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  1. #61
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dozer D View Post
    Immy: nice finds, but how was the payouts on the slots. Hope the Xmas silver runs until Valentines Day.
    Typical winning and losing. I bring a set amount of cash and never exceed it. They won't be opening an Immy Wing of suites based on my gaming habits, that's for sure.
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    Silver: 1949-D quarter (8/9/19)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Immy View Post
    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...and when I say "year", I only started searching again in late August. Should be a snap to top this total in 2020.
    The herds are running wild at El Cortez...Congrats on the record breaking year!
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  3. #63
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleepy Holow View Post
    Congrats on the record breaking year!
    Thanks!

    And that will close the books on 2019 I'm afraid. Far too much going on in the next two weeks to fit in another Cortez visit.

    Time to focus (pardon the pun) on 2020.

    All the best to everyone here! Merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous and safe new year!
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    Silver: 1949-D quarter (8/9/19)

  4. #64
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    And so 2020 begins...

    As I enter a new decade of casino collecting (my fifth ) here's how the nickel charts currently look.

    Immy's Buffalo List
    Category 1
    1)1926-S
    2)1931-S
    3)13-S (T2)
    4)1924-S
    5)1915-S
    6)1921-S
    7)1913-S (T1)
    8)1927-S
    9)1914-S
    10)1914-D
    11)13-D (T2)
    12)1917-S
    13)1925-D
    14)1918-S
    15)1924-D
    16)13-D (T1)
    ---------------
    Category 2
    17)1930-S
    18)1937-S
    19)1926-D
    20)1927-D
    21)1923-S
    22)1925-S
    23)1928-D
    24)1928-S
    25)1938-D
    26)1934-D
    27)1919-S
    28)1915-D
    29)1929-S
    30)1919-D
    31)1918-D
    32)1929-D

    ---------------
    Category 3
    33)1920-D
    34)1920-S
    35)1917-D
    36)1935-S
    37)1921
    38)1916-S
    39)1935-D
    40)1916-D
    41)1936-S
    42)1937-D
    43)1934
    44)1914
    45)1915
    46)1924
    47)1930
    48)1928

    ---------------
    Category 4
    49)1936-D
    50)1913 (T2)
    51)1913 (T1)
    52)1918
    53)1925
    54)1923
    55)1929
    56)1927
    57)1926
    58)1917
    59)1935
    60)1919
    61)1920
    62)1916
    63)1937
    64)1936
    ---------------
    gray = found
    black = WANTED
    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]

    Goals? I learned my lesson from the stay-cation: don't over-estimate.

    Buffalos - one per month seems not only modest but it would also eclipse the record set just last year.

    Buffalos Part Deux - I'd like to tick off two from my unfound list, or at least complete Category 4.

    Wartime - I'll double up and say two per month. Attainable based on last year's totals. Will I find silver nickel #500?

    Jefferson - Perhaps my loftiest goal, filling my 50-D hole. Sold a few completed sets several years ago and inadvertantly kept the one that was missing The Key. I've never bought a 50-D and hope never to have to.

    Misc - Since it's been so many years, I'd like to find one V nickel in 2020. Maybe the most unrealistic, but those are the best goals.


    With these in mind, I had a less than spectacular start. The New Year's first Cortez visit today was a skunk-fest. We'll see what happen in the coming weeks.


    Fun Stats: The hunt for 2020 coins begins! The earliest I've found a new year coin was 1/20/80. Came close to tying it in 2001 when I got a new penny on Jan 21st that year.

    This Week in Casino Searching History: In 2008, the lowest mintage US coin I've ever found clunked into my casino tray - a 1926-S Buffalo. It remains the only sub-one-million US coin I've taken home from a casino.
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    Silver: 1949-D quarter (8/9/19)

  5. #65
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    Now this is more like it! El Cortez once again proves that Nevada truly is the Silver State.

    Wartime Nickels [472]
    1942-P (11/4/19) [30]
    1942-S (12/10/19) [21]
    1943-P (1/7/20) [98]
    1943-D (9/15/09) [8]
    1943-S (1/7/20) [96]
    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]


    Yeah! Today's visit put me right on par for buffalos (one per month) with this VG 1925 AND wartimes (two per month) with this pair of 1943's, P & S mint. And if that weren't good enough...


    A lady was emptying her bucket of quarters into the self-serve coin machine (that I was conveniently sitting next to ) and I heard a distinct silver "clink" in the reject chute. I hoped she wouldn't notice, but I was prepared to offer her a quarter for it, reasoning that "the machines don't accept those old quarters". Didn't need to, however, as she simply walked away without checking the chute. SCORE!! One 1943-S Washington! Also vying for my attention was this 2014 Canadian nickel, which I happily plucked from another machine.

    Seriously good day at the casino.

    Fun Stats: 1925 is the first buffalo of the new decade. The first for the previous decade was a 1918-S on 3/13/11 (got a late start that year) and the decade before that was a 1930-S on 2/18/00.

    This Week in Casino Searching History: In 2008, I had another VG buffalo find, this time a 1928.
    Last edited by Immy; Jan 08, 2020 at 01:19 AM.
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    Silver: 1949-D quarter (8/9/19)

  6. #66
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    Wow, that's a 1943 trifecta if I've ever seen one! Is that a new date for your quarter collection?
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  7. #67
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleepy Holow View Post
    Is that a new date for your quarter collection?
    Yup, but just about anything silver would be new. Had a complete Washington collection until I sold it a few years back. It included a beautful 38-S that I found in a Vegas slot, hated parting with that, but when you need $$$...

    My found silver quarters of late are 43-S, 49-D (in change!), 64 & 64-D, so anything is welcome at this point.

    One thing I was wondering was whether I'd now completed a 43-S type set. 43-S wheat penny was easy enough, found a fair number of those in Coinstars. Dimes I'm less sure about but I know I've found a few Mercs over the years, have to check some notes on that one. 43-s half I'm fairly certain has not appeared. Slots only ever turned up one Walker, a 42-P, so not quite there yet.
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    Silver: 1949-D quarter (8/9/19)

  8. #68
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    I've been unable to hit the Cortez recently due to minor health setbacks. Nothing serious, just "getting old" stuff ("Ohh, my back!" ) and a winter cold that ruined a four-day weekend. Hope to hit the slots at least one more time this month.
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    Silver: 1949-D quarter (8/9/19)

  9. #69
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    Feel better, the coins aren't going anywhere (yet).
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  10. #70
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    Woo hoo! Squeezed in a Cortez visit before the end of the month...and it was worth it!


    [First off, sorry for the slightly blurry pics. I'm experimenting with my phone's camera vs my old 10 megapixel Canon Powershot. Hard to get a good pic since my phone has no macro setting (third pic above is with the old camera, I think it looks the best) ]

    So how about that 1919 Buffie, huh? My 2nd of the year so I've covered my year goal thru Feb. Had to douse it with the Nic-A-You-Know-What a couple of times but the date eventually came right up. Ain't she a beaut? No silver today but I'm not quibbling. Along for the ride but not camera-worthy were a 1939-P and a 1984 Canadian nickel, plus at one point a clad quarter dropped out of the nickel machine. Never seen that happen before, but I'll take the 20 cents profit.


    Today there were a lot of people using the casino coin machines as a Coinstar, including a pair of guys who jammed up one of them. So they moved to the one besides me to continue dumping. Between them and the others, I got about 60 cents in rejected zinc & clad, a Namco game token, and this 83-year-old guy. Yesss!


    Tried $100 in halves and while there was no silver to be had, here's more proof the half hunters are in force here in Vegas. It reads "Keep Calm - Collect Coin". I will certainly follow that advice.


    Fun Stats: That's my first 1919 Buffalo since 2/15/09.

    This Week in Casino Searching History: Also in 2009, I nabbed a 1918 Buffalo about two weeks before the above-mentioned 1919.
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    Wheat penny: 1956-D (7/24/19)
    Silver: 1949-D quarter (8/9/19)

  11. #71
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    El Cortez continues to generate goodies!

    Wartime Nickels [473]
    1942-P (11/4/19) [30]
    1942-S (12/10/19) [21]
    1943-P (1/7/20) [98]
    1943-D (9/15/09) [8]
    1943-S (1/7/20) [96]
    1944-P (12/17/19) [50]
    1944-D (9/24/19) [20]
    1944-S (8/18/11) [21]
    1945-P (2/11/20) [50]
    1945-D (8/12/11) [20]
    1945-S (9/3/19) [59]




    I can't figure it out. 30 years ago I never had this kind of luck with buffalos. It's like someone's seeded the machines. But hey, I'll keep roping in the strays. Yesterday's find was another Nic-a-Dated 1916-P, previously found in Sept of last year (it graces post #1 of this thread). Sharing the spotlight was some wartime silver ~ 1945-P (was really hoping for that D-mint). Two Canadian interlopers joined the fray - 1998 & 1999.

    Yearly goal totals are on par thru March for buffalos but I need one more silver for Feb. Got a 4-day weekend coming up so I'll attempt to remedy that next week.

    Fun Stats: The shortest amount of time elapsed between finding two buffalos of the same date was in 2009 when I found two 1936-P's 73 days apart. By contrast, the two recent 1916's were 160 days apart.

    This Week in Casino Searching History: In 2003, I completed a roll of 1953-S nickels.
    Last edited by Immy; Feb 12, 2020 at 11:34 AM.
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    Silver: 1949-D quarter (8/9/19)

  12. #72
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    After several months of searching casino nickels recently - the steadiest searching I've done in years - I was curious what date ranges there were, and how prevalent the new designs are vs the pre-2004 era of nickels.

    So I've launched a year-long survey. I'm going to do this by bringing home $20 in nickels from each El Cortez visit ($20 in '20, catchy! ). Not only will this provide a great sample for study, but I can also examine them easier, look for older dates, errors, proofs, etc. Each batch of 400 nickels will then be cashed in at my local bank, since they're fine on coin amounts of less than $25. It should provide a decent snapshot of what there is to search thru.

    Here are the first two searches:

    (1/28/20) [400 nickels]

    1938-1959 = 3 (1940, 1948, 1955-D)
    1960-2003 = 123
    2004 PEACE = 3
    2004 KEEL = 3
    2005 BISON = 3
    2005 OCEAN = 11
    2006-2020 = 254 (zero 2009)

    (2/11/20) [400 nickels, 800 total]

    1938-1959 = 1 (1949) (4)
    1960-2003 = 127 (250)
    2004 PEACE = 3 (6)
    2004 KEEL = 2 (5)
    2005 BISON = 4 (7)
    2005 OCEAN = 4 (15)
    2006-2020 = 259 (zero 2009) (513)

    Right off the bat a couple of things surprised me. First was the sheer volume of 2006-2020, fully two thirds as of these totals. Also unusual were how infrequent the 3+ billion Lewis & Clark commems are, each one showing up at a rate similar to pre-1960's dates. We'll see if these numbers stay consistant.

    I'm also doing an informal pre-1960 date search, not just with these $20 samples, but any I happen to notice while playing. I'm at 13 out of 61 so far. Should be a fun year with nickels!



    Flash backward over 50 years and here's my favorite haunt in its heyday in 1966. Can you just imagine the nickels in these slots? I even have one of the small casino cups you can see upside down on the slot handle. They were apparently used at least until the 1980s when I first walked thru their doors.
    Last edited by Immy; Feb 12, 2020 at 07:39 PM.
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    Silver: 1949-D quarter (8/9/19)

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    Loving the thread Immy! Thanks for keeping it going for us all. Some of us (cough, cough...) have never stepped in a casino, so we are living vicariously through your stories. I did play a slot machine once - on a ferry from Portland Maine to Nova Scotia on our honeymoon 39 years ago. The quarter machine gave me a $50 jackpot on my third quarter and I promptly quit while ahead.
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  14. #74
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    No buffalos, no wartime, but silver of another kind instead, courtesy of the Cortez.


    Several times per visit I can be seen swiping my hand thru the reject slots of their four customer-accessible Cummins/Allison coin sorters. Today's find was a first, this gorgeous 1976-S non-proof silver clad half. My first 40%er and I wasn't even searching halves! It also tells me the sorters are finely tuned to reject silver, judging by the 1943 quarter I found last month the same way. Very lucky to nab this beauty.


    But nickels weren't a total bust. The $20 I took home produced my first 2020, a D-mint. Over the moon about that.

    Here's a breakdown of the 3rd batch of $20 I brought home to search:

    (2/17/20) [400 nickels, 1200 total]

    1938-1959 = 1 (1954-D) (5)
    1960-2003 = 146 (396)
    2004 PEACE = 5 (11)
    2004 KEEL = 2 (7)
    2005 BISON = 1 (8)
    2005 OCEAN = 2 (17)
    2006-2020 = 243 (zero 2009; 1st 2020-D) (756)

    Post-2005 still represents six out of every ten nickels. And the pre-1960 dates are now 20 out of 61. Pretty sure we can reach the halfway point in the next couple of visits.

    Fun Stats: The earliest I've found a new year nickel was 2/14/15.

    This Week in Casino Searching History: In 2007, I found my first and only 1970-D half dollar. I worked at the Riviera Hotel back then, and because the casino was in the process of going coinless, the cage manager (who knew I collected coins) let me buy the last several 50-cent boxes so they didn't have to send them back to the bank. Saved them money and I got a bunch of 40% & 90%ers. Win-win! Those were the days...
    Last edited by Immy; Feb 17, 2020 at 11:55 PM.
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  15. #75
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    Quote Originally Posted by Megalodon View Post
    Loving the thread Immy! Thanks for keeping it going for us all. Some of us (cough, cough...) have never stepped in a casino, so we are living vicariously through your stories. I did play a slot machine once - on a ferry from Portland Maine to Nova Scotia on our honeymoon 39 years ago. The quarter machine gave me a $50 jackpot on my third quarter and I promptly quit while ahead.
    Wish I could say I was ahead for life in the gaming arena.
    Glad you're liking the thread!
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    Wheat penny: 1956-D (7/24/19)
    Silver: 1949-D quarter (8/9/19)

 

 
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