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 Posted 02/12/2020  11:08 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Farm1942 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
maybe someone can explain why, during coin roll hunting, here in the midwest we never can find any S mint mark nickels or quarters? How does anyone else find this situation? and how to overcome it? thanks.
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 Posted 02/12/2020  12:43 pm  Show Profile   Check TNG's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add TNG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think it can be compared a bit to why you don't find a lot of people from the west coast in the Midwest. They almost all stay where they came from. Some do travel and relocate just like the coins, but the proportion is small.
Out west, they don't find a lot of Philadelphia minted coins.
Another factor is that circulating cents from San Francisco mint ceased being minted in the mid 1970's. Jefferson nickels in 1970 and the other denominations much earlier. ( Pretty sure about that )
The only way you could increase your chances is to go to the west coast and search bank rolls there or have someone send you some truly unsearched rolls or bags of coin where they once commonly circulated, west of the Rockies.
You might find an occasional S minted silver dime, quarter, or half anywhere but that is because somebody spent or turned in coin collections to the bank or longtime held coins and they didn't realize that they were letting go more valuable coins for face value and those coins so far have gone unnoticed by us people on CCF.
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 Posted 02/12/2020  3:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Farm1942 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yeah, I tried to have some nickel bank rolls sent to me via USPS, in one of their flat rate boxes, but the box got opened during its travels within USPS system and the coins all taken. All I got was an empty box............now I'm trying with my Daughter out in Washington to search for individual S minted coins and send them in small lightweight packs, or envelopes.........thanks for the info and I'll keep trying.
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 Posted 02/13/2020  01:14 am  Show Profile   Check Fuzzy317's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Fuzzy317 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Currently, most of the S mint marks are on proof/commemorative coins, so those aren't generally in circulation. I do find an S mint mark rarely, and usually from the 1970's or earlier.
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 Posted 02/13/2020  10:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I live way out west and come across few S mint coins--those intended for circulation. As noted by others, the San Francisco mint ceased production of circulation coinage a good time ago. By far the most S mint coins I come across are pulled form cent rolls that I hunt/search--nearly all '68s through '74s, perhaps one S mint every 4-6 rolls or so. Nickel S mints appear something like one every 25-30 rolls.
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 Posted 02/13/2020  1:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Farm1942 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
thanks everyone. So, based on the answers you are providing, then Nickels and Quarters after 1970 with S mint marks will always be uncirculated coins that one must find not in bank rolls, but via other means, like coin shops, dealers, other collectors, correct? Just so I know when roll hunting.............thanks. Appreciate any confirmation of that statement........
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 Posted 02/13/2020  5:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jgfindring to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Actually, with a few rare exceptions, coins after 1974 with an S mint mark will be PROOF coins, available originally only in proof sets and only found roll hunting if some one stole, broke up or abandoned a collection.
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Yeah, I tried to have some nickel bank rolls sent to me via USPS, in one of their flat rate boxes, but the box got opened during its travels within USPS system and the coins all taken. All I got was an empty box
Clear shipping tape from Dollar Tree or other like stores in only $1.00 a roll. I've shipped numerous small flat rate boxes & padded flat rate envelopes full of rolled coins with never a lost coin. You just have to pack it well & secure the shipping box or envelope.
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 Posted 02/19/2020  3:13 pm  Show Profile   Check John77's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add John77 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Yeah, I tried to have some nickel bank rolls sent to me via USPS, in one of their flat rate boxes, but the box got opened during its travels within USPS system and the coins all taken. All I got was an empty box............now I'm trying with my Daughter out in Washington to search for individual S minted coins and send them in small lightweight packs, or envelopes.........thanks for the info and I'll keep trying.


I regularly sell these to people on eBay and haven't ever had a problem. The key is to make sure you put some thick cardboard around the rolls to protect them - the kind you find in Brinks boxes of coins works fine.
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