Silver U.S. coins, and varieties, can still be found by looking through rolls of coins

Found in Rolls column from the Jan. 12, 2015, issue of Coin World
By , Special to Coin World
Published : 12/24/14
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I am thrilled that I have been able to share my finds with you for 15 years. 

As we enter 2015, I am truly excited to add the following finds to my collection! 

As much fun as I have finding cool coins in rolls, I have even more fun sharing my finds with you! 

You would think that finding silver coins in rolls would be a thing of the past, yet a single roll of what I expected to be all copper-nickel clad Kennedy halves turned out to have several 90 percent silver Franklin half dollars inside it. 

When I opened the hand-wrapped roll of coins I discovered three relatively worn and stained pieces. The coin that was stained the least is the 1951 Franklin half dollar. 

The other two examples half dollars, dated 1952 and 1954, were extremely dark in color. 

I suspect that the coins’ colors were more due to wear and many years of toning and not due to having been buried in soil or having been under water for any length of time. 

I bring that up as I have found silver coins in rolls that have been in by both situations. Those coins have a thick, dark crust on the surface, not simple dark toning or spots such as the coins I discovered this time. 

In any case, silver is silver, and I enjoyed finding these half dollars no matter what they looked like.

I love finding die varieties, too, and my next fun find came to me as I searched through rolls of cent coins. 

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