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I saw this two feet plastic cola bottle coin bank at a friend's place. So I bought me one. I bought it I think around 2008. And about three weeks ago I decided it's time to cash in; mainly because I was moving. Now, since I use a credit card more than cash, I didn't acquire that many coins. My friend has his bottle filled up to about half way.
It took me 166 minutes to sort and insert all the coins into these coin slips/sleeves (not sure how they are called). I collected a total of 2455 coins over 4 years. All those coins came up to be worth about $300. And I think they all weighted about 10kg (I had it written down somewhere but I lost that note).
Some more information/facts about these coins:
The penny has been minted since 1909. Its tail side was change in 2010 from the “Lincoln Memorial” to a carefully designed shield symbol with meanings. It is a very useless coin. I read somewhere that the cost of making a penny is 0.0179 dollars. A penny is $0.01…
From 1999 to 2008 the US started minting a different tail side on the quarter for each single state! Every year during that time five new states were add to circulation. They even have these booklets for collectors with a place to put all the different coins for each state. But I don't know, 50 states, that's $12.50... I think I'll go watch a movie instead. Check out the different tails in this link.
So I'm in Israel. I arrived 3 days ago. It's been a long journey. I got lots to do as a returning resident. A lot of paper work to take care of. Hopefully it won't take too long to settle down. I need to get stronger, and fast. I cannot remember feeling so weak. I believe the energy from my niece and nephew as well as friends and family will help make for a smooth transaction and a better recovery. Yesterday we (my niece, nephew, and ima) sat together at the table and ate strawberries from a shared bowl. When we came to the last piece of strawberry my nephew quickly said "the last piece is for uncle Ilan" and handed me the bowl (:
Side note, I know these quotes contain high vocabulary. I will try to avoid using such words in future posts. I too get discourage, annoyed, and frustrated when something I read has too many unfamiliar words.