Updated on 07.31.14

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Old Quarters Edition

Trent Hamm

Recently, I learned that U.S. quarters minted before 1965 are actually almost pure silver, meaning that due to the high price of silver, the value of the metal in those quarters is far higher than $0.25.

For fun, I’ve been going through a jar full of collected quarters, removing any old ones that I find and keeping them separate. Thus far, I’ve found a few dozen of them. My plan is to collect as many as I can find, then sell them as a lot on eBay at a significant profit.

Half-dollars and dimes from 1964 or earlier also are made with significant amounts of silver, but the dimes have a much lower weight (and thus much less silver) and the half-dollars are much rarer.

“Do What You Love” Is Bad Advice If you don’t provide some value for others, you’re not going to make a good income. Strictly “doing what you love” often doesn’t provide value for others. The trick is to figure out how to do things you love in a way that provides value for others. (@ free money finance)

Financial Advice That No Longer Holds True I agree wholeheartedly with the idea that grabbing a bunch of student loans so you can head off to college right after high school is quite possibly a big mistake. (@ pt money)

Winning today vs. winning tomorrow Don’t spend a moment stressing out about why you’re not winning today. Instead, spend today setting yourself up to win tomorrow. (@ seth godin)

Edit: There was originally a fourth article linked here, but that article appears to have been edited in a negative fashion by the person running that site. The link has been removed. That’s one of the risks of linking to other sites – others can edit the content there outside of your control.

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  1. Johanna says:


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  3. Johanna says:


  4. Johanna says:

    1st article opens with horrible metaphor.

  5. Evita says:

    #4 and continues with horrible, foul language.

  6. Tracy says:

    Seriously – disgusting article to link to

  7. Johanna says:

    Paying too much for car repairs…

  8. Johanna says:

    …is not remotely the same thing as…

  9. Johanna says:

    …surviving a violent a$$ault…

  10. Johanna says:

    …& it disrespects survivors to say that it is.

  11. Lilly says:

    Author of article #1 also has blog posts calling Trent “Financial [R word] of the Month”

  12. Carrie says:

    Wow. Not a fan of the first article.

  13. kc says:

    Coupons for everyone!

  14. Briana says:

    Yup, this is the last time I will visit this blog. There isn’t anything here for me.

  15. Tracy says:

    It’s good blog etiquette to put a note in your post when you edit – now none of the comments on this post make sense.

  16. Johanna says:

    “Edited in a negative fashion”?

  17. Johanna says:

    Are you saying that he added the problematic metaphor…

  18. Johanna says:

    …after you linked to his post?

  19. Johanna says:

    (If so, that’s some pretty shameless backpedaling.)

  20. Tamara says:

    I read that article when it came out. The author didn’t edit it, that is the normal tone of his blog, he’s pretty hardcore. He has quite a bit of disdain for Trent anyway and regularly rips on this blog so it was amusing to me that Trent would even link to him in the first place.

  21. lurker carl says:

    Tamara, the author of that blog is a woman.

  22. chris says:

    First time I ever have seen the Control Your Cash blog. I read through some of it. I like it and bookmarked it – will now be on my “reading” list. It does take a different tone – maybe could be likened to dooce.com in that regard. The lady who writes it makes excellent points in the articles I read.

  23. Johanna says:

    I a$$sumed she was a man too. I should not have done that. I’m sorry.

  24. Tamara says:

    I thought they both wrote it.

  25. Evita says:

    #22 Discovery of the week: a Johanna-like blog. Control Your Cash is harsh but well written and SO funny.

  26. kc says:

    HYSTERICAL that Trent linked to a blog that trashes him.

  27. Johanna says:

    @Evita: I have never been so insulted in my life.

  28. Kevin says:

    Go to Controlyourcash and search “Trent Hamm” Great reading.

  29. Lilly says:

    Agree Kevin #28

    Like others, I thought the author of controlyourcash was a man.

  30. Evita says:

    #27 Don’t be. I read TSD mostly for your caustic (and most often appropriate) comments. Maybe I should move on ?

  31. Johanna says:

    Move on, or not – doesn’t matter to me. But if you think my comments are anything like a blogger who regularly calls people r-t-rds, then either you’ve missed the point or I haven’t conveyed it very well.

  32. Joan says:

    Does the word money automatic mean the comment is deleted?

  33. Joan says:

    It must be deleted only if it is advice.

  34. Joan says:

    Trent: Suggest reading books by James Turk and John Rubino

  35. Lilly says:

    I guess this means Trent actually DOES read the comments here!?!

  36. kc says:

    Perhaps someone at Coupon Media does.

  37. Sam says:

    Anyone have any problems with disappearing comments? When I hit submit the page refreshes and my comment is gone. There’s no mention of moderation either.

  38. kc says:

    @Sam: yes. Money.

  39. Evita says:

    @Sam: me too, especially when I try a little humour.

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