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  1. #46
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    Sorry you didn't meet your goals, but the nickels were good to you. Glad you had a good time, and that you are encouraged to do it again.

    I'm assuming the non-room searching was all from machine drops, but for the room searching were you able to get rolled coin, or was that from coin cups you carried back to the room?
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  2. #47
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleepy Holow View Post
    Wow! Two more buffs...that's great. Hope to see that 11th buffalo in the next 6-7 weeks. Overall, sounds like you learned a lot about a new strategy that no one's ventured into yet...trailblazing for sure! Hope the prime rib was good!
    Yeah, pretty good shot at an 11th buffie. Got a bunch of 4-day weekends between now and New Years so there'll be ample opportunity to go a few more times.

    Saving the prime rib for a future visit, which will prob be Thanksgiving weekend since I'm sure I'll be sick of turkey by then.

    Quote Originally Posted by CardsNCoins View Post
    I'm assuming the non-room searching was all from machine drops, but for the room searching were you able to get rolled coin, or was that from coin cups you carried back to the room?
    Corrct, all the finds were from machines drops. Coin I carried back to the room were both loose (nickels & quarters) and rolled (halves). Decided that I needed the room to be an escape from the noise and smoke, so no future counting there.
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    Silver: 1949-D quarter (8/9/19)

  3. #48

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    I realize it is tempting to only want to search coins from the slots, but have you ever tested what you find getting coins at the bank instead of the casino?

    Although it seems like the machines might give a higher find rate, those coins are "seen" by many more eyeballs than typical coins from a bank and although most people at a casino are not looking for old coins, some will still pull an old coin if they see it. I am sure there are pockets of older coins at the casino, but I'll bet they rarely see the light of day as they are probably buried 50 bags deep on pallets that never get used.

    For me personally, I came to the conclusion that the find rate is either the same or slightly better at the bank than the casinos around me (at least when they all still had coins). While the casino might be more fun, my point is that you could save the drive time and gas money if getting coins from the bank was just as good albeit with the hassle of hauling the coins back to the bank to cash in.

    If you tried it recently, I would be curious on the results. If you haven't tried it, I would suggest a test run of a few boxes of nickels and halves and the same amount from the casino to see if there is much of a difference in the find rate.
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  4. #49
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    Dang it! So I was fully prepared to wait until after Thanksgiving for my next Cortez visit, when I got a strong case of "Why not?" syndrome, and off I went. My trip actually had purpose though, since I accidentally left a phone charger in the room and was curious if they found it (they didn't ). Wasn't disappointed in the finds, meager though they were...

    Wartime Nickels [463]

    1942-P (11/4/19) [30]
    1942-S (11/13/10) [20]
    1943-P (11/11/19) [96]
    1943-D (9/15/09) [8]
    1943-S (11/19/19) [94]
    1944-P (9/1/13) [47]
    1944-D (9/24/19) [20]
    1944-S (8/18/11) [21]
    1945-P (11/12/19) [48]
    1945-D (8/12/11) [20]
    1945-S (9/3/19) [59]


    Almost overlooked this goodie amongst roughly $150 searched. Lots of pre-1960, but this was the only keeper.

    Foreign



    The coin counters are steadily giving up good foreign stuff, as shown by these two Canadian quarters (2005-P, 2006-P), British 10p (1992) and a teeny, tiny Spanish euro cent (1999).

    Fun Stats: With a total of 94 found so far, the 1943-S is my 2nd most common wartime, despite being the 4th highest in mintage. More proof that S mint coins tend to stay on the west side of the country.

    This Week in Casino Searching History: In 1999, a 1915 Buffalo nickel came home with me from the slots, destined for a meeting with Nic-a-Date.
    Last edited by Immy; Nov 19, 2019 at 08:50 PM.
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    Silver: 1949-D quarter (8/9/19)

  5. #50
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    Quote Originally Posted by GMan00001 View Post
    I realize it is tempting to only want to search coins from the slots, but have you ever tested what you find getting coins at the bank instead of the casino?

    Although it seems like the machines might give a higher find rate, those coins are "seen" by many more eyeballs than typical coins from a bank and although most people at a casino are not looking for old coins, some will still pull an old coin if they see it. I am sure there are pockets of older coins at the casino, but I'll bet they rarely see the light of day as they are probably buried 50 bags deep on pallets that never get used.

    For me personally, I came to the conclusion that the find rate is either the same or slightly better at the bank than the casinos around me (at least when they all still had coins). While the casino might be more fun, my point is that you could save the drive time and gas money if getting coins from the bank was just as good albeit with the hassle of hauling the coins back to the bank to cash in.

    If you tried it recently, I would be curious on the results. If you haven't tried it, I would suggest a test run of a few boxes of nickels and halves and the same amount from the casino to see if there is much of a difference in the find rate.
    I've thought of this lately and what I came up with - in theory - was a strategy where I pick up (for example) a box of nickels per week, and then dump them at the casino, which I've discovered is fairly easy. The plusses are 1) I can search in the comfort of home and 2) no hunting for a dump bank. But there are minuses, 1) the ever present prospect of solid 2019 boxes, 2) finding a bank that can accommodate regular orders. I'm honestly not up to the hassle of cajoling tellers/bank managers to keep supplying me. I guess what it boils down to is I don't want to rely on more people than myself to feed my hobby.

    For me, the casino is the perfect casual searching outlet. Just today I saw a bank of eight nickels machines that I never noticed before. The supply of coin is so endless that I could have dozens more people searching like me and I'd still find stuff. And really, most people in the casino are more concerned about getting their cocktails than finding anything of value. I'll admit the environment gets to me after awhile but it's also a throwback to the glory days.

    One thing I've never mentioned: if I didn't live in a coin-op casino city, I wouldn't CRH. Dumping is the absolute worst part, which is a no-brainer. I simply don't want to have to deal with it. I did it briefly several years ago using my boss's B of A business acct and hated every box of halves I trudged back the bank. It's a deal breaker, no matter what dream box may be lurking out there. Guess I've been spoiled by the Vegas way of doing it.
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    Silver: 1949-D quarter (8/9/19)

  6. #51

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    Quote Originally Posted by Immy View Post
    I've thought of this lately and what I came up with - in theory - was a strategy where I pick up (for example) a box of nickels per week, and then dump them at the casino, which I've discovered is fairly easy. The plusses are 1) I can search in the comfort of home and 2) no hunting for a dump bank. But there are minuses, 1) the ever present prospect of solid 2019 boxes, 2) finding a bank that can accommodate regular orders. I'm honestly not up to the hassle of cajoling tellers/bank managers to keep supplying me. I guess what it boils down to is I don't want to rely on more people than myself to feed my hobby.

    For me, the casino is the perfect casual searching outlet. Just today I saw a bank of eight nickels machines that I never noticed before. The supply of coin is so endless that I could have dozens more people searching like me and I'd still find stuff. And really, most people in the casino are more concerned about getting their cocktails than finding anything of value. I'll admit the environment gets to me after awhile but it's also a throwback to the glory days.

    One thing I've never mentioned: if I didn't live in a coin-op casino city, I wouldn't CRH. Dumping is the absolute worst part, which is a no-brainer. I simply don't want to have to deal with it. I did it briefly several years ago using my boss's B of A business acct and hated every box of halves I trudged back the bank. It's a deal breaker, no matter what dream box may be lurking out there. Guess I've been spoiled by the Vegas way of doing it.
    The only boxes I've ever "ordered" were half dollars and even then only rarely. All others, I just ask to buy a box (or two) as most banks have them on hand. I was careful not to constantly go to the same branch over and over though. As such, I have never done any cajoling of tellers/bank managers. I also never gave out any bribes (or as some people call them "treats") as I didn't feel it was necessary for them just doing their job. If the boxes you get are the ones with holes in them, you can see in advance if the box is all 2019 and just refuse it or ask for one that has older coins. Although there may be a slight hassle for the teller, I doubt the bank would care.

    I understand the allure of the searching at the casino as I enjoy it too and sometimes the scenery can be interesting/entertaining too. It also provides 24/7 access to CRH.

    I agree that dumping coin is the worst part and can be a big hassle depending on if you have access to coin counters or have to re-roll, but how much of a hassle depends on the amount you have to dump.

    The one downside of hunting at the casino is sometimes the lighting isn't very good, so it can be easy to miss some older coins that you have to date search.
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  7. #52
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    Like I said, I've lived in four states since I started hunting in 2013. The Las Vegas banks were BY FAR the worst, but I think there's a reason for that. Vegas was one of the hardest hit areas in the nation by the 2008/09 housing bubble financial crisis. I personally believe it caused a lot more people than usual to pull silver and the banks were like screw this, we're pulling our coin counters. By the time I got there in 2014, BOA was the only place that I could find that was willing to take coin...in a bag...deposited into your account...a week later. I guess I coulda CRH'd, but I couldn't do it my way...and that really bothered me. The amount of effort to drive to multiple banks, go through coins, and dump is already a good amount of effort. Having to open a BOA account and have my money be a lot less liquid was not a good option. I did like 6-7 boxes there before saying no thank you. Rerolling dimes is where I draw the line. Did find several dimes in the Coinstar machines while we lived there. That's what I resorted to.
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  8. #53
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    I, too, live in Vegas. I started CRHing in Idaho as a teen, but this is where I did all my high volume, years later in my late 30s & 40s. I’ve found about 500 ounces of silver here, mostly from half boxes from BofA & Chase. My most productive searching was a few years ago when BofA allowed me to dump with bags & get instant credit. I could dump $2000 in halves in a few minutes in one stop, and go down the street & pick up more boxes that I had ordered a couple days before. I could do 14-16 boxes a week with little effort. The finds were decent too. Once BofA stopped accepting bags, I decided I was done. I was ready to retire for good. Then the Mint announced they’d be releasing W-Mint quarters....
    I only search quarters now (who’da thought they’d ever be worthwhile).
    I’ve found 84 Ws so far. I will probably stop once I hit 100. Depends on what the Mint decides to throw out there next year.
    As for casino searching, I’ve done it a few times - a few hundred in halves- no silver- and a few hundred in nicks. I found 1 war and some early Jeff’s but no Buffs. My experience has been very limited with it to decide if it’s worth my time - and the casinos all charge for parking now = drawback.
    My Vegas CHRing has been rewarding. Sold all my finds and bought lots of nice PCGS Morgans - all the keys including a nice VF 93S. Cannot complain a bit!!
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  9. #54
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    At last the yoke of work has lifted off my shoulders. It's time for some turkey & Cortez-ing! I braved rainy weather to try out the slots and was modestly rewarded.

    Wartime Nickels [464]

    1942-P (11/4/19) [30]
    1942-S (11/13/10) [20]
    1943-P (11/11/19) [96]
    1943-D (9/15/09) [8]
    1943-S (11/28/19) [95]
    1944-P (9/1/13) [47]
    1944-D (9/24/19) [20]
    1944-S (8/18/11) [21]
    1945-P (11/12/19) [48]
    1945-D (8/12/11) [20]
    1945-S (9/3/19) [59]


    Yet another 1943-S wartime, my fourth this year. Nothing exciting beyond that and a 1939-P (not pictured).

    One thing about being knowledgable about a specific topic is you can spot phony, supposed know-it-alls, and I encountered one today. While playing, the guy near me was going on about a coin he found in the slots that he sold for $1500 on eBay "because it was stamped wrong." My BS meter went off big time. First of all, it's not "stamped", it's "struck". A coin guy would know that. 2nd, he said "coin" and did not say which denom it was. You find a $1500 nickel, you're calling it that. Lastly, I can't think of any mint error you'd find in a slot that would fetch that much, unless you found a real sucker bidder. If this guy is my competition, I'm not all that worried.

    Fun Stats: The El Cortez is the 8th different casino where I've found Buffalo nickels.

    This Week in Casino Searching History: On Thanksgiving Day 2005 I found a 1943-P war nickel, and two days later a 43-S. Based on this historic luck, another visit will happen this weekend.
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    Silver: 1949-D quarter (8/9/19)

  10. #55
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    Turkey Day festivities curtailed my 2nd planned Cortez visit, but today's results more than made up for it.

    Wartime Nickels [467]
    1942-P (11/4/19) [30]
    1942-S (11/13/10) [20]
    1943-P (12/3/19) [97]
    1943-D (9/15/09) [8]
    1943-S (11/28/19) [95]
    1944-P (12/3/19) [48]
    1944-D (9/24/19) [20]
    1944-S (8/18/11) [21]
    1945-P (12/3/19) [49]
    1945-D (8/12/11) [20]
    1945-S (9/3/19) [59]


    It's a Philly silver trio! 43-P, 44-P, 45-P, missing only the 42-P for the grand slam, but I'm quite happy with these guys. Off-camera finds included a 1951-S (my 49th) and a 1939, completing what I believe is my 13th roll.

    Foreign


    Always amused by which foreigns pass easily thru Vegas slots. This 1986 Singapore 20 cents stood out as it dropped from the nickel machine.

    Fun Stats: First 44-P wartime in over six years (9/1/13). It's also the 7th different one this year of the 11-coin set.

    This Week in Casino Searching History: In 2009 I also scored a triple header in wartime, but all three were San Fran's - 43-S (x2) and a 45-S.
    Last edited by Immy; Dec 04, 2019 at 01:57 AM.
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  11. #56
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    Nice triplets Immy!! Keep up the fun work, and continued success to you.
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  12. #57
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    Home stretch of 2019! Let's see how many Cortez visits I can squeeze in before the decade ends.

    Wartime Nickels [469]
    1942-P (11/4/19) [30]
    1942-S (12/10/19) [21]
    1943-P (12/3/19) [97]
    1943-D (9/15/09) [8]
    1943-S (11/28/19) [95]
    1944-P (12/10/19) [49]
    1944-D (9/24/19) [20]
    1944-S (8/18/11) [21]
    1945-P (12/3/19) [49]
    1945-D (8/12/11) [20]
    1945-S (9/3/19) [59]


    A duet's almost as good as a trio. Today's finds - 42-S & 44-P. And check out that 44! Can make out a couple of steps too. It's going right into the regular collection. Another 1939 made its presence known, along with a 1994 Canadian nickel, an oddity for the slots.

    Been almost a month since the last Buffalo and I'm starting to wonder if last month's finds were just a small herd that's now extinct. Need only one more for a banner buffalo year.

    Fun Stats: First 42-S wartime in over nine years (11/13/10). It's also the 8th different one this year of the 11-coin set.

    This Week in Casino Searching History: In 1996 I had a once in a lifetime wheat penny score. I shared highlights on TNet back in 2006 ---> Roll searching or collecting stories
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    Silver: 1949-D quarter (8/9/19)

  13. #58
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    Don't know if I've seen a war nickel with that amount of luster posted before.

    As far as your linked story...I initially was like "WHAAAATTT?!?!", then I thought "well, I guess that's one answer to the question 'how do some of these coins get back into circulation?'"
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  14. #59
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    Christmas comes early, courtesy of the Cortez!

    Wartime Nickels [470]
    1942-P (11/4/19) [30]
    1942-S (12/10/19) [21]
    1943-P (12/3/19) [97]
    1943-D (9/15/09) [8]
    1943-S (11/28/19) [95]
    1944-P (12/17/19) [50]
    1944-D (9/24/19) [20]
    1944-S (8/18/11) [21]
    1945-P (12/3/19) [49]
    1945-D (8/12/11) [20]
    1945-S (9/3/19) [59]


    This will go into the books as a record setting year thanks to this nice 1936-D, my 11th buffalo for 2019 and a new personal high. Ecstatic that this li'l guy found its way into my casino cup, and he brought a friend! A 1944-P, which is my 16th wartime for the year, and when I say "year", I only started searching again in late August. Should be a snap to top this total in 2020.

    Fun Stats: My notes on Buffalo finds only go back to 1997, so I can't pinpoint the exact date of my last 36-D discovery. Safe to say it's been decades!

    This Week in Casino Searching History: In 2003 I found my 60th and final war nickel for that year, the most ever.
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    Silver: 1949-D quarter (8/9/19)

  15. #60
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    Immy: nice finds, but how was the payouts on the slots. Hope the Xmas silver runs until Valentines Day.
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