As I searched through 20 rolls of Kennedy half dollars and then two
rolls of small-sized dollar coins, I found myself singing a very
particular song that I learned many years ago while watching a
children’s television show.
The words of the musical composition that are most appropriate to
this month’s roll finds are found at the song’s beginning. The song
starts with the following two phrases. OK, let me clear my throat
before I launch into it. Now, here goes!
“One of these things is not like the other — One of these things
just doesn’t belong.”
Maybe you remember it. Anyway, I will, however, for the sake of this
column, make a slight change to the lyrics. The song should go like
this: “Two of these coins are not like the others — Two of these coins
just do not belong!”
According to my 2014 A Guide Book of United States Coins by
R.S. Yeoman, Kenneth Bressett, senior editor, both of my featured
finds were not issued for circulation. The first, a 1987-D Kennedy
half dollar was only supposed to be “included with Mint and Souvenir sets.”
Of the 2,890,758 pieces reported as being minted, none should be
found in a roll mixed with other normally circulating halves, yet this
truly outstanding-looking coin made an appearance as I opened up and
emptied a roll of half dollars onto my desk. The surfaces of this coin
are prooflike, making it a beautiful example of this issue to add to
my Found in Rolls collection.
My next unusual find caused me to do a double take as I checked the
date. While searching through Sacagawea dollars, it is safe to say
that over time I have seen tens of thousands of the 2000-P coins. In
fact, I almost missed this coin as my first reaction while viewing it
was to think it was just another 2000 piece.
I was somewhat surprised as I examined the date’s final digit more
closely to see that what my brain initially registered as a 0 was
really a 6, making this coin a 2006-P Sacagawea dollar. The P Mint
mark, of course indicates that this coin had its origin at the
Philadelphia Mint. With a reported mintage of 4.9 million pieces, this
coin is toned and definitely shows some signs of circulation. I can
now add this piece to my “just does not belong” collection along with
You may also discover coins that should not be found in regular circulation.
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