Monday, November 30, 2009

Check out this Wheat Back Penny!

It was Thanksgiving day and we were on our way to Whidbey Island to spend turkey day with my family. The great thing about going to Whidbey is that you can drive around through Deception Pass or take the Washington State Ferry; both drives provide some awesome scenery. Since we got an early jump, we opted to take the ferry. During holiday weekends-the ferry can be a long wait if one doesn't get moving early. When Claire and I got on the boat, the ferry attendant guided us to our spot. If we would have parked one space away, we would have missed the find. As I opened the car door, I looked down (naturally). To my amazement-Honest Abe was staring up at me from the ferry boat deck. It appeared to be old, but I couldn't make out the date right away. Of course I turned it over to see if it had wheat ears-and indeed it did. It was a 1930 Wheatie! Wow...almost 80 years old, how cool! Earlier finds of the week didn't amount to much, but the wheat back made up for it.

My family will be getting a metal detector for Christmas. I had a couple detectors over 30 years ago, but never kept up with it. Because we have been finding all of these treasures above ground, we started thinking what gems could be under ground. We have decided on getting an Ace 250 Garrett detector.

Recent finds: $.41
Grand total to date: $32.48

Monday, November 23, 2009

First Australian coin found

I walked through a Fred Meyer parking lot back to my truck this afternoon. I noticed two shiny, metallic objects on the pavement and had to stop. When I reached down to scoop up my finds, a lady chuckled. I told her, "I have to pick them up!" She said, "well of course you do!" I noticed that they were Canadian coins; a dime and a nickel. As I put the coins in my camera bag, I found out that the dime was actually a 5 cent Australian coin to my amazement. These two coins were side by side, obviously dropped by someone that didn't want either coin. The Australian five-cent coin is smaller than a nickel, but slightly larger than a dime in case anyone was interested. Queen Elizabeth II is also on both the Canadian coin and Australian coin.

Daily total find: $.20 (doesn't include the Aussie)

Grand total to date: $32.07

134 finding days averages out to $.24 per day

Friday, November 20, 2009

Long time, no post!

It's been quite a while since our last post. Over the last couple of weeks the weather has been terrible, so hunting has been limited....or maybe it's been a lazy spell?
I ended up stopping by the car wash to vaccum out my truck. Someone ended up leaving me 2 Canadian quarters in the coin return plus a few pennies

Finds over the last couple of weeks: $1.33

Grand total to date: $31.87

131 finding days averages out to $.24 per day.

Monday, November 9, 2009

New car wash stop brings in $.27

Another job site took me to a different car wash. It's always great to run into a new place for coin hunting-especially when it produces the mighty round object(s). Most stops produce some kind of find-and this one brought in two dimes and seven pennies.

Daily total find: $.27
Grand total to date: $30.54
120 finding days averages out to $.25 per day

High fives for The Lincoln Penny Project!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A Bonk on the Head Means A Penny in the Pocket


Last night was our volleyball game to determine wether or not we would go to state. We played the game of our lives, but did not end up winning in the end! It was the best game we have ever played as a High school volleyball team, and a great way to end the season for the seniors!

After the game, we headed off to dinner at Applebees. We had a great dinner, great food with good people, it was a blast! We were on our way back to the bus to embark on our 3 hour bus ride all the way back to Bothell, when I spotted a penny. It was laying right there looking up at me, tails up in front of the bus. Keep in mind, tails up....

I bent down to pick up the very vibrant and shiny penny, and on my way back up I hit my head smack dab on the mirror of the bus....I started laughing sooo hard that I tripped and I could barely get up the stairs into the bus. I think the bus driver thought I was crazy, or something....haha

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Portland, Oregon produces zilch

Saturday morning started early for us. I needed to be at two different job sites to make sure the projects were going smooth. We also needed to be down in Vancouver, Washington by 2:00pm for Andrea's district volleyball finals that could bring her team to state. It's 175 miles to the tournament-and we got on the road at 11:20am. It was a torrential downpour most of the way down south, so we are glad that we took the truck. When we arrived at the match, the score was 4-4. The Greater St. Helens team is fifth in the state, and they beat Drea's team the first two games-which were close. Bothell Cougars beat their opponent the next two games. The best of five came down to one last duel. It was a fight to the end. Both teams played exceptionally well; it could have gone either way. Greater St. Helens came out on top-beathing Bothell 16-14-winning the match 3 games to 2.

As far as the hunt is concerned-we didn't find anything in Vancouver. Claire and I decided to travel a few miles down the highway to hit Portland, Oregon. We ended up buying some tennis shoes and ended up getting stumped on the finds in the state of Oregon. We looked for about 15-20 minutes at a few parking lots where we shopped, but came up empty. Washington State has been a much more coin finding friendly state, and it proved the theory at our first stop back in Washington for fuel at a Tacoma gas station. Claire and I ended up finding 3 pennies right outside of the truck's doors.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Breakdowns of the week.... Topping the $30.00 mark!

Here's another week for The Lincoln Penny Project. Let's see how we did!

Last week's grand total was: $26.92

This week's grand total is: $30.03
$5.00 (1) = $5.00
$1.00 (2) = $2.00
$.25 (49) + 2 Canadian (51) = $12.75
$.10 (52) + 1 Canadian (54) = $5.40
$.05 (25) = $1.35
$.01 (367) 3 wheat backs, 3 Canadian (373) = $3.73

This is an 11% increase from last week.

Finds of the day brings in $1.22. We topped the $30.00 barrier!

Claire, Andrea and I contributed to The Lincoln Penny Project today. It was a day of work for each one of us; teaching, learning and managing projects.

Andrea found $.28 at her school. It was after her German class that she spotted the Washington Quarter and three pennies in the school's hallway. She was pumped! After one of our roofing projects, I needed to vacuum the truck out at a car wash that I have never stopped at. When I pulled into the vacuum station and opened my door, look what was waiting for me....COINS!! The change added up to $.74. A Canadian Penny was also in the coin catch-a 1949 penny-the oldest find to date.

Claire and I attended Andrea's Volleyball district finals during the evening. They played a tough match, but ended up losing 3-1. Andrea's team still has an opportunity to end up 3rd overall...Yeah! After her match, Claire and I did a night time car wash run. She ended up finding $.08 and I found $.12.

Daily total find: $1.22
Grand total to date: $30.03
114 finding days averages out to $.26 per day
This could equate to $94.90 in one year for The Lincoln Penny Project.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Hip Hip Hooray for the Lincoln Penny!

It's all about the Lincoln Penny. At least this blog, The Lincoln Penny Project, is about the one cent coin. This is the coin that everyone leaves behind, throws to the ground and neglects. Why? This is our 114th day of the project and take a look at how many Honest Abe's we've recovered...amazing! Not only is it the copper pennies that are left behind, it's been a lot more. The hunt is fun, a family event that we recommend to all.

Happy Hunting!

Lincoln Pennies total find to date: 341
This includes 3 wheat backs and 2 Canadians

114 finding days averages out to 3 pennies per day.

$.14 for the day!

When Andrea came home, she said that she tracked down $.07 for the day (one nickel and two pennies). I found the same amount-with the same coin combination. How many times does that happen....never. At least it hasn't happened since The Lincoln Penny Project started on July 12, 2009.

Daily total find: $.14
Grand total to date: $28.81
113 finding days averages out to $.25 per day

Sunday, November 1, 2009

High Fives!

This project is all about the Lincoln Penny and a number of other coins and bills. November 1st brings in five copper coins to add to the pot....Let's give The Lincoln Penny Project a big high five!

Daily total: $.05

Grand total to date: $28.67

112 finding days averages out to $.25 per day