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When is a coin find not a coin find?

Searching change for collectible coins is catching.

I’m glad it is true.

It does not always occur in the way we collectors understand it.

I made a run down to my mother’s house over the weekend.

My last visit a couple of weeks ago resulted in my writing about the lack of 2017-dated coins in my change.

It was junk mail to my mother that contained a 2017-D nickel that I wrote about in my May 30 blog.

She had noticed my reaction to the nickel.

I did not realize how much so.

Apparently, she wants to continue to be helpful.

I was handed a cent on this trip.

She said I might be interested in it.

I looked.

It was a 1973-D.

I asked her why she thought I should see it.

Was it because it was copper?

She hadn’t saved anything else dated before 1982, so that turned out not to be it.

She did not remember the changed composition.

Did she think the date was significant?

I asked if 1973 meant anything to her.

It didn’t.

The coin was brown.

It was definitely a circulated example.

It was not a bright shiny new reddish color that would catch the eye.

She became impatient.

Did I want it, or didn’t I?

If I didn’t, I could give it back.

I paused like a deer in headlines.

Here I was, stumped.

I finally gave it back.

She was surprised I did not keep it.

On my return home I kept trying to think of what I might have missed.

Nothing came to mind.

However, I can report that since my last column about circulation finds I have received a 2017-D dime in change.

It was my first.

The fact that the dime beat any 2017-dated cents into my hands is a surprise, but that is part of the appeal of checking change.

Things are predictable until they aren’t.

What are you finding?

Buzz blogger Dave Harper has twice won the Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog and is editor of the weekly newspaper “Numismatic News.”

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3 Responses to When is a coin find not a coin find?

  1. Tim Stroud says:

    I am not even sure about what I just read.

  2. Bob says:

    Found my first 2017 nickel yesterday…it arrived in an envelope from a radical environmental group looking for new members. Their idea did succeed in getting me to open the envelope, but after removing the coin, it went straight into the trash.

    Back in 2009, my grandmother got a solicitation from the March of Dimes that included a dime. It was pretty amazing as it was a 2009-P dime! As you know, they are still quite rare…

  3. Vachon says:

    I was surprised to have gotten both the 2017-P and 2017-D nickels already. Nickels are usually the last denomination I get from the Denver mint and this year it was the first. Back in 2008, I got the Denver-marked cent before I got the Philadelphia one which is, since 2006 when I started keeping notes on these sorts of things, the first and only time that has ever happened for any denomination.

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