OCCC

2012 Individual Coin Searches

Here are some of the observations from recent coin searches, which currently involve cents, nickels, and dimes. Results for each search group are listed below.

Nickels: These are now my go-to search target. I seem to get the most out of my searches with nickels.

I am still able find coins from the previous series (Buffalo and Liberty)
I am still able to find silver "war" nickels
I am still finding a good number of nickels prior to 1960
Large format makes them easier to handle and examine
Nickels tend to cleaner, making them less "gross" to handle

Cents: These used to be my go-to search coins, but recent findings have made me favor the nickels.

"Wheatie" cents are getting very hard to find (only about one in every 3+ rolls)
Recent cents tend to be very dirty, and many are severely damaged (road-kill)
Few war-time "steelie" cents have been found; none in the current search
Few "Indian-head" cents found; none in the current search and one in the earlier search

Dimes: US dimes are a new search target, but are proving to be a tough sell.

There are less items of interest; just silver dimes, and possibly those dated 2009
Being small and thin, dimes are basically harder to handle
Very small hit rate; only 10 silver dimes found out of over 10,000 searched



2012 Individual Nickel Search

 In April 2012, one of the OCCC members decided to start another nickel search of his own.  The intent was to determine how many of the Westward-Ho and New Obverse nickels could be found in general nickel population, and also to see what older nickels could be found. Every 3-4 days he would acquire 10 nickel rolls from area banks, search the contents and record the findings. Check back here periodically and see how the search is progressing. Below are some of the notable findings.

  • Over 30,000 nickels were searched and categorized by Dec 2012
  • 5.20% of the total were Westward-Ho nickels (2004 - 2005)
  • Over 13% of the nickels were of the "New Obverse" variety, including a few from 2009
  • 492 "older Jefferson" nickels (1938-1959) were found, including several 1939 coins and two 1939-S
  • 5 Indian Head ("Buffalo" - 1913-1938) were found (1926, 1929, 1935, undated)
  • 2 Liberty Head (1883-1913) nickel were found (1903, 1910)
  • 17 Silver nickels (1942-45) were found (images)

The table below shows the summarized findings. The results details will be provided at a later date.

2012 Individual Nickel Search Summary

Updated 12/19/2012

Year MM
Total
 %
         
2012 P&D New Style 171 0.56%
2011 P&D New Style 957 3.12%
2010 P&D New Style 602 1.97%
2009 P&D New Style 22 0.07%
2008 P&D New Style 498 1.63%
2007 P&D New Style 847 2.77%
2006 P&D New Style 889 2.90%
2005 P&D Ocean 453 1.48%
2005 P&D Buffalo 355 1.16%
2004 P&D Keelboat 370 1.21%
2004 P&D Peace 415 1.35%
1960 - 2003 P&D Jefferson 24402 79.67%
1968 - 1970 S-Mint Jefferson 97 0.317%
1938 - 1959 PDS Jefferson 492 1.606%
1942 - 1945 PDS War Silver 17 0.056%
1913 - 1938 PDS Buffalo 5 0.016%
1883 - 1913 - Liberty 2 0.007%
         
Foreign - - 30 0.10%
Other - - 5 0.02%
         
Total     30629 100.00%
         
Summaries
Commemoratives   2004-2005 1593 5.20%
New Obverse   2006-Pres 3986 13.01%
Economic Crisis   2009 22 0.07%
Older Nickels   Pre-1938 7 0.02%

Notes:
1. "2009" numbers are low due to reduced coin population and limited distribution

To see the entire spreadsheet of the search data details, click here.


2012 Individual Cent Search

 In April 2012, one of the OCCC members also decided to start another cent search of his own.  The intent was to determine how many of the 2009 commemorative and shield reverse cents could be found in general cent population, and also to see what older cents could be found. Every 3-4 days he would acquire 10 penny rolls from area banks, search the contents and record the findings. Check back here periodically and see how the search is progressing. Below are some of the notable findings.

  • Over 38,000 cents were searched and categorized by Dec 2012
  • Only 0.27% of the total were Lincoln Commemorative cents (2009) - not many in circulation
  • Over 10% of the cents were of the new "Shield Reverse" variety
  • Only 228 older "wheatie" cents (1909-1958) were found, including several in the 'teens' - these are getting to be rare
  • Copper cents (1981 and before) are accounting for just over 21% of the total
  • 0 "Steelie" cents (1943) were found
  • 1 Indian head (1905) cent was found
  •  See images of selected finds in the gallery

The table below shows the summarized findings. The results details will be provided at a later date.

2012 Individual Cent Search Summary

Updated 12/19/2012

Year MM
Total %
         
2012-Pres P&D Shield 2219 5.74%
2011 P&D Shield 1055 2.73%
2010 P&D Shield 612 1.58%
2009 P&D Presidential 18 0.05%
2009 P&D Professional 22 0.06%
2009 P&D Formative 30 0.08%
2009 P&D Birthplace 36 0.09%
1983-2008 P&D Zinc 24724 63.99%
1982 P&D Copper & Zinc 1036 2.68%
1959-1981 P&D Memorial 8439 21.84%
1968-1974 S-mint Memorial 52 0.13%
1909-1954 S-mint Wheaties 7 0.02%
1909-1958 P&D Wheaties 228 0.59%
1943 PDS Steelies 0 0.00%
1859-1909 P&S Indian 1 0.00%
1856-1858 - Eagle 0 0.00%
Foreign - - 101 0.26%
Other - - 59 0.15%
         
Total     38639 100.00%

Notes:
1. "2012 to Present" count is high due to 35+ rolls of 2012 cents received
2. "2009" numbers are low due to reduced coin population and limited distribution

2012 Individual Dime Search

 In August 2012, one of the OCCC members also decided to start a dime search of his own.  The intent was to determine how many of the silver dimes could be found in general dime population, and to determine if dime searches would be worth while. Every 3-4 days he would acquire 10 dime rolls from area banks, search the contents and record the findings. The search has just begun, so check back here periodically and see how it is progressing. Below are some of the notable findings.

  • Nearly 20,000 dimes were searched and categorized by Nov 2012
  • Only 13 silver dimes have been found so far, including one "Mercury" Dime (1943)
  • A total of 29 2009 dimes have been found
  • Most dimes have come from the 2000s decade, followed by the 2010s and the 1990s.
  • 76 full rolls of unc 2012 dimes were found
  •  See images of selected finds in the gallery

The table below shows the summarized findings. The results details will be provided at a later date.

2012 Individual Dime Search Summary

Updated 12/19/2012

Year MM
Table %
         
2010 to Present P&D Roosevelt 2010s 5280 26.40%
2009 P&D Roosevelt 2009  29 0.15%
2000 - 2009 P&D Roosevelt 2000s 5604 28.02%
1990 - 1999 P&D Roosevelt 1990s 4283 21.42%
1980 - 1989 P&D Roosevelt 1980s 2654 13.27%
1970 - 1979 P&D Roosevelt 1970s 1302 6.51%
1965 - 1969 P&D Clad Roosevelts 827 4.14%
1956 - 1964 P&D Silver 9 0.05%
1946 - 1955 PDS Silver 3 0.02%
1916 - 1945 PDS Mercury 1 0.01%
1892 - 1916 PDS Barber 0 0.00%
         
         
Foreign - - 3 0.02%
Other - - 2 0.01%
         
Total     19997 100.00%

Notes:
1. "2010 to Present" count is high due to 75+ rolls of 2012 dimes received
2. "2009" numbers are low due to reduced coin population and limited distribution


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