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Coins purchased at Woolworth's in 1977

PipestonePetePipestonePete Posts: 1,893 ✭✭✭✭✭

The boss brought in some of his coin collection today and it included these six coins that he purchased at his local Woolworth's store back in 1977. I thought the holders were pretty cool.

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  • mvs7mvs7 Posts: 1,661 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited July 20, 2022 10:39AM

    @PipestonePete said:
    The boss brought in some of his coin collection today and it included these six coins that he purchased at his local Woolworth's store back in 1977. I thought the holders were pretty cool.

    Pretty cool. Your boss could have saved a chunk of change, though, by doing some nickel roll searching in 1977. ;) That 1937 buffalo looks like it has a clipped planchet.

  • PipestonePetePipestonePete Posts: 1,893 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @mvs7 said:
    Pretty cool. Your boss could have saved a chunk of change, though, by doing some nickel roll searching in 1977.

    True dat....but then I wouldn't be looking at these cool old holders if he had.

  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 8,698 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great post. I remember Woolworth's well. It was our main store at that time. Loved walking in through the main doors right in to the large white rotating shelves of coins and to the left was the best smelling popcorn machine and cotton candy machine. Wow, those were the days. 45's for .25 to .35 and albums for $2.99 to 3.99, but best of all you could play samples of them on the demo machine. I don't believe I ever bought a record there but sure listened to all the latest hits. Extremely wonderful time the 60's.
    Jim


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  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,712 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Woolworth's sold coins just like that for many years (1960's -1970's and maybe even later). It is interesting to see them still in their original holders.

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  • ElmerFusterpuckElmerFusterpuck Posts: 4,538 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I remember those holders well. I spent more than my share of looking at the coins going round and round there. I didn't buy all that many; quite a few of them were overpriced and had issues like cleaning.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,214 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @gonzer said:

    @jesbroken said:
    _Wow, those were the days. 45's for .25 to .35 and albums for $2.99 to 3.99, but best of all you could play samples of them on the demo machine. _
    Jim

    You've probably got all the YN's here scratching their heads thinking " What's that gibberish he's speaking ?".

    I wonder if the YNs would know what to do with a rotary payphone.

  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 26,997 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I remember them well

  • Rob9874Rob9874 Posts: 315 ✭✭✭✭

    I remember buying pennies, nickels, and dimes for my Whitman folders at Woolworth's around '80-'82. Distinctly remember that carousel of coins. Some of my earliest coin collecting memories.

  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 4,820 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @JBK said:
    Brings back memories of the coin shop i went to with my father as a kid. There was a certain smell that I just got a whiff of thanks to this thread.

    I recall standing on front of the rotating cases that threw off a lot of heat due to the bright lights inside.

    You are singing my exact song! Long Island, 62-65 time-frame. Except I went to Woolworth's on my bike by myself. I came home with a penny (cent) and remember my dad saying: YOU PAID HOW MUCH FOR THAT PENNY!?!?!?! 😂 🤣

  • NumisOxideNumisOxide Posts: 10,939 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited July 20, 2022 2:24PM

    The only thing I remember buying(parents buying) at Woolworths in the early 1990s was my first gameboy it came with Tetris. I also think we got our first parakeet and goldfish from there too. It was located Springfield blvd and Jamaica Ave in Queens NY.

  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 4,820 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @coinJP said:
    It was located Springfield blvd and Jamaica Ave in Queens NY.

    I was born in St Albans. I know it well!

  • semikeycollectorsemikeycollector Posts: 825 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I remember going to Woolworths in Smithtown,NY during college and buying some of the early S mint lincolns like 1911-s and 1913-s. I spent about $20 for a few of them. That was my largest purchase back then!

  • LanceNewmanOCCLanceNewmanOCC Posts: 19,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @mvs7 said:

    @PipestonePete said:
    The boss brought in some of his coin collection today and it included these six coins that he purchased at his local Woolworth's store back in 1977. I thought the holders were pretty cool.

    Pretty cool. Your boss could have saved a chunk of change, though, by doing some nickel roll searching in 1977. ;) That 1937 buffalo looks like it has a clipped planchet.

    i thoguht so at first but it is just the reflection from the plastic being pushed out by the coin and the light reflection off the edge of it.

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  • NumisOxideNumisOxide Posts: 10,939 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @OAKSTAR said:

    @coinJP said:
    It was located Springfield blvd and Jamaica Ave in Queens NY.

    I was born in St Albans. I know it well!

    Oh not too far! I grew up in the Queens Village/ Bellerose area

  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 4,820 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @coinJP said:

    @OAKSTAR said:

    @coinJP said:
    It was located Springfield blvd and Jamaica Ave in Queens NY.

    I was born in St Albans. I know it well!

    Oh not too far! I grew up in the Queens Village/ Bellerose area

    So we're homies!! 👍🏻 👍🏻

  • 3stars3stars Posts: 2,270 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My Woolworth's was Baldwin, NY, so just down the JFK flight path from a lot of you!

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  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 3,963 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I remember those same holders in Woolworth’s when I was a kid. This was in South Hills Village mall near Pittsburgh. I remember buying just a few there, the mall had a nice coin store in it that had a much better selection and I spent my allowance mainly at that one instead of Woolworths

    Mr_Spud

  • amwldcoinamwldcoin Posts: 11,269 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited July 20, 2022 4:06PM

    Regions or stores must be different! In the late 60's, I bought my 1st coin at a Woolworth's. It was a crappy 18-S Lincoln Cent I still couldn't sell for what I paid for it today! It was in a regular 2x2 and the displays were the thin glass cases standing up like a book you could leaf through.

  • JWPJWP Posts: 14,501 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A true part of retail and numismatic history.. Never would have thought coins were ever for sale at Woolworths. Just fantastic. Thanks for these memories. :)

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  • 1madman1madman Posts: 1,114 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Where did Woolworth get the coins from that they sold?

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,384 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My favorite Woolworths was in downtown Brooklyn, Hoyt and Schermerhorn Sts. There was a big Mays department store too. For a kid, they were huge stores filled with everything! Peace Roy

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  • ElKevvoElKevvo Posts: 3,981 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I loved Woolworths when I was a kid...those holders are really cool, thanks for posting!

    K

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  • HydrantHydrant Posts: 7,773 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited July 20, 2022 4:58PM

    @1madman said:
    Where did Woolworth get the coins from that they sold?

    They had a lady in the back room going through the daily change!😁. Seriously, most of the coins in those rotation machines were pretty crummy.....But, when you're 8 years old just pushing the button and watching and waiting for the perfect specimen to roll around was the main thrill of it all!....After all,....what could you expect to buy for 35¢?.....Man, I miss those days!

  • FlyingAlFlyingAl Posts: 2,479 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @JBK said:

    @gonzer said:

    @jesbroken said:
    _Wow, those were the days. 45's for .25 to .35 and albums for $2.99 to 3.99, but best of all you could play samples of them on the demo machine. _
    Jim

    You've probably got all the YN's here scratching their heads thinking " What's that gibberish he's speaking ?".

    I wonder if the YNs would know what to do with a rotary payphone.

    Probably not, though there’s a chance we might be able to figure it out with enough tries :lol:!

  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 4,820 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like a lot of NY'ers here.

  • P0CKETCHANGEP0CKETCHANGE Posts: 2,039 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @OAKSTAR said:
    Looks like a lot of NY'ers here.

    Nothing is as expensive as free money.

  • NumisOxideNumisOxide Posts: 10,939 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @OAKSTAR said:

    @coinJP said:

    @OAKSTAR said:

    @coinJP said:
    It was located Springfield blvd and Jamaica Ave in Queens NY.

    I was born in St Albans. I know it well!

    Oh not too far! I grew up in the Queens Village/ Bellerose area

    So we're homies!! 👍🏻 👍🏻

    Cool!

  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 4,820 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited July 20, 2022 7:07PM

    @P0CKETCHANGE said:

    @OAKSTAR said:
    Looks like a lot of NY'ers here.

    HEY! I'M COLLECTIN' HERE!! 😂 🤣

  • thebeavthebeav Posts: 3,730 ✭✭✭✭✭

    By the late 70's, I was too old for Woolworth's coins, but in the late 60's I wasn't. One I remember buying was Lincoln cent with him smoking a pipe. Probably how I started smoking.......
    The store was a 45 minute bike ride away though, so I didn't get in there that often.

  • TreashuntTreashunt Posts: 6,746 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I remember them selling coin, back in the '60's.

    Those are crazy prices, perhaps in another 100 years he'll break even

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    There was no Woolworths in the little town where I grew up. We had J.J. Newberry's.... There was a Woolworths in Kingston, twelve miles south. We never shopped there... but Newberry's did sell coins - along with everything else from clothes to kitchenware. I did not purchase any coins there, just looked. Cheers, RickO

  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 4,820 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @3stars said:
    My Woolworth's was Baldwin, NY, so just down the JFK flight path from a lot of you!

    Mine was in Levittown.

  • csdotcsdot Posts: 654 ✭✭✭✭

    I remember Woolworths selling coins. Seems that after the price of Gold and Silver spiked in the late 70s/early 80s and then collapsed, the dime store rotating coin displays (and Woolworths) became a thing of the past.

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