Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A First for Me! Guess What I Found?

Okay, I won't keep you in suspense. 

Last week I reached into a change tray of a coin machine at the grocery store and found a dime and a penny. 

Big deal, right? Yep, it was a big deal. At least to me because I found my first 1943 steel penny! I'd seen one before but this is the first one I've found.

This photo shows the steel zinc penny sitting on a magnet. During World War II, the United States needed copper for ammunition so they made pennies with steel and zinc. 

Here's a better explanation from Wikipedia:

1943 steel cents are U.S. one-cent coins that were struck in steel due to wartime shortages of copper. The PhiladelphiaDenver, and San Francisco mintseach produced these 1943 Lincoln cents

The unique composition of the coin (low-grade steel coated with zinc, instead of the previously 95%-copper-based bronze composition) has led to various nicknames, such as wartime centsteel war penny, and steelie. The 1943 steel cent features the same Victor David Brenner design for the Lincoln cent which had been in use since 1909.

So, I was thrilled to find one of these somewhat rare coins. They are probably not worth a lot, but I will keep this bad boy. I'm thrilled to have found it!

Have you ever seen or found a 1943 steel war penny?

I also found quite a few more coins (shown in the photo) since I last posted here. In total, I found $3.86! One of those coins was a 1946 nickel!

In case you want to start your own steel penny collection, check them out for yourself. 

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  46 pennies, 3 nickels, 15 dimes, 7 quarters (including a 1943 steel zinc penny and a 1946 nickel!)
Year:  too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:  same
Condition:  shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2018 to Date:  $38.48

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Finding Coins Around Town

Well, it's that time again. It's been a few weeks since I posted and have found $2.15 in coins. 

Not sure why this photo is displayed sideways but you get the picture. 

Just yesterday I found 2 quarters (50 cents!) in a newspaper vending machine change tray. It's so random where the money just waiting to be found hangs out.

Where have you found money lately? Do you roll your change in those coin roll wrappers? I think I might need to get some since my found money jar is too heavy to carry to a change machine!


Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  35 pennies, 3 nickels, 12 dimes, 2 quarters
Year:  too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:  same
Condition:  shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2018 to Date:  $34.62

Friday, June 8, 2018

Found Money Alert! $2.56 Plus a Canadian Penny and a Car Wash Token



So, I have several stacks of coins on my desk and thought it was time to post about what I've found.


Since I last posted here, I've found a whopping $2.56 plus a Canadian penny and a car wash token. Yay! Isn't that a fancy car wash token with the brass center and silver outside? It's probably not brass and it's certainly not silver but it's pretty!

I found the car wash token in a coin machine change tray (where all the rejects go to live). It was there all by itself so I brought it home with me. What I can never understand is why people leave change (actual coins!) in those change trays but some of this money came from such places. Hmmm.

I found a 1941 nickel. I just checked Amazon and woo hoo. Check out how much they're selling one for. 

I just love finding the older coins. I need to sort through my stash and separate out the older ones to see if they're worth anything.

I also found money in all the usual places:  parking lots, floors of stores, drive through lanes, newspaper and water vending machines, and on and on. 

One day I was walking along in a parking lot and I kicked something. I heard it make a tinkling sound. I looked down and it was a penny! I can't believe I missed it but then found it because I kicked it. Go figure!

Have you found any money lately? If so, where did you find it? Anywhere fun or interesting or unusual? Do tell!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  36 pennies, 5 nickels, 7 dimes, 5 quarters, a Canadian penny, and a car wash token
Year:  too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:  same
Condition:  shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2018 to Date:  $32.47

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Lots and Lots of Coins Found - Where Do You Find Money?

Since I last posted a little over 2 weeks ago, I've been finding money right and left. And I love it!

In total I've found $5.29 the past 2 weeks! Just today for example I found a dime in a parking lot (along with several pennies here and there in other parking lots), 2 quarters in a change tray of a newspaper vending machine, a quarter and a penny in a drive through lane. That was 90 cents today alone! 

I also found a Canadian dime. Woo hoo. Love me some foreign coins!

The other day I spotted this dime in a store. It was tucked under the bottom shelf, and I almost missed seeing it. But I saw another coin (a penny) later in the same store in almost the same configuration. I think someone drops the coin and they roll along and land propped up like that against the edge of the wall or shelf.


Where do you find money? Do you ever find money that you almost missed seeing?

Got more money than you can count? Well, here you go!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  59 pennies, 4 nickels, 25 dimes, 8 quarters, a Canadian dime
Year:  too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:  same
Condition:  shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2018 to Date:  $29.91

Monday, May 14, 2018

Found 94 Cents Two Days in a Row (Plus quite a bit more money!)



The past two days I found 94 cents each day. What are the odds? Today I found 2 quarters in a newspaper vending machine coin tray and some more coins in a drive through and on the floor of a store.


I also found quite a bit more money since I last posted. In fact, I found $3.88 total this time. I just love finding money!

I also found a batting token (No Cash Value on the back), but it's cool anyway!

How about you? Have you found any money lately?

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  43 pennies, 6 nickels, 9 dimes, 9 quarters, a batting token
Year:  too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:  same
Condition:  shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2018 to Date:  $24.52

Monday, April 30, 2018

Found Money Update: $2.39 plus a 5 cent Euro coin and a Canadian 1 cent coin

It's the last day of the month so it's time for a status of my found money. Since the last time I posted a few weeks ago, I've found $1.90 plus two foreign coins. I found a 5 cent Euro coin and a Canadian penny.

This takes me over the $20 mark for 2018's found money total. 

How about you? Have you found any money lately?

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  39 pennies, 6 nickels, 12 dimes, 2 quarters, a 5-cent Euro coin, 1 Canadian penny 
Year:  too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:  same
Condition:  shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2018 to Date:  $20.64

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Finding Money... 36 cents just today!

Today I worked a booth at the business expo then I ran some errands. I did look on the ground and floor at the expo but didn't find anything. 

But later at the dollar store I found three dimes! Then later I found a nickel in a drive through lane. The penny? Don't remember but I think in the parking lot. 



In all since I last posted, I've found $1.54! Yay!

Here's what I found:

24 pennies
3 nickels
9 dimes
1 quarter,
a Peter Piper Pizza token
a 2012 1 piso coin from Republika ng Philipinas

I looked up the foreign coin and it's worth $0.019 (less than 2 cents). Here's the info from the Numista website.

But I still like to find foreign money!

Have you found any coins or paper bills lately? I'm itching to find more paper money!

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  24 pennies, 3 nickels, 9 dimes, 1 quarter, a Peter Piper Pizza token, and a 2012 1 piso Phillipines coin 
Year:  too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:  same
Condition:  shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2018 to Date:  $18.25

A First for Me! Guess What I Found?

Okay, I won't keep you in suspense.  Last week I reached into a change tray of a coin machine at the grocery store and found a dime an...