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oober
1000+ Penny Miser Member



USA
1304 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2009 :  20:22:39  Show Profile Send oober a Private Message
Edited to add 1 box of nickels (skunk) 1 box of dimes (1 rosie)


Updated RC 2009 Total:

Total nickels searched: $2,320
30 war nickels.

Total dimes searched: $2,605
27 US dimes.
3 Canadian dimes.

Total 's searched: $ 12,371.50
116 40%.
23 90%.
6 Proofs.
8 NIFCs.

Edited by - oober on 01/07/2009 21:00:28
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Dan52
Penny Collector Member



USA
422 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2009 :  23:20:18  Show Profile Send Dan52 a Private Message
Halves...26 CWRS Totals:

While visiting this town, I went to 6 banks. I had some success. Here's the results out of 26 rolls...

64-5
65-3
66-10
67-7
68-18
69-4

I have a lot better luck with CWRS (Customer Wrapped Rolls) than I do these halves I order from the fed.
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killerken53
Penny Pincher Member



172 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2009 :  14:09:17  Show Profile Send killerken53 a Private Message
Got 2.50 in loose halves from bank teller today, had to control myself when she slid me 2 clad, 2 40%, and a 51D franklin!
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Computer Jones
1000+ Penny Miser Member



USA
1112 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2009 :  16:53:44  Show Profile Send Computer Jones a Private Message
1 box and $130 CWR's:

1 '68D (painted black)

There's profit if you melt things!!
8{>
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Corsair
Penny Hoarding Member



811 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2009 :  17:19:39  Show Profile  Send Corsair a Yahoo! Message Send Corsair a Private Message
2 boxes. Totally skunked.

So long, Realcent 1. Come visit us at Realcent.org!
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oober
1000+ Penny Miser Member



USA
1304 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2009 :  17:41:55  Show Profile Send oober a Private Message
Updated:

Updated RC 2009 Total:

Total nickels searched: $2,320
30 war nickels.

Total dimes searched: $2,605
27 US dimes.
3 Canadian dimes.

Total 's searched: $ 12,764.00
161 40%.
29 90%.
6 Proofs.
8 NIFCs.
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Dan52
Penny Collector Member



USA
422 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2009 :  19:57:22  Show Profile Send Dan52 a Private Message
Last box of halves: skunk
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oober
1000+ Penny Miser Member



USA
1304 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2009 :  20:43:03  Show Profile Send oober a Private Message
Updated RC 2009 Total:

Total nickels searched: $2,320
30 war nickels.

Total dimes searched: $2,605
27 US dimes.
3 Canadian dimes.

Total 's searched: $ 14,264.00
161 40%.
29 90%.
6 Proofs.
8 NIFCs.
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darsemnos
Penny Sorter Member



96 Posts

Posted - 01/09/2009 :  00:12:42  Show Profile Send darsemnos a Private Message
I was thinking about searching some halvess for silver. But it seems like you guys don't get enough to make it worth the time.

So is it worth the time or not? Seems like a big investment of time to get a little silver when your time is worth potentially a lot more than that much silver.
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redneck
1000+ Penny Miser Member



1273 Posts

Posted - 01/09/2009 :  05:24:24  Show Profile Send redneck a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by darsemnos

I was thinking about searching some halvess for silver. But it seems like you guys don't get enough to make it worth the time.

So is it worth the time or not? Seems like a big investment of time to get a little silver when your time is worth potentially a lot more than that much silver.



Working at a paying job will produce a known result. Sorting halves, as one can see, produces mixed results at best. Like you said, it all boils down to what your time is worth.

To others, it's the thrill of the hunt...

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TenBears
1000+ Penny Miser Member



USA
1021 Posts

Posted - 01/09/2009 :  13:48:11  Show Profile Send TenBears a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by darsemnos

I was thinking about searching some halvess for silver. But it seems like you guys don't get enough to make it worth the time.

So is it worth the time or not? Seems like a big investment of time to get a little silver when your time is worth potentially a lot more than that much silver.



Sorting halves will almost never pay for your time. It is a hobby that generally interests those interested in collecting coins in the first place. I enjoy the treasure hunt, plus trying to find nice specimens for collection while watching TV or listening to the radio. However, if my only motivation was to try to make money by finding silver, I would quickly find something else to do. Spending an hour to sort a box just to find one 40%er, or no silver at all as often happens, doesn't make sense if monetary reward is the only goal.

"Rich," the Old Man said dreamily, "is not baying after what you can't have. Rich is having the time to do what you want to do. Rich is a little whiskey to drink and some food to eat and a roof over your head and a fish pole and a boat and a gun and a dollar for a box of shells. Rich is not owing any money to anybody, and not spending what you haven't got." Robert Ruark

there are too wild Indians...
there are too wild Indians...
there are too wild Indians...-----still taunted

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Hirbonzig
Penny Collector Member



USA
451 Posts

Posted - 01/09/2009 :  15:29:59  Show Profile Send Hirbonzig a Private Message
On a whim I got 2 rolls of dimes at our local bank in a supermarket. Not expecting to find a thing, I ended up finding a 1952 Rooselvelt silver dime! Not bad for just 2 rolls. I went back and got 10 more rolls and got skunked.

When you search dimes for silver do you look at each date or just look at the edge of the coins? I started doing the one dime at a time thing and soon got a headache from reading each date. Next bunch of rolls I plan to just edge search, as the silver ones stand out like a sore thumb.
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TenBears
1000+ Penny Miser Member



USA
1021 Posts

Posted - 01/09/2009 :  17:34:45  Show Profile Send TenBears a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Hirbonzig

On a whim I got 2 rolls of dimes at our local bank in a supermarket. Not expecting to find a thing, I ended up finding a 1952 Rooselvelt silver dime! Not bad for just 2 rolls. I went back and got 10 more rolls and got skunked.

When you search dimes for silver do you look at each date or just look at the edge of the coins? I started doing the one dime at a time thing and soon got a headache from reading each date. Next bunch of rolls I plan to just edge search, as the silver ones stand out like a sore thumb.



Non-dirty silver sticks out like a sore thumb. Unfortunately, most of my finds at least have been dirty, and I did not find them in my initial edge checks.

"Rich," the Old Man said dreamily, "is not baying after what you can't have. Rich is having the time to do what you want to do. Rich is a little whiskey to drink and some food to eat and a roof over your head and a fish pole and a boat and a gun and a dollar for a box of shells. Rich is not owing any money to anybody, and not spending what you haven't got." Robert Ruark

there are too wild Indians...
there are too wild Indians...
there are too wild Indians...-----still taunted

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Bluegill
1000+ Penny Miser Member



USA
1964 Posts

Posted - 01/09/2009 :  18:29:44  Show Profile Send Bluegill a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Hirbonzig

On a whim I got 2 rolls of dimes at our local bank in a supermarket. Not expecting to find a thing, I ended up finding a 1952 Rooselvelt silver dime! Not bad for just 2 rolls. I went back and got 10 more rolls and got skunked.

When you search dimes for silver do you look at each date or just look at the edge of the coins? I started doing the one dime at a time thing and soon got a headache from reading each date. Next bunch of rolls I plan to just edge search, as the silver ones stand out like a sore thumb.


I edge check, but use a magnifing glass and good lighting. I have found several I know I would have missed using the naked eye. Those dirty ones can blend right in with the Cu and Ni stripes.

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Bluegill
1000+ Penny Miser Member



USA
1964 Posts

Posted - 01/09/2009 :  18:37:09  Show Profile Send Bluegill a Private Message
Got my box of halves today. 1 solitary 40%.
Searched 3 boxes of dimes and $260 in CWR. 5 Ag, 4 rosies and 1 cdn.


Updated RC 2009 Total:

Total nickels searched: $2,320
30 war nickels.

Total dimes searched: $2,925
32 US dimes.
4 Canadian dimes.

Total 's searched: $ 14,764.00
162 40%.
29 90%.
6 Proofs.
8 NIFCs.

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Corsair
Penny Hoarding Member



811 Posts

Posted - 01/09/2009 :  18:49:11  Show Profile  Send Corsair a Yahoo! Message Send Corsair a Private Message
Another box today, another skunk. I'm going to dimes.

So long, Realcent 1. Come visit us at Realcent.org!
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fb101
Administrator



USA
2856 Posts

Posted - 01/09/2009 :  20:23:59  Show Profile Send fb101 a Private Message
Corsair, don't give up - switch pickup banks!

I got skunked for silver tonight (1 box) but picket up an 82s proof.

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Dan52
Penny Collector Member



USA
422 Posts

Posted - 01/09/2009 :  21:34:22  Show Profile Send Dan52 a Private Message
I almost dumped a 1965 canadian dime (sailboat). Something prompted me to look up the composition and its 80% silver. I now know that there was silver in canadian dimes through 1968.

You must be logged in to see this link.(Canadian_coin)#History_of_Composition
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oober
1000+ Penny Miser Member



USA
1304 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2009 :  11:11:44  Show Profile Send oober a Private Message
Updated to show

Hirb, Corsair, FB101

I also went thru 2 boxes of 1/2's skunkaroonie, I was due I went on a decent run for a bit.


Updated RC 2009 Total:

Total nickels searched: $2,320
30 war nickels.

Total dimes searched: $2,985
31 US dimes.
4 Canadian dimes.

Total 's searched: $ 16,764.00
162 40%.
29 90%.
7 Proofs.
8 NIFCs.
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JerrySpringer
Penny Hoarding Member



669 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2009 :  12:02:32  Show Profile Send JerrySpringer a Private Message
$500 in dimes searched last night/today. I found three silver dimes, all in good shape:

'51 Roosevelt

'57 D "

'44 Mercury


I think this is my second Mercury I found in the wild. My average silver find, based upon these boxes, is one per $170 searched.

Picked up a loose 2007 P Kennedy half yesterday also. I will add that to the total below.



Updated RC 2009 Total:

Total nickels searched: $2,320
30 war nickels.

Total dimes searched: $3,485
34 US dimes.
4 Canadian dimes.

Total 's searched: $ 16,764.50
162 40%.
29 90%.
7 Proofs.
9 NIFCs.
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Loophole29
Penny Sorter Member



78 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2009 :  13:45:08  Show Profile Send Loophole29 a Private Message
Sorted $1000 in halves yesteday

Nothing...

Sorting in Jersey
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TenBears
1000+ Penny Miser Member



USA
1021 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2009 :  13:54:26  Show Profile Send TenBears a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Loophole29

Sorted $1000 in halves yesteday

Nothing...



I'm glad I'm not the only one. Let's be sure and add our skunks to the total searched. This thread should give us a good idea of average wild silver per box by year end.

"Rich," the Old Man said dreamily, "is not baying after what you can't have. Rich is having the time to do what you want to do. Rich is a little whiskey to drink and some food to eat and a roof over your head and a fish pole and a boat and a gun and a dollar for a box of shells. Rich is not owing any money to anybody, and not spending what you haven't got." Robert Ruark

there are too wild Indians...
there are too wild Indians...
there are too wild Indians...-----still taunted

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JerrySpringer
Penny Hoarding Member



669 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2009 :  14:33:54  Show Profile Send JerrySpringer a Private Message
Adding $100 in nickels to search total. No silver found, but I did find my first buffalo of 2009.




Updated RC 2009 Total:

Total nickels searched: $2,420
30 war nickels.

Total dimes searched: $3,485
34 US dimes.
4 Canadian dimes.

Total 's searched: $ 16,764.50
162 40%.
29 90%.
7 Proofs.
9 NIFCs.


I did not add Loophole29's numbers to above.
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Computer Jones
1000+ Penny Miser Member



USA
1112 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2009 :  14:51:38  Show Profile Send Computer Jones a Private Message
$140 in CWR's
SKUNKED
12 rolls were solid '76, not the kind of dump I was hoping for :(

There's profit if you melt things!!
8{>
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JerrySpringer
Penny Hoarding Member



669 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2009 :  15:41:41  Show Profile Send JerrySpringer a Private Message

quote:
12 rolls were solid '76, not the kind of dump I was hoping for :(


That reminds me. I did a drive-by yesterday at a bank branch I have not been at for many weeks. I asked for halves. The teller only had loose ones. As I looked through them, I saw one of them had the faint remnants of what I believe was the very distinctive magic marker writing I used on some halves a few months back to mark them. Now, I can be just wrong and assume that the marked half came to this bank via some local gas station I used halves at. Maybe I dumped a roll of halves with some marked ones there? I do not remember. My gut thought when I saw the marked coin yesterday was that another sorter got my rolls at a dump bank or such and here it was full-circle.

What I will probably do is mark coins separately for either machine bag dump or bank paper-rolled deposit. I already once got back a few of my coins with my mark on them a few weeks back in the Brinks boxes. That is slightly unnerving. My observations are that a few others in my area are searching for halves. I think there is one person who checks daily all the banks along the highway I live near, doing a 30 mile route at least. I can not keep up with that nor do I care to. My wife and I are trying to figure out though how someone who might be ordering many thousands of dollars a week of halves is getting rid of them.

All this searching makes me wish I started years ago. A good number of us might say that. Oh well. I can only guess that this is long-term, steady-as-she-goes thing.
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