Searching through rolls of coins to find hidden treasures seems
like such a simple concept, yet some recent email inquiries to me
indicate that when some of you ask for rolls of coins at your local
banks, the responses on the part of your friendly bank tellers can
vary from a resounding, “No!” to a positive, “Sure, how many would you like?”
To help you become a more seasoned roll searcher or if you are
trying this hobby for the first time, I would like to take a moment to
give you some pointers on the subject of roll-searching etiquette.
Plan by calling ahead first
If you would like to pick up a few rolls of coins the next time
you go to your local bank, call them ahead of your arrival to request
It is important that you never take a teller by surprise with your
request for coins. Behind the scenes, tellers have to do some
paperwork to transfer unneeded coinage to their windows. The transfer
and the resulting paperwork is best done when a teller has a few
minutes during a slow time of the day rather than when you are
standing in front of them with a line of people behind you waiting to
cash their paychecks.
Always keep in mind that while you might think that supplying us
with coins to look through is the job of a bank, it truly is not.
Banks are in business to make money, and we should be extremely
grateful when we are able to get rolls of coins to play with.
Be sure to bring along a bag of some sort so that you can carry
any coins out to your vehicle. I might suggest using an easy to
obtain, nylon shopping bag for carrying your rolled coins. Keep the
bag folded until you need it and never wear a hat or dark glasses as
you enter the bank.
Above all, always be cautious and remain diligent when returning
to your vehicle. Carrying any amount of rolled coins can be hazardous
if any unscrupulous persons are in the area.
Recent finds of cents
This month’s most notable discoveries came as I looked through 200
rolls of cents.
I found a large number of Uncirculated coins dating from 1960
One after another, the gleaming copper-alloy pieces emerged from
within the wrappers.
In all, I was thrilled to have added more than 100 earlier-dated
Lincoln cents that grade Mint State 60 or better to my Found In Rolls collection.
Share your finds with me by using the Submit Question feature at
http://askaboutcoins.comhttp://askaboutcoins.com or do a
web search for Ask About Coins.
Bill O’Rourke is a collector who has spent the past several years
searching coin rolls in
pursuit of his hobby.