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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Library Money

I went to volunteer at Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic today then to the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. They had a couple of movies on hold for me (the first season of The United States of Tara, for one! I can't wait to watch it since I don't have Showtime!). And what did I find? You guessed it. A penny!

This photo is a reenactment. I didn't have my camera handy, so I took this photo when I got home. The penny was tucked almost under a bookcase, tails up). So even though this isn't a "live" shot, it is THE penny.


This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination: 1 penny
Year:  2007
U.S. Mint:  Denver
Condition:  decent shape, a tad dirty
How many coins/bills found to date:  21
How much found money to date:  $.39

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Grapefruit and a Penny

I was out riding my bike and rode through the drive through lane of a bank. Nothing, just a couple of cars in the ATM lane. Then in front of the drive through, I spotted this penny. As you can see, it's in pretty rough shape with the silver showing through in a few places.

This picture is another re-enactment because the first car pulled out of the drive through lane as I stopped to pick up this sucker. Instead of getting hit or causing a small traffic jam by taking a picture, I scooped it up and went on my way.

Later, I rode by a house with a box that read "Free Grapefruit." So, I stopped and bagged up 6 of those suckers. I love free stuff!

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination: 1 penny
Year:  2004
U.S. Mint:  Denver
Condition:  very scratched and dinged with silver showing through
How many coins/bills found to date:  20
How much found money to date:  $.38

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Found a Penny

Went for a walk today with two of my grandkids. Saw some chickens. Smelled some flowering bushes. Picked an orange blossom just to see what it looked like. Watched a waterfall in an overflow reservoir. Found a penny.



This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination: 1 penny
Year:  1974
U.S. Mint:  Denver
Condition:  pretty dirty but okay shape
How many coins/bills found to date:  19
How much found money to date:  $.37

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Guest Blog -- Famous Found Money!

Since I'm having a found money dry spell and my friend Lori, who lives in Maryland, told me about some pretty special found money, I asked her if she wanted to be a guest blogger. She said sure!

So, here's the picture and Lori's great description of this famous found money. Thanks, Lori!


Attached is THE photo showing the found money at Ben's Chili Bowl in SE DC - this is the same Ben's Chili Bowl where Bill Cosby and Obama dine on chili dogs and cheese fries. Now, I was quite surprised to go into the ladies room and find a penny! That's right -  one red cent! I have no idea what story that one penny could tell but decided to leave it there for someone else to enjoy and imagine about. Not sure, either, what it says about the economy but the fact that it was still there gives me some optimism that people aren't counting pennies as they once were!

And if you'd like to read more by Lori, check out her blog, Tales of a Summer with a 91 (Now 93!) Year Old, and Lori's eHow articles. Thanks again, Lori!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Found another penny

Yep, nothing exciting. Walked out of a store, spotted a penny, tails up, picked it up. Ta da.

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination: 1 penny
Year:  2006
U.S. Mint:  Denver
Condition:  kinda dirty, scratched
How many coins/bills found to date:  18
How much found money to date:  $.36

Friday, March 5, 2010

Two Pennies in a Fountain (Hills store)

Today I was in Fountain Hills, Arizona, a fancy, isolated little town at a store, and as I was leaving, I spotted two pennies on the floor by a coin machine. You know, one of those big green clunky contraptions that you pour your money in and something spits out. I have no idea. A sheet of paper to redeem somewhere? Dollar bills? Coins for the change that don't quite add up to a dollar? I don't know. I've never used one.

But I found these two pennies on the floor. Couldn't pour them in? I don't know. But duh. There are some lazy people out there.

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination: 2 pennies
Year:  1978 and 2004
U.S. Mint:  Denver
Condition:  1 average, 1 really dark and dingy
How many coins/bills found to date:  17
How much found money to date:  $.35

Monday, March 1, 2010

Road Burn

Tonight as I was leaving the grocery store parking lot, I spotted a penny out my side car window. I had just backed out of the parking space and a truck was behind me, but that didn't stop my pursuit of the penny. No!

I braked, opened my car door, put the car in park, and leaned out to get the penny. The penny was farther away than I thought and I got road burn on the hand I reached with. It's a memory already. Gone.

So here's the penny. It's seen better days, for sure. Very beat up. Like Abe got in a fight and lost.

This Found Money FACTS:
Denomination: 1 penny
Year:  1977
U.S. Mint:  Denver
Condition:  Beat up, dinged
How many coins/bills found to date:  15
How much found money to date:  $.33

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