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Ever Find Any Old Coins In A Old Car?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Solospeedshop, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. I have a quart Mason jar on the window sill in my shop that gets all the coin I find when stripping a project and it's over half full, mostly pennies. But when my kids were growing I'd try to enlist them to help, usually with limited success, until my oldest girl at about 8 years old found a big "diamond ring" between the seats of a roached out '70 Dodge Demon. It turned out to be a cubic zirconia but they were all more willing to pitch in for a couple years after that.
  2. bigmuff81
    Joined: Jun 13, 2012
    Posts: 21


    My projects are usually rusty enough that all of the change is loong gone. Lol
  3. traffic61
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,470

    from Owasso, OK

    I found some ancient Zig Zag papers once. They crumbled when they were exposed to sunlight and air. LOL

    Bitchin' Corvette!
  4. If the coin's reverse (the side you can see) has an image of the Lincoln Memorial, it's dated 1959 or newer. If the reverse sez "One Cent" between wheat stalks, it's 1958 or earlier. I believe the 1960 model year was the first for the Comet. It was probably put there for good luck by an assembly line worker. Uh oh... what day of the week was your Comet made?:D
  5. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    In almost every old car I've ever bought I found a coin with the model date of that car. Most were pennies, some nickles, dimes, quarters but no halves or silver dollars. There were other coins of earlier and later dates but I thought it neat that amost every time there was a model year coin.
  6. I found in 1929 and 1917 penny in my 29 sedan when I flipped the body over to clean it out. The 29 penny had a hole in it like somebody had been wearing it for a necklace charm or something.

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  7. afaulk
    Joined: Jul 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,189


    Years ago found a Morgan silver dollar under the back seat of a 55 Ford Convert. Still have it lol.
  8. cobramerc
    Joined: Oct 31, 2010
    Posts: 44


    I found a mercury dime between the dash and windshield in my 1956 chevy bel air
  9. oldwood
    Joined: Mar 13, 2010
    Posts: 910

    from arkansas

    Here is what I found in my '59 Dodge I got in January.

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  10. OahuEli
    Joined: Dec 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,037

    from Hawaii

    Holy cow! A 1942 Liberty half dollar! Its clearly in pretty good condition! Do you have any idea how much its worth?
  11. Rockettruck
    Joined: Aug 21, 2006
    Posts: 169


    In stripping a '67 Olds Cutlass several years ago I found a partial roll of silver dimes (38), both Mercury and Roosevelt. Someone's parking meter change probably...

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  12. oldsjoe
    Joined: May 2, 2011
    Posts: 2,523


    usually I find rust and holes! Maybe that's why I have no money all fell out the holes! HA HA
  13. EnglishBob
    Joined: Jan 19, 2008
    Posts: 1,029


    Found a 1926 nickel under the wood of the door in my 26 RPU
  14. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,410


    The Comet is a ''s a regular memorial cent, not a wheat back. I have no idea what day of the week the car was built. I would like to decode the VIN though to find out the name of the original color.
  15. luke13
    Joined: Oct 25, 2013
    Posts: 381


    i found a moth in my 34.
  16. Had one that turned out to have two bongs in it. Found one pulling the seats out for another car. Found the second one taking the seats back out of that car after I'd driven it a couple years. Guess it explains why I got it as a non-runner cheap only to discover all that was wrong with it was it was out of gas.

    I never found any really good money, but a buddy did buy a used S10 and found more money inside it than he paid for the truck -
  17. When I bought my 31 A Tudor, I also bought a 32 Chevy Tudor to flip. All I found in either one was this....


    .....poor guy!
  18. big M
    Joined: Mar 22, 2010
    Posts: 709

    big M

    Bought a '59 Dodge for parts several years ago, the owner told me the brakes went out when they were coming back from Reno 30 years prior, so they parked the car.

    Inside the trunk was a pile of moldy clothes, but beneath that was a small plastic bucket full of quarters- $180 worth. Must have been the slot machine payoff the last time the car was used in Reno. No silver coins, though.

  19. classic gary
    Joined: Sep 24, 2009
    Posts: 497

    classic gary

    1957 dime under the rubber floor mat/jute in a 57 chevy 150.
    thats it so far......................
  20. LAROKE
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,679


    I've gone the other way and put an old coin in my truck. When I scored a spinner steering wheel, none of the trim came with it so I fabbed something up with alum bar stock, alum sheet, a buick cowl lamp lens trim ring and a Morgan silver dollar.


    This is a 1887 silver dollar inherited from my maternal grandparents. I checked its value online before committing it to the JB Weld abuse. There are some Morgan silver dollars worth in the $23,000 range but this is not one of them. The value of this dollar to those who did not know my grandparents would be $20 if I were selling it and $35 if I were buying it.

    Now, everytime I'm behind the wheel, I see Lady Liberty in front of me, A reminder that, once upon a time, this was the Land of the Free.
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  21. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,758

    Member Emeritus

    .I've found plenty of them. Nobody mentioned finding a 43 zinc penny. I always thought that they were cool.
  22. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,086

    Atwater Mike

    In 2009, I went to the local Pick-n-Pull, found a Mitsubishi Diamonte that had real leather bucket seats. It was 1/2 price day, so they were $37.50 for the pair.
    As I was unbolting the seat rails, there was a big hard lump under the carpet on the tunnel side of the passenger seat. I sliced the carpet with my big Bowie, and a whole clump of quarters were packed in there!
    As I sliced further, more quarters...and both seats were full of them! I filled my pockets, and my cargo pockets. (I had my own wheelbarrow, so when I stacked the seats in, I could leave them in there 'til I got them outside to my F100.)
    I paid for the seats, including tax; when I got home, I turned the seats over, more quarters kept pouring out...
    Total $$ collected from seats: $79.25, and there still might be more in the driver's!

    My bud Lester goes to wrecking yards here all the time. He goes thru glove boxes, finds lots of interesting stuff. An '89 Buick wagon had the owner's manual, Les thumbed the pages and five $100 bills fell out!
    He asked me if I thought the wrecking yard owner left them in there as a 'trap' to ensnare a dishonest person. (???!!?)
    He kept the $500...finally...
  23. Kansas Old School
    Joined: Sep 16, 2011
    Posts: 38

    Kansas Old School
    from Kansas

    I worked at a salvage yard around 1980, We would find a lot of change in the front seats of 60's gm 4dr cars. You could cut the rear bottom of the front seat and all kinds of stuff would fall out.
  24. tommyd
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 11,395

    from South Indy

    Walking on the beach at Daytona years ago and spotted a 1909 dime. That was weird. So whats the coin in the original post worth?
  25. zoegrant
    Joined: Aug 21, 2011
    Posts: 28

    from CT

    I was doing a body off resto on a 56 T-Bird and when I pulled the dash off there was an uncirculated 1956 penny wedged in an area where it could not have fallen was manually wedged there by someone at some time.When I remove the seat in my 55 Ford, under the back seat was a small metal tin box containing condoms,circa late 50`s or early 60`s...
  26. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 4,331

    from red oak

    I had to do the seats of a 67 Corvette and install new carpet. My 9 year old son was in the garage helping by picking up the loose change in the car amongst all the other garbage in the car. . He grew tired and wanted help. I told him his 3 year old sister gets half if I helped. He agreed. We found over 24 dollars worth of change. My wife counted over 300 pennies.
  27. Found an unopened bottle of Yukon Jack and a box of condoms in an old Studebaker once. No coins, apparently the previous owner spent his money on booze and women.
  28. Solospeedshop
    Joined: Jan 27, 2009
    Posts: 512


    It didn't look that good when I found it! I used Mothers Mag Wheel Cleaner on it! Ckd ebay & its worth about $18-20 So its getting a hole in it & put on Key Chain & will stay with car! It was in body mount hole & Under mat under carpeting so I'm guessing was there since car was built 1961! No way it rolled under mat & carpeting so I'm guessing a builder on the line thought someday someone will find it talk about it & Guess What? We are! Tks! Bill

  29. Not a coin but back in the early 90's I was cleaning out a 39 Cadillac Limo. Supposedly an old military vehicle with initials on the door. Wrapped up in a piece of cloth in the glove box I found a very large syringe and needle. Probably pretty old but who knows what in it or was on the needle? I threw it away.
    I have cleaned out hundreds of old cars and never found anything else of value. I do have lots of silver coins and silver certificates received when I was managing a gas station.

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  30. Once you put a hole in it, it's only worth the silver, that ruins it.

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