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Coin Roll Search Yields Surprises
By Connor Falk, Numismatic News
January 02, 2014

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As a relatively new hire here in the numismatic department at Krause Publications, I’m always excited to read the stories readers send in about interesting coins found in bank rolls. As a coin collector and part-time roll hunter myself, I’ve dug through my fair share of rolls. The recent Viewpoint by Jason Midyette discussing his findings, as well as other reader’s finds, compelled me to take out my largest coin roll order yet.

I ordered two $25 boxes of cents, one $100 box of nickels, 10 rolls of dimes and 10 rolls of quarters from my nearby U.S. Bank office in Stevens Point, Wis. I then picked up 10 rolls of halves and two rolls of dollars from the Associated Bank office in downtown Stevens Point. The total face value was $450, which yielded the following results.

Searching cents yielded the most interesting finds during the search. Besides pulling out well over a thousand copper cents, I recovered 73 wheat cents. The oldest was a 1915-D in AG-G. Two brilliant uncirculated 1958-D wheat cents were also found, still bearing their original red luster.

The universe then had it planned for me that, after remarking to Dave Harper the day before that I had never found a steel cent in circulation, that I would pull three 1943 steel cents out of one box. The highest grade of the three was found at the end of one roll.

One of the other steel cents found was also a counterfeit 1943 copper cent, plated at some point before being tossed into circulation. A magnet test quickly dashed all my hopes of paying off college with that one coin. It will, however, make quite a talking piece in my collection.

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I also found 27 high-grade copper cents from 1959-1981. Five of these were from 1959 and looked as if they were direct from a mint roll. They might have been, actually, when it is considered that 1959 was the first year of the Memorial cent and some people collected rolls of the new cents. The rolls might have been split up and the coins put back into circulation for one reason or another.

As for world coins, only Canada made a showing, with 26 Canadian cents found. One, a high-grade, lustrous 1963 cent made a nice addition to my Canadian collection.

Nickels yielded some similar interesting finds. The oldest found was a 1918 Buffalo nickel in good. Also recovered was a 1939 Jefferson nickel, two silver wartime nickels, three BU 1950s nickels, a 1970 split planchet nickel, a 1988 British 20 pence, and a Canadian 2008 five-cent coin.

Dimes yielded little more than a few curiosities such as a few slightly off center pieces.

With the quarters, I filled up a few holes in my state quarter album and found 11 America the Beautiful quarters, each of a different national park.

Halves had nothing more than a few high-grade Bicentennials and a countermarked 1998 half. While it rarely happens, previous half dollar rolls I have searched have contained silver, both 40 percent and 90 percent.

The two rolls of dollar coins contained plenty of Sacagawea and Presidential dollars, yet no Susan B. Anthony dollars. Numerous holes were filled in my Presidential album, but nothing else.

After all that searching, the results were both what I expected and not what I expected. I had pulled out BU 1959 cents, wheat cents and some other oddities before. I never expected, however, to pull out three steel cents from one box. Nor did I expect to find a Buffalo nickel I could read the date on. It just goes to show that you never know what’s out there. Keep searching, my friends.

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On January 3, 2014 Gary said
Kids and I got $50 of pennies.
(31) wheat
(122) 1982
(903) 1959-1981
few Canada
If my math is right close 21% found is good.Have fun my friends I believe it's worth the time spent with my kids.

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