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Must Have Been the Drive-Through
July 06, 2010

I guess I haven’t been paying close enough attention to my pocket change lately.

Over the Fourth of July weekend I cleaned out the coin tray in my car in preparation for cleaning it up a bit. I didn’t think much of the process until I noticed that two of the dimes happened to be 2009-D.

They won’t make me rich, but it is certainly nice to find coins in change that have been scarce and that are trading on eBay for three or four times face value in roll quantities.

The Philadelphia Mint struck fewer than 100 million of them. The Denver Mint recorded fewer than 50 million.

With numbers like that, it is no wonder that the coins have been hard to find.

I assume that I got them on one of my automobile journeys around the area. I certainly don’t think they came into my hands in Iola.

As with all circulation finds, this proves that with patience, new coins eventually do find their way into commercial channels.

The only other interesting coin in the handful was a VF-XF 1970-S cent. Considering the wear, it would appear it has done its duty to the economy and was not set aside 40 years ago by a collector as excited about “S” mintmarks as I was back then.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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