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    The beginning of the end? ...

    The beginning of the end?

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    The Good News - Despite covid-19 numbers rising...
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    On second thought, maybe I'll wait awhile: ...

    On second thought, maybe I'll wait awhile:

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    :protest: :protest: :protest:
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    Dawn breaks, the clouds parted, and then... ...

    Dawn breaks, the clouds parted, and then...

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    :hello2::hello2::hello2:

    I probably won't be able to go until Saturday the 6th, at the...
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    Kudos to whoever can ID this. It's 2.4 grams and some elongation makes it...
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    Can only guess what happened to this 2008 Canadian nickel. The obverse is...
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    Yeah, just a lame April Fools Day attempt....

    Yeah, just a lame April Fools Day attempt. :laughing7:
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    Even non-coins made their way into Vegas slots. This convincing-looking token is...
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    This li'l guy was...
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    Here's PMD with a morbid side. A small X has been placed on JFK's head, creating a so-called "Assassination" half dollar.

    I only...
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    Haven't discussed holes yet, probably the most commonly found deliberate damage that I find in slots. This quarter got triple the...
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    Canadian coinage wasn't immune to dommages post-monnayer.

    Before Vegas penny...
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    CHOMP! Something took a bite out of this nickel. The reverse is perfectly fine.

    Wartime Nickels [490]

    1942-P (11/4/19) [31]

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    This poor dime's been rehabbing in my collection since I found it in a Coinstar...
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    Then there's personalized PMD. Someone named "Donny" (based on the third coin) decided to deface pennies to commemorate which year he found...
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    PMD Follies

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    And then there's those with equal damage on both sides. What has this nickel...
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    And here's the opposite of yesterday - one side okay, the other...yecch! Wonder...
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    Sometimes damage really puzzles me. How is the obverse so messed up but the...
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    PMD Follies ftw!

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    I don't even...I just...whoa. :dontknow:

    Also in 1997 I began my pre-1960...
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    PMD Follies & stats galore!

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    A constant threat for coins was getting stuck in the old-fashioned counters.
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    PMD Follies & more stat dumps!

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    Looks like BB gun target practice on poor Tom. Ouch!

    The next survey began...
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    Well that escalated quickly. As of noon today all...

    Well that escalated quickly. As of noon today all NV casinos (and non-essential businesses) are shuttered for 30 days. I can't even... :dontknow:

    So the PMD Follies continue with:
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    As of yesterday, here's the Cortez's position: ...

    As of yesterday, here's the Cortez's position:

    “We are obviously monitoring the situation very closely and as always we will keep our employee and customer health as our number one priority. We...
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    PMD Follies

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    Used to find all kinda weird stuff when casinos had penny slots. Poor Abe looks...
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    Lots found on this Cortez visit so let's get...

    Lots found on this Cortez visit so let's get right into it!

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    Uh huh, it's...
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    In between Cortez visits I thought I'd post some of the oddities that I've come across over the years. I have a couple of rolls of abused...
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    Skunk visit at the Cortez today. :-\ Not much...

    Skunk visit at the Cortez today. :-\

    Not much to report apart from the $20 I brought home:

    (3/3/20) [400 nickels, 1600 total]

    1938-1959 = 4 (1948-D, 1952-D, 1958-D, 1959-D) (9)
    1960-2003 ...
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    Wish I could say I was ahead for life in the...

    Wish I could say I was ahead for life in the gaming arena. :-[
    Glad you're liking the thread! :occasion14:
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    No buffalos, no wartime, but silver of another...

    No buffalos, no wartime, but silver of another kind instead, courtesy of the Cortez.

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    Several times per visit I can be seen swiping my...
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    After several months of searching casino nickels...

    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...
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    El Cortez continues to generate goodies! ...

    El Cortez continues to generate goodies!

    Wartime Nickels [473]

    1942-P (11/4/19) [30]



    1942-S (12/10/19) [21]
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    Woo hoo! Squeezed in a Cortez visit before the...

    Woo hoo! Squeezed in a Cortez visit before the end of the month...and it was worth it!

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    I've been unable to hit the Cortez recently due...

    I've been unable to hit the Cortez recently due to minor health setbacks. Nothing serious, just "getting old" stuff ("Ohh, my back!" :tard:) and a winter cold that ruined a four-day weekend. >:( Hope...
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    Yup, but just about anything silver would be new....

    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...
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    Now this is more like it! El Cortez once again...

    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]
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    And so 2020 begins... As I enter a new decade...

    And so 2020 begins...

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

    Immy's Buffalo List


    Category 1
    1)1926-S
    2)1931-S
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    Thanks! And that will close the books on 2019...

    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...
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    Typical winning and losing. I bring a set amount...

    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. :laughing7:
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    Christmas comes early, courtesy of the Cortez!...

    Christmas comes early, courtesy of the Cortez! :hello2:

    Wartime Nickels [470]

    1942-P (11/4/19) [30]



    1942-S (12/10/19) [21]
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    Home stretch of 2019! Let's see how many Cortez...

    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]
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    Turkey Day festivities curtailed my 2nd planned...

    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]
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    At last the yoke of work has lifted off my...

    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]


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    I've thought of this lately and what I came up...

    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...
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    Dang it! So I was fully prepared to wait until...

    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...
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    Yeah, pretty good shot at an 11th buffie. Got a...

    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,...
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    Staycation is in the books! I concentrated on...

    Staycation is in the books!

    I concentrated on nickels mostly ($500-$600 worth) and while I didn't come close to my goals I'm still happy with what I found.
    Read on...

    Buffalo Nickels
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    Go for it! Plenty to go around.

    Go for it! Plenty to go around.
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    I'm getting visions of Kramer on Seinfeld with...

    I'm getting visions of Kramer on Seinfeld with his pockets overloaded lol. Thx for the tips.
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    ^^ This was equal parts laughs & good...

    ^^
    This was equal parts laughs & good advice...and may be the best response so far in this whole crazy thread. :laughing7:

    I'll let you know what works and what doesn't.
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    Sure will be. Can't wait to find out myself. ...

    Sure will be. Can't wait to find out myself.



    I try not to be conspicuous. Carrying coin in anything unusual can draw attention, which is obviously not what I want. The canvas bank bags are...
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    Been thinking about this. Probably mostly machine...

    Been thinking about this. Probably mostly machine coins. Not sure if they still have rolls anymore at the cages but if they do I'll go that route for halves. Ideally I'd like to purchase the fill...
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