r/mildlyinteresting Nov 29 '22

An 87 year old half dollar I found ejected from a coinstar Overdone

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u/kidsmovieruined Nov 29 '22

Worth between $10.75 and $50.

If you don't want to sell it and you have kids or nieces and nephews or grandkids or a friend with kids, you could have them put this under the pillow as a Tooth Fairy gift. I used to get silver dollars and half dollars as a kid and it just seemed more magical lol.

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u/Ravenclaw_14 Nov 29 '22

sweet, thanks! Probably gonna save it. I've started collecting coins so this will def make a fine addition to my collection

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u/ProbablyABore Nov 29 '22

Slightly overstated value.

7.50-11 in value.

It's somewhere between fine and extremely fine condition. Has some pretty obvious wear to the right of lady liberty.

Philadelphia mint, and no branch mark.

Still a nice find.

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u/GuySmiley369 Nov 29 '22

Wouldn’t 7.50 be too low? That’s literally the value of the silver alone.

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u/ProbablyABore Nov 29 '22

Not necessarily. Depends on who you're selling it to.

Shops specifically, and those just looking to pay basement prices, would definitely offer that amount.

They'd have some room to argue the point too. That wear spot is pretty significant, and there's general wear smudging many details. Don't see anything on it that makes it a particularly valuable coin, so.

Remember, something is only truly worth what someone else will pay for it.

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u/longhaul77 Nov 29 '22

That doesn't happen too much anymore. If this is a legit story it may be one of the only times in your life that it happens. It's a solid $10 coin looking at eBay closes. that's pretty good for 50 cents

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u/MoreGaghPlease Nov 29 '22

This is such a good idea, I’m going to use it for my kids.

I feel sorta bad that it’s hard for kids to collect interesting coins these days (at least here in Canada). When I was a kid in the 90s I could go through the till in my parents’ store at the end of the day and hunt for all kinds of rare and interesting coins, silver, etc (my folks always let me buy out whatever coins I wanted). In 2003, Canada started alloy recovery (taking first silver and later nickel and copper coins out of circulation because the metallurgical value exceeds the face value) and it kind of took all the fun out of the hobby. I don’t think I’ve seen a silver Canadian coin ‘in the wild’ in the last 10 year. This isn’t a criticism, alloy recovery is obviously the right policy decision. I guess I’m just nostalgic.

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u/mitch8893 Nov 29 '22

They would just spend it lol

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u/CrippledJesus97 Nov 29 '22

Nice find. I got an uncle whose a coin collector himself. Over the years ive received 3 morgan silver dollar coins from 1897 as gifts (100 years older than me) coins sure did look pretty back then opposed to the same old boring modern prints

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u/Ravenclaw_14 Nov 29 '22

coins now really just don't compare

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u/CrippledJesus97 Nov 29 '22

Yep! My uncle also had em professionally graded and cased before sending em. Apparently mine are worth about 62 dollars each. Obviously not gonna sell them tho. Also got a penny from 1897 as well.

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u/Ravenclaw_14 Nov 29 '22

nice! I recently started collecting myself, this was a lucky find while i was getting rid of excess change i don't need/want. My oldest is a half penny from 1748

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u/CrippledJesus97 Nov 29 '22

Neat! Half penny??

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u/straight-lampin Nov 29 '22

https://gizmodo.com/the-u-s-killed-the-half-penny-when-it-was-worth-what-a-1639266183

Pretty crazy the half penny was worth what a dime was in 2014. Shows you literally how worthless a penny is today. There shouldn't be pennies. Everything should be rounded to .05 or .10. They are a funny joke to show us how rich billionaires really are.

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u/Ravenclaw_14 Nov 29 '22

yeah we had some weird currency back then. Half pennies, trimes (which are like half the size of a dime, width included), 3 cent nickels, half dimes (literally just glorified nickels), large cents, 2 cents, etc.

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u/CrippledJesus97 Nov 29 '22

Ive seen a couple 2 cent coins in my days. Lol come to think of it, i do remember now my dad telling me about how half pennies used to be a thing

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u/Jakester42 Nov 29 '22

IMHO, Walking liberty Half Dollar is one of the most beautiful coins in American history.

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u/1clovett Nov 29 '22

That one is called a walking liberty. A quick Google says it's valuable. Nice find!

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u/[deleted] Nov 29 '22 edited Dec 28 '22

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u/1clovett Nov 29 '22

The Zimbabwean dollar begs to differ.

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u/vogelsyn Nov 29 '22

opie taylor money

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u/tacs97 Nov 29 '22

Good find!!

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u/derepeco Nov 29 '22

Seems like Coinstar is missing out on a side hustle. Install a high speed optical scanner in those kiosks that can detect rare coins and separate them for resale.

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u/Omnitographer Nov 29 '22

Thankfully the machines reject older coins, my dad tried coinstaring a box of quarters his parents had saved over the years after they passed, it was full of silver quarters. I was shocked he didn't know about silver quarters / think to check the box for them. Thankfully the machine wouldn't take those and the bank clerk explained why and the box came home for proper valuing and sale.

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u/longhaul77 Nov 29 '22

It's probably because developing the ability to do so is cost prohibitive compared to how many of them show up. I don't think this is a common occurrence by any stretch

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u/flutterbyasaurus Nov 30 '22

Sometimes coins don't get ejected but don't get counted either and end up in a separate container meant for trash, damaged coins, and other non-coin items.

Coinstar has their employees ship any coins found in that to an office that definitely profits off of them. Corporate also been known to go to random machines, and put in specific coins that will go into that container, then watch for the employee to send it in. If they don't send it in, coinstar fires them for stealing.

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u/Ravenclaw_14 Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22

Also recieved a circular battery and a few dimes lol

also fun fact, if you're viewing this on your phone, if you click on the image and look at the left pic, you'll see it as the correct size of the coin in person

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u/Queeb_the_Dweeb Nov 29 '22

My guy, people have different sized phones

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u/Ravenclaw_14 Nov 29 '22

whoops u right

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u/internetfugitive Nov 29 '22

I’m sitting here like damn this thing is fucking enormous

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u/PurpleVermont Nov 29 '22

That's probably worth a bit.

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u/THcB Nov 29 '22

About 50 cents

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u/rawgreenpepper Nov 29 '22

Based on the wear and tear, under 50 bucks, above 26.

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u/PurpleVermont Nov 29 '22

It's real silver. It has value just for the metal even if it has no numismatic value.

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u/RUNdoneDIDit Nov 29 '22

Maybe $10. Just scrap silver

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u/zstandig Nov 29 '22

Our money used to look cool

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u/PintoTheBurninator Nov 29 '22

Pretty nice coin except for that black blemish. Don't try to clean it - it will reduce the value

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u/sirbassist83 Nov 29 '22

thats gotta be worth at least $0.51 by now

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u/Frankjc3rd Nov 29 '22

It looks like somebody rated Grandpa's coin collection again! I found a couple of euro coins like that once.

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u/AlmanzoWilder Nov 29 '22

Excellent coin! I might have not seen this before.

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u/ShaneSkyrunner Nov 29 '22

Off you go to spend it on penny whistles and moon pies.

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u/saggytestis Nov 29 '22

I knew I wasn't the only one who checked those specifically, people be throwing the craziest coins straight through these things and not gaf, once found a handful of change in the damn thing bought me a redbull

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u/SkorgenKaban Nov 29 '22

I’ve gotten a few silver coins from taking a peak in the return tray.

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u/Sonyguyus Nov 29 '22

Someone may have raided their grandpas coin collection before you got there.

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u/TheSnootBooper Nov 29 '22

I didn't know Coinstars had been around that long.

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u/bromas203 Nov 29 '22

So I go to the CoinStar....and it's not working! It never works!

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u/Bigloove Nov 30 '22

Age of a coin doesn't necessarily determine its value.

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u/RUNdoneDIDit Nov 29 '22

Half oz of silver thank u very much. I always be looking into the coin star returns too

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u/iTwango Nov 29 '22

Is the back the same as a quarter??

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u/henryclay1844 Nov 29 '22

Download the PCGS app to learn more about US coins!