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Unsearched Roll : What It Does and Doesn’t Mean

Unsearched rolls of one cent coins. Image: Adobe Stock.
Unsearched rolls of one cent coins. Image: Adobe Stock.

An unsearched roll is a roll of coins that has not been sorted through or cherrypicked by a collector looking to remove rare dates and varieties (or just coins in outstanding condition). Sellers may deceptively market rolls as such in order to get more money for the common date circulated coins they actually contain. Frequently encountered deceptive sales tactics include planting a nice coin on either end of a roll and calling it “unsearched” or picking through it and replacing superior examples with inferior coins.

CoinWeek contributor Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez put the concept to the test when he purchased $100 worth of pennies on eBay.

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