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  1. #196
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    Got my first 2021 coin in change today. Can't believe it took until late August. That's what I get perhaps for leaving the city in 2012 and moving out into a much more rural area. It was a quarter and I immediately thought of you Immy, and had to check your list. Sadly it's the Denver minted Crossing of the Delaware, and not the Philly version you still seek. I would have mailed it to you. Good luck in your continued "Grail quest". Thurm
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  2. #197
    us
    Mar 2005
    Vegas
    2,865
    499 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Wartime Nickels [510]
    1942-P (11/4/19) [31]
    1942-S (12/10/19) [22]
    1943-P (8/22/21) [106]
    1943-D (9/15/09) [9]
    1943-S (8/4/21) [103]
    1944-P (12/17/19) [53]
    1944-D (9/24/19) [21]
    1944-S (10/30/20) [22]
    1945-P (6/15/21) [59]
    1945-D (8/12/11) [21]
    1945-S (3/23/21) [63]

    $80/NICKELS

    With all the emphasis I've been putting on quarters lately, it's always nice to return to nickels, especially since there's only 12 machines left at the El Cortez and who knows when they'll decide to mothball them entirely (one of the staff "joked" to me about them doing just that ). So I was glad to rescue this 1943-P wartime today.

    $200/QUARTERS

    Two Mt Hood and eleven Crossing the Delaware...all D mints. Dang! My consolation prize was a 2019-W Lowell.


    1965-1998
    COMPLETE!

    1999-2009 US States
    COMPLETE!

    2010-2021 ATB/National Parks [Not counting S's or W's] (1)
    10-P (Mt Hood)

    2021 - Crossing the Delaware (1)
    21-P

    2019-2020 W-mint (2)
    2020 (National Park/Bats)
    2020 (Marsh Billings)

    SILVER/NIFC's/S's/W's/MISC ($5,200 searched)
    1964-D (704 mil)
    2009-S Guam (2.1 mil)
    2013-S Great Basin (Circ strike) (1.3 mil)
    2017-S George Rogers Clark (Circ strike) (815,540)
    2019-S San Antonio Missions (Circ strike) (853,620)
    2019-W Lowell (2 mil) (x2)
    2019-W American Memorial Park (2 mil) (x2)
    2019-W War in the Pacific (2 mil)
    2019-W San Antonio Missions (2 mil)
    2019-W River of No Return (2 mil) (x5)
    2020-W Weir Farm (2 mil) (x3)
    2020-W Salt River Bay (2 mil)
    2020-W Tallgrass Prairie (2 mil)
    1996 Panama quarter balboa


    Fun Stats: The next wartime will be my twelfth of the year, equaling 2020's total.

    This Week in Casino Searching History: In 1999, I found a 1944-S wartime. I've kept a record of every silver nickel found since then.
    Last edited by Immy; Aug 22, 2021 at 11:29 PM.
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  3. #198
    us
    Mar 2005
    Vegas
    2,865
    499 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    $200/QUARTERS

    I've climbed the mountain...peaked...reached the summit. Those analogies became reality today when the sole 2010 Mount Hood in today's batch turned out to be a P-mint.
    To quote the reverse of the 2005 nickel: "O! The joy!"

    And with that discovery, I'm gonna take a break from the casino for a bit, at least thru Labor Day. "But Immy" you might say, "You haven't found a 2021 Crossing the Delaware or the final two W mints." I realize the quarter set is truly incomplete without those final three, and I'll still hunt for them in the future, but I accomplished what I set out to do back in March. The P-mint Crossing the Delaware will eventually cross my path when they finally make it out west, and the final two W's are just a matter of time (today's hunt also netted a W-mint Salt River Bay and Tallgrass).

    And to be honest, while I enjoy the hell out of the hunt, my days off over past five months have been occupied mostly with this pursuit. Once the Vegas heat starts to ebb next month I want to enjoy other pastimes. I'll still hit the Cortez, but not as often. I hope this "journey" (ugh, hate how overused that word is) was at least mildly enjoyable to follow. It's certainly not over...

    1965-2021
    COMPLETE!

    2021 - Crossing the Delaware (1)
    21-P

    2019-2020 W-mint (2)
    2020 (National Park/Bats)
    2020 (Marsh Billings)

    SILVER/NIFC's/S's/W's/MISC ($5,400 searched)
    1964-D (704 mil)
    2009-S Guam (2.1 mil)
    2013-S Great Basin (Circ strike) (1.3 mil)
    2017-S George Rogers Clark (Circ strike) (815,540)
    2019-S San Antonio Missions (Circ strike) (853,620)
    2019-W Lowell (2 mil) (x2)
    2019-W American Memorial Park (2 mil) (x2)
    2019-W War in the Pacific (2 mil)
    2019-W San Antonio Missions (2 mil)
    2019-W River of No Return (2 mil) (x5)
    2020-W Weir Farm (2 mil) (x3)
    2020-W Salt River Bay (2 mil) (x2)
    2020-W Tallgrass Prairie (2 mil) (x2)
    1996 Panama quarter balboa


    Fun Stats: It took 157 days and $5,400 to complete the above series.

    This Week in Casino Searching History: August 25th, 2008 was the last time I completed a roll of nickels - 1948-S.
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  4. #199
    us
    Mar 2005
    Vegas
    2,865
    499 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Wartime Nickels [511]
    1942-P (11/4/19) [31]
    1942-S (12/10/19) [22]
    1943-P (9/6/21) [107]
    1943-D (9/15/09) [9]
    1943-S (8/4/21) [103]
    1944-P (12/17/19) [53]
    1944-D (9/24/19) [21]
    1944-S (10/30/20) [22]
    1945-P (6/15/21) [59]
    1945-D (8/12/11) [21]
    1945-S (3/23/21) [63]

    What's going here? Been a couple of weeks away from the casino but the ol' Cortez seems to be beckoning me back. Evidence this 1943-P war nickel, found today from a different sort of machine...a Coinstar. In 12+ years of searching those wonderful green machines I've never found a silver nickel. We'll see if I can manage a visit before the week is over.

    Fun Stats: This is my fifth 43-P for 2021. The last time I found more in one year was 2009 when I nabbed twice as many.

    This Week in Casino Searching History: In 1987, the casino gave up a 1972-S nickel, the earliest date in my records that a proof coin was found in the wild.
    Last edited by Immy; Sep 06, 2021 at 09:23 PM.
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  5. #200
    us
    Mar 2005
    Vegas
    2,865
    499 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Category 1
    1)1955
    2)1949-S
    3)1955-D
    4)1955-S
    5)1950-S
    6)1954-S
    7)1949-D
    8)1946-S
    9)1949
    10)1951-S
    11)1958
    12)1947-S
    Category 2
    13)1948-S
    14)1953-S
    15)1952-S
    16)1950-D
    17)1947-D
    18)1950
    19)1948-D
    20)1953
    21)1951-D
    22)1946-D
    23)1960
    24)1962
    Category 3
    25)1948
    26)1959
    27)1961
    28)1952
    29)1951
    30)1954-D
    31)1956-D
    32)1956
    33)1957-D
    34)1954
    35)1947
    36)1952-D
    Category 4
    37)1963
    38)1953-D
    39)1958-D
    40)1957
    41)1959-D
    42)1960-D
    43)1961-D
    44)1946
    45)1962-D
    46)1963-D
    47)1964
    48)1964-D

    gray = wanted
    black = Found
    Friends gave me about $150 in change to look thru yesterday. Bunch of keepers but this dime was the standout.

    All the good stuff:

    1937, 1946, 1953-D wheaties
    1961 Roos
    2002-P Canadian quarter
    1970 Mexico 50 centavos
    2000 Philippines 1 piso
    Cinemark game token

    ...and a 3 volt lithium battery
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  6. #201
    us
    Mar 2005
    Vegas
    2,865
    499 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    $100/HALVES

    2012-D & 2014-D joined the NIFC ranks from today's El Cortez visit, bringing the total to 16 of 42. Found another 1980-S proof too.


    Fun Stats: The only NIFC years I'm missing completely are 2002, 2005, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020 & 2021, though according to forum reports I don't have long to wait for the '21s.

    This Week in Casino Searching History: In 2019, this thread started!
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  7. #202
    us
    Mar 2005
    Vegas
    2,865
    499 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Wartime Nickels [512]
    1942-P (11/4/19) [31]
    1942-S (12/10/19) [22]
    1943-P (9/6/21) [107]
    1943-D (9/15/09) [9]
    1943-S (9/12/21) [104]
    1944-P (12/17/19) [53]
    1944-D (9/24/19) [21]
    1944-S (10/30/20) [22]
    1945-P (6/15/21) [59]
    1945-D (8/12/11) [21]
    1945-S (3/23/21) [63]
    It wasn't a fluke! The Cortez not only welcomed me back with some wartime silver (1943-S) but threw in this shabby 1964-D quarter to sweeten the deal. Silver is silver, no matter how dirty!

    Fun Stats: We've passed 2020's pitiful total of 12 wartimes. Next up is the sixteen found in 2019.

    This Week in Casino Searching History: In 2000, I also found a 1943-S nickel.
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  8. #203
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    Mar 2005
    Vegas
    2,865
    499 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    ***MAJOR EL CORTEZ DEVELOPMENT***

    Nickel searching in Las Vegas casinos may be coming to an end

    When I arrived there today one of the two remaining carousels of six coin-op nickel machines was gone. I quickly went to the other "tower" section of the casino and was relieved to see the other six still there, and naturally fully occupied. To the best of my knowledge these are the last coin-op nickel machines in Vegas casinos. I confirmed with a slot tech that the others were indeed permanently mothballed but he wouldn't commit on whether these final half dozen would eventually disappear as well. He was unaware that no other Vegas properties have nickel slots.

    What was the reason for this? One can only speculate - the slow push to 100% coinless; the COVID coin shortage; the value of a nickel...who knows? But I'm fairly certain they're not going to stockpile thousands of dollars in nickels for only six machines for very long. I very much doubt they'll last into 2022, which, coincidentally, is ten years after the elimination of Vegas penny slots.

    It also means 37 years of casino hunting will essentially come to an end for me. The keepers from quarters simply aren't worth the trouble and halves haven't caused much of a stir apart from the occasional NIFC. Plus I'm not getting any younger. Also, even if the final six machines remain intact for awhile, nabbing a seat is difficult since they're popular with the "usual gang" of nickel players.

    So with that bit of depression out of the way, here's what I was able to score today:




    $100/HALVES

    This elicited a genuine laugh when I pulled it from the casino cup. Of all the proof years that could surface, a 1987-S is kinda special. Along for the ride was a 2005-P, bringing the NIFC total to 17 of 42.


    Fun Stats: The '87-S completes that year series. 87 P & D have been found previously but never the S-mint.

    This Week in Casino Searching History: In 2009, I found my 9th and final 1943-D war nickel.
    Last edited by Immy; Sep 14, 2021 at 11:22 PM.
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  9. #204
    us
    Mar 2005
    Vegas
    2,865
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I believe after today's trip, my regular visits to the El Cortez will diminish significantly. The final six nickel machines were still there but, as expected, it was a chore acquiring a seat. I suppose I could bring home $20-$40 to search but even that doesn't appeal to me at the moment. Months of doing that with quarters has no doubt worn me out.

    So I settled for some in-casino quarter and half hunting, with some decent results.

    $200/QUARTERS

    Looking for mintmarks in a sparsely lit casino atmosphere isn't the greatest, but I managed a 2020-W Tallgrass.

    $100/HALVES

    The NIFC list is slowly filling in, now 18 of 42 thanks to today's 2009-D find. I wish halves were a good enough reason by themselves to hit the Cortez weekly. Monthly will have to suffice for the foreseeable future.


    Fun Stats: Including pocket change discoveries, I've passed half a roll of West Pointers.

    This Week in Casino Searching History: In 2011, I found my oldest Canadian nickel - a 1943 Tombac - at the Western Casino.
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