After all of our recent coin related activies, my son and I have been looking for more ways to keep the fun going. One really cheap and easy way to collect coins (especially as a beginner) is to get coin rolls from the bank and search through them.
For the last three days, I’ve been going in to our local branch and getting penny and nickel rolls. There are some people who don’t believe it’s worth it to search rolls. But my son and I beg to differ.
The first two roll of nickels we broke open yielded us a 20 cent piece from Singapore, a 1940 nickel in fine condition and a decent set of dates from 1997 through 2018. The only years I didn’t get were 2001 and 2009.
The next few rolls of nickels gave us a few more earlier coins from the 1940s and 50s. Then we started getting into the penny rolls. Pennies are great fun because you can find such a range of dates and conditions. There are also several years that have errors or uncommon varieties that make looking through them an adventure.
Out of about seven rolls of pennies we’ve found at least three wheat pennies as well as other interesting specimens. But even if we don’t find tons worth keeping, we can just bring the remaining coins back to the bank and we’re only out a few cents. It’s great fun for any day.