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Passenger Throws Coins Into Plane Engine for 'Good Luck'

Flight from Shanghai was delayed for 5 hours

(Newser) - Chucking a handful of coins into a jet engine is no way to guarantee that fortune will smile on your flight, an elderly passenger at Shanghai Pudong International Airport discovered Tuesday. Police say the 80-year-old woman threw coins into the engine "for good luck" as she prepared to board... More »

The Gold Could Be Worth $100M. She Has to Give It Back

Rare Double Eagles were pilfered from Mint decades ago

(Newser) - The US government is $100 million richer after the latest ruling in a strange case involving some long-lost gold coins. In 2003, Pennsylvania's Joan Langbord says she found 10 "Double Eagle" coins from 1933 in a safe-deposit box that once belonged to her father, jeweler Israel Switt. The... More »

1970 Quarter Selling for Thousands on eBay

Sample was mistakenly printed over a 1941 Canadian quarter

(Newser) - An eBay sale of a 1970 US quarter may at first glance appear routine, but a closer look reveals what its seller calls "one of the most fascinating and intriguing proof mint errors ever discovered"—and a sky-high price to match. Woman's World says AOL.com first... More »

Workers Laying Pipes Unearth Coins—1,300 Pounds of Them

Their mint condition suggests they were never in circulation

(Newser) - What should've been a simple maintenance project involving new water pipes in Spain has become something else entirely. Construction workers near Seville Wednesday stumbled upon about 1,300 pounds of bronze Roman coins from the third and fourth centuries crammed into 19 ancient amphoras, the AFP reports. The Washington ... More »

Brink's Worker Swiped $200K in Quarters: FBI

That's 10K pounds' worth of coin, which he's accused of replacing with beads

(Newser) - An ex-money processing manager for Brink's Company in Alabama who had access to bags and bags of quarters swapped out coins for beads and made off with nearly $200,000 in 2014, per the FBI. Stephen Dennis, 49, has agreed to plead guilty and pay Brink's back for... More »

Man Cashes in 500K Lucky Pennies

Otha Anders' $5K fortune will help pay off a dental bill

(Newser) - Otha Anders picked up his first lucky penny more than 45 years ago. Since then, he's gone out of his way to get as many as possible, each one a "God-given incentive reminding me to always be thankful," the 73-year-old tells the News-Star of Monroe, La. "... More »

ISIS Rolls Out Own Currency, Music Video

Propaganda recording intros new coins to replace 'satanic conception of banks'

(Newser) - Fed up with what it describes as the "satanic conception of banks," ISIS says it's releasing its own new currency, and it's put out a nearly one-hour-long video to explain it, the Jerusalem Post reports. The video released by the group's media arm explains its... More »

Professor Looks Into Rumor, Finds Priceless Coin Trove

Coins had sat in university archives for 80 years

(Newser) - In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the swashbuckling professor tells his students that "70% of all archaeology is done in the library"—but at the University at Buffalo, it turned out to be 100% for assistant classics professor Philip Kiernan. He followed up on a rumor about... More »

Spelunkers' Big Find: Ancient Treasure

The coins and jewels date back 2,300 years

(Newser) - Last month it was amateur scuba divers stumbling upon a treasure trove of submerged coins in Israel. Now three amateur spelunkers from the Israeli Caving Club have alerted authorities to a stash of ancient coins and jewels that appear to date back 2,300 years, to the time of Alexander... More »

Even Beggars Don't Want Zimbabwe's New Coins

Locals consider them worthless

(Newser) - American bills have been used in Zimbabwe since the country adopted the US dollar in 2009. American coins? Not so much. Coins are more difficult to get into circulation, so locals had been using lollipops, gum, and pens as change, Reuters reports. Last month, however, Zimbabwe introduced its own "... More »

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 »

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 »

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