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.
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As a kid growing up in the 1980’s I avidly read Coins magazine and Coin Finds was always my favorite column. Unfortunately, as a kid unable to afford more than a roll or two of pennies from the bank, CRH never proved to be very fruitful. Now as an adult, I re-discovered CRH and wanted to share my experiences hunting my first two boxes of rolled pennies. My first box yielded a good assortment of Canadian pennies (not surprisingly) but my wheat cent haul was satisfying- 18 in all, mostly 40s and 50s but one 1937! I’m only halfway through my second box and have found 9 thus far, one of which was a 1934 and not one, but TWO 1919s! What a surprise and what are the odds of not only finding something from the teens in the box but finding two of the same date!
Hollis Center, ME
When I go to the bank to make a deposit, my custom is to get a small amount of cash back in coins. This last time I requested half dollars. The teller produced two rolls, one wrapped in new paper with the year “1971” written on the side. I could see the coin on the end was indeed dated 1971. The other roll looked older and bore no writing leading me to choose it.
I couldn’t wait to open the roll so I peaked at the end while stopped at a red light. To my surprise, I saw the reverse of a walking liberty half dollar. It was a huge thrill and only the third time in twenty-seven years of collecting and coin hunting I found a Walker in circulation (I am amazed these beauties are still out there). When the light turned green, I focused on driving and headed to the office. Once parked, more good news followed - fifteen of the twenty coins contained silver. A single roll yielded three walkers, two Franklin halves, four 1964 Kennedy halves, and six 40% Kennedy halves ranging from ugly to BU condition.
Keep searching, great finds are still out there. As you can probably tell, I was barely able to contain my excitement.
Mark Vezzola Address withheld
My job takes me often into stores that have a Coinstar machine. I am always sure to check the reject bin every time I am able. In the last two years I found 11 silver dimes and one silver quarter as well as many newer coins. Not long ago, after being in line for at least 20 minutes watch- ing no activity at the Coinstar, I finally walked by and felt like I hit a jackpot. In the reject bin were 25 half dollars. One 1943 walking liberty, one 1963 Franklin, 4 1964 Kennedy, and 19 40% silver 1965 to 1969 Kennedy halves. All except the walker are in AU to UNC. The walker in good. I am certain this will be my best find ever.
I would consider myself to be an aggressive coin roll hunter, getting boxes and rolls of coins quite often, both bank wrapped and customer wrapped rolls. I kept a record for all the coin roll finds for the 2020 calendar year. These are all the finds: 2 rolls U.S. mint wrapped 2006 Kennedy halves; 1 roll U.S. mint wrapped 2015 Kennedy halves; 1roll Ike dollars; 75 40% silver Kennedy halves, 3 walking liberty halves; 13 1964 Kennedy halves; 32 proof and s
mint quarters; 10 proof Kennedy halves; 1 1942 d nickel; 3 liberty nickels; 3 Buffalo nickels; 11 silver Washington quarters; 22 silver Roosevelt dimes; 1 mercury dime; 1 silver Canadian dime; 1 silver war nickel; 1 1987s proof nickel; 12 Kansas state “in god we rust “ error quarters; 5 rolls of wheat pennies; 18 w quarters both 2019, 2020 dates; 1 2009 proof dime; and the best find of the year- 9 rolls of Ben Franklin halves. It was a very productive year.
Dale C. Richards