Counting Your Change...

Discussion in 'The Observation Bar' started by LizzieMaine, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. That was a thumb in the eye for Independence Day. They are still trying to get over on us. :p
     
  2. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Last night's takings at work included a real rarity -- a Series 1957 one-dollar Silver Certificate. Silver certs, which obligated the U. S. Government to "pay to the bearer on demand one dollar in silver" were the only type of one dollar bill in circulation prior to 1963, but had largely vanished from circulation by the end of the sixties. This is the first one I've seen turn up in a very, very long time -- likely somebody robbed it out of grandma's cookie jar.
     
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  3. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend I'll Lock Up

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    That's interesting! Now, I have to read about. :)
     
  4. LizzieMaine

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    Just intercepted the shiniest, nicest 1943 steel penny I've ever seen in circulation, which somebody passed off as a dime at the concession stand. I used to get these in change every now and then, but they were always dirty, corroded, or rusty. This one looks like it just came out of a fresh roll, which it most likely did. It certainly hasn't been circulating for seventy-three years.
     
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  5. 2jakes

    2jakes I'll Lock Up

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    Great fine.
    A 1943 P Lincoln Wheat, steel penny, from sealed bank roll is going
    for $9.99 on feebay.
     
  6. Stanley Doble

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    Unless they changed the law that silver certificate entitles you to $1 worth of silver at the official price of $1.29 an ounce, less than 1/10 what it sells for today. But I have a feeling they have changed the law since the sixties.
     
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    If not too much of a hassle, would you mind positing a picture as it would be cool to see it?
     
  8. VintageEveryday

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    I found a coin from Barbados once in an NYC metro card machine. And the odest coin I've ever seen in circulation was a grungy 1883 Liberty "no cents" nickel. She found it on the street by her usual diner a few years ago.
     
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    Recent coin show find. Instead of the normal reeded edge this year's has a smooth edge and "30th Anniversary" engraved on it.

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  11. tonyb

    tonyb I'll Lock Up

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    I happen to have a Series 1957 B Silver Certificate myself. And a pair of Series 1934 C 20-buck Federal Reserve Notes.

    These bills all came my way in "regular" transactions in relatively recent years, an indication that they were likely put back into circulation through nefarious and/or desperate actions. Paper money just doesn't last THAT long.
     
  12. LizzieMaine

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    A trip to the grocery store yielded my lunch and a 1918 penny. It's more worn than the one in my childhood Whitman penny folder, but an additional 45 years of circulation will do that to you. I'm also more worn than I was then.
     
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  13. F. J.

    F. J. One of the Regulars

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    A coworker had gotten a silver certificate and gave it to me to-day, knowing I like old stuff. Series 1935E. I suspect a similar origin.

    Nope; they changed it in the sixties. Silver certificates haven’t been redeemable for silver since mid-1968. You can still spend ’em, though (but I’m not sure why you would).
     
  14. David Conwill

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    I received a silver 1942 nickel in change once. I think it was worth more than the item I purchased.
     
  15. LizzieMaine

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    I used to hate getting those as a kid -- they were always dirty and greasy compared to the regular nickels.
     
  16. Fading Fast

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    That does not seem Lizzie like - you have no fussy, Felix-Ungar-like over-neatness issues. That said, we all have now and had as kids quirks.
     
  17. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    It was more a tactile thing -- they actually felt unpleasantly greasy, like a dirty dish that had been left in the sink too long. I think it's because they have manganese in them as part of the alloy.

    I have a similar problem with the corrosion that develops on modern pennies if you look at them sideways -- I just don't like to handle them.

    On the other hand, I used to like to get nickels that had been circulated to the point of being worn slick. I still have a "V" nickel like this -- it's so worn it looks like a slug, and the feeling of handling it is pleasantly smooth.
     
  18. LizzieMaine

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    A find in tonite's till -- a 1942 Canadian penny. Since pennies are defunct in Canada these days, I imagine you find more of them in Northern New England than you do Canada itself. They're still fairly common in change here, but Canadian coins of George VI haven't been common since the 1970s.
     
  19. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    First silver quarter in several years showed up in the till today -- a bright F-XF 1964. Somebody's been raiding Grandma's stash.
     
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  20. Bruce Wayne

    Bruce Wayne My Mail is Forwarded Here

    I went to count the change in my till the other day & there was an Indian 5 rupee coin.
     

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