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Man Slept in Car for Days to Guard Discovered Treasure

UK man with metal detector found 22K Roman coins

(Newser) - Laurence Egerton's metal-detecting excursions often resulted in such "treasures" as old shotgun cartridges and other "rubbish," he says. But last November, the UK builder found something much better—22,000 fourth-century Roman coins, the biggest such cache ever found in Britain. The coins, which date from... More »

NY Parking Cop Swiped $89K —in Coins

Jeffrey Daday could see 15 years in prison

(Newser) - Jeffrey Daday apparently liked to dip his hand into the cash register. Or more specifically, into parking meters. The New York man worked as a parking enforcement officer for five years in the village of Mount Kisco and stole $89,000 in coins over that time, police tell the Journal ... More »

Insurance Firm Pays $21K of Settlement in Coins

Employees dropped off buckets of loose change to 73-year-old

(Newser) - Andres Carrasco was likely happy to hear in June that he was being awarded a settlement from an insurance company after one of its workers allegedly assaulted him. He was definitely not happy to see how $21,000 of that settlement recently arrived at his attorney's office—in 5-gallon... More »

Mysterious Coin Stash Unearthed—After 2K Years

26 Roman and Late Iron Age coins found in Derbyshire

(Newser) - A cave in Britain may have been the perfect hiding place for a stash of coins … because 2,000 years passed before anyone found them. A climber sheltering from the rain happened upon four coins in Dovedale, Derbyshire, reports the Ashbourne News Telegraph , which led to a National Trust... More »

Town Changes Rules After Odd Bill Payment

No longer can residents pay up with shoebox full of coins

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania township is asking residents to keep the change. Officials in Millcreek Township have adopted a policy limiting how much change they'll accept from residents paying sewer bills and other fees. One official tells the Erie Times-News that they came up with the policy after a woman showed... More »

Jersey Official Steals $460K ... in Quarters

But Thomas Rica now has to pay it all back or go to jail

(Newser) - Last year, the public works inspector in Ridgewood, NJ, got caught stealing $500 in quarters from the room where the village dumped all its parking-meter coins. To say that's not the half of it doesn't even come close. The investigation that sprang from Thomas Rica's arrest revealed... More »

We Lost $105M Making Pennies, Nickels

Time to take the nickel out of nickels?

(Newser) - Making small change was a big money-loser for the US Mint—and the American taxpayer—last year for the eighth year in a row, with the loss from making pennies and nickels adding up to $105 million. Rising metal prices have made the cost of minting the coins rise to... More »

TSA Took $531K From Our Pockets Last Year

...because we forgot to put our change back in our pockets

(Newser) - The change in your pockets is lining the TSA's, well, pockets. The Washington Post shares the results of the TSA's 2012 fiscal report, which shows that it made off with a record $531,395.22 in change that travelers forgot to collect from security bins. (From 2008 through... More »

Scientist's Quest: Unlock Secret of Ancient Coins

He's returning to islands where WWII soldier found 1K-year-old coins

(Newser) - Ancient coins, a map with an "X," a secret cave: It sounds like something out of a kid's book. Instead, it's an Australian professor's archaeological quest. During World War II, a soldier stationed on the Wessel Islands off northern Australia found several mysterious coins in... More »

America's Most Fascinating Nickel Sells for $3.2M

...or 63.45 million nickels

(Newser) - America's most fascinating nickel sold yesterday for a staggering 63.45 million nickels—or $3,172,500, reports the Chicago Tribune . The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is one of only five known to exist, and had been expected to go for $2.5 million. Not bad for a coin... More »

This Is the Least Valuable Coin in the World

And you thought the penny was paltry...

(Newser) - The Canadian mint has started its effort to wipe the penny from existence, and plenty of people in the US (including President Obama ) would like to do the same . But the BBC reminds us that the one-cent piece isn't the smallest to change hands in US history—the... More »

Virginia to Consider Minting Its Own Coins

House agrees to spend $17K on a special panel

(Newser) - Virginia is apparently for haters of the Federal Reserve: One state legislator wants the state to mint its own coins in case the US dollar collapses. It may sound pie-in-the-sky, but Virginia's House of Delegates agreed on Monday to set up a $17,000 panel to explore the move.... More »

Canadian Pennies Are No More

Mint stops distributing coins today

(Newser) - That's it for Canada's penny: Today is the last day the coin will be distributed after minting stopped in May as a cost-saving measure . Still, there are 6 billion pennies in circulation, so they could be around for a long time: "We estimate three to four years"... More »

America's Most Fascinating Nickel Set to Fetch Millions

Liberty Head was illegally cast, deemed fake. Now it's for sale

(Newser) - A humble five-cent coin with a storied past is headed to auction a century after it was mysteriously minted, and bidding is expected to top $2 million. The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is one of only five known to exist, but it's the coin's back story that adds... More »

Coin From 1652, Found in Potato Field, Sells for $430K

Sixpence is just one of 8 known to exist

(Newser) - A silver Colonial Massachusetts coin from 1652 that was found in a potato field has been auctioned for $430,000. Newsday reports that a New York woman found the coin, one of just eight known to exist, 23 years ago with a metal detector. It garnered four times as much... More »

Robbers Spend Rare Coins at Face Value ... on Pizza

Young couple nabbed for coin theft in Washington state

(Newser) - A tip for rare-coin robbers: Spending your loot at face value for a pizza tends to draw a little attention. That's what police say happened when Dakoda Garren, 19, threw down an old Liberty quarter worth up to $18,500 for a purchase at Rocky's Pizza in Battle... More »

1873 Dime Sells for $1.6M

It was minted in Carson City

(Newser) - A one-of-a-kind dime minted in 1873 sold for $1.6 million at a Philadelphia auction last night, reports AP . The coin depicts a seated Lady Liberty, and it is thought to be the lone survivor from a one-day minting of dimes at the renowned (in coin circles, anyway) mint in... More »

Canada Phasing Out Pennies

Coin has become a nuisance: government

(Newser) - The Canadian government has decided to save millions of dollars by pinching the penny out of existence. The Royal Canadian Mint—which makes 25 pennies per Canadian every year, at a cost of 1.5 cents per coin—will stop producing pennies next month, and the government will start withdrawing... More »

People Left $409K in Coins at Airport Checkpoints

And the TSA is keeping it

(Newser) - Your weird stat of the day, courtesy of the Hill : Passengers left behind $409,085.56 in spare change while going through airport security checkpoints last year. The biggest haul by far came at JFK, where about $47,000 was collected, followed by Los Angeles International ($19,000), Atlanta's... More »

Burglars Steal Rare Coins Then Make Very Dumb Move

... which gets them $450 for collection worth thousands

(Newser) - A group of burglars stole a coin collection worth thousands and proceeded to pour it into a coin-counting machine, resulting in a $450 payoff. Authorities say one of the thieves—who also stole jewelry and tools—was the Oregon victim's son. "The crooks were idiots, just simply an... More »

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