I have what I consider a disappointing coin find. I collect Kennedy half dollars and for the last few years, I have been buying uncirculated rolls.This year I bought my usual two sets and was breaking one set for gifts and resale when I discovered that the reverse of the Denver half was deplorable.The tail feathers, the designer initials and the field in that area were all in deplorable condition.So I looked at my uncirculated set and the half was in similar condition.
Is this the new standard for the Denver mint or am I the only one who noticed or who caught this disappointing condition.
P.S. I sent three sets back and bought one more and all were the same.
Don (last name withheld)
Two years ago I found myself at a small rural bank. As per my usual routine, I asked for any half dollars that they might possess. I had gotten used to finding rarely anything remarkable so imagine my surprise when the first roll they handed me contained a Walking Liberty half dollar ender. I could barely contain my excitement while they handed me more.
This find followed up with more of the kind and Franklins and 40 percent Kennedys. After buying all they had I came out with 21 silver coins! The dates are as follows: 1917-S, 1935, 1941(x2), 1942-P, 1942-S,1943-D, 1944P(x2), 1944-S, 1945, 1945-S, 1952, 1954-D(x3), 1966, 1968-D(x2), & 1969-D(x2). Truly remarkable that a find as amazing as this can still be had today! Just another reason to always be on the lookout. You never know what sort of treasures you’ll come across.
I have been searching coin rolls and pocket change for many years and for the past several months I have enjoyed having my 7-year-old daughter join me as a search partner. She seems to have particularly good luck with rolls and has come across numerous older wheat cents and Jefferson nickels (including a .....), a variety of Canadian coins and even the occasional non-circulating legal tender piece (a later-date presidential dollar.)
However, I was floored in September when she opened a roll of cents from the bank to discover a Benjamin & Herrick Civil War token from 1863! While the token certainly shows evidence of its age, we were delighted to come across what was not only a highly unusual find but also a piece from such an interesting and pivotal time in U.S. history.
The Great American Coin Hunt is in full swing. In change at a CVS, I found a 2019 ATB quarter bearing the big ‘W’ Westpoint mint mark! It showed up in Martinez, California.
My grandson is aware of my lifelong habit of collecting coins. He works at a local convenience store and keeps a sharp eye out for coins or bills that look “out of the ordinary.” He has found several wheats, a few Indians, Buffalos and even Morgan dollars in past years. Naturally, him being a loving grandson, I became the beneficiary of some.
A week ago he spotted an older looking one-dollar bill that turned out to be a series 1935F Blue Seal silver certificate. That in itself is not so rare. Except for the serial number-all ones and sevens-5 sevens and 3 ones in almost perfect radar sequence. Being unsure if it had any numismatic value, I added it to my assortment of paper money.
Here is another great example of why you should check your change. A couple of weeks ago, I found a surprise. Though not a treasure, it is still a delight. It is a one-cent coin from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. On the obverse is an engraved bell and on the reverse is the number “1” with the word “cent” and a Hummingbird perched on the top of the numeral. It is dated 2002 and in XF condition. It is smaller and thinner than our one-cent coin.
Philip C. De Augustino
I was apple picking with my family on a Sunday morning and afterward, we decided to settle down with some cider donuts. I noticed there was a table with a few quarters on it and, being a collector, I went to check them out. I didn’t expect much but to my surprise, one of them was a War in the Pacific quarter and when I turned it over I saw it was a “W” quarter! Six months of searching finally paid off!
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