By Michele Orzano
Looking for 1999 Georgia quarter dollar plunges
collector into roll collecting
The thrill of the hunt puts the
"go" in "good morning" for many folks.
Whether you're looking for that special coin or
note or some exotic plant for your backyard,
being on the lookout for something keeps your
That's what Lawrence N. Husbands of New Jersey
found out as he began looking for 1999 Georgia
Husbands writes, "I was having trouble locating
Georgia [quarter dollars] from a bank, so I
started a roll of Georgia quarters from pocket
change. I finally completed the Georgia roll on
Dec. 24, 2005. ... I still have it for some
The roll contains 38 Philadelphia Mint and two
Denver Mint coins.
Actually, Husbands not only has the all-Georgia
roll of State quarter dollars but he also
collects the other State quarters by roll.
He said he decided to collect a roll of State
quarter dollars struck at the Philadelphia Mint
as each new design was released.
Though he writes that he wanted to collect and
assemble the rolls from circulation finds he
"quickly realized this would be a daunting task.
So, I purchased rolls from nearby banks. This is
an ongoing project. I am up-to-date except I
still need Arizona and, of course, Alaska and
Hawaii. I will probably continue this project
with the territorial quarters in 2009."
The majority of the rolls he has acquired have
come from banks, though he did purchase about
five rolls from dealers.
"What am I going to do with them? No clue. Just
enjoyed the thrill of the hunt," he writes.
"What will they be worth when complete at end of
2009? Well, I know for a fact that they will be
worth a minimum of $560. That's 56 rolls at $10
His wife, Ann, has also been collecting State
quarter dollars but with a little different
She is an elementary schoolteacher and uses the
State quarter dollars and other coins to mark
the achievements of her students. She keeps a
map album of State quarter dollars at her desk
and the child who brings in the first quarter
for a state is reimbursed with a quarter from
her. She then records the name of the child next
to the name of the state on the map. Each new
quarter dollar design has prompted a discussion
with the children.
The State quarter dollars (and soon, the
Territorial quarters) have inspired the couple
to chase after something fun. But Lawrence
Husbands made it clear that there is at least
one coin he is not chasing.