Friday, July 31, 2015

10th Anniversary (19 days late)

Ten years+!

What I have been busy and forgot. Plus I no longer count my visitors via Sitemeter so I kind lost track.

Tin/Aluminum or Diamond Jewelry Anniversary

Finally traditional anniversary items that are coin related (I'll add pictures later). Tin and aluminum are cheap and has been used in coins for a long time. They do not last as long but can be easily shaped.

Coined For Money Blog

Almost 3 million visitors which is an estimate since Sitemeter, the blog visitor counter, is no longer functioning properly. I still have Google Adsense that track visits but does not display. Not much else different behind the scenes at this blog. I still track everything via spreadsheets. I have been using my phone more often to access the spreadsheets. It keeps me from getting too many repeats.

My finds have lessened from last year. People are buying more and using cash but at least in my change finds it has been mostly new coins. Whatever filter being used to keep "funny money" out of our change it is working.

I started a Facebook page for this blog but am reluctant to share it because I am losing visitors everyday so it may not be a good idea.

It does not seem like ten years but then again when I look back it seemed so simple and quaint. I started as a place to post about low value change finds and a place to ask questions the big time collectors do not. This blog still does that but now it is also a tracker and a trend finder. I see pattern in my finds that I would not notice, also the questions let me see what casual collectors are still confused by.

Looking into the future 

Total integration is still possible but lack of time is my biggest issue. I am working a lot so that is good. Yet I will still accept donations to try and keep this blog relevant and up to date.

I thank you all and keep those questions coming 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

2012 Mauritius 5 Cents

First coin from Mauritius found in my change. African coins are the most difficult to find since there are so many countries and travel is low at least for Americans. Mauritius is a tropical Island that Europeans frequent which is probably how I got this coin.

One side says MAURITIUS FIVE CENTS 2012 in the center is a big 5. The other side says DR THE RIGHT HONOURABLE SIR SEEWOOSAGUR RAMGOOLAM KT and a portrait of the man himself is at the center. He was a leader of Mauritius and did all that he could to make the nation independent. The coin is copper plated steel and although no exact mintage figures are known it is believed to be common.

Mauritius is an island nation between Africa, Australia and India. The have a large Indian population and see tourist from all over but mainly Europe. They have monkeys that are exported to the U.S. for experimentation but because of its location is not a top destination spot for Americans.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 5 Cents / Mauritius
Year: 2012
Mintage: Not yet known.
Metal: Copper-Plated Steel
Value: $0.10 in XF

Do you have a cent from Mauritius and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you

Monday, July 20, 2015

2011 Canada Cent, Steel

It has been four years since I found the zinc version of this coin. The steel one has a tougher time making it through U.S. coin sorters so it is not easily found in change. Still it is common and not worth much.

This was the second to last issue for the Canadian cent. Not surprisingly the 2012 cent is going to be tough to find in your U.S. change since it was likely hoarded by the millions. Also since Canadians stop using the cent it is slow to spread out across the border.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Cent - Steel / Canada
Year: 2011
Mintage: 361,350,000
Metal: 94% Steel, 4.5% Copper, 1.5% Nickel
Value: $0.01 in F

Do you have a cent from Canada and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you

Friday, July 17, 2015

2011-P Vicksburg Quarter

Vicksburg National Military Park quarter honors the battle to defend Vicksburg which led to the sinking of the U.S.S. Cairo. The site is a military park that has exhibits, monuments, a national cemetery, and replicas.

Pictured is the U.S.S. Cairo on the Yazoo river. The warship was destroyed by a torpedo that launched electronically mark a new type of naval warfare.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 25 Cents - Vicksburg / United States
Year: 2011-P
Mintage: 30,800,000
Metal: 91.67% Copper 8.33% Nickel
Value: $0.25 in F-12

Do you have a quarter from America and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

2003-P Sacagawea Dollar

Not issued for circulation.

Yet here it is found from my change. How it got into circulation is probably from another collector who rejected it. They were available at cost from the U.S. Mint for years so people bought thousands and kept only the highest grades.

By 2002 the government decided to stop wasting most peoples time and energy fiddle with dollar coins and cease issuing them for circulation. Of course by 2009 that changed again but they are still not popular.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Dollar / United States
Year: 2003-P
Mintage: 3,080,000
Metal: Core: 100% Copper, Clad Layer: 88.5% Copper, 6% Zinc, 3.5% Manganese, 2% Nickel
Value: F-12 about $1.00

Do you have any dollar coin and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

1959-D Lincoln Memorial Cent

Took a while to find this first Lincoln Memorial cent from Denver again. They are not rare despite their age but since they look like every other Memorial cent it is difficult to notice them in your change.

So far the only really difficult Lincoln Memorial cent to find in your change is the 1960 Small Date cent. Still I have not found that on after 20+ years of intense change search. Again even that cent is not that rare or valuable but time and other collectors have made it less likely to find it in the wild.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Cent  / United States
Year: 1959-D
Mintage: 1,279,760,000
Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Value: $0.02 in EF-40

Do you have a cent and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.