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The Goal: 25,000 Rolls Of Nickels (All Searchers Welcome!)

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 Posted 02/03/2008  10:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coppernickeldaddy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here it is: THE 1000 ROLL UPDATE!

First of all, here is what was in the last 50 rolls.

50 rolls
16 pre-1959
0 silver nickels
"oddball" finds
1920 Buffalo nickel AG-G (only 20 in date visible)

NOW, the grand summary up to now, including a date-by-date breakdown:

1000 rolls
396 pre-1959
22 silver nickels
"oddballs"
no date buffalo
1920 Buffalo
1927 Buffalo

1938 - 4
1938d- 0
1938s- 1
1939 - 10
1939d- 0
1939s- 0
1940 - 35
1940d- 3
1940s- 3
1941 - 36
1941d- 6
1941s- 5
1942 - 6
1942d- 2
1942P- 1
1942S- 1
1943P- 6
1943D- 0
1943S- 7
1944P- 3
1944D- 0
1944S- 0
1945P- 2
1945D- 1
1945S- 1
1946 - 18
1946d- 5
1946s- 3
1947 - 16
1947d- 2
1947s- 2
1948 - 8
1948d- 3
1948s- 0
1949 - 8
1949d- 7
1949s- 2
1950 - 0
1950d- 0
1951 - 4
1951d- 2
1951s- 0
1952 - 13
1952d- 4
1952s- 4
1953 - 7
1953d- 9
1953s- 0
1954 - 12
1954d- 20
1954s- 3
1955 - 1
1955d- 13
1956 - 10
1956d- 11
1957 - 6
1957d- 29
1958 - 9
1958d- 32

Next full breakdown will be after 2000 rolls; should be in 12-14 days. Check in for daily updates!
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 Posted 02/03/2008  10:56 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GFR3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yay! 1000 Rolls!!

Congratulations on the 1938S! Thats a wonderful find that must have made you, um...poop your pants ;) Your numbers seem to roughly match up with mine. I've been fascinated by your hunt and have been trying to keep up so we can compare data at the end of the year and see if location effects anything (im in NYC). I don't have the exact numbers written down, but I've been through 4 boxs (200 rolls) and I seem to find maybe 35-40 pre-58s per box. I got a 1925 and a dateless Buffalo, 3 Bermudas, 1 bahama, a dozen or so canadains, and a 20 pence I found yesterday. Up to 8 Silvers, so 2 per-box on average. The rarest I've found is a 51-S in Fine condition. I have a 50D I bought a few months back, though I wish I didn't because I kinda like this search and will be trilled to find one in a box.

Keep up the search and good luck!
--Gary
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 Posted 02/03/2008  5:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kceb10 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
man 1000 rolls of nickels is alot, must have taken along time to look through all of them
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 Posted 02/03/2008  10:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mycrob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I was curious why you chose the cutoff of 1958 on back instead of pre-1960 (which would then include 1959). 1959 isn't exactly easy. It is lower mintage than 57, 56, 55 and similar to 51. I my own nickle searching, 59 was very tough, though you can get it from circulation.
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 Posted 02/04/2008  12:30 am  Show Profile   Check XavierOfGreen's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add XavierOfGreen to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
idk 58d's and 59d's are pretty common, congrats on finding more buffalos I plan on going through another thousand in nickels this month myself
Oldest Found-------
Cent: 1842 (from machine) ---- Three Cent: 1866 [Nickel] (from machine)
Nickel: 1883 (from roll) ---- Dime: 1911 (from roll)
Quarter: 1932 (from machine) ---- Half: 1917 (from roll)
Dollar: 1880 (from machine) ---- Foreign: 1863 (from machine)
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 Posted 02/04/2008  6:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coppernickeldaddy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Mycrob, I'm finding that you are right regarding the '59's. I haven't been keeping track of them but there are probably fewer of both 59 and 59d combined than 58d. In hindsight, I should have kept track of them! And, GFR3, you are doing MUCH better with the pre 58's; I'm averaging about 20 per box, with my best box being 30. I'll be posting today's 100 rolls in a minute, but today added a 29S Buffalo in Good (big surprise there!) and my first Bahama. Also, a stunningly gem 1939! Not much value, but as pretty as any '07! No silvers the past three boxes, after I had been geting one in practically every box. Your location might be helping; I'm in KY.

Here are today's results:

100 rolls
43 pre 59
0 silvers
1 Buffalo (1929S)
1 Bahama 5 cents (2000)

Grand Totals up to now:

1100 rolls
448 pre-1959 (five most common: 1940(41),1941(38),1958d(36),1957d(33),1946(23))
22 silver nickels (three most common: 1943S(7),1943P(6),1944P(3)
Buffalo nickels: 4 (dateless,1920,1927,1929s)
Bermuda 5 cents: 2 (1970,1987)
Bahama 5 cents:1 (2000)

1100 down; 23900 to go!!
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 Posted 02/04/2008  6:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coppernickeldaddy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
By the way, XavierOfGreen, what was your major error find?
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 Posted 02/04/2008  10:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mycrob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You are amazing, coppernickel. However, by my calculation, you need to do 2083 rolls per MONTH to get to 25,000 rolls for the year. As much as you are doing and as amazing as it is, I don't see how you can do double what you're doing now (1100 rolls in just over a month). It would take me a week to do a box of $100 in nickels- I don't have a lot of time each night. PHEW, you are amazing to do this many!

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02/04/2008 10:03 pm
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 Posted 02/05/2008  12:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dockwalliper to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
He's done 1100 in just over a week. At that pace he has plenty of time.
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 Posted 02/05/2008  01:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GFR3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yea it has been only a week or so but it certainly seems like its been going on longer. Its quickly become a daily routine for me--get home from work, change, check out what CND found in his nickels today haha

Hope to get another batch Tuesday, thoguh wednesday seems more likely.
--Gary
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 Posted 02/05/2008  03:59 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add chevrolet454ss to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Its looks like you geting there going thru those many boxs of nickels. I did over 1300 face last monlth. I just want to finish my 5 extra 38 thru 61 sets and maybe get some 1913 thru 1938 nickels to work on my set of those. I did an totol of over 10k face last monlth on coins. I am geting burn out and sick of coins.
I cant decide if want try get an bank to ordor me 2000 dollars face on nickels to search or try buy more Half dollar boxs to do becides nickels. I love silver halfs but I need lots nickels to try finish 5 sets.

You guys are right it takes an lot time do nickels big time. My last 8 boxes took me over 4 days. My dump bank thought it strange to dump around 8 boxs worth nickels, 2 boxes of halfs, 1 box of quarters, serval boxes of pennys over 3 days time. Becides nickels I upgrading my other sets at same time.

On my nickel collection I been saving all dates like 1971 thru 1960 stuff to build rolls becides just filling my books and puting all 1940 stuff in box and all 1950 stuff in an box. I dont keep track of if. I do toss all 1964 nickels back into reject box. They not worth keeping.

One other thing if was you I would save every 1982 and 1983 you can get out those boxes to build rolls out them later. I save each one found in there. Reason the prices on those rolls are nuts on ebay. Like 1982 d or p roll thats bu will sell for over 250 dollars on 2 bucks face them. I have seen circulated rolls of them 82 or 83 nickels sell like 40 to 50 bucks before on ebay. I may sell my 82 or 83 nickels to raise money to buy stuff like an 1950d or 1939d or whatever to finish my sets. Its nuts on 1982 or 1983 coins since there no mint sets that year. I also save all au/bu half dollars on those I find becides nickels. I would save all your 1982 and 1983 nickels you find becides selling them back to banks.

Have fun you have an long way to go becides just me trying fill my 5 sets of nickels up from those nickel boxs. I hope I can finish my extra sets this year becides next year.

Chevrolet454ss
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 Posted 02/05/2008  09:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Eagles700LvL to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Chevrolet,

Thanks for the information on the 82 and 83 coins, I'll have to start doing that.

I just bought my first box of nickels over the weekend. Previously I was getting $40 at a time. I went through them and got another box yesterday.

So far...

165 rolls
82 pre-59
2 Buffalo
2 silver
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 Posted 02/05/2008  6:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coppernickeldaddy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi All!

Glad to see this project is generating some "buzz"! I try to do 100 rolls per day every day except for Sunday (occasionally I might even buy four boxes on a Saturday morning and save two for Sunday!). Realistically, I hope to go through 2000 - 2500 per month. Chevrolet, thanks for the info on the 82 and 83's; I'm going to put aside a couple of boxes to pull them. And, I wish I had a "dump" bank I could bring back 8 boxes of nickels at one time to! The folks at the branch I go to the most roll their eyes when they see me coming!

Here are the results of today's 100 rolls; unarguably the worst results of 100 rolls yet!

100 rolls
33 pre-59
0 silver nickels
1 Bermuda 5 cents (1996)

33 is the smallest number I had fould in 100 rolls yet.

GRAND TOTALS TO NOW:

1200 rolls
481 pre-59 (5 most common: 1940(45),1941(40),1957d(38),1958d(37),1946 & 1947(23 each))
22 silver nickels (3 most common: 1943S(7),1943P(6),1944P(3)
4 Buffalo nickels (1 dateless, 1 1920, 1 1927, 1 1929s)
3 Bermuda 5 cents (1970, 1987, 1996 1 of each)
1 Bahamas 5 cents (2000)

NOT YET FOUND: (1938d,1939d,1939s,1944D,1944S,1948s,1950,1950d,1951s,1953s)

I've already picked up two more boxes; will start on them tonight and finish them tomorrow morning. Stay Tuned!
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 Posted 02/05/2008  7:58 pm  Show Profile   Check XavierOfGreen's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add XavierOfGreen to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
here's the major error


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if you see any like these save um
Oldest Found-------
Cent: 1842 (from machine) ---- Three Cent: 1866 [Nickel] (from machine)
Nickel: 1883 (from roll) ---- Dime: 1911 (from roll)
Quarter: 1932 (from machine) ---- Half: 1917 (from roll)
Dollar: 1880 (from machine) ---- Foreign: 1863 (from machine)
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 Posted 02/06/2008  09:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dockwalliper to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd call that a "Cud cap".
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