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Buffalo McKinley

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I drove around to a few banks and the tellers all but laughed at me when I asked if they had any half dollars.

So, I purchased a roll of 20 half dollars on Amazon for $30.

Later, I realized I paid $30 for $10.

Behold as I make $20 dollars vanish into thin air!

Pretty impressive, huh?

All in all, traveling to banks probably cost me more in time than $20, so I'm fine with the purchase, but I had to laugh at my financial wizardry.

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I work in a college town.  State College Pa. And the tellers almost always have half dollars at the window.  Penn State concessions and parking prefer them over quarters at sporting events.  I guess it all depends on where you live


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Ah well. You got your halves, and plenty of them, so get to work on that Miser's Dream routine!

Seriously though, it's tougher these days than in the past to get halves at banks. At one time it was a matter of walking into your friendly neighborhood banking facility and asking that a roll be ordered in. I'd probably look at coin shops if I need halves. 

Silly little story. When I was assigned to Europe in the 80s, I discovered that's where all those Susan B. Anthony dollar coins and two dollar bills, never used stateside, were sent. We used them regularly. After three years I was used to them and missed them when I returned stateside. 

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And when you buy a gimmicked coin, you end up paying $35, $60, $70, $100+ for ONE COIN... and even more when you buy a complete coin set (4 or 5 pieces)... 



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Nice!  I've spent $40-ish on four 1921 silver dollar slicks and $50-ish for four slightly better detail 1921's.  Not quite the same, but we magicians are a special people...

Now if you find a Scotch and Soda or Flipper in that stack, you're ahead.
I had a friend that accidentally spent one of their gimmicked halves.
I'm still checking them whenever I receive a half, just in case.

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Harrisgagnon

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We must make sacrifices for our magic! At least you have the coins now!
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Senor Fabuloso

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So a few years back I had heard that it was possible, to still get 90% and 40% silver clad half dollars in rolls of coins. I spent $1,000 looking for the silver. All I found was two $40 silver coins in all 2,000.

Needless to say, I have a seemingly unlimited supply of half dollars now. So if your willing to spend at least $500 for a box of coins, it should be no problem for your bank, to order them.



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I was lucky years ago.  My ex- father in law had a huge jar of mostly Kennedy 64's so he let me go through it and buy a bunch at face price.  I gave him a few extra and he was happy.  Ebay can be a reasonable source for coins.  I got a few hard to find coins there. 
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