Coin Roll Hunting Tips: How To Search Through Rolls Of Coins + Coins You Should Look For


Hi, this is Josh from The Fun Times Guide
and I’m here to do some roll searching with you right now. Now, what we have here is a roll of nickels and a roll of pennies. A roll of nickels contains forty 5-cent pieces, for total face value of $2. Whereas, a roll of pennies contains fifty 1-cent coins, for a total value of 50 cents. So I bought these for face value at a local grocer last night. I have not gone
through the rolls yet — that’s just the way they came from the grocery store. So
I have no idea what’s in these rolls. I hope it’s exciting because it would make this video a lot more exciting to watch — if we happen across some old coins or anything of interest. So let’s start with the pennies. Now, you’re probably wondering,
“What am I looking for in this roll?” Generally speaking, I’m looking for wheat
cents… looking for errors… looking for maybe some foreign coins. And these
days I keep all pre-1982 Lincoln cents. Those containing full bronze
composition and worth about 2 cents apiece — because the copper in that bronze composition is worth about 2 cents per penny right now. The value has gone up in the last decades. So I’m looking through right now and mainly what I expected… a bunch of zinc coins, 1990s and 2000s coins. We have an ’83 Denver — again that’s after the start of the zinc composition in 1982 (late ’82). Now here’s a 1960 Denver — oops sorry, 1964 Denver penny — that’s a keeper. It contains bronze, so I’ll keep that. We’ve
got 1973… what is this here? Looks like a Denver. We’ll keep that because again it’s a bronze composition. Here’s a ’91 and 2000. A lot of folks will also look for errors
and varieties ,and I do the same. Right now, I’m looking for anything obvious — so wheat cents, bronze pennies, that type of thing. Here’s a… I would say probably… well it’s got some rub on it though… I thought it was an uncirculated 1995 Lincoln cent —
but I see plenty of rub on the top. And I don’t see… I’m looking for a
Doubled Die. It’s not a Doubled Die. So I’ll go ahead and skip that. I see 1960…
what, what do we have here? 1964 Lincoln cent. That’s a keeper. Again it’s bronze. Let’s see, what else do we have here? What is this? Looks like it’s got… No, 1980s… late 80s. So that’s not a bronze. Oooh, now here’s an ’82. Now okay, in 1982 that was a year the Mint changed the composition of Lincoln
cents from bronze to zinc (or copper-coated zinc). So there’s a way to tell without having to weigh these coins if your 1982 Lincoln cent is a bronze or a
zinc cent. A zinc cent when dropped on a hard surface like this table makes
a clicking sound. Hear that? A bronze cent like this 1964 Denver when dropped on
hard service makes a ringing sound. Hear that? That difference? Let’s see if this ’82 cent clicks or rings upon dropping. Alright, that means we have a 1982 bronze Lincoln cent and it’s a keeper! So let’s see if there are any other keepers in this
roll of pennies. This is a 1981… Okay, that’s that’s a bronze era Lincoln cent. We’ll keep that also. So, no wheat cents. And I didn’t see any obvious signs
of major varieties or errors on these coins. But we could always look a little
later with a magnifying glass and double check. But basically we did find 5 — no, I’m sorry 4. Oh yeah, it was 5 — because the other one’s over here — 5 bronze Lincoln cents. That’s not a bad take for one roll of pennies. Five keepers. And then now I’ve got the roll of nickels. Now, with nickels you’re looking for — basically I keep pre-1960 Jefferson nickels. I keep the wartime nickels from 1942 through 1945 which have a large mint mark on the reverse of
the coin — above the dome of Monticello. I’m looking for Buffalo nickels, errors and varieties, those kinds of things… and foreign coins too. So let’s see what
we have in here. Open this roll right up and hopefully I’ve got at least one or two
finds anyway. Let’s see… Dump these coins out and see what we’ve got here. That’s it for that roll. Okay, on the surface I don’t see anything
significant. I don’t see any obvious signs of War nickels or Buffalo nickels
at all. Let’s see here… Also, another thing to keep among nickels are 2009 coins. In fact, both dimes and nickels for 2009 are very low mintage, and some dealers pay a little bit above face value — even for lightly worn or lightly circulated
versions of those coins. You won’t make a lot of money keeping worn 2009
dimes and nickels, but they are worth a little bit of premium above face value
in worn condition. But I don’t go… I won’t go you know, head-over-heels if I find one. Because it’s not like it’s a huge
amount of value, but it’s worth keeping. And I don’t really see… this is a 1979… it’s looks a little older than that. But I guess ’79 is now 40 years ago — so those coins even from the late 70s early 80s are starting to look old. Let’s see here, 2000 and… what is that 6? No you know what? I think this roll’s a dud! I think this
roll’s a dud. I don’t see anything big in here at all. No particularly old
nickels. There’s a 2000 now. Maybe a couple of uncirculated 1990s nickels. But
nothing worth writing home about. But that’s kind of the joy of roll searching!
Sometimes you make your discoveries like these 5 bronze cents — which, you know
what, are not bad keepers. And sometimes you go through a roll of nickels and you find nothing. That doesn’t mean there aren’t finds worthy of making in these rolls. Again, look for precious metal content. Look for errors. Look for
old coins. Look for foreign coins. You can’t expect to find many great coins
going through just 2 rolls of coins. You’ve got to sometimes buy many rolls (or boxes worth of rolls) to really make some good discoveries. But again,
that’s part of the challenge of roll searching, you know. It’s not always easy.
it’s not a guaranteed way of finding something worth money. But your chances of finding valuable coins or interesting coins does go up with the more coins you
search. And that’s why rolls and boxes are definitely worthwhile ways to spend
your time looking through coins — looking through circulation coins. So I hope you’ve found this video at least interesting and maybe inspires you to go out and do some roll searching of your own Again, my name Josh with The Fun Times Guide. And thanks for watching. Take care.

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