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Coin Finds: Luck at the Coinstar Machine

Recently I was lucky to have some luck at the Coinstar machine at the Acme. One trip yielded a 1946 Mercury Dime and a second trip a 1919 Lincoln, both in good condition.


Not bad for a simple stroll to the Coinstar machine.

Name and address withheld

I found my very first 2019 one cent in AU condition (at least). The coin I found was in a “Take-a-Penny-Give-a Penny” dish at a Dunkin Donuts in Berlin, Vermont. My first! It’s a start.

Rod Trower
Barre, Vt.

This is the second time I’ve done this!A few months ago, I stopped by my local bank and cashed my paycheck (I always ask if they have any customer rolled coins). The bank manager that day said he saved a roll of dimes for me. Excited I paid him $5.00 for a roll of Mercs. Nothing special, just nice circulated coins.

Two weeks later, I went back to the bank again to cash my check. I went to the teller that had the initial roll and asked her if she had any more of those dimes I had gotten two weeks before. She produced 22 rolls! I gave her $110.00. I went back the next day and asked her if she might have any more. She produced 22 more rolls and asked if I wanted the four rolls of quarters also. I gave her $150 more. That’s 44 rolls of mixed Roosevelts and mercs and four rolls of pre-65 quarters, $260 total.

Of course I went back the next day and asked again! All she had was 2 flying eagles. I got them too. Oh! OneAG 1916-D dime was hiding in one of the rolls. I must be the winner of the great American coin giveaway!


Earl Bell
Address withheld

In the last year coin roll hunting I have found numerous silver dimes, Mercury and Roosevelt, wartime silver Jefferson nickels, buffalo nickels 1917, 29, 36, 37, silver Canadian dimes 64, and numerous errors.

I’m sending a 1969-S Lincoln in to be verified as a DDO, Ms 65 Rd. I found 72 d and 72 Lincoln DDO last month. Recently I found a 1954D/s in VF 35 Jefferson 49s/s and multiple Jefferson RPMs pre-64.

Yesterday I was graced with a 1953d Lincoln with a planchet weight of 1.8, and diameter of a dime. The width expands from left to right. The condition, sadly (due to poor strike) is G6-G8. I was elated when I found a 39d Jefferson in VF35 due to it being a key date and low mintage.

Roosevelt dimes are overlooked. I’m sending in a 74 counterclash that mirrors the 75 in a book Strike it Rich by Potter and Allen. This year I have come across three more clashes that are obv. and rev. in AU50.

It appears that Jeffersons also are grossly overlooked. The rolls are filled with pre-60 coins (Jefferson). I believe when these coins disappear from circulation the prices will increase. They’re easy to get now but in 10 years that will diminish substantially causing a premium increase. This is why I’m putting away coins in VF35 and higher. I won’t get rich, I just feel that these coins need to be rescued while they are here.

I did find a 1909 Lincoln in F12 and multiple pennies from 1911-1920. I’m surprised they are still available. If the treasury decides to stop minting pennies wheat ears will be available from collections only therefore I still salvage every one I come across unless the condition is poor (G-f12).

Last month I found a 1905 Liberty nickel in f 15. This was a pleasant surprise as it was my first time. This proves that the public is not interested in vintage coins, just those of us in the hobby.

I recently received 28 .40 silver Kennedys from my bank teller. Some were MS 60+ while most were Ef 45-AU55. Asking your teller if he/she has any loose halves is a great idea. Unless they are really busy they’ll show you the coins. If silver, grab them.

Sadly, I have not had much luck with quarters. I did find an uncirculated roll of Arizonas with the extra leaf and all of them were MS 63-66. At the next FUN expo I’ll take them to a specialist in error coins for evaluation. Some collector had brought them to my bank and the teller told me about them. The same occurred with 2004-06 Jefferson nickels and I was able to rescue some nickels in MS 66-68.

Finally, it pays to get friendly with your bank teller. I go to two branches, and they know what I do. I recently bought pizza for the tellers at the branch I frequent the most. They’re super friendly, keep an eye out for me and place my orders for boxes of coins without question. They call me at home when the boxes arrive, instead of me going to check if they’ve arrived.

Having tellers as extra eyes is helpful. Currently they’re looking for the new W mint quarters for me. The plan is to split the profit.

I’ve been collecting for 40 years, mostly just part time for fun until the last three years. I’ve amassed a collection of over 1000 coins. International coins from all over the world are in my collection. Some came from my grandfather during his trips overseas during WWII. I won’t get into the exact types of coins I have but I will say most have been found roll hunting. The high-end coins are from auctions.

Sure, auctions are fun but nothing beats finding a coin in a roll, crossing it off the needs list and moving onto the next coin. It’s good hunting.

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