OCCC

2010 Westward-Ho Nickel Search

Several YN members of the OCCC participated in a nickel search in Q1 of 2010. The search was started during the week of January 24 and continued for ten weeks. The intent was to determine how many of the Westward-Ho nickels could be found in general nickel population. Approximately a dozen club members joined in the activity by acquiring 2 - 5 rolls of nickels each week, searching through the rolls and noting the findings. Each participant was given a tally sheet on which to record their findings. The completed sheets were returned and totals so that the overall findings could be presented during National Coin Week (April 2010). Below are some of the notable findings:

  • Over 5600 nickels were categorized by 4 searchers
  • Only 6.3% of the total were Westward-Ho nickels (2004 - 2005)
  • The "Buffalo" version of 2005 had the highest total (106), followed by "Ocean in View" (94)
  • No 2009 nickels were found (as expected)
  • 11 "S"-mint nickels were found
  • 1 Silver nickel (1942-45) was found
  • 2 Indian Head ("Buffalo" - 1913-1938) were found

Thanks to all who participated. The table below shows the summarized findings. The actual 2010 Nickel Search Summary Spreadsheet includes additional analysis charts.

2010 Nickel Search Findings Summary

Year
MM Style  G.C.  K.P  A.M.  S.B.       Total %
Pre-1913 - Liberty 0 0 0 0       0 0.00%
1913-1938 Any Buffalo 1 0 1 0       2 0.04%
1938-1959 Any - 32 6 15 27       80 1.41%
1960-2003 Any - 1641 689 744 1677       4751 83.63%
2004 P Peace 31 3 9 39       82 1.44%
2004 D Peace 2 1 2 1       6 0.11%
2004 P Keelboat 25 4 13 24       66 1.16%
2004 D Keelboat 5 0 0 1       6 0.11%
2005 P Buffalo 25 44 7 25       101 1.78%
2005 D Buffalo 1 0 2 2       5 0.09%
2005 P Ocean 36 5 8 32       81 1.43%
2005 D Ocean 3 1 4 5       13 0.23%
2006 Any - 85 18 26 56       185 3.26%
2007 Any - 71 15 29 74       189 3.33%
2008 Any - 42 11 21 30       104 1.83%
2009 Any - 0 0 0 0       0 0.00%
2010 Any - 0 0 0 0       0 0.00%
Foreign - - 1 1 0 3       5 0.09%
Other - - 1 0 0 0       1 0.02%
            0          
            0          
S-mints S 1913-70 6 1 0 4       11 0.19%
War Silver - 1942-45 0 1 0 0       1 0.02%
                       
                       
Total     2002 798 881 2000 0 0 0 5681 100.00%
                       
                       





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