Examining coins is like bowling: The more you do it, the better your odds of getting a 'strike'

Found in Rolls column from June 9, 2014, issue of Coin World
By , Special to Coin World
Published : 05/28/14
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I must admit that searching through rolls of coins is an obsession that I can’t give up. 

I am sure that I examine more rolls of cents than just about anyone else that I’ve ever heard of. 

Every week, I usually look through at least three boxes with 5,000 cents each, so I can easily approximate the number of cents that I’ve searched through during the last 15 years. 

I choose that decade-and-a-half period of time as it has been about 15 years since the first “Found In Rolls” column was published in Coin World. 

Millions of coins

The number of cents that I’ve examined during that time frame is upwards of 11.7 million. 

Whew, that’s a lot of “pennies”! (For the purists out there, I know that they are cents.) 

You might ask me why the number of cents examined is an important fact to mention, and I would answer with one word: Perspective. 

I occasionally get an email in which the writer asks how it is possible to find so many neat coins in rolls while some other people might feel that roll searching is a dead aspect of the coin collecting hobby. 

Nothing left to find?

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