Monday, August 29, 2011

The Asphalt Penny

Street coins are sparse these days. I can't blame it on the heat - it's been hot but not that hot. I wonder if this shortage has anything to do with college and university students getting ready to return to school. They need all the pennies they can find - tuition, books and fun money add up fast, especially the fun money

Anyway, I did find a penny today but I couldn't pick it up. I went for a longer stroll at lunch time today. I walked from my office at King and John to the Bay on Queen Street. On the way there, on Queen at University, there was a penny embedded in the asphalt. Don't know what year but it was definitely Canadian. I couldn't pick it up - it was definitely permanently embedded.

Well, maybe if I had a pick I could get it out but not without the risk of getting hit by oncoming traffic. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Americans Are Here

Lunch time walks seem to be ideal for finding street coins. Today, while walking on Spadina in search of stuff for my daughter who'll be leaving for university shortly, I found a 1977 US nickel. Poor lost coin was rescued from a Toronto Hydro Electric manhole cover. The manhole cover was on the sidewalk on the west side of Spadina, north of Queen in front of a Blue P parking lot.

Later, I had to go to the local drug store to get some first aid stuff. (My younger daughter injured her big toe and needed waterproof bandages to protect it while she completes her NLS lessons). So back to the coin finding... we left the drug store, and went to Baskin Robbins (located in the same plaza) to get some ice cream. Ice cream makes the booboos hurt less no matter how old you are. Next to the BR is a Money Mart and in front of the Money Mart was a 1996 US penny.

Two US coins found in different parts of a Canadian city. Into my piggy bank they went.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mystery Penny

Today was a good penny finding day.

On my way into work, I risked my life picking up a penny. I was crossing Front Street when I notice a penny on the road, in front of the Loose Moose on Front street. The 1997 Penny was about a foot from the sidewalk, waiting to be rescued from oncoming traffic.

Then, while on my daily lunch time walk, I found a penny on the corner of King and John Street. It was on the sidewalk near the garbage can on the south-east corner. Although I know it's a penny, its year is a mystery. This coin has seen better days - it's covered in city grime and looks like it's been stomped on many  times, maybe even run over by city roller-bladers.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

One More Lucky Penny

I went to Sherway Gardens today. Had to get a couple of things and did a bit of window shopping. On my way out, (exit door by PJ Pet Centre) found a 1985 penny. It was right in front of the first door, on the rug. Love finding lucky pennies (and other coins). So far, since I started this blog, I'm up 65 cents.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Lost Penny Found and More

Well I found the lost penny on the morning of August 10 while I was getting ready for work. It was poking out from under a shoe box in my closet. How do I know for sure it was the lost penny? Well, it's well worn - looks like it's been run over and trampled on.  It's a 1999, only looks older.

Later that morning at break time, I went to Starbucks at the corner of John and Wellington with a friend/co-worker. We were meeting a former co-worker (she's now working at another office). Anyway,  under a patio table near the door was a 2005 dime.

At lunch time, I was running over to the Bay on Queen Street to buy my nephew's birthday gift. En route, on the sidewalk, on the south side of King Street, east of John Street but west of Simcoe (across from Il Fornello's), near a tree was a 1952-2002 penny.

Quite the prosperous day -11 cents plus the lost penny was found.

The next day (August 11), on my way to the office, I found a pretty shiny 2005 penny. It was lying in wait on the sidewalk on the north side of Wellington, near the Metro Concourse entrance (facing The Shore Club) to the south.

I went for a walk at lunch time. Stuck in the crack in the sidewalk on the east side of a very busy Spadina Road, just south of Queen Street was a 1983 penny waiting to be rescued. It was more worn than my found lost penny. I had to clean the penny to make out it's year.

I found a third penny on August 11. It's a 2009.  I was continuing on my lunch time trek south on Spadina, popped into Winners to see what they had and was on my back to the office. I was cutting across the gas station on the corner of Spadina and Clarence Square and there was the shiny penny, lying in the gas bar waiting to be pocketed.

I went through many dry days and got lucky on August 16. I went for an evening stroll with my pooch and my neighbour. We had just left our neighbourhood and on the sidewalk on the south east corner of Dixie and Sherway Drive was a 2005 dime.

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Lost Penny

Yesterday my husband dropped his car off at Canadian Tire to get its Drive Clean certification done. The wait was long so he called me to come and pick him up.

I parked my car and got out to look for him but he was waiting for me and started towards my car. On the ground, in the parking lot not far from my car, was a lonely, worn-looking penny. I picked it up and put it in my pocket.

I had a few things to do and when I finally sat down to write about my latest find I couldn't find it. It wasn't in my pocket, on the floor or in my purse. The penny was gone. I don't know anything about this penny - Canadian? American? Some other foreign currency? Year? All unknowns except to the next person who finds and pockets it.