Saturday, March 31, 2012


The federal government announced it would no longer be producing pennies. How sad is that! Now what will I do? Will people start hoarding their pennies, leaving nothing for me find? No more stories to tell?Will my blog cease to exist?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

All washed up

What a glorious day. Yesterday - cold and frosty. Today - warm and mild. Mind you, the wind picked up and it got colder late afternoon into the evening. But it was sunny and seeing the sun is a very good thing. Everyone is happy when the sun is shining in the sky.

I met my lunch date today. My coin collecting greatly amuses him. Today, our lunch destiny was this Indian buffet place called Dhaba. Food there is yummy. Love their salad bar and samosas and freshly made naan, and tandoori chicken and pakoras. Actually, everything I've had is good. Anyway, Dhaba is on King Street so we headed west from our office tower, passing an assortment of restaurants along the way. In a puddle, in front of a restaurant called Ultimate (where a very charming man (George) with a fabulous accent works, I spotted a penny (a 2011 penny). So George and my friend watched me swoosh the penny out of the puddle, on to dry land and scoop it up with a kleenex. George of course was wondering what I was doing, and my friend was just amused, making cheeky comments. I explained things to George who graciously posed for a photo for me, after I took a photo of the coin in the water.
George at Ultimate Cafe

After lunch, in the empty patio area of the restaurant next door to George's, I found a very worn 1975 penny. I stopped to take another photo of the pond and restaurants - George was quite amused to see me return and take more pictures.

Two finds equalling 2¢ in less than an hour. Not too bad.

Then, later in the evening, when I was filling up my car at the Petro station, (up, grudgingly filled up cause gas is going up to $1.36 - or so the newspeople said). By the gas pump I found another 2011 penny. This one was a bit newer looking than the first find of the day.

Total today: 3¢.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Courtyard coin

I don't know what happened to those warm temperatures we had but they've gone away and I want them back. I've had enough of my winter coat, scarf, boots and ear muffs. I forgot my gloves so my hands were cold.

On the plus side, Monday was a good-bye party for my manager who was starting a new office. Unfortunately, I missed the party - I was at a training session at another office but one of my workmates saved me a red velvet mini-cupcake with cream cheese icing which I quite enjoyed today. The cupcake came from a gourmet cupcake place near my office and boy was it good.

After work today (Tuesday), en route to my night class, I cut across this courtyard. It was in this courtyard I found a 2011 nickel which not only made today cupcake day but also 5¢ day.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Beer store penny

Saturday was a running around day - grocery shopping, errand running; you know, the usual Saturday stuff. It was a good errand running day - cold rainy and miserable.

We had some empty wine and beer bottles to return so off the beer store we went. By the display shelf (where they display beer holders and other such stuff)  I found a 1969 penny.

A one cent day.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Three in a row

Another gorgeous day: sunny, warm, slight breeze. I'm loving these unusually high March temperatures.

I went on a lunch time adventure with a couple of workmates today. We headed west on King, north on Spadina, made a pit stop in this Chinese place and had some delicious dumplings (cheap cheap lunch) and then headed back to the office.

We decided to take a side street route back to the office. We cut across The Grange Park. Lots of people in the park - students, parents with little kids, couple sitting on benches, people reading books. Glorious site to see all this lunch time activity.

On the path in this park I found a very worn 2010 penny.

Total today: 1¢

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Two days in a row

What an absolutely gorgeous day -  24° C, sunny with just a slight breeze. What more could you ask for on the first day of spring.

I went on a lunch-time adventure with a couple co-workers today. Our adventure took us along King Street (we headed west from John Street and walked on the north side and then took a detour north up a little street called Widmer.  One of my co-workers knows about this coin finding blog, the other did not and was quite amused when I told him what I did. I found 2008 dime on Widmer Street. To help me along, my amused coworker took a penny out of his wallet and threw it on the ground. I picked it up and gave it back to him. Told him that penny was no good. My coins needed to be truly lost coins; his was a castaway and didn't count so he put it back in his wallet.

Then, on the way back to my office, I found a 1996 penny by one of the neighbouring office towers by the bike rack (just off of King Street, east of John).

Tonight I started a new night class. This instructor seems quite good and thorough. Quite liked her.  After class I was walking with a classmate east on King, on the north side of the street. Just east of Toronto Street, in front of a CIBC building, I found a 1997 US penny. She too was amused when I picked up this coin and told her about this blog.

Why does blogging about lost coins amuse people so?

Anyway, I found a total of 12 cents today.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Another lucky Monday

What an absolutely fabulous day. Sunny, warm, I didn't have to run for the train, got a good parking spot, had a great lunch. All was good.

I enjoyed a leisurely walk to my night class. I walked along Wellington  and then south on Yonge Street to Front Street. Popped into Winners and browsed. I then continued east on Front til I reached King and then continued east on the north side of King Street. On the north east corner of King and Jarvis, I found a very new looking 2006 penny. Then on the north east corner of King and George (just one block over from the first find) I found a 1965 penny.

That makes for another two cent day.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Fab Friday

I love Fridays. And the best thing about Fridays and I don't cook dinner. Well, some Fridays I do cook dinner but most Fridays we order in a pizza, go out for dinner or take out. Today was a take out day. We had California Sandwiches. I love these sandwiches. Normally I have a hot (as in with hot peppers) chicken sandwich with eggplant and zucchini.  Today I had a hot veal with eggplant and zucchini. It was so juicy and just the right amount of hot peppers and tomato sauce. I never eat the whole thing. It's too big. I can only half.

When we were walking into the restaurant to pick up our sandwiches I found a 1998 penny.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Another Two Penny Day

I had a great morning. My daughter dropped me off at the train station. En route to the platform I spotted a penny - a 1968 US penny.

I had a nice train ride in. Read my book - Mockingjay, the third book in the Hunger Game series.  I'm enjoying it but not as much as the first two. Can't wait to see how it ends.

Anyway, when we arrive at our destination and I was walking to work, I found another penny - a 1983 penny just outside the station. I wasn't able to take a photo of this one cause the wind was blowing hard and it was raining. I'm not coordinated enough to hold my bag, my umbrella and the camera all at the same time.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Two Cent Market

What a lovely spring like day today was. According to the weatherman, it got to a high of 18 today. Wish this warmth was here to stay but I fear it's just a teaser.

Today was also a class day for me. Nothing exciting there. On way to the bus station after the class, I found a 1996 penny in front of the St. Lawrence Market. And then, not even a half a sidewalk square away I found a 1867-1992 penny.

Grand total today 2 cents.

Monday, March 5, 2012

New Penny

Mondays seem to be great coin finding days. And best thing about my find today is that I have a camera (yipee) and was to take a picture of the coin in the spot that I found it which was in front of Metro Hall but on King Street, on the sidewalk that near the garden.

Today's find was a 2009 US penny.  In 2009,  in honour of 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's birth and the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln cent, the US mint designed special commemorative coins depicting four different periods in Lincoln's life. The one I found is the second design in the coin set.  According to the US Mint site, the one I found pays tribute to Lincoln's formative years in Indiana.