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Coinstar: Totals after 18 years, and some of the goodies.

WeissWeiss Posts: 9,935 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited September 25, 2022 3:00PM in U.S. Coin Forum

I found a couple of euro cent coins in a coinstar last week and just now remembered to take them from my car's change tray. Went to drop them in my Coinstar jar and could just barely fit them. Figured it was time to start a new jar, maybe a few images would be cool, too. Pulling out the best pieces, I realized my oldest goes back to November of 2004!

Lots of these are US coinage. When I first started finding coins in the coinstar return, I was saving everything. In 2009 I found a big handful of clad quarters and dimes in the return. Figured it was worth a conversion, so I grabbed another handful out of the jar, cashed it all in and voila, a silver half dollar that literally cost nothing.

Anyway, here's a quick peek at about 18 years of the coinstar hoard. The full jar, it's weight (tare adjusted, of course). Some of the more interesting and/or higher face value pieces (including a tiny sample of coins from around the world: China, Switzerland, Denmark, India, Poland, Luxemburg, etc.). Elongateds, tokens. And finally the keepers in 2x2s, and that WLH I bought with some of the regular US clad:

We are like children who look at print and see a serpent in the last letter but one, and a sword in the last.
--Severian the Lame

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  • gonzergonzer Posts: 2,989 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very cool.

  • DCWDCW Posts: 6,970 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I agree, very cool and you can't beat "free!"

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  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,486 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice haul

  • nwcoastnwcoast Posts: 2,838 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice haul indeed!
    I have the past several years coinstar takes all thrown together into a bowl.
    One of these days I’ll have to go through it similarly.
    A “rainy day” project to look forward to.

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  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,933 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice hoard. I suspect my own hoard (if I had kept them) would be at least as large and maybe even larger. My biggest find at one time contained 198 coins, 129 of which were US quarters. I have had other finds of 50+ pieces at least five more times. In recent months finds have been few and far between but last week I did find one with seventeen US cents (including a 1943 steel cent), a one cent Euro and a Mexican 10 centavo.

    Have you totaled up the face value of the US coins in your jar?

    All glory is fleeting.
  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is great. I never thought of saving my Coinstar finds like that. Good idea. Perhaps I will begin accumulating them. Lately though, it has been barren... for weeks now. And then, when something did show up prior to this dry spell, it was meager. Cheers, RickO

  • oih82w8oih82w8 Posts: 11,889 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice ones. I will have to sort my jar of "oddities" that I have found in circulation/coinstars.

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  • ndeaglesndeagles Posts: 309 ✭✭✭✭

    I check the reject tray on the coinstar every time I'm there, probably 2-3 times a week for years, I've never found a single coin. :(. That is a nice amount of coins interesting seeing the pressed pennies in there

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

    pretty good to find 4 pounds worth !

    some neat stuff in there.

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  • WeissWeiss Posts: 9,935 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 26, 2022 3:50PM

    @291fifth said:
    Nice hoard.

    Have you totaled up the face value of the US coins in your jar?

    I haven't. Lots of stuff with sticky residue on it. Several bent or holed pieces--including a holed US half dollar.
    I'm torn between wanting to keep all of the coins as a whole, and not needing a bunch of sticky zinc cents.

    But now that it's getting cool out, and I'm running out of space in that jar, I'm leaning towards cleaning it, cashing it in, and then using the proceeds to buy another silver piece or two.

    I've always loved the idea of "the exchange". Used to do it at the end of every year when I was a serious metal detectorist. Logged every clad find. Cleaned it all thoroughly. Then at the end of the year, I'd cash in the pile of clad and go shopping for the type of coins I'd be unlikely to actually find. Wound up with some pretty stellar coins for "free". Actually got an article about the process and the results published in the biggest detecting magazine at the time. Guess how I used the money I got? Yep, bought coins :)

    Some examples. All of these were purchased with the clad coins I found while detecting. One year (1999) I found enough to get both the '35 peace and the 1880-S. The peace even CAC'd a few years back:

    We are like children who look at print and see a serpent in the last letter but one, and a sword in the last.
    --Severian the Lame
  • lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,813 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very cool!

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  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,793 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A very nice assortment you have there. 👍🏻

    Disclaimer: I'm not a dealer, trader, grader, investor or professional numismatist. I'm just a hobbyist. (To protect me but mostly you! 🤣 )

  • WeissWeiss Posts: 9,935 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 26, 2022 12:29PM

    @LanceNewmanOCC said:
    pretty good to find 4 pounds worth !

    some neat stuff in there.

    Thanks! That's 5 pounds after taring the jar.

    We are like children who look at print and see a serpent in the last letter but one, and a sword in the last.
    --Severian the Lame
  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,793 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Can I ask you a question @Weiss? What's your secret? Do you camp out there? 👍🏻

    Disclaimer: I'm not a dealer, trader, grader, investor or professional numismatist. I'm just a hobbyist. (To protect me but mostly you! 🤣 )

  • WeissWeiss Posts: 9,935 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @OAKSTAR said:
    Can I ask you a question @Weiss? What's your secret? Do you camp out there? 👍🏻

    :) No camping. Just consistency. Every location, every time. On vacation, in a hurry, arm full of groceries.

    We are like children who look at print and see a serpent in the last letter but one, and a sword in the last.
    --Severian the Lame
  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,793 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Weiss said:

    @OAKSTAR said:
    Can I ask you a question @Weiss? What's your secret? Do you camp out there? 👍🏻

    :) No camping. Just consistency. Every location, every time. On vacation, in a hurry, arm full of groceries.

    OUTSTANDING!!

    Disclaimer: I'm not a dealer, trader, grader, investor or professional numismatist. I'm just a hobbyist. (To protect me but mostly you! 🤣 )

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

    @Weiss said:

    @LanceNewmanOCC said:
    pretty good to find 4 pounds worth !

    some neat stuff in there.

    Thanks! That's 5 pounds after taring the jar.

    NICE!

    minus the wheats and silver, looks like the stuff i buy by the pound and i've bought MANY. :) - (enter shower curtain sorting table lol)

    <--- look what's behind the mask! - cool link 1/NO ~ 2/NNP ~ 3/NNC ~ 4/CF ~ 5/PG ~ 6/Cert ~ 7/NGC 7a/NGC pop~ 8/NGCF ~ 9/HA archives ~ 10/PM ~ 11/NM ~ 12/ANACS cert ~ 13/ANACS pop - report fakes 1/ACEF ~ report fakes/thefts 1/NCIS - Numi-Classes SS ~ Bass ~ Transcribed Docs NNP - clashed coins - error training - V V mm styles -

  • vplite99vplite99 Posts: 1,180 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow! I've scored coins in my local Coinstar at Walmart only once in the last several years, but that included a silver dime. That is the only Coinstar that I regularly walk by.

    Vplite99
  • Jzyskowski1Jzyskowski1 Posts: 6,651 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Just returned from the store. Looky what was in the coinstar reject slot 😁

    1929🙀


    🎶 shout shout, let it all out 🎶

  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 4,431 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This is where I store my Coinstar rejects 🌝

    Mr_Spud

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