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29 Jan 2015

Coin Roll Hunting

Coins-United States | CMCC


When I was relatively new to coin collecting, I came up with the idea of roll hunting, and started with $20 in pennies. I found 10 wheat cents and a few canadians, which inspired me to do more roll hunting.

I have no idea of how it happened, but in about one month I had $100 for roll hunting. I finally got my first box of nickels, in which I found one Buffalo Nickel and 2 1943-P War Nickels, including my best ever War Nickel. I rolled all 2000 coins up again to bring them to the bank in dimes. This time I found a clad 1968 Canadian Dime and a VF-20 1948 Roosevelt Dime. I was very happy, and got another $100 in dimes, but this time I did not even turn up a canadian dime.

I decided to stick with nickels, because there was Silver, Buffalo's, Rare Dates, San Francisco's, and maybe even a V Nickel somewhere in the bank.

I finally found that nickel: An AG-3+ 1903 Liberty Head Nickel; I also found a buffalo nickel and a 1939: A Trifecta!!! I wish I had found a War Nickel, because I would've had the Grand Slam!!! I have searched about $200 in pennies and about $4000 in nickels: 100,000 coins!!! I have found 20 war nickels, 10 buffalo's, 1 V Nickel, 400 wheat cents, and a few more coins.

I have heard of amazing finds being found like 1880's Indian Heads, 1800's V Nickels, and Dated 1910's Buffalo Nickels!!! I haven't found anything that amazing, but I do have I really good find!

Enjoy Coin Collecting and Happy Hunting Everyone!!!

Comments

user_7579

Level 4

I also have always found more old dates when searching nickels.

CoinLady

Level 6

Nickels are well worth searching, as you know. Most people don't give them a second look, & probably don't know of the silver War nickels. And a Liberty nickel!

user_7180

Level 5

The excitement of what you might find is what drives each of us to roll hunt.

Mike

Level 7

I have the set in AU and MS except one 1885. It's ever expensive and most in very bad shape. I won't put it in my book.

ShriekenGriffon

Level 5

yep, cents and nickels are the best for crh! I haven't searched many rolls, but i hav found 1 wheat cent so far, a copper canada cent from '64, and three nickels that fill my 1939-1961 album!

numi613

Level 4

I haven't searched roles for a long time but after reading this I became re inspired and got $60 in nickels from the bank. While I didn't find anything major I found alot of late 40's 50's and early 60's. The oldest one I found was a 1940.

numi613

Level 4

Amazing. I wonder, has that nickel been in circulation for 112 years straight? Thats a very long time; imagine, when that coin was minted the civil war had only ended about 40 years previously!!

Fugio1787

Level 4

Interesting article on searching rolls. It is fun to simply undercover interesting coins with no real expenditure. I have had two somehwat similar pursuits. Years ago I started tossing Jefferson nickels from the 1930s and 1940s into a cigar box. I even had family members saving them for me. Today, of course, you rarely find them in circulation, but I still sometimes do and add it to my box. The other modest collecting practice that I have followed is to save Washington quarters from the 1960s. Why? Probably simply nostaglia. I have a huge box of these, all from circulation and many of which I acquired in the 1980s and 1990s. But even today I usually find three or four a month. My wife also checks for me. I can relate to your roll hunting.

CMCC

Level 5

1940's nickels are actually not very rare, like 1 out of 50, and 1939's are usually found 1 or 2 per box.

Peter

Level 4

Great find!

Kepi

Level 6

Good finds! It's really fun roll searching! : )

user_9998

Level 5

Great job!

Longstrider

Level 6

I love coin roll hunting. I gave up on silver and search $25 bank boxes of cents. You never know what you are going to find! You have some nice finds now. Good luck!!

CMCC

Level 5

Dimes, Quarters and Halves aren't worth silver searching, but nickels are.

You have gotten some great finds!

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