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Coin Finds: 1800s Seated Liberty makes appearance

We recently asked you, our readers, to share your best numismatic finds with us. Based on the long-running "Coin Finds" column in Coins magazine, which will continue to appear in print, this online version will give additional exposure to the thrill of the hunt.


Send your "Coin Finds" to and we'll get them in.

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The year 2017 was a good year for my collection. I found 367 wheaties and 335 Canadian pennies.

Also, I got 234 “S” pennies, new ones, too. Also got 210 new-like pennies that I keep. I went through 32 bags of $50 in pennies. One I got had $25 and another the lady was going to put the pennies in a CoinStar and I bought them from her. It had $32 of rolled pennies.

I went through $1,857 in a year. I got 17 dimes, one small silver guardian angel piece, four foreign coins, 1996 and 1974 centesimos from Panama, and two Bahamas pennies, 2001 and 2004.

I got one Kennedy facing Lincoln penny. Got eight Indian Head pennies, 1884, 1893, 1896, 1903, 1904 and three 1907. I also got a Wide AM 2000 penny. I also got a 1983-S proof penny.

I got a clad quarter, but I still don’t know how the quarter got in the penny bag.

It has been an interesting year. This “Coin Finds” column is interesting. Please send in your finds to “Coin Finds” to keep it going. Don’t want it to quit printing.

Keep on hunting. I will do my best to get wheaties and anything else from bags of coins.

Daryl Wayne Padgett
Waynesburg, Ky.

Once again I am writing to “Coin Finds.” I have a very good friend my wife and I have known for many years. She works at the local VA hospital where we live. She is a food prep as well as cashier.

Every so often she will come by to visit and give me coins she was able to get in change at the register where she works.

She gave me the following over a course of two or so years: one 1898 Indian Head penny; numerous wheat pennies, oldest 1910; five Mercury dimes, oldest 1934; three silver Roosevelt dimes, and one 1954-D Washington quarter.

The biggest surprise came when she stopped by one day in December. She handed me a silver dime, one of which I have never had any of in all the 50-plus years I have been collecting coins. It was an 1853 Seated Liberty dime, maybe a G-1 grade. I could not believe what I was now holding in my hand.

She has never asked once to be paid back for all the coins she has given me, even though I have tried to do so. This just shows one does not know what will come your way as a coin collector.

Brian Blakeney
Albuquerque, N.M.

I always check my change. One day, coming out of a supermarket, among coins I received were three pennies. One was bright and shiny and was, as expected, a Shield penny. The second was a 1992 Memorial. The third was the surprise, a 1947 wheat reverse in about F-VF. When I find coins of this vintage, I think a lot was going on in the world. It was post-World War II, and I turned three years old.

I always enjoy finding old coins.

Philip Deaugustino
Hemet, Calif.

This is my second letter to “Coin Finds.”

Just before the summer ended, I showed my grandson my just-finished set of state quarters, territories and the national park folder in progress. He was so impressed I got him a set of empty folders, so he started collecting. It didn’t take him a long time to fill the state and territories album from roll-searching. Now he can’t wait for new issues to enter circulation.

This excitement has caused me to get back into the hobby. After showing him some other sets, I found I had 10 holes in a current nickel album, all between 2005-2016. I decided to search nickel rolls to fill them. Ten rolls later ($20), I’m down to just three holes.

Now the reason for this letter. I found a Buffalo nickel in the next-to-last roll. It had crud all over it. With a toothpick, I uncovered the date, 1915. Turning it over and using the same tool, I found a mintmark, “S.” Wow. The value guide lists it at $50 in Good.

John Mainini
Wilmington, Mass.

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