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Coin Finds: War nickels and a Buffalo

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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I wanted to share some finds from roll searches at the bank. I buy about $20 a week in nickels from a bank in the area to search through. Here are some recent finds:

• Silver war nickels (1942-1945).
• Several 1938-1939 dated nickels.
• A 1936 Buffalo nickel. (My first Buffalo find in rolls.)
• Many other Jefferson dates found were in the 1940s-1950s range.

It is nice you can still find many of these oldies at face value, even after so many years of being in circulation. I encourage my fellow collectors to continue to post their finds in this “Coin Finds” column.

Washington State

While ordering lunch one day I received three Lincoln cents in change. They were placed in my hand obverse up, and all were blazing red uncirculated. My first thought was “nice new cents.” Yet, as I glanced at them, one looked very different from the rest. I noticed that it had a much higher relief than the other two.

After taking a closer look, I found it to be a red uncirculated 1973-S business strike. The other two cents were red uncirculated 2016 cents. They looked very flat compared to the 1973-S cent.

Although I was pleased to have received a 44-year-old red uncirculated coin in change, I was amazed that its higher relief stood out as much as it did. The 1973-S cent looked like a true work of art. The 2016 cents were much less impressive.

David S.
Westbury, N.Y.

My favorite U.S. find was in a foreign coin box at a local dealer for 25 cents a coin. I found a nice U.S. two-cent coin that is in my display of obsolete U.S. coins.

David Elliot
Address withheld

Recently I received three 2017 cents in change at the local McDonald’s. To my surprise, the cents had a “P” mintmark. I never saw that coming.

LeRoy Claiborne
Woodbridge, Va.

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