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Old 05-12-2009, 11:25 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Yesterday in a small town in Texas we stopped at a Dairy Queen. The instant the cashier handed me the change I noticed something odd.

For an instant I thought it was one of the new nickel designs. But this coin was awfully worn. I turned it over and lo and behold. It is a genuine old buffalo nickel from 1931!

The recent buffalo nickels still have Thomas Jefferson on the front. This one has the Indian chief.

This is oldest coin I've ever gotten in circulation. Prior to this it was a 1945 nickel. For some reason, nickels seem to have some of the older coins in my experience anyway.

I thought that was pretty cool!

Here is some info on them:
Indian Head nickel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - says this nickel is really rare in change these days. No doubt.

The Westward Journey Nickel Series

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Old 05-13-2009, 04:20 AM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Brian !! Young feller!! I saw buffalo head nickels in everyday change when I was a kid!! On occasion I'd get one of these Liberty Head nickel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Or an Indian head penny wasn't so rare or Mercury dimes were every day!! These quarters were everyday!!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_Liberty
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:26 AM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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I know. YOu're right. Some day kids will talk about the rarity of pre-1999 eagle quarters. Or they may get rid of the penny some day, and that'll make them collectors items. A penny might be worth as much as a cent or more!
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Funky Town
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Dang BJH, I thought this thread was gonna be about you meeting the local sheriff!, in a small Texas town.!! LOL!!!

Congrats on the buffalo nickle, though!!!
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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Very cool! It's been awhile since I have seen one of those.

It is fun finding things like that. Once when I was remodeling an old house, when we tore up the flooring, I guess they used to line underneath the flooring with newspaper. We found a newspaper from sometime in the early 1900's! It was the classified section and they were offering new cars (model A or something like that - don't know much about older cars) for $200! We also found one of the pieces of wood that we tore out had a railroad delivery stamp from 1914!

Now, on the not so fun side of it, there was also a dead, dehydrated rat that fell out of the ceiling on me when we pulled that apart!! I am glad my days of major remodeling are done!
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Old 05-13-2009, 11:53 AM
 
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My grandfather used to hand these out to us when he got them as change.


http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k315/Tek_Freek/morgandollar.jpg (broken link)

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k315/Tek_Freek/peacedollar.jpg (broken link)
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