Coin Roll Hunting: When Bank Rolls Yield Valuable Coins!

kennedy-half-dollar-coins-from-coin-rolls.jpg As a coin collector, I like to buy rolls of coins and see what I can find within.

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 coin roll hunting 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 Roll Of Half Dollars

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 Rolls Of Nickels

The nickel rolls 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!

Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

My love for coins and numismatics began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I'm a member of both the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG). I've also been studying meteorology and watching weather patterns for years. I enjoy sharing little-known facts and fun stuff about coins, weather, travel, health, food, and living green.

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