If you’re new to roll searching, you probably have questions such as “Can you still get rolls of coins to look through?” and “What denomination of coins should I get first?” Our expert roll-searcher has answers.
Better ask at the bank because you’re not likely to find an Eisenhower dollar in general circulation
Are you all ready to start a new year? Columnist O'Rourke is. He's already decided that in 2017 he's not wasting any time or effort on some easily breakable New Year’s resolutions, like having two fewer cups of coffee each day, or trying to exercise in order to lose another five pounds. Actually, he would much rather spend any extra time he finds during 2017 making...
Every once in awhile, the author likes to remind his fellow roll searchers that he looks through rolls of coins for fun and not for any potential profit. Whether a coin has value or not, if it is fun, it will land in his collection.
Who would think that there could be something controversial about the simple act of searching through rolls of coins in order to find collectibles? By way of parodying the opening phrase of a soliloquy in the “Nunnery Scene” of William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, a reader ponders “Circulated or Uncirculated? That is the question.”
Almost every time author O’Rourke steps outside his front door, he is greeted by cardinals and blue jays that come right to him if he calls them. The local crows also fly to where he stands, just to say hello. And on those days when he mows the lawn, the black vultures begin circling overhead. He wonders what they may be thinking as they land on his roof, but they...
Earlier this month, my van needed to receive its 100,000-mile scheduled maintenance. Knowing ahead of time that I would be waiting quite a few hours for the work to be completed, I brought my own reading material to keep myself occupied. To that end, I had my June 2016 monthly edition of Coin World with me.
The thrill of discovering the unexpected, world coins that keep turning up where they would not normally be found, mixed in with U.S. coins, is difficult for O'Rourke to describe, but he finds it a lot of fun and it makes him smile!
A roll of what should have been Kennedy half dollars yields a British substitute. The bronze penny of Elizabeth II is similar in diameter but the color gave it away immediately.
A roll of large-sized dollar coins seems to have “Slipped me a Mickey!”! The “Mickey” of that idiom was a drugged drink, most likely named for the manager and bartender of the Lone Star Saloon and Palm Garden Restaurant. Operating in Chicago from 1896 to 1903, Michael “Mickey” Finn was accused of using knockout drops to incapacitate some of his customers so that...
Searching through rolls of U.S. dimes can produce some truly interesting discoveries.