Found in Rolls column from Feb. 13, 2017, issue of
I’ve recently entered the world of those individuals involved with
Twitter, of course has become one of the most popular forms of social
communication on the internet. A “tweet,” once an onomatopoetically
used word to indicate one syllable of a sound uttered by an American
goldfinch, is now the term used as a verb or noun to label a message
sent or received on Twitter.
A tweet that I received from a new follower posed some very
interesting questions. A follower, BTW (By The Way) is a person that
basically signs on to see any messages that I post to my Twitter page.
The questions were: “Can you still get rolls of coins to look
through?” and “What denomination of coins should I get first?”
The answer to the first question was an easy one to provide: Yes!
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You can still get rolls of coins at almost any bank or credit union.
You simply have to ask for them and if the bank has them available,
they are usually happy to provide them for you.
The second question required a more complicated answer. A good deal
of roll searching success is dependent upon knowing what to look for
as you examine the contents of each roll of coins. If you are only
looking through rolls of cents to find a few Wheat cents now and then,
the likelihood is that you will quickly get pretty bored. If, on the
other hand, you include finding die varieties or errors among your
goals, your efforts may be more rewarding.
If you want to find silver coins in rolls, you would do better by
trying to get half dollar coins to search through rather than quarter
dollars or dimes. Even today, it is more common while roll searching
to find silver composition halves than it is to find silver coins of
The unexpected can also be discovered in a roll! Found between two
half dollars in a hand wrapped roll was this elongated cent. Pressed
on a copper-plated zinc Lincoln cent, this souvenir is the result of
the coin being squeezed between rollers in a machine designed to
produce this effect. Featuring an image of Dr. Seuss’ “Cat in a Hat”
as the central device, the words “Universal Studios” and “Islands of
Adventure” are seen above and below the image.
Depending upon your collecting interests, you can decide what
denomination of coins you would like to search through. Let me know
what turns up as you search through rolls! You can email me at email@example.com or tweet me @foundinrollscw.