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Tales from the till

WeissWeiss Posts: 9,935 ✭✭✭✭✭

I'm a landlord. I have 20 or 30 properties at any given time. Currently 5 of my multifamily properties have coin-operated machines.
I forget about them most of the time, unless there is a problem. Every once in a while I remember I need to pull the money out of them. If for no other reason that the machines will stop accepting quarters, and therefore stop working, if the bins are full. Honestly, a few hundred dollars doesn't really move the needle when you're transacting tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars a month, mostly electronically.

Eventually those machines will become digital only, like most of our economy. Online. Debit-based. Wifi driven. With apps that tell the tenant on their smart phone how much time is left, how wet their clothes are, that there is a coupon for detergent. But for now, they remain worked by quarters.

Way before I was a landlord, I was a coin collector. And I can still remember the first time I installed coin-operated machines, and eagerly poured through the laundry till looking for keepers. To this day it feels wrong to just cash them in without looking. So as I have for 30 +/- years now, I make time to do that. Every 3 or 4 months, I'll sit here for an hour or two, sorting through maybe $1000 in quarters, looking for that needle in the haystack. And I still have all that I have ever found; a big 3-ring binder of keepers. Not a coin collection, not bullion. Something in between but somehow important.

It seems like real keepers have become far less frequent. I have found a few privy / W mintmarks in the last couple of years. A few foreign coins, too. But it's silver that still makes my heart skip a beat. That's what I'm really after. That shock and micro-second of disbelief when you finally see that white rim between all of the bright orange and brown.

Today my heart skipped a beat. It's good to touch base with who you really are :)

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

Comments

  • braddickbraddick Posts: 23,074 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Neat story.
    I love the title of this thread!
    You could start a blog of your adventures and label it as such.

    peacockcoins

  • CameonutCameonut Posts: 7,256 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I love dropping those silver coins on the counter and listening to that almost forgotten ring.

    “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." - Thomas Jefferson

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  • WeissWeiss Posts: 9,935 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 10, 2023 5:11PM

    @Mizzou said:
    No wonder you got excited, that's a nice looking Pennsylvania

    Clad proof. I'll keep her, too. Though the people who spent her originally probably had the right idea.

    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: 5,786 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great story! You have your own built-in coin searching with your business. The perfect combination for a coin collector.

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

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,662 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yup, life is good. Thanks for sharing. Peace Roy

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  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,786 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You're obviously a busy man with all those properties. You need help emptying out all those machines. I'll do it for you for a minimal fee. I'll just take the silver and any errors I find and give you all the rest. That's fair. Think how much time that would save you! 🤣 😂

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

  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,786 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'll even clean the machines for you. 🤣 😉

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

  • ashelandasheland Posts: 22,671 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Fun stuff! I totally understand the excitement. 👍

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Good luck in your searches..... Good opportunity to catch the old silver quarters still circulating. Cheers, RickO

  • FrankHFrankH Posts: 773 ✭✭✭✭✭

    **GET THEM SLABBED !! **

    Binion Dollars and Weiss Quarters !!

    :)>:)

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