Every time I get change from this place, they hand me back all kinds of crazy money. And sometimes it’s not EVEN money! Haha…
Now don’t get me wrong, I find it both hilarious AND entertaining as I get to then learn about all this new stuff they send me, but jeez – it’s just so random? And goes to show how different local mom and pop community banks can be vs. those “big banks” out there – which I love. (For many reasons than just these experiences I’m about to share with you – like them treating you more as PEOPLE!)
Case #1: The Guardian Angel Token
This was by far my favorite thing they’ve given me at this point. I had gone in to grab a handful of $1 gold coins like those Sacajaweas and presidential dollars, and when I got them handed over to me I see that one of them stood out and was most DEF not a dollar coin.
It was that guardian angel one up there in the pic and I was like, “Umm…. are you sure this is a dollar?” Haha… The teller took a few seconds to comprehend it, and replies back with, “Oh my! We must have been duped – I’m so sorry. Here, give it back and I’ll give you a proper coin!” “No no, no worries at all!” I quickly shot back, “I love it! Can I just keep it? I want to research and see what the heck it is.” “Oh, sure. Yes by all means. But here – let me give you a replacement coin anyways so we don’t cheat you out of a dollar.” Win-win!
I then promptly jumped on the computer to figure out what my new treasure was, and if on the off chance it was worth something significant :) Unfortunately it wasn’t worth that much monetarily wise (you can pick them up for a couple bucks on eBay), but it was cool learning that it was a guardian angel coin. The whole day I kept it in my pockets feeling good that I was being more protected, and it totally made my weekend :) And now it lies with my other coins in my cigar box just chillin’ and protecting over all them, hehe… You don’t see that every day!
OH! But the best part? That very next day (Sunday) I was at church and guess what the sermon was about?? GUARDIAN ANGELS!!! And how we all have them and it’s important to remember they’re there for us – What are the odds??? I mean, for real? Was that meant to be or was that meant to be?
Case #2: The Panamanian Balboa Coin
After my experience with the angel coin, I thought I’d go back to this same mom and pop bank (my new favorite!!) and get some more rolls to look through and add to my Whitman coin folders I’m trying to complete. I got one quarter roll, two dime rolls, and one penny roll. I normally prefer nickel ones because the odds of finding silver in them are much higher than the rest it seems (I found four the last time!), but sadly they were out so I got what I got…
Now the penny roll didn’t yield anything too exciting because I’m only missing a few years to complete my penny book anyways, but those others were definitely interesting! In one of the dime rolls I found a British 5 Pence coin – I guess cuz it’s similar in size and shape to the dime? – and then in the quarter roll I found a NICKEL?? Wtf?? Haha…
BUT, before I considered going back and complaining cuz now I’m out 30 cents right from the get go (10 because of the pence, and now 20 due to the nickel swapped out for a quarter), I found one more surprise in that quarter roll: A 1996 Panamanian Balboa coin! What the???
Just like the dime, it’s super similar in size and weight/etc, so it’s easy to see how it got confused as a quarter if you’re not paying attention much. Which this bank is of course NOT, man. Unlike the bigger ones who use machines to roll up and sort their coins, these guys obviously do not ;) But that’s the reason I love them so much too – they hand roll all their change! Which leaves plenty of errors for big nerds like me to get excited about, haha… It’s probably not good for everyone else out there who simply wants their money owed to them, but to me it’s starting to become a fun game :)
And these experiences are just from THREE trips to that particular bank too – how crazy is that? Imagine if I went every week getting some change? I might just have to make it more of a habit… I lose money every time, but you never know what I might find, haha… I’m gonna go again this weekend and try and make it three for three :) Wish me luck!
Have you guys ever received anything funky in your change?? Or from your own favorite banks? You wanna join me on an error finding quest over the weekend? ;)Let’s see who can find the craziest things from our banks!
PS: When I posted that Balboa coin on Facebook, one of my friends told me she can make a necklace out of it for me and I’m totally taking her up on it! I mailed her the coin and now just waiting for it to be put together and shipped back… You never know what can come out of this stuff!
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!