Recently, I went to the bank and decided to spend $20 on rolled coins. I ended up getting 5 rolls of nickels (total of 200 nickels) and a roll of half-dollars (20 half-dollars).
I knew I had “roll-searching success” on my hands when, on my way out of the bank I peeked under the end of the paper half-dollar roll and saw the distinctive whitish color of a silver half-dollar underneath.
Yep, 50 cents bought me a 1964 90% silver half-dollar!
Inside The Half Dollar Roll
When I got home, I opened up my rolls of coins to see what else I had obtained.
Here are the highlights of what I found in the half-dollar roll:
- 1964 90% Silver Kennedy Half-Dollar, About Uncirculated ($6 to $7)
- 1967 40% Silver Kennedy Half-Dollar, Extremely Fine ($3)
- 6 1776-1976 Bicentennial Half-Dollars, Extremely Fine-About Uncirculated ($3 in total, or face value)
Not bad for a $10 roll of half-dollars from the bank, huh?
Two of the half-dollars alone (the 1964 and 1967) are worth about as much as the face value of the entire roll thanks to the bullion value of the silver those 2 half dollar coins contain!
Here’s a video I made showing the notable half-dollars that I found in this roll:
Inside The Roll Of Nickels
The nickel roll also contained a few nice finds.
It depends what you are looking for when it comes to deciding how many “nice” coins the 5 rolls yielded. In my case, I tend to look for any nickels made before 1960 and foreign nickels.
I found the following coins among the 5 rolls:
- 1946 Jefferson Nickel
- 1959 Jefferson Nickel
- 2 1959-D Jefferson Nickels (1 is a very, very lustrous About Uncirculated)
- 1993 Canadian Nickel
However, if you were searching for pre-1965 coinage, then I also found 5 to 10 1960-1964 Jefferson nickels. I found several Westward Journey nickels in these nickel rolls, too.
This video shows the neat finds I made among these 5 rolls:
While these coins may not be the most valuable modern coins available, they do make terrific circulation/roll discoveries and give you just a taste of the many great coins you can find when you look around hard enough!