In the Aug. 13 installment of “Found In Rolls,” I wrote about the
discovery of a $10 bill that was blown by a windstorm into some
blackberry vines beside my home.
Using that “sawbuck” as roll-searching “seed” money, I was able to
obtain 20 rolls of cents, and subsequently, after cashing the cents
back in at my local bank, 10 rolls of 5-cent coins.
Coins of note that were found and written about in that earlier
installment included a 1943 Lincoln zinc-coated steel cent, a 1955-S
Lincoln cent and a high-grade 1944-P Jefferson copper-silver-manganese
As promised, I will now share the coins discovered and taken from
two rolls of dimes, followed by one roll of quarter dollars and then,
finally, one roll of half dollars.
Each of the two rolls of dimes held a hidden treasure. Discovered
in the first roll was a 2009 cent from the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
A round coin measuring 17 millimeters in diameter and with a plain
edge, the obverse bears the coat of arms of the Bahamas together with
the legend COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS, which forms a crown around the
coat of arms. The date is seen below the coat of arms.
On the reverse are images of starfish together with the text 1 CENT.
Found in the second roll, and almost missed, was a very stained
1963 Roosevelt 90 percent silver dime. This dime looked like a very
dirty copper-nickel clad piece and had it not been for the silver
edge, I might have missed this coin altogether.
I have not attempted to remove the material that has coated some
portions of this coin so I have not yet determined what the foreign
matter is, but it appears to be the remnants of some type of adhesive.
Searching through one roll of quarter dollars, I came across a
wonderful example of a 2005-D Minnesota quarter dollar. This coin is a knockout!
Generally speaking, this is a common coin, but in this condition,
it could be a very scarce coin. The surfaces are gorgeous and
prooflike and with minimal contact marks. I would grade this piece as
Mint State 67 prooflike.
Saving the best until last is always a fun thing for me to do, and
a search through one roll of half dollars provided me with a really
A roll of half dollars picked up at an out-of-the-way bank
contained two 90 percent silver pieces. The first was a 1964-D Kennedy
half dollar and the second was this 1955 Franklin half dollar.
The latter coin fit nicely into my collection, and I only need
five more Franklin half dollars to complete a set of coins that have
all been “Found In Rolls.”
Bill O’Rourke is a collector who has spent the past several years
searching coin rolls in pursuit of his hobby.