Summary of two collections/accumulations I have looked at for others in the last month.
Persons I know in my local area (who are in their 60's and late 70's) asked me to look at "old coins" that their respective father in law (in his 90's) and their mother and grandmother (both deceased) had collected/assembled over many decades.
Based upon the ages of the persons involved I assumed the coins had possibly been acquired as early as the 1930's/1940's through the 1980's/1990's. So I agreed to look at the "old coins".
The father in law in his 90's (of the man in his 60's) had a number of coins, both US and non US (in his job he traveled the world). He collected from circulation and he purchased coins from Littleton (single coins in cellophane packaging with Littleton logos and data about the each coin and its sale price). The US coins dated from 1833 (a capped bust half) to about the 1980s. The non US coins dated from 1815 to about the 1980s. The coins ranged from Uncirculated to culls. There was some 90% and 40% silver, plus post 1964 clad coinage. The silver coins include a capped bust half, a couple of liberty seated coins, a couple of barber coins, mecrury dimes, roosevelt dimes, SLQs, Washington quarters, WLH, Franklins, Kennedys, Morgans and Peace dollars. There were Indian head cents, Lincoln cents, Liberrty nickels, Buffalo nickels, and Jefferson nickels.
These coins hinted at a very casual collector who also collected from pocket change both in the US and abroad.
Nothing of substantial numismatic value in the US Coins. The likely value of the silver coins (mostly melt) is likely about $700.00.
The deceased mother and grandmother (of the man in his late 70's) had a broader, bigger and more interesting collection of coins. It also includes US and World Coinage going back to the mid 1800s. These two women had coins in various blue Whitman tri fold albums that are dated going back to the 1950, including Mercury dimes, US 20th Century coins, a year only set of Lincoln cents and a British Shilling album covering 1953 forward. They also had some rolls that they assembled (including silver and clad), some bank wrapped rolls of cents (1959 D and 1960 D), a plastic coin tube of MS 1968 S cents; a Lincoln cent collection consisting of envelopes marked with date and mint mark containing multiple examples these cents. The had a number of world coins wrapped separately and marked as to what they are.
Much of the coin in the collection of these two women are pocket change, but they did have some coins of interest, There is lots of junk silver, plus lots of early clad coinage in exceptional condition (these clad coins must have been pulled from pocket change in the year of issue as many of them look MS). What interested me the most was the Mercury dime album and two rolls of Mercury dimes. In the album and rolls are multiple dates ranging from 1917 to 1930 from all three minits that struck these coins. They are mostly low grade (fine or below) and I assume that they were pulled from pocket change in the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's. There are also a large number of unsearched wheat cents from 1910 forward (low grade) that would be of interest to those who look for varieties.
The value of the coins these two women collected is mostly in the silver content, but there are some collectible coins that would be fun to go through and fill album holes with.
These coins hinted at persons who were more than casual collectors who searched for, found and kept (in an organized fashion) in an organized and methodical fashion coins that they pulled exclusively from pocket change oin the US and around the world.
I did not know what to expect when I agreed to look at these two collections/accumulations), however I thought it would be unlikely that i would find coins that would be of more than a passing interest to those who participate in the hobby at a "higher level".
So, tell me about occasions where you have looked at "old coins" belonging to others.