As a result of a recent windstorm, I had to clean up an area on the
outside of my home that is bordered by some incredibly unruly
Living on the Kitsap peninsula in Washington state, I’ve learned
just how invasive and pervasive these vines can be.
Covered in thorns, they act like a net, catching anything that the
wind tosses in their direction. I was pleasantly surprised as I
cleaned up all manner of windblown debris to discover that along with
the paper towels, plastic soda bottles and the broken pieces of my
neighbor’s Douglas fir tree, there was a dirty, soggy $10 bill stuck
on one of the tendrils of the vine in front of me.
I happily plucked out the sawbuck and checked to see if it was
real. After determining that the bill was genuine, I proceeded to look
through the rest of the blackberry vines to see if more cash was
waiting to be found.
Alas, it was not, and I would have to be happy with the extent of
my new found wealth.
Being a compulsive roll searcher, my thoughts immediately turned
what could be done with the $10 and, of course, I immediately figured
out what the possibilities might be. Let’s see: 20 rolls of cents, or
five rolls of 5-cent coins, or two rolls of dimes, or one roll of
quarter dollars, or one roll of half dollars. You get the idea.
Anyway, using just the $10 discovered in the vines, I cycled my
way through the denominations mentioned, $10 worth at a time. In this
column and my next I’ll share my favorite finds with you!
Found in rolls of cents was a 1943 Lincoln zinc-coated steel cent.
When I find these coins in rolls they are often damaged, but this coin
surprisingly exhibits a pleasing color with no traces of rust and
would easily grade Very Fine 30. Also discovered was a tough-to-find
1955-S cent that would also be graded as a VF-30.
Five rolls of 5-cent coin produced a lightly worn 1944-P Jefferson
copper-silver-manganese 5-cent piece. Having only slight wear visible
on Jefferson’s cheekbone and hair and with only traces of wear on the
reverse, this coin would be graded as About Uncirculated 50. Also
found was a 1956 5-cent coin that would be graded Mint State 63.
Stay tuned for my next column where I will continue with my finds
of dimes, quarter dollars and half dollars.
Share your finds with me. Go to askaboutcoins.com and use the
Submit Question button to send me a message!
Bill O’Rourke is a collector who has spent the past several years
searching coin rolls in
pursuit of his hobby.