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Finding a coin on the sidewalk is the usual way of picking up a ‘free’ coin when going about your day.
But there are some odd ways coins will turn up, too! Like while riding a roller coaster… (yes, that happened to me!)
Here are some of the most unique ways I have found some pretty interesting coins…
- I once found an Irish 1 cent Euro coin on the parking lot of a grocery store.
- I picked up a Presidential dollar I found sitting at my feet in the Incredible Hulk roller coaster at Universal Studios.
- I found a Canadian Loon dollar while walking to a classroom on my college campus.
- Ever been to Johnny Rockets Hamburgers? They have little juke boxes at the tables that take nickels. The server gave me a nickel, and that nickel was a 1943-P Wartime Jefferson nickel!
My love for coins 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 the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) and have won multiple awards from the NLG for my work as a coin journalist. I'm also the editor at CDN Publishing (a trusted source for the price of U.S. rare coins), editor at the Florida United Numismatists Club (FUN Topics magazine), and author of Images of America: The United States Mint in Philadelphia (a book that explores the colorful history of the Philadelphia Mint). I've contributed hundreds of articles for various coin publications including COINage, The Numismatist, Numismatic News, Coin Dealer Newsletter, Coin Values, and CoinWeek. I've also authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins — and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!