forty dollars worth on nickles and I found three silver war nickles. That's an incredibly high ratio from what I would normally expect from coin roll hunting. I guess all my hard work is starting to pay off. The dates on these are 1942, 1943 and 1945 and all of them are from the Philadelphia mint. I'm really happy to have been ab;e to pick up three of these out of such a small number of coins and will be adding them to my silver stack. I've been doing pretty well with all the silver coins I've been hunting lately. I also have a ton of wheat pennies I found from several boxes I've been going through. I will have to get a post together to show off what I've found. I expect to be able to have that up this week so stay tuned.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A 1964 Silver Dime I Found Coin Roll Hunting

I got up much later than I wanted to today and I wasn't able to get much change after I went into town. Usually I take Tuesday as a day to go to the bank or ATM to get my money and this is also a day I take time for myself. Usually I get a meal and only get change based on how much time I have before the bus comes back around on its route. Today I got into town so late I only got to pick up fifty dollars in dimes. I only found one silver out of this but there were many older date dimes that might go for more on an auction. I was able to order another box of dimes though, so lets hope I have good luck with that one. Below is a scan of the 1964 silver dime I pulled from coin roll hunting today.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Two Canadian Quarters And Two Canadian Nickles I Got For Free From A Coin Counting Machine

I recently discovered that there is a magnet that my fingers can touch under the holes where you deposit coins in the machine at one of the banks I use. This magnet is suppose to catch metal junk that people accidentally dump in the machine when they are depositing coins. I've found that if often picks up coins as well and the last time I was using it I found these four Canadian coins. This is like finding free money. So know each time I use it I'm going to check it to see if I can pick up a few free coins. Here is a scan of the two Canadian quarters and two nickles I found. Maybe I'll get lucky and find something older next time.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Five Wheat Pennies I Scored Today

I could have sworn I had six wheat pennies when I started to make this post but one of them has gotten away from me. I dropped one on the floor and spent several minutes looking for it. I finally found it but then I counted and I only had five. Maybe I am losing my memory as I get older or maybe I just can't count on more than one hand. At any rate I have five wheat pennies as I fire up my printer and do my usual scan of the front face of these old coins.. Here is the image of what I have to add to my penny collection.

Nothing really spectacular today. I was only able to pick up fifteen dollars in pennies so I knew I wouldn't get much unless I got really lucky. It's just a bunch of pennies from the forties and fifties with one that is so scratched up that I can't get a date off it even after scanning it. I bet someone was trying to file off the last two digits to make it look like a rare date coin. I really hat to see old coins defaced like this. I doo have another big box of pennies to pick up tomorrow. Maybe I'll have more luck with that one.

I Found Three Silver Roosevelt Dimes In My First Bank Box

I have been meaning to grab my first full box of dimes but I just haven't had the money until now. Since I finally got my taxes back I have tons of cash and can get just about all the change I want. A box of dimes will cost me $250 but it really is one of the best investments you can make when you are coin roll hunting. Silver dimes don't have that much more silver in them than war nickles have. They only have about 25% more but for some reason they go for two or three times as much on eBay. It would seem to me that the nickles would be worth about the same as the dimes because they are older and rarer since there were only four years that silver nickles were minted.

I always thought it would be hard to find pre-1965 dimes but I found three in this box, granted it wasn't technically a box straight from the brinks truck. When I picked this baby up from the bank it was open and full of customer returned rolls. I was worried that I'd get these home and I wouldn't score a single silver coin but I ended up with three including one that was pretty old. Below is a scan of all three Roosevelt dimes I found.

The 1946 silver dime was the biggest surprise for me. It's not in great condition but it is now the oldest silver Roosevelt dime I have found so far in this hobby. The 1961 and 1964 dimes appear to have D mint marks on the back. I almost missed the 1964 because the last number has been rubbed off a bit from the weather of time. I'm pretty happy overall though. I'll be able to run these to the bank next week and add them to my collection. From now on I'm hooked on dimes, I'll be trying to get at least one box of them every other week. I like the idea that they are worth more than silver nickles but I can fit more of them in my banks safety deposit box.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Nine More Wheat Pennies I Found Coin Roll Hunting

So I finished going through another full box of pennies I picked up from the bank. I have really been hitting it hard when it comes to coin roll hunting lately. I think I'm getting burned out and I might have to slow down some though. I guess I just need a break from searching through all these dirty old coins. Sometimes I hit a really good box and that makes the effort and the filthy fingers I get worth it but most of the time I'm lucking to find ten wheat pennies from coin roll hunting a twenty-five dollar box like this one. This time I actually only got nine hits from the whole box. Pretty much all of them were from the 40s and 50s with one that looks like a 1926 but it's so chewed up I can't be a hundred percent sure. Anyway I think I'm going to be moving towards doing dimes for awhile since it's very easy to find the silver ones without having to look at each coin. This will save me a lot of time and make this hobby less of a chore for me. Of course I'll still be doing pennies but I'll keep it down to one box a week.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

A 1944 Silver War Nickle And Two 1939 Nickles I Found Coin Roll Hunting

I went through about fifty dollars in nickles over the last two days but I only found one piece of silver. I was a 1944 silver war nickles. I've also been finding a lot of 1939 Jefferson nickles which is a key date since it was the first year they minted this coin. Even in circulate condition these can sometimes fetch up to a dollar on eBay and other auction sites. I plan on holding onto these until I have a ton of them I can sell and use the money to buy more gold coins or support some of my giveaway projects. Check out the images I scanned of these three coins below. I also picked up two more boxes of pennies and I'll be posting my new finds from them in a couple of days so be on the watch for my new posts.

A 1907 Victory Nickle And A 1937 Buffalo Nickle I Found Today

I just finished going through a hundred dollar box of nickles. I didn't find any silver in this box but I did find a fair number of older Jefferson nickles along with these two great finds. When I found the 1907 victory nickle I just about fell out of my chair. I was thinking it would be worth a lot of money but actually it only goes for a little over a dollar on the auction sites. It's still a great old coin to find in a roll of nickles though so I'll be holding onto it for awhile. The other coin was a 1937 buffalo nickle that looks absolutely gorgeous. I think the detail on the Indians face looks great. There is really very little wear on this coin when you consider that it came from a roll and has been in circulation for who knows how long. I scanned both of these coins together and put a pic of them below. What do you think about these great finds? I think these are two of the best non silver coins I have found so far.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Eighteen Wheat Pennies I Found This Week By Coin Roll Hunting

I went through about thirty dollars worth of rolled up pennies to find these wheat backs. I did this over the last few days while I was going through my regular boxes from two different banks. In total I think I went through close to three hundred dollars worth of change in the last three days. I know that sounds crazy but I got some really good finds as well as some silver. Overall I think it was a few days off work well spent. With everything I'm finding it probably won't be long before I'm able to set up my first giveaway. I'm not going to go through these and list each one but I did get a 1920 which is pretty cool. Just have a look at the pic below and tell me if you see any rare coins or errors that I missed.

Sixteen Wheat Pennies I Pulled From A Box

So I grabbed another full box of pennies from Old National Bank and wouldn't you know it, this one was even a little better than the last one I went through. I pulled out one more wheat penny from this one and I even found a few foreign pennies that are old enough to keep. I will do another blog post about the Canadian and British pennies I found because I've been getting a lot of them lately in the rolls I've been going through. I've been pretty lucky lately in both the pennies and nickles I've found. I had one of my best weekends ever when it comes to valuable finds. Hopefully I'll be able to get all the posts up before the end of this week so you call all see my finds. Below is a scan of some of the older pennies I found in this latest box.

Then we have eight more pennies from the 1950s. I'm not going to bother listing the dates, you can see for yourself what they are anyway. I'm tired today and I have a lot of stuff to do before I can sleep so just check out the images and let me know if you see something I missed.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Three Steel Wheat Pennies I Won On A Free Online Auction

These are three steel wheat pennies I picked up on a free listia auction. This is a great website to use when you don't want to spend money on eBay. The site allows you to earn points by filling out surveys or watching videos online. The points you earn from these tasks can then be used in place of money to win auctions. Shipping is usually free so your items won't cost you a dime. Sometimes I will use a site like swagbucks to earn amazon gift card codes that I can then resale on listia. The points I earn from these auctions allow me to buy just about anything I want on the site.

Silver dimes and quarters are common items that get auctioned off by users of this site but wheat pennies go for a really low amount of points so if you spend a few days using the site you can get something right away. If you sign up under me I get a small amount of points from you when you list your first action on listia. I also get a cut from all the points you earn on swagbucks so please sign up under me on both of these sites.

The steel wheat pennies I picked up from this particular auction were not in very good shape but I got them super cheap and these are the first ones I've had in my collection. Below is a scan of all three 1943 steel war pennies. I received one S mint mark and one D mint mark along with a no mint mark steel wheat penny. These do look pretty rusted but from what I've seen a lot of these are not in great condition.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Fifteen Wheat Pennies I Pulled From A Bank Box

I didn't think I would be able to grab a full twenty-five dollar box from my main bank today. I tried to get up but I kept resetting my alarm for an hour or two later. It sucks but I never seem to be able to go to bed early enough. Often I find myself laying in bed for two hours or more before I finally fall asleep. I guess I need to try and take something for that. Sometimes I can get by on five hours of sleep but other times it just seems like I need more than eight. I don't know what's wrong with me.

I did finally wake up with enough time to spend two hours in town today. I ended up picking up about fifty dollars in dimes from one bank but I didn't get any silver. I then headed over to my favorite bank where I have my oldest account set up. Unfortunately they had already closed the vault so I couldn't get anything. There is an Old National Bank right behind them though, so I walked over there thinking I wouldn't make it in time but I did. I got a box of pennies from them and it turned out to be the best box I've come across in a long time. I think I need to start using them to get my coin rolls more often. By the time I went through the whole box I ended up with fifteen wheat pennies. Below are three pics showing what I found.

This first set of five wheat pennies has some older dates in it. I pulled a 1939 with no mint mark, a 1940 and a 1941 with no mint marks and a 1944D and 1947D. I could have sworn I pulled a 1920s wheat penny as well but my vision isn't very good so I was probably seeing a two that was really a three on the 1939 wheat back. The second set was some newer coins.

This second set of old coins is from the 1940s and 1950s and they are some of the best looking wheat pennies I have found all month. The first three are a 1952D and 1953S along with a 1946. The last two are a 1951S and 1951D. These are great condition coins and I was really happy to find them.

This last set of wheat pennies contains a 1950D, a 1951, a 1954D, a 1957D and a 1958D. All around this is a nice set of old coins. I think this box was actually worth the time I put in on it. It took me about 30 minutes to go through it but I'm sure I could have done it much faster. I think I might have to make the bank I got this box from my regular bank for coin roll hunting.

Monday, April 27, 2015

A Buffalo Nickle I Found Today And An Update For This Blog

I've been going through some rolls of nickles lately. I haven't had the time to go through a full box but I did pull out this worn buffalo nickle today. I was going to wait and do a post the next time I find some silver but I decided to go ahead and do a blog post today because I also want to update you guys about what is going on with this blog and the giveaway project I am about to start working on. First of all lets take a look at this old coin. This particular buffalo nickle is really worn down. I couldn't get a mint date off the face of it even after I blew it up with my scanner. This doesn't make it worthless though, even dateless coins like this are worth more than their face value so I'll be keeping this to auction off later once I get enough them to put a roll together. Even though it doesn't have a date I can still read the lettering on the coin so it's not really all that bad. I think the back actually looks pretty good compared to the front of this coin. I also didn't find a mint mark on this coin even though the backside text looked pretty good so I assume it never had one.

I also wanted to give you guys a blog update on what I'm working on. I have been busy trying to build up this blog by getting linkbacks from other websites and blog directories. Right now this blog is ranked in the top six million out of all websites worldwide while the ranking among U.S sites is 2,086,889. This ranking is based on how much traffic a website is getting. While this isn't bad I will need to get into the top million before I can say I'm really doing anything. I don't think that will be that hard though. I've noticed that a lot of people that make these types of blogs tend to give up after a few months and I don't plan on doing that. I plan on being here years from now.

I know you guys won't really understand what I'm doing until I get my other blog up and running and have my YouTube channel in place. Once I get these ready and I have my first giveaway it will be much clearer to everyone. I just hope if you are reading this blog that you keep in touch and keep checking back. I know I will have my first set of free coins rolled up by the end of next month so check back often.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Eight More Wheat Pennies I Found Coin Roll Hunting This Week

I went through over ten dollars in change this last Wednesday and didn't find a single wheat penny. I was pretty disappointed because they were all customer returned rolls and that's where I usually get my best find. I once found over five full rolls of wheat pennies this way. I went to work the very next day and picked up four more rolls when I got off. I found the 1929 wheat penny in them. Then I picked up 7 more rolls yesterday and found seven wheat pennies in those. That was a really high ratio of finds to rolls. I guess I just got lucky after finding almost nothing for two days. I'm going to try and go through some full boxes this week if I can find the time to run to my bank. I'm also going to try to work towards getting some giveaway rolls put together. Just keep following this blog for some updates in the coming weeks.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Six Wheat Pennies Of Various Dates I Pulled While Coin Roll Hunting

I went through about twenty dollars worth of pennies to find these six wheat pennies. About half of the coin rolls came from one of my banks and the other half I obtained from work. I can get plenty of change from my banks on the days I have off from work but coin roll hunting has become an obsession of mine so I tend to try and get some to take home from work at least once a month. Nothing really spectacular in these finds. There are three from the 1950s and three from the 1940s. Ne high value coins or key dates from what I can see here. I'll just add these to my collection which I think is around six dollars worth of wheat pennies right now. Tuesday I'll be going into town and I'll try to grab a lot of change to go through. Look for some new posts on this blog early next week.

A Very Worn Silver Mercury Dime I Found In A Roll Of Pennies

I'm constantly amazed at what I find when I'm coin roll hunting pennies. Yesterday I found three Roosevelt dimes in one single roll of pennies and I found a total of five in a whole twenty-five dollar box once. I'm guessing that the reason I find so many dimes in penny rolls is that a lot of older folks miss them when they are rolling up change. Usually they are really blackened from dirt or fires they have been in. This silver mercury dime for instance was so black I wasn't sure what I was looking at when I first found it. I had to clean it with soap and water and a little baking soda just to see the face. I almost never clean my coins but I had to in this case. Even after getting all the dirt and black discoloration off I still couldn't get a definite date from this but I want to say it's a 1914 mercury dime. It sucks that it's in such a worn out condition but at least I get a free piece of silver and I only have a few of these in my collection so I'm not complaining. This has no real numismatic value because of the condition of the coin but the melt value is still around a dollar.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A 1964 Silver Dime I Pulled From A Coin Roll

I was able to get fifty dollars in dimes from the bank yesterday and I pulled out one 1964 silver dime from the lot. I love going through dimes to hunt for silver because it's so easy to identify them compared to hunting silver nickles. You can usually pick out the silver dimes from the regular dimes by looking at the edge of the coins. I've been wanting to spend more time coin roll hunting dimes so I can get started on a giveaway soon but I just haven't had the time to do it. Here is a scan of the front of the dime I pulled. Hopefully I can order a full box from my bank soon, I'll post the results of that as soon as I get it.

Friday, April 17, 2015

A Nice Looking 1927D Wheat Penny I Found In Ten Rolls Of Coins

Yesterday one of the kids I work with brought in about five dollars worth of rolled up pennies he wanted to sell. He knows I go through rolled up change looking for wheat pennies so he offered to sell these to me. I was a bit leery about doing this at first because a lot of these younger guys I work with have started to look for old coins since they have seen me doing it. I figured if I came out with nothing on this one I could always sell them back to work since I need to have rolled up change to do this anyway. My job doesn't mind selling me change every now and then as long as I'm just swapping rolled up coins for more coins. It's a restaurant so if I bought the change with paper money I would be taking the money they need to run shop. The only coin I got out of this was a 1927D wheat penny. It's an older coin but not a significant date. It's very worn but still has nice lettering and a very clear date and mint mark. Below is a scan of both sides.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ten Wheat Pennies I Scored From A Bank Box

I just finished going through another full box of pennies I bought from my bank. I'm fairly happy with the box because I found ten pennies in it. It's not what I would call a great set of finds but it's a lot better than the last two boxes I went through where I found almost nothing of value. I've been running really low on spare time lately so it can take me several days to find enough free time to completely unwrap fifty penny rolls like this. With my job combined with my family responsibilities I just can't seem to finish one of these in just one sitting. I was able to run out and grab more change today though. I had to get the rest of my rent money together so this gave me a good excuse to grab more change to go through. I should have two more posts up soon to share with you what I've found.

Anyway, below there are two pictures to show you the wheat pennies I pulled from this coin roll hunt. There were a total of five pennies from the forties and five from the fifties in this haul. It's always nice to find some older ones like these but I would really like to get some from the teens and twenties. The forties were two 1945 coins with no mint mark. One 1949, a 1942 and a 1942D. Some great pre-war pennies here. The fifties wheat pennies were a 1953D, 1956D, 1957, 1957D and a 1958. I don't see anything with a huge monetary value here but I'm just starting to learn what to look for so please post a comment if you ever see me miss a good find.

In other news I do believe I will be able to start getting together some rolls to give away soon. Remember that you will need to be a member of my World Community Grid team to be able to participate in these giveaways.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Four More Wheat Pennies I Found

I haven't had a lot of time to do any coin roll hunting lately so this is just going to be for seven dollars worth of pennies I went through the other day. This will be a short post as I'm working on a lot of blog projects lately and my time is spread pretty thin on my days off from work. I didn't get a pic of the rolls I went through as proof but I posted an image of the front of these wheat pennies below. In this hunt I found a 1941 and a 1942D as well as a 1952D and a 1958D. This was a pretty good haul for only going through fourteen rolls of coins. I don't know why I'm having such a hard time making scans of these coins. It always seems to cut off a portion of each coin no matter where I place them on scanner. Anyone else ever have this problem with your machine? I know mine is about three years old but I would think this shouldn't be an issue.

I also picked up another box of pennies that I am going through right after I write this post up. Wish me luck, I'll try to get the result up within the next two days.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Another Hundred Dollar Box Of Nickles But No Silver Score This Time

I just finished going through another full box of nickles from the bank. This was an above average box but there were no silvers this time so I'm going to keep this post short. I did fink a 1942 nickle in this but it didn't have a mint mark so no cigar on finding some silver. There was a total of seventeen nickles from the 1940s and fourteen nickles from the 1950s which is kind of strange, because normally you will find more newer nickles than older ones in a box. I won't complain though, by date the nickles from the forties are worth more anyway.

I'm going to try and start going through two boxes of nickles for each post I do on this blog to insure that I almost always find silver. I think it will make things more interesting since the only thing I'm keeping a total of when it comes to my nickles is how much silver I find.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Two 1945 Silver War Nickles I Found Coin Roll Hunting This Week

Today I went through another great box of nickles while coin roll hunting. This was the second best full box of nickles I have went through to day. I found two 1945 silver war nickles and they are in great shape. These are probably the best looking silver war nickles I've ever pulled. I didn't bother posting a picture of the hundred dollar bank box I pulled them from, I'm going to stop doing that on every post. I don't think there is any real need for it more than once out of every three or four posts as you can see I'm finding real coins by the scans I take of them. In addition to these American WWII coins I also found many pre-1959 coins which are the older dates I focus on when I'm coin roll hunting. Below is an image of the two silver coins I pulled. I scanned both the front and back of these so you can see the condition of them for yourself. One is a 1945P and the other a 1945S. As you can probably tell the scan the Philadelphia nickle looks a little better than the San Francisco mint. Neither looks great but the lettering on both is very sharp and that's why I think these are the best looking examples circulated coins I think I have found so far.

The rest of the nickles are just the older ones I keep for future eBay auctions. I plan on selling some of these very soon. I will make a post about them when I set my first auctions up. There were fifteen nickles from the 1950s and seven from the 1940s. This is actually kind of low for a box that had silver in it. If I keep hitting silver war nickles like this I might start doing two boxes at once.

I have a second full box that I'm going through right now. I'll try to get a post up for that box tomorrow but I should be able to get one up by the weekend at the latest.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Another $25 Box Of Pennies With Really Low Returns

After getting a really low quality box of pennies from my last coin roll hunt I was hoping to hit a good box with some great returns this time but this box turned out to be even worse. It's times like these that I think about giving up on this hobby. I took a pic of this box as soon as I got home. There were a few rolls I had already went through while I was riding the bus home. I like to make the most of my time when I'm using public transportation and coin roll hunting is a great way to do that.

After I finished going through the whole twenty-five dollars worth of pennies I found that I had only got Three wheat pennies from the 40s and three from the 50s. Even though I also found two foreign pennies that are old enough to keep I can't count those as finds so if I got six hits out of fifty coin rolls that comes to less than one out of eight rolls which makes this a really bad box. Here is a pic of all the U.S coins.

The two foreign coins I found were not in the greatest shape but I was able to read the mint dates on both of them. They are 1953 and 1954 Canadian pennies. I posted an image of both sides of them below.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Oldest Wheat Penny I've Found So Far

I didn't have time to pick up a lot of change to work on my coin roll hunting hobby today but I did manage to get ten penny rolls from one of the seven banks I can walk to downtown. I went through all of these and only came up with one coin but it turns out to be the oldest wheat penny I have found so far, at least the oldest one since I started keeping track on this blog. It's kind of strange that I went through this many coins and only got one hit but I guess it's a good one. I'm also surprised at the condition this one is in. It looks really good, it may be that it's been cleaned by a previous owner but I still think it looks like it's in fair condition when you consider that it's almost a hundred years old. The penny is a 1918 with no mint mark and there is an image of both sides of it above. I have to work tomorrow but I will try to post images from the last full boxes of pennies and nickles I went through. Below is the image of the rolled up pennies I picked up today.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I Found Five Wheat Pennies In 40 Coin Rolls

I didn't have time to grab my box of nickles today so I grabbed twenty rolls of pennies from two different banks I usually don't get change from. This was $20 worth of loose rolls I had to go through. There are both good and bad points to going through paper penny rolls. The bad thing is that you could strike out as many of these rolls are brought in by customers that go through their change and keep any rare or old coins they find.However, the best hunts I have had were from random rolls like these. One time I got just twenty rolls from one bank and found seven rolls that were nothing but wheat pennies. Unfortunately this wasn't one of those lucky treasure finds.

Actually I only found five wheat pennies in this whole lot. That means I only got one hit for every eight rolls I went through. This is way under my average of one for every 4 penny rolls. Maybe I'm just having a dry spell or maybe my banks are starting to run low on old coins. It is getting harder to find valuable coins every day as more people are starting to sort their change for older coins they can hold on to. Below is a single scan of what I found. I wasn't going to separate these for multiple images when I only found five coins.

Today we scored a 1949 and a 1949D. We also got a 1952D, 1953D and a 1956D. They all looked pretty good except for the 1949D which had a lot of green oxidation which some people call verdigris. This wasn't bad enough to clean as I am like most collectors and don't want to clean any coin unless it is so bad I can't see the date it was minted. Overall I'm very unsatisfied with this coin roll hunt but you win some and you lose some.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Two Free Wheat Pennies I Recieved For Free From Work

I love when I get these free wheat pennies from one of the guys from work. I'm on the clock and it's kind of like a bonus for doing nothing. On the night I work with this young kid named Kevin he will sometimes give me a wheat penny or two. They always look in really good condition. Honestly I think he cleans them which I've tried to tell him not to do. Maybe he is getting them from a regular customer or something. However he comes across them I'm just glad he gives me a few of them for free. I think he started collecting them when he saw me taking home rolled up coins after work. I explained to him what I was doing and I think he caught the coin collecting bug. I think he's still in high school so if he keeps collecting by the time he gets my age he'll have a large collection of valuable wheat pennies. Below is a scanned image of the two free wheat pennies I received. One is from 1936 without a mint mark and the other is a 1957 Denver coin.

I have more rolled up change to go through tomorrow. I hope to have some interesting finds to share with you all.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Twelve Wheat Pennies I Found In A Box Of Coins From The Bank

So I jumped on the bus to cash some checks last week and I also had my big bag of change to drop off at one of the banks I use that has a change machine. Unfortunately their machine was out of order and they said they would not have it fixed until later in the day or maybe the next day. So there I am holding a huge bag of pennies, nickles and dimes that probably weighs over forty pounds. I had other things to do that day and I wasn't going to lug that heavy bag of coins to the store and to my other bank. So I ended up standing there at the service table on the other side of my bank and rolled up sixty dollars in nickels so I wouldn't have to carry so much weight with me. It took me over an hour and wasted a lot of time but I really had no choice if I was going to get more coins that day and be able to do my shopping before the last bus runs. Because of this I couldn't get my box of nickles but I did get a box of pennies which is what your looking at now.

After going through this full box of $25 in pennies I found twelve wheat pennies. I tried to line them up in the picture from oldest to newest but my brain just isn't working right, plus I can't see very well so even though I have them lined up on my desk I always seem to get the order wrong by the time I line them up on the scanner. I guess I need to keep taking separate pics of the coins I find from each decade to keep them sorted so I don't keep making these mistakes. Here is a list of what I got. One 1930 and one 1935 with no mint marks. A 1940, 1944D and a 1946. Not bad for some before fifties coins. The rest were a 1950D and two 1952D coins. Then a 1953D, 1954D and 1956D. I believe the last one is a 1954 with no mint mark but I can't be completely sure because the last number is almost worn off. The condition of these old pennies is not that bad and this was more than ten wheat pennies in a box which is not bad. It comes out to about 1 penny in ever 4 rolls which seems about the average you find these days. At least that has been my experience. I'm always satisfied if I find one keeper penny in every four to five rolls I go through. Below is the image of everything I found in this box.

I have lots of loose penny rolls I have gone through in the last week that comes from change I bought at work. I will be putting together blog posts from them and I'll try to get those posted in the next week. I also have some updates I need to do to this blog to make it look nicer. Check out the sidebar to see what I'm doing.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Going Through 8 Penny Rolls From Work In Search Of Old Coins And Wheat Pennies

Tonight was a long tight of work and I was tired as hell after more than eight hours on the clock. I wanted to get home fast and rest but that doesn't mean I don't have enough energy to coin roll hunt. I might be wore out but it doesn't take much effort to open up a few rolls of old coins and look for some wheat pennies. I'm glad that I work at a restaurant that lets me do this. I can get tons of change from the banks in town and in fact I picked up a box of pennies today but I'm saving that for tomorrow and even with the large amount of change I go through I still find myself wanting more.

I think honestly it's becoming an obsession with me, I know how much these old coins are worth and I'm not talking about the value that some website gives them or the red book value. I'm talking about what the market is willing to pay for them. I consider the market to be eBay and i check what lots of rolled pennies and nickles go for all the time. Wheat pennies do go for a fair price, it's not a huge amount of money but it is enough to make coin roll hunting worth your time if you do it as a hobby. I plan on doing a post about selling rolled coin lots on eBay soon but this will be a huge post and I'm not willing to dedicate the large amount of time it will take to write that article just yet.

I went through these rolls as soon as I got home. I only found two wheat pennies in them but that is not bad for four dollars worth of pennies. One is from 1946 and the other is a 1947. Neither one of these wheat pennies has a mint mark. These old coins are fairly common dates and are in average condition for what I normally pull from my rolls so nothing extraordinary this time.

I still haven't found any really old coins. I'm hoping to find and Indian head penny or a flying eagle. I've only been able to pick up coins like that through buying them online but I've seen videos of people pulling them out of random rolls so I'm hopeful I will see at least one Indian head penny pop up soon. I have another full box of pennies sitting in front of me as I type up this post. I'll be going through them tonight so lets hope I find some good copper coins.