Jun 27, 2012, 08:41 PM
Best Silver Dime Hunt to Date
I was coin roll hunting $200 of customer wrapped rolls on June 2 from my favorite bank. I started off by weighing all the rolls. My scale is accurate to the nearest gram, and with the normal variations in weight from dime to dime due to manufacturing and wear, the weight of one roll of clad dimes is either 113 or 114 grams, with an occasional roll at 115 grams. Thus the only thing I can really tell since a clad dime weighs 2.27 grams is if I'm short a dime or two (which invariably happens on a roll or two), or if I'm heavy. Usually if the roll is heavy, it means there's an extra dime. I'm always hopeful that the weight will be significantly over, as in a solid roll of silver dimes which would be 11.5 grams heavier than a solid roll of clad dimes. More realistic is the scenario of 3 to 4 silver dimes in a roll which should round up to being 1 gram heavy. One roll weighed in at 116 grams. I compared its length to a roll that weighed 114 grams, and it appeared not to have an extra dime. I carefully slid the dimes out so only the edges were showing, and I counted three silver edges (roll 1 in photos). The wrapper was different from most of the other wrappers, and the name "Elsie" had been written on it. Two of the normal weight rolls also had "Elsie" written on them. I opened up the first of those two rolls. Again, there were three silver edges (roll 2 in photos). By this point, I'm thinking I have a major score. I opened the last of the three "Elsie" rolls, and saw only clad edges. I thought that I should be satisfied with 6 silver dimes, but luck was with me as I hit three more rolls each with a single silver dime in them for a total of 9 silver dimes. The dates were 1935- (my third CRH mercury dime), 1963-, and 1964D in the first "Elsie" roll; 1924- (my fourth and oldest CRH mercury dime), 1958-, and 1961- in the second "Elsie" roll; and 1952S (my first San Francisco mint CRH dime), 1953-, and 1960- as singles in three other rolls.
My silver dime total is now 40 out of $4445 customer wrapped rolls searched.
Last edited by sitman; Jun 27, 2012 at 08:47 PM.
Jun 27, 2012, 08:57 PM
nice finds, pretty Mercs!
Jun 27, 2012, 09:57 PM
Agreed, awesome finds. Just out of 200$ 9 silvers, I can only hope for that luck.
Originally Posted by Bigheed
Keep searching dimes at that bank if possible. Also check other denominations, quarters can bring up some Barbers!
0/5 Mercury dimes
0/10 Tombac nickels
0/10 War Nickels
0/1 Silver dollar
3/2 Silver half-dollar
14/100 silver dime
1/10 George V nickel
150/100 Wheat cents
2/5 Indian Head Penny
1/1 2006 no P magnetic
4/4 Clipped planchet
1/1 Blank planchet
Jun 27, 2012, 10:22 PM
Nice finds - maybe some more at the bank?
"Silver Train is coming' think I'm going to get on now, oh yeah" - Jagger/Richards
Jun 28, 2012, 05:12 AM
Unfortunately, no more "Elsie" rolls have been found. The $200 in dimes was all that bank had that day, and there was no silver in the $300 in quarters I picked up that day. I did find my first silver quarter the next weekend from that bank, and a silver nickel the following weekend.
Jun 29, 2012, 05:39 AM
I plucked a 1924 the other night too. Not my oldest as I have found a few common teens Mercs along the way and a few Barbers too. It was a strange box. Approximately 35/100 ender coins were identifiable as 2012's, so lots and lots of 2012's in the box. In addition it also gave up two 1964's.
Jun 29, 2012, 06:34 AM
Nice finds, nice looking pics.
Jun 29, 2012, 06:51 AM
Poet—Traveler—Soldier of Fortune
Nice! And dimes are so much fun to search.
Someday everything is gonna sound like a rhapsody when I paint my masterpiece.
Jun 29, 2012, 08:24 AM
If you are going to open the rolls anyway (and I always would) then why bother weighing them?
But, if it adds to your CRH'ing fun, then more power to you.
Keep on Rollin' !
Jun 29, 2012, 09:45 AM
If you're not skunked.
Originally Posted by TheMastermind
1/100 of an American dollar is a cent. It is NOT a penny. The word penny is used by several other countries, such as Great Britain, to denote their smallest denomination. In order to be numismatically correct, you must use the term cent to describe the American coin.
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