Nothing is more satisfying than finding older type coins mixed in
with specie of a more recent vintage.
Simply stated: I like old, I like Mint marks and I like the look of
obsolete coinage. It’s different and, in my humble opinion, much more
interesting than today’s money.
Even though I have found hundreds of Indian Head 5-cent coins or
“nickels” in rolls before, I still get a huge kick out of finding any
others that may still be in circulation.
Such was the case when a 1935-S 5-cent piece emerged from a roll.
This particular coin is worn and environmentally damaged yet the
remaining design details seen beneath a brownish haze of patina are
reasonably strong. The representation of the bison on the reverse is
still able to offer us the vision of strength that I feel was intended
to be shown when James Earle Fraser designed the coin. This is not a
rare coin as more than 10 million were struck, but it was still fun to
have it fall out of a roll.
What could be better?
So now, what could be better than the discovery of an old “Buffalo nickel”?
I also found Indian Head cents dated 1884 and 1904 in a roll of
otherwise normal, more recently dated Lincoln cents.
I was actually able to place these two pieces in the yet unfilled
openings of a coin folder designed to display Flying Eagle and Indian
While it may not seem like much, I now have 36 differently dated
coins in that folder. Since all of the following coins have been found
in bank rolls during the last 10 or 12 years, I thought it might be
fun to list them by their dates.
Including Flying Eagle cents, the 36 different dates represented in
the album are:
- 1858 Large Letters.
- 1858 Small Letters.
- 1859, 1863, and an 1864 (bronze, with 180 degree rotated
- 1864 (designer’s initial L).
- One each dated
1865, 1866, 1870, 1882, 1883, 1884.
- An 1886 (Last Feather
between C and A of AMERICA).
- One each of these dates:
1887, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897,
1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908,
While the previously listed dates are not particularly rare, some
are scarce, and at least one, the 1864 with the rotated die, is a
really neat error coin. In any case, adding them all to my “Found In
Rolls” collection at a cost of one cent each added to the fun of their discoveries.