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Vending Machine Finds

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 Posted 03/22/2013  10:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CanadianCollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I figured this out in high school when I accidentally put a nice looking breast cancer quarter I was saving in the machine and got a normal one back. I did eventually get it to give back my breast cancer one though.
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 Posted 03/29/2013  8:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 1967Canadapenny to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Lol, today I did some vending machine roll hunting, I put a nickel in the machine then hit the change button again, I did this maybe 30 times, and I was getting bored so I wasn't really looking intently at the coins that came out of the machine. So I put a coin that I had briefly looked over it and but it into the machine again, and clunk... it fell into the change slot again, I looked at it again, and I was flabbergasted to see a large p mintmark over Monticello I'm quite happy It turned out to be a 1944p
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 Posted 03/29/2013  9:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nalaberong to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Today I turned $1.50 into a Quebec quarter and five 1999/2000 issues. I'm still waiting to get my silver out of one of these things :U

And I have finally found a couple of diabolical machines that do not return coins or make change until you've purchased something! Usually they'll be newer - be cautious of anything with a bill slot or a credit card reader. Most are safe, but some are not, so always start with a couple of nickels you won't miss.
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 Posted 04/13/2013  10:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add wilhelm von Osterreich to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
i go to a high school with a lot of vending machines, cant wait to find a silve quarter,gonna have to do it a thousand times though,MUAHAHAHAHA!
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 Posted 04/14/2013  11:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Gothic Florin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's also a good way to get change when you need to put $5 in quarters into the parking meter at the beach - find a vending machine and feed dollar bills into it. Most of the merchants by the beach won't give out change, and I usually forget to bring enough with me.
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 Posted 08/17/2017  7:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 2DollarCirculator to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not to resurrect an old thread, but this seems to be the official "vending machine finds" thread, and I have quite a fun story to share.

On my way back from the discount Amish grocery store today, I was driving through a small and sleepy farm town that I have driven through a hundred times before. Something caught my eye, a circa 1980s RC Cola Vending Machine in front of a laundromat. The thought crossed my mind that if this machine still works I might be able to find some pretty cool coins. With a pocket full of change I approached the machine and was excited to see that it was still operating (although it was filled with coke products). I inserted some quarters and pulled on the coin return lever, and the machine ate my coins! I disappointingly bought a root beer, and proceeded back to my car.

As I was starting to drive out of the town a much newer Pepsi machine in front of a auto shop caught my eye. I had an itch to coin hunt, and I decided to pull over once more and give this new machine a try. I started by entering quarters and on my first few tries I received some pretty heavily circulated State Quarters and a couple of worn down Washington quarters. Then I got lucky, and got a nice AU Bicentennial Quarter! A few more tries later I got yet another Bicentennial, followed by yet another (very worn) Bicentennial.



After exchanging a decent number of quarters, I decided to try my luck with some nickels. On my very first try I struck silver! A 1945-P nickel! After quite a few heavily worn clad pieces, I was shocked to also get a 1943-P nickel. I am still trying to process my amazement and excitement at getting two silver coins from a Pepsi machine, when I CRH I rarely ever find silver nickels, and in the span of 15 minutes I found two. I doubt I will ever get this lucky again.



I just wanted to share my finds and resurrect this thread in case anyone else would like to share their finds. I am now hooked, and want to get back out to try some more machines ASAP, though I doubt I will have the same luck again.
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 Posted 08/17/2017  9:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hhb to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Excellent...I have never thought about doing this, but the next time I see a vending machine I'll have to give it a try...I got an entire roll of %40 Kennedys at the bank today so now is the time to try I guess.
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 Posted 08/20/2017  2:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 2DollarCirculator to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I tried a Pepsi machine at the grocery store today and got some high grade America the Beautiful Quarters, but no silver this go around.

I will be going on a trip to Iowa on Tuesday, and hope to hit some vending machines along the way. :)
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 Posted 08/20/2017  10:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I tried a Pepsi machine at the grocery store today and got some high grade America the Beautiful Quarters, but no silver this go around.
At least you found something worth mentioning.

Good luck on your trip.
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 Posted 08/24/2017  4:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Didn't see this thread the first time around.

I have done this a few times in a few places, but more often than not the machine will "eat" a quarter or two when I hit the return button, evaporating any incentive to continue pressing on. I did find a few UNC ATB and territory quarters, though.

More recently, I actually used a vending machine to transfer a whole bag of nickels into quarters; some older machines "forget" how you paid, meaning if you feed in 20 nickels and hit return, you get 4 quarters until there are no more quarters left. 4 trips a day at work, and I was able to refill my flat tire/emergency quarter stash in my glove box! My main machine ran out, so I moved over to the next one, and that a put out 20 BU 2017 nickels for me.
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 Posted 08/24/2017  4:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add WheatBackPenny to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The only interesting things I have gotten from a vending machine were some BU 2017 quarters.
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 Posted 08/27/2017  8:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CollectionMaster to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I was just on vacation, and saw many vending machines. I found a 2015-P Kisatchie ATB Quarter and 2017-P Nickel, both hole fillers, and a 2009-P Guam Statehood Quarter. However, I ended up losing about $2 to other vending machines because they had faulty return buttons.
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 Posted 08/28/2017  2:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I was just on vacation, and saw many vending machines. I found a 2015-P Kisatchie ATB Quarter and 2017-P Nickel, both hole fillers, and a 2009-P Guam Statehood Quarter.
Excellent!

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However, I ended up losing about $2 to other vending machines because they had faulty return buttons.
Ouch.
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 Posted 12/27/2017  7:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Pancake to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
a Pepsi Machine at Regions Banks a founds 1944P Silver War Nickels and 1954D Old Jefferson nickels.




HAPPY HUNTING!
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