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 Posted 04/14/2018  5:52 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add scott7721 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
My father-in-law passed back in February, leaving a coin collection, or more accurately a coin accumulation. It was kind of just thrown together in flips, 2x2s, trays, some CP holders, just about anything except an actual album. The exception was a Whitman album of 1946-1964 dimes in a Whitman folder. I didn't know that this lifelong Republican even collected Roosies, which is the only thing I've collected too.

Beyond that, he had bags full of old silver dimes and quarters. After 1964 he simply tossed silver coins into bags whenever he received them in change. Some of them were proofs (LOL!).

I foolishly decided to inventory them by dates rather than just weigh them as junk silver. I didn't bother with mint marks (once I concluded there were no 49-S full torches!), I was just curious how often various dates would show up. There were 981 coins, of which 111 were Mercury dimes that I set aside. Of the 870 Roosie dimes that were left, here was the date frequency:

1964: 274
1963: 58
1962: 57
1961: 43
1960: 39
1959: 29
1958: 23
1957: 38
1956: 22
1955: 2
1954: 32
1953: 41
1952: 34
1951: 26
1950: 24
1949: 5
1948: 27
1947: 37
1946: 59

Strangely enough, that pattern was basically repeated with his bag of 422 quarters, which was 1 Barber, 15 Standing Liberty and 406 Washingtons. (Digression: If Liberty is really "Standing," she's standing on one leg in a T'ai Chi pose; looks like she's walking to me.)

The Washington census included:

1948: 4
1949: 1
1950: 1
1951: 14
1952: 14
1953: 13
1954: 10
1955: 3
1956: 9
1957: 15
1958: 14

So there you go. Collect those 1949s and 1955s!

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 Posted 04/14/2018  6:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mark1959 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I didn't know that this lifelong Republican even collected Roosies


Uh Oh -
Having a sense of humor is the greatest thing God gave you! Have fun using it!

Working on Whitman Large Cent date set album 1793-1857 (56 holes filled of 64 total) now come the "toughies" - yikes!
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 Posted 04/14/2018  6:55 pm  Show Profile   Check Crazyb0's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Crazyb0 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I started "recollecting" after inheriting (sort of, a gift) a mason jar of silver dimes, mostly Roosies like the OP's and a few Mercs. Dimes only, because being a poor dirt farmer his whole life the Grandfather had learned frugality, a trait lost upon these younger generations sadly...quarters were used for the expenses, pennies saved for nite's out and the grandkids (my wife) the dimes he squirreled away until he died unexpectedly in 1960, the last of the dates in the jar. They were big Democrats back then, until they met my father in law, son of an ex-Republican Missouri State Auditor...
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 Posted 04/15/2018  09:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very informative listings. Thank You for sharing them.
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 Posted 04/15/2018  09:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sorry for your loss, scott, but to CCF all the same.

Thanks for sharing your story and findings. inherited coin collections/accumulations are fun to go through.
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