Monday, February 16, 2009


Did anyone else collect those 50 State Quarters like I did? Frankie was young when it started and I thought it would be fun. Well she was in middle school and 21 when it finished, I don't know what the heck I was thinking. I had this booklet and she had a map to put the quarters in. I think maybe second year she was just dropping the quarters into the map box and that was it. Eventually we plucked the few quarters out and recycled the cardboard map. Each year it got harder and harder but I plugged along. I would be still searching for quarters well into the next year. Like this year. It's 2009 and I still had 3 quarters to find, then two and then just stinken Alaska.

Someone must be hoarding Alaska because it took forever. Last week I finally found Alaska.. it was like a miracle. The holy grail of coins for me. Done. Thank goodness. I've had it with coins.


Blogger Kristin said...

I thought the coin collecting would be a good idea too. I started collecting the first state coin when I was pregnant. The interest went up and down. Boy was I happy when I found the last one, whew. I still find that I check any change I get to see what states I see. Seems like the period of time for the kids is huge, doesn't make sense since I am exactly the same. Right?! I think I even have the exact same book to put them in.

7:02 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Funny! My experience was very similar to your's; I even have the same folder. I still need Hawaii.

7:37 AM  
Blogger Jodi Nelson said...

Love this post. So glad you found Alaska. We started out doin pretty good. But fell way behind. Congrats! I'm seriously impressed! ooxx`jodi

7:44 AM  
Blogger Bill Coulter said...

Oh come on now. If you have all 50 states you have to start collecting the presidential dollar coins. NOT!!! As for me...I've also stopped now that I have all the quarters!!!

8:20 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Oops, sorry Pam. Lest you think there is a man stalking you, he had forgotten to sign off his blog. That last comment was from me - wife of Bill Coulter. (I've just got to start watching that identity line)

8:22 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ha, ha, so glad to see I was not the only one collecting these. Way back I started a book for my son Jon who is now 23!
Our book has the map of the states and you put the quarter in each state when you found it. It was fun! Well, I have to admit I have been the only one doing it for years now LOL!

8:48 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

We had the map experience as well and didn't complete it. Kids lost interest. But I know that we do have all of them just not orgaized like you. I should get them all together, I might feel better about it.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

We started that, too. In the end we all agreed we preferred spending them to collecting them.
Pathetic, I know.

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We got that folder thing too... but never stuck with it. I wish now we had, though we do have pseudo collection in a drawer. And another drawer. And at the bottom of my purse. Under the seats of my car...

I'm always on the hunt for the Lewis & Clark "Peace Medal" nickel. I have rolls of the other three L&C nickels, but only ONE peace medal nickel. I think the same people who are hoarding Alaska must be hoarding that one too.

Congrats on your completed coin collection! You've got me wanting to re-start ours!

10:59 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

Yup. I did this too. Our book asked for both the PA and Denver mints. Thank goodness for my FIL who got into sending us the PA coins. I remember when they first came out several of my first grade students got those maps. Now they are in HS! Time is crazy!

11:21 AM  
Blogger little acorns said...

I know a few Alaskans. . . & you know . . . they are perfectly content there & only come down to the "lower 48" unless they have to. . . Probably the same with the quarters! So glad you found yours!
xo, Bren

11:31 AM  
Blogger Sheri Howard said...

Yes, I know what you mean, I am still missing an Alaska, maybe we just forgot to keep seems like there are fewer of the later ones....what do I know?

11:58 AM  
Blogger Sherri said...

My younger son and I are collecting them...he was just a little guy when we started (and now he's a teenager)...and we still haven't found Alaska!!!

12:58 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

My kids have been collecting these for years! My daughter is now in college and my son a junior in high school. My daughter was just home from college for the weekend and she brought some 'extra' quarters for her brother. :D They still get excited to find one they dont' have.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Good Work! I think we gave out half way across the map. Of course, you could have taken the easy way out and just bought the collection of 5 each year from the mint!

8:34 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

When my son was young (20 years ago) he became obsessed with out-of-state license plates. After a while we started keeping track everywhere we drove until we had seen all 50. Except for Rhode Island. Rhode Island became the holy grail of license plates until we finally, finally saw one (here in AZ).

To this day, if I ever see a Rhode Island, I want to call my boy who is 27 and now sees them all the time, since he lives in NYC.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Great post....brought back lots of quarter hunting memories with the kids :-)!

9:08 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

my boys are doing this right now they are 7 and 3 maybe finding all the coins will take just as long, but they luv the chase.

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Evidently you haven't heard that DC felt left out so they are minting 5 more coins this year for some of the territories (or whatever they are called!). I'm not collecting them, as far as I'm concerned my book is filled and I am DONE.

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don started the coin folder too. We are still missing Minnesota & now Alaska & Az. Pam, if you run across a Missesota hang on to it for me.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Busy Little Quilter said...

I started collecting those for my kids, too. I don't know how far I got, though. Now you've got me curious!

3:40 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

Pam, you'll be laughing at all of us who stopped and never got going again with our collections, when your complete collection funds your retirement!!

4:00 PM  
Blogger Nanette Merrill said...

My MIL collected them for years and all the grandkids little and big got the quarters for Christmas last year. I am not sure they appreciate what it took to collect all of them though. I just hope they don't do something stupid like spend them now.

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG ... we have a million Alaskas ... and the rest of them too. I pluck them out of the cash register ... some freshly minted.

8:56 PM  

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