Monday, July 30, 2012

Bin Cent

I was beginning to think that the heat was keeping the coins off the streets and in wallets and purses.

The penny is the little speck to the right of the stain
Monday is garbage day in my area. The recycling collectors were by so I went to the curb to collect the empty bins. I noticed a penny on the road near the bins. Don't know where this penny came from or how long it was there but it was made in 1971.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Subway Street Coin

Today was a gorgeous day. I went for a walk around the block with a co-worker during my morning break. We left our building, headed to King Street and headed east toward University. We were walking on the south side of the street. Near the entrance to the St. Andrew subway station I spotted a 1983 penny.

Can you spot the coin?
Total 1¢

Monday, July 23, 2012


I found a penny a few days ago (on July 20) and forgot to write about my find.

This one was found on my way into work. I crossed Front Street - heading towards Simcoe. On the corner of Front and Simcoe is a parking lot. I've written about this parking lot before cause it seems to be a lucky coin finding lot. Anyway, I was cutting across the lot when I spotted penny lying near a lost blue hair tie. They were lying closer to Simcoe then Front. The lucky find was made in 1983. The penny I scooped, the hair was left behind.

Total for the day was one penny.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Almost Melting

Toronto is hot stuff these days; one step out side your air conditioned building and you feel like you're melting. I went on a quick lunchtime walk today to two different book stops - BMV on Queen Street and Chapters on John Street. I didn't buy any books but I did buy something.

Today was a perfect ice cream day. On my way back to the office, I headed for the ice cream man's truck. In front of 225 King Street by a parking meter I found a 2006 penny. I scooped the penny and then bought a twist. And it was delicious!

Total 1¢ today.

Monday, July 16, 2012

I'm Melting

It was hot today but I'm not complaining. Summer is so short I'm enjoying the heat. It's nice to actually have a hot summer. My summer shoes are getting lots of wear this year.

My day started off well. I got to the train station in plenty of time (no rushing for a change). I got to Union Station - no train delays. When I left the station and headed to the office, I found a 1993 penny by a delivery truck just outside the station doors.

In the afternoon, I went for a walk around the block with a coworker. Near (but not in front of) the Ice Cream Man's truck I found my second find of the day - a 1982 penny.

Total find today: 2¢

Thirteen is my Lucky Number

Friday was the 13th of July and it was a lucky day for me.  During the start of my lunch time stroll I headed west on King Street, walking on the south side of the street. I found a 2005 quarter by a parked car in front of Forget About It restaurant.

Then on my back to the office from my wanderings, I headed south on Peter Street. Just north of Adelaide, on the west side of Peter I found a 1998 penny near a fire escape.

Total find on Friday the 13th: 26¢

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Eleven is My Lucky Number

 Today is July 11. Another glorious summer day - sunny, hot and not muggy. The day started off well. Caught my train (with time to spare). I took a leisurely walk from the train station to the office. On Wellington, on the south side, east of Simcoe, in front of the RBC building by a bike post I found my first find of the day - a 2011 US penny.

During my lunch time walk I decided to head east from my office to the Winners/Loblaw/Joe Fresh on the corner of Queen and Portland to window shop. On the way back I headed east along Queen and then south Spadina. On the west side of Spadina, just north of Adelaide, near a tree that had a bike chained to it, I quickly scooped a 2011 dime. (There were many people walking along Spadina so I did have to scoop the dime quickly, before someone beat me to it).

Total find on July 11 - 11¢.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Neighbourhood Coin

What an absolutely beautiful day today was. It was sunny and hot but not humid with a slight breeze - perfect summer's day.  I took my dog for a walk, our usual neighbourhood route. It's a route I've walked hundreds of times only today I found a penny (1970). It was on the sidewalk in front of tree. It looked like it had been there for a long time - surprised I didn't spot it earlier.

Hamilton Cents

On Saturday, we were moving stuff into my daughter's place in Hamilton. She will be starting her second year at McMaster in the fall and has rented a house (in a nice residential area walking distance to the university) with bunch of girls. Stuff has been crowding our garage (and my brother's garage) for months (my brother and his wife were nice and gave her stuff that their son used when he lived off campus). Anyway, on the porch of this house I found two pennies - a 1994 and a 2006.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Profitable Day

Can you spot the coin?
Today was just one of those days: started off a little rough but ended well.  At morning break, I decided I needed a tea (I don't drink coffee) so I headed to the local coffee shop on the corner of John and Wellington and I found my first find of the day - a 2011 penny.

Then at lunch time, I left like a burrito salad (like a burrito but minus the rice and the wrap) and in the burrito place I found a 2010 quarter (I know, 25¢ - can't remember the last time I found a quarter).

During afternoon break, I headed with a co-worker to the LCBO to pick up the latest copy of Food and Drink magazine. On the way to the LCBO (located on the corner of King and Spadina) I found a 2006 US penny. The penny was near a parking lot on King Street that I passed.

27 cents in one day - not too bad.

The Caf Cent

I met a co-worker for lunch today at the Y at Metro Hall. The food there is always fresh and quite tasty. I was waiting for my lunch when I spotted a penny (2007) on the floor by the counter. I snapped the picture of the penny lying on the floor and panicked the caf ladies. They looked at me suspiciously, wanted to know of what and why I was taking a pic. I assured that it was of the lost penny, nothing malicious but I needed the photo for my blog. Not sure they quite believed me even though I showed the penny in my hand. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Road Trip

We went on an adventure this long weekend. My daughter had signed up for a five week French immersion program (through Explore Canada) which meant we had to go on a bit of a road trip to Quebec to drop her off. Her program is at the University of Alberta campus located at La Pocatière (population 4200 located about an hour outside of Quebec City). She will be living in one of the dorm's on campus.  It was a very long trip made longer due to a truck fire just outside of Kingston. That added a little over an hour to our drive.  Then there was another slow down near Montreal where a plane had to make an emergency landing (on highway 20 heading west). This plane was hit by a truck so traffic heading west had to be diverted.  We were heading east and by the time we got there the plane was cleared away (we saw its crumpled mess on the flat bed of a truck) but drivers heading east slowed down to take a look so that added another hour to our travel. Don't know why people can't just take a quick glance and keep going. Anyway, these road mishaps added an extra couple hours to our travel.

One of the pitstops we made (for refuelling us and the car) was in an ONroute in Mallorytown, ON. (I'm sure where Mallorytown is - somewhere off the 401 heading east from Toronto to Quebec). In front of the A&W counter I found a 2008 penny (this was on June 30). 

I didn't find any other coins til the evening of June 30 in Quebec City. We met up with my daughter's friend and her parents in Quebec City where the six of us had really nice dinner in one of many restaurants. We decided stroll around Quebec City after dinner. It was there that I found my second coin of the day, another 2008 penny. Not sure the name of the intersection cause it was dark. 

And the fun didn't stop there. The next day (July 1) we hit the road again - destination La Pocatiere to drop my daughter off. We left her at the University and headed back to Quebec City for more fun and frolic. And guess what, I found two pennies in QC. I found the first one (a 2005 penny) in front of our hotel waiting for my husband. Yes, we stayed at the Delta. Nice hotel - clean, good location, comfy bed. Can't ask for much more.

We strolled around Quebec City, taking in the sites and that's when I found penny number two. It was a 2000 penny on Grand Allee est in front of large tree growing in front of the Cafe Starbucks.  To the left is the picture of the tree. To the right is the coin.. 

The final find of my road trip was found on July 2 - the day we headed back home. We stopped in one of the malls on Rue Laurier. Crossing the road from one mall to the next, I spotted a 1994 penny.

Total road trip finds: 5 cents.