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August 6th, 2012 at 02:12 am

Except 90 degree weather and a small ethical dilemma.

I was walking past the Coinstar machine and kept hearing the clink of a coin being loaded, rejected, re-loaded in, and the light cursing of "da&* dime" coming from a 20 something woman doing it over and over.

I asked her whether I could buy her coin off of her. "Sure!" she said, "these old coins are such a pain."

So I gave her a regular dime for the 1963 silver dime, and she was very happy with the trade. (In or near a Coinstar machine, I've gotten 3 silver dimes in the last 6 weeks. I now have 8 silver dimes.)

I feel a bit bad about it though. Looked up the silver dime net worth and the melt value is $2. If it happens again, I think I might give out a $1 and use it as a teaching moment.

On the magic, lucky front, it turns out that in the U.S. silver dimes are the luckiest, a Mercury dime in a leap year is even luckier, and 9 silver dimes is the trifecta of coin luck. 1 more silver dime to go.

5 Responses to “nothing happening”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    Ah--a teachable moment. What a good idea!

  2. PauletteGoddard Says:

    I will share this story with my son about the value of hanging out at Coinstar machines. There is one at the supermarket by the customer kiosk where he likes to hang out to note the lotteries' jackpots. Certainly more profitable than the sports cards he inherited: I think some 1980s baseball star cards are worth a whole nineteen cents.

  3. North Georgia Gal Says:

    I think it is great that you helped that person out. Most people would have just gone about their business.

  4. PauletteGoddard Says:

    We completed the 5K Gumshoe. Now we need to fill in some gaps for the Eatsy Street and the Gumshop Game.

  5. Jerry Says:

    I like the idea of the teachable moment, as well, as it leads to you getting something out of it, and it gives the person some insurance that they will not make the same mistake twice. Hopefully.
    Jerry

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