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A sign of the changing times we live in

I work at a grocery store in town and I can always tell when the times are changing.  Money starts getting really tight for some people they start breaking into the collection of old money.  A few years ago when gas hit $4.39 a gallon here I had a customer bring in Ben Franklin half dollars.  Yes I did get those from the store.  Last night one of the girls I worked with called to tell me someone had brought in silver dollars.  Did I want them?  Of course I did.  There was $15.00 worth of coins in the safe.  I called the girl who does the office (she counts and does deposits for the store), I explained about the silver dollars and that I would be down to pick them up.  They are 1921-1925 silver dollars.  Morgan silver dollars.  Face value, one dollar, if I knew someone who wanted to buy them they could be worth as much as $30. each.  Jackpot for me.  Over the years I've collected countless coins from 1894 thru current dates.  And here you thought I only collected material for quilts.

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Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on January 15, 2011 at 7:31am
I too have a few really old coins that I saved from my high school days working at a drive in.  Silver dollars, one is 1863  and indian head pennys.  I always thought I'd get rich when I grew up and sold these..  Well, I grew up but still have them....just can't part with them. 
Comment by Kathy/WA on January 14, 2011 at 9:33pm
Hi Linda, I know what you mean and I've had several kids come in with money I'm sure they took from moms stash but I can't say anything to them.
Comment by LKC on January 14, 2011 at 2:36pm
Kids have been know to steal money. If prized money comes your way look at their age. I am not so sure it signs of the time.
Comment by Paula/TX on January 14, 2011 at 2:17pm
I do the same when I come across coins.  That was a lucky find.  Congrats and hang on to them.
Comment by Kathy/WA on January 14, 2011 at 12:03pm
Morning BJ, Most people do know what they have but turning a silver dollar into the $20 or $30 dollars that they could be worth isn't as easy. One lady brought proofs in the plastic container send to her when she ordered it from the US Mint.  I know she paid more than the dollar the coin was worth and I told her I could only give her a dollar in change.  They need the money and know what they are giving up.  I am not selling the coins.  I've been collecting coins for years and one day they will belong to my daughter, who no doubt will use them to pay off her Macy's account!
Comment by quiltingmama on January 14, 2011 at 10:07am
Kathy, my parents owned a drive in (yes a real one where they actually car hopped!!) many years ago (late 60's - early 70's). They got silver certificates, and enough silver and such that when silver went through the roof in the 80's they had enough to pay off their mortgage... 15 years early!!! They had enough left over to have a huge "mortgage burning party". Save the stuff that you can, it will pay off. Yay for you knowing that you should save them... obviously the person getting rid of it doesn't know better. :~)
Comment by B J Elder/WA on January 14, 2011 at 9:26am
Amazing. What a great find for you, but so sad that people have to part with those coins. Wonder why they don't try to sell them first?  Do they not know the value?
Comment by Trudy/WI on January 14, 2011 at 8:14am
How interesting, I guess I never thought about that.  Too bad that we have to dig into our old stash sometimes, but better for some I guess.  Will you try and sell them?

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