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.