Dear John (oh oh, a dear John letter),
It's nice to see someone excited and passionate about coins. I imagine it wasn't your intention, but by putting so many posts at once, it appeared you were hijacking the forum, with old, very-limited interest topics.
I went to a coin convention in 1962, at 12 years old (alone, 13 miles by bus and streetcar to downtown Toronto). I loved old coins - and those silver 50 cent and dollars when my clients paid for their newspapers every 2 weeks. I had Whitman
folders for 1 to 25 cents as a teen, Victoria to date then, and started filling holes.
I looked for that 1936 dot cent everyday - it's sure to turn up ! I bought 1964 Zoell 1 cent and 5 cent variety books and checked every coin that went through my hands for the next 40 years. I married young, and with a family, I roll-hunted like crazy from 1970 to the 90's. I kept every coin with any little thing that looked different. I had a corner store and asked the employees to put anything from the till that looked different to the side so I could check it. I also checked coins from and to the bank. Every dealer at that time was saving rolls of everything (incl.60's silver), and all the young collectors like me saved rolls of cents and nickels. I still have too many rolls - over 300 cent rolls 1940-99, plus more than 15,000 loose 37 to date.
So many collectors were roll-hunting and examining cents and nickels (Zoell was big to search by), that most minor varieties were reported within 3-4 years, and we knew through Canadian Coin News reports, coin catalogues, and dealer ads and coin stores.
Doubled 1967 cents were known and easy to find. They were advertised for sale in CCN. They didn't sell because they were easy to find. There were also ads for 1978 errors, so guess who started putting them aside? Double 8, double 78, double 978, double 1978, Spock eyebrow, spitting queen, ridges at nape, throat, nose, forehead, etc., etc..
I put over 300 1978/79 BU cents with different errors/varieties in 2X2's. So many more kept coming that it got ridiculous. I had a thousand or more. I just recently tossed them in with regular rolled cents. Imagine how many more there really are if I could have that many. I still have at least a 100 78/79 DD/minor errors in 2x2's. You can't give them away. I also wouldn't bother to make a new post about a 1978 or 79, I'd find an older one and add on to it.
When newcomers start on the site, if they read the welcome post as requested, they are encouraged to check the previous postings to see if their question, etc. has already been discussed, before starting a new thread about the same thing. Most of the minor errors/ varieties have already been documented and discussed here, some ad nauseum.
I guess we old-timers are jaded. When I checked the site the other day and saw a half a page of JohnWayne007, I rolled my eyes, and skipped all of them. My exact react was "What the hell, someone took over the forum ?". A Western movie came to mind - The Duke walks into the saloon and kicks out everyone playing cards and drinking whiskey, so he can have a sasparilla. Or an action movie, Daniel Craig says, "I'm Bond, James Bond", and no one looks or cares, he's not sophisticated and debonair. A final bad analogy, if any one remembers the character on Saturday Night Live, Stewart, who would always try to attract attention by saying, "Look what I can do", and then do something inane.
It was a case of "been there, saw that, don't care", so I apologize. I can see how some get frustrated, no matter the subject of the post; not another 1859, not another DP 1881H, not another 1993 die crack, not another minor 1967 cent error, and my pet peeve, not another registry coin that the owner doesn't say how much he blew on that one. Do be aware that no one will be as interested in your posts as much as you are. I try to be very selective in what I post as to not hijack the forum, or "strut my stuff". You can quite easily post all of your items in the "post your circulation finds" thread, as they are from circulation even if they are in rolls, and you will get responses if others are interested, and no new thread pushes the others down.