Patience pays off with Jefferson 5-cent pieces: Found in Rolls

Roll search yields silver wartime coins
By , Special to Coin World
Published : 02/26/16
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Found in Rolls column from the Marh 14, 2016, Weekly issue of Coin World:

Generally, I shop for all my household groceries on a single trip to my favorite Super-Mart just one time per month, and it usually takes me several hours to navigate my way up and down all of the aisles in search of my canned, plastic wrapped and boxed quarry.

By the time I am done finding every item on my list and loading my cart with food, paper products and pet supplies, I am beat! 

After that, having to spend what seems like an hour standing in the checkout line to pay for my items, I end up being even more exhausted. 

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It often happens that when I finish with that part of the shopping process, I do not feel like voluntarily placing myself in another line at the bank located inside the store.

This time, though, and as an afterthought, I gathered what was left of my strength and waited, and waited and waited in line. Finally when it was my turn in front of a teller, I exchanged a $10 bill for $10 worth of 5-cent coins. It almost didn’t seem worth it, just to pick up five $2 rolls of coins, but I ultimately made some really neat finds.

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The first thing that I noticed as I opened up the first hand-wrapped roll was that many of the coins were minted in the 1980s and remained in excellent condition.

It was as though these coin rolls were minute time capsules that were put away 30 years ago and just forgotten about. The best coin found from the era of the ’80s turned out to be an example of a Proof 1983-S 5-cent coin.

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