Hey, buddy.

I have a shiny new Nevada state quarter to trade with anyone holding a West Virginia in good condition or better.

P.S. Never collect anything, not even something simple and inexpensive and good for teaching a school-age child about the geography of her nation. Sooner or later, it always breaks your heart. You have no idea what I was willing to do for Minnesota, until finally the Amtrak snack vendor’s change tray coughed one up. Kansas took its time making its way here. And we’ve barely begun to explore the west. Meanwhile, I get one of those stupid Connecticut charter-oak quarters every other day. Is the Mint creating artificial shortages to gin up interest in the 50 State Quarters program, now entering its final years, or have they just gotten bored and moved on to the nickels?

Of course, you still can’t find Sacagawea to save your life. Living on the Canadian border, I see loonies and toonies almost every week — I carry a few on me, just in case I’m called upon to run a diplomatic mission across the bridge. But we’re still feeding toilet-papery singles into pop machines.

I ask you.

Anyway, I’m not exactly jonesin’ for West Virginia, but to get one and get caught up? Would be almost heaven.

Posted at 10:48 am in Same ol' same ol' |

17 responses to “Hey, buddy.”

  1. Connie said on March 3, 2006 at 10:52 am

    Every morning about 10 feet from my office door someone prepares the deposit from 6 different cash registers. I just give her a list and my quarter shows up in a day or so. Are you filling in one of those collector books like we are?

    I also get to buy any wheresgeorge.com bills, the tracking of which I find to be great fun.

    And you can get 10 or more Sacajawea’s instantly at my preferred car wash. Just put a $20 bill in the machine. I believe that is also the case at the stamp machine in your PO lobby.

    And not much longer you’ll need your passport to make that run across the bridge.

    602 chars

  2. brian stouder said on March 3, 2006 at 10:53 am

    In my desk drawer- Mississippi, Kansas, the dreaded Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Georgia

    91 chars

  3. basset said on March 3, 2006 at 10:55 am

    surely someone on here has a West Virginia in their pocket and could send it on… but that wouldn’t be any fun… (G)

    betcha Bob Seger has one.

    147 chars

  4. brian stouder said on March 3, 2006 at 10:56 am

    Connie’s right about the PO Sacajaweas…Pammy got stuck with a bunch of them when she bought stamps in the lobby…and she was PO’d (more or less)

    147 chars

  5. Dorothy said on March 3, 2006 at 11:05 am

    Nancy I have a colleague here at work whose husband collects those quarters, and she tells me he has multiples of most states. Recently I begged for a few for my exchange student, and she happily complied. If Nevada is the brand new one, Aleksey is hankering for it! He’s saving them as a gift for his dad in Russia. I’ll check with my friend and mail it to you next week if she brings it to me. E-mail me your address.

    Happy Friday everyone!

    449 chars

  6. Dorothy said on March 3, 2006 at 11:08 am

    p.s. Just checked my wallet and have two Virginias and one Florida, but no WVs!

    79 chars

  7. nancy said on March 3, 2006 at 11:17 am

    I am filling a book — this one, which I recall cost a bit more when the program started. In fact, it was the priciest one out there, but was also the prettiest by a mile or more. The fold-out map is a topo. I’m a sucker for topo.

    382 chars

  8. Dorothy said on March 3, 2006 at 11:23 am

    Aleksey picked up a saver folder at Walmart. Not sure what he paid but I think it was around $10. He says his dad will really flip for the collection. He has all but whatever hasn’t been released yet.

    I e-mailed Wanda. Hope to get the WV on Monday.

    255 chars

  9. Maryo said on March 3, 2006 at 1:37 pm

    I got 17 Sacagaweas at a post office in Concord, Calif., when I needed stamps, saw a huge line and put a $20 in the stamp machine. I’d try the post office.

    155 chars

  10. brian stouder said on March 3, 2006 at 2:08 pm

    Mary-o, that is EXACTLY what happened to Pammy!

    Pretty much irked her – but as they say (paraphrasing), one person’s nuisance is another’s treasure

    151 chars

  11. nancy said on March 3, 2006 at 2:39 pm

    I mis-wrote.

    Yes, you can get Sacagaweas, and I’ve gotten them (along with the cursed Susan B. Anthony dollar) at post office change machines, like everyone else. They’re just a pain to spend. Vending machines won’t take them, at least outside the post office. Waitresses mistrust them. They’re still legal tender for all debts public and private, but they haven’t made their way into the mainstream yet. I’d rather carry some golden dollar coins than George Washingtons, but it doesn’t want to happen.

    506 chars

  12. hb said on March 3, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    FINALLY got a West Virginny just three days ago — yes, collecting is it’s own unique mental disorder

    102 chars

  13. mary said on March 3, 2006 at 4:06 pm

    My sons always have Sacagaweas in their pockets. They get them in change from the ticket machines on LA light rail.

    116 chars

  14. joodyb said on March 3, 2006 at 5:31 pm

    i think it’s romantic that you found it on the train. MNs are rare even in the Twin Cities. The day we checked our coins for you I turned up two new ones (PA and CONN?) in about $5 worth of quarters. the rest were all old ones. i wonder why we don’t have higher circulation of the news ones here. maybe i’m just not in the loop, but the mint location/circulation thing has always baffled me.
    that idea about the post office is a good one.

    440 chars

  15. Kim said on March 3, 2006 at 5:57 pm

    I’m sure we have one of those in someone’s pocket around here. New River Gorge, right? Spectacular place. Almost makes you forget how folks make a living there. I’ll have the kids empty their pockets and, provided nothing completely unexpected turns up and requires serious parenting, will e-mail you. I love how our crazy American dollars and coins are finally getting some color and style.

    391 chars

  16. Mindy said on March 4, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    I’ve got a jewelry box full of state quarters, new nickels and Sacagaweas. In the closet is an ancient economy-size glass peanut butter jar full of wheat pennies, shiny uncirculated pennies from every year since I was ten years old, and plenty of pre-1964 nickels. Got crispies there, too – a “real” twenty, ten, and five as well as a ten dated 1950. The term “old money” has it’s own meaning for me.

    403 chars

  17. jeff said on March 7, 2006 at 12:37 am

    There are plenty of WV’s in Chicago, but no Oregon’s or Nevada’s.

    65 chars