Saturday, December 31, 2016

Year In Review 2016

Let's make this short 2016 was blah to say the least.

A summary of what I found in my change.

2016 World Coins Found Graph

Change Finds: 

The graph is for world coins found with 46 different countries found.
--Canada again is 1st with 107
--Great Britain is 2nd with 26
--France is 3rd with 10
China and Germany come in the top five also.

New countries found in my change include Aruba, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cyprus, Guyana, Honduras, Romania, and Sri Lanka. I found less coins compared to last year and less variety.

2016 U.S. Coin Finds graph
 No odd finds mostly small coins but a lot of new quarters.

Oldest United States Find
1905 Nickel

Oldest Foreign Find
1915 Austrian 10 Heller

Most Valuable Find (above face value): tie
1918 United States Nickel at about $3.00

Most Valuable Foreign Find
1988 Brazilian (Doubled) 50 Centavos at about $2.00

Most Surprising Find

13 notes from around the world including $2 bills given to me by a friend who works retail by her creepy customer. She gave them to me because she thought they were cursed and no else wanted them at her job.

Books: Nothing new or exciting.

Websites: Went mobile for this blog and trying some SEO (search engine optimization) stuff to make it better.

Equipment: Macro camera lens, a 60mm.

Not bad this year with 433 finds, that is less than last year but still higher than average for me. Most were repeats but many were unique pieces. Again unfortunately none were rare or valuable. (Same as last year basically.)

Probably the last time I get so many since I changed my coin collecting habits recently. So After I get through my old finds I will focus on getting the common U.S. coins from the last 50 years.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and change for all

Friday, December 30, 2016

2010-J Germany Euro Cent

So many German Euro finds I have started tracking them using Google Sheets. They are all still common and have little value still here is my latest.

Reverse of 2010-J Euro Cent, value and map
Obverse of 2010-J Euro Cent, date, mint mark, oak twig and acorns
German euro cents are common from each of the five mints about 100 million were made. Hans Tietmeyer was former head of the Bundesbank and helped Germany convert to Euros, he recently passed away. Granted now some in Germany think if they leave the euro system they can turn the economy around.

Here are the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Euro Cent / German
Year: 2010 J
Mintage: 99,167,000
Metal: Copper Plated Steel
Value: $0.03 in VF

Do you have any German Euro 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.

Monday, December 26, 2016

1905 Liberty Head Nickel

My oldest find of 2016, I think. Plus my first Liberty Head Nickel I have shown on this blog. I found a few before but finally I have time to post this rather old find.

Obvere of 1905 Liberty Head Nickel
Reverse of 1905 Liberty Head Nickel
The coin is almost 112 years old and a bit worn still all the essential elements like date, value, and  the head are still quite visible. The word LIBERTY is not visible at all in her crown so at most the grade is good (G-4).

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 5 Cents / United States
Year: 1905
Mintage: 29,825,124
Metal: 75% Copper 25% Nickel
Value: $2.00 in G-4

Do you have a nickel 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, December 23, 2016

1974 Syria 5 Piastres

After a long break I'm back but enough chitchat look what I found.

The second Syrian coin I found and it is not a coincidence that I found it now. Currently in Syria, especially Aleppo, there is a civil war going on. Half a dozen factions are fighting for control of the country and in the process it is causing massive destruction.

Reporters and humanitarians are traveling to Syria and bringing back, among other items, coins. This is my best guess on how I recently found this 5 Piastres or 5 Qirsh coin in my change.

Reverse of 5 Piastres (Qirsh) coin, value diamond, 2 stars
Obverse of 5 Piastres (Qirsh) coin date 1394-1974 imperial eagle
Typical of Islamic region coins it has no human images.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 5 Piastres / Syria
Year: 1974
Mintage: Unknown
Metal: Aluminum-Bronze
Value: $0.15 in Very-Fine