A recent conversation with an active roll searcher reminded me that I
should occasionally take the opportunity to point something out. The
fact is that what he described as his method of looking through cent
rolls threw me for a little bit of a loop.
Simply stated, he told me that he removes the coins from their
wrappers, looks for Wheat cents, replaces what he keeps with “normal
pennies” and then rerolls the coins to bring them back to the bank.
“Was that it?” I wondered.
It turns out that his limited success in finding any “keepers” had
almost driven him into numismatic extinction more than once in the
past and he was again on the brink of giving up.
Understanding his frustration, we talked about his urge to quit our
beloved hobby and move on to something else like modeling ships on the
inside of wine bottles.
While that could be a fascinating endeavor, I explained to him that
there could be much more to roll searching than looking for Lincoln,
Wheat cents, if he was willing to expand his horizons to include other
areas of numismatics in the pursuit of his hobby.
Temporarily excusing myself from my friend’s presence, I retrieved a
three-ring binder, full of fun finds and quickly returned. I placed
the binder in front of him so that he could examine it at his leisure
but he wasted no time in opening it.
Each page in the binder displayed 20 coins in cardboard 2-inch by
2-inch holders, thus allowing the binder’s contents to be organized
into sections. I had divided the pages to exhibit error coins, die
varieties and tokens, all of which I found in rolls. I had his attention!
Included within the error section were coins struck on incomplete
planchets, cuds, off-center strikes, and several cents struck through
die caps. Die varieties included doubled dies, tripled dies,
quadrupled dies, repunched Mint marks and over Mint marks coins.
Tokens included “Good For,” transportation, casino and arcade pieces.
I kept his attention!
Added to the binder was this month’s featured find! It is an arcade
token manufactured by The Hoffman Mint in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The HM
Mint mark is visible just above KISSIMMEE, FL. Struck in bronze, this
token has a diameter slightly larger than that of U.S. quarter dollar.
This token is for use at the Fun Spot Jr. arcade in Kissimmee, which
is affiliated with Fun Spot Amusements in Orlando and Kissimmee.
The point, of course, is that there is more to look for than meets
the eye as you search through rolls. Errors, die varieties and tokens
are but a few of the possibilities!