Friday, March 03, 2000

Man's coin hobby shows his metal

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ALEXANDRIA — For 14 years, Yandell Schneider has searched from parks to lake beds in search of coins and unusual objects.

        “When the weather's nice, it's not unusual for me to be out two or three times a week,” he said.

        Of the 65,000 coins the Alexandria retiree has found since taking up the hobby, his most unusual find was an 1813 penny valued at about $125.

        “I found that one when they lowered the water in the lake at Lakeside Place” nursing home in Highland Heights, said the 72-year-old coin collector. “I've also found pennies dating back to 1821, 1836 and 1851.”

        Other finds include “a big box of toy Matchbox cars, lots of rings and enough keys to be a locksmith,” Mr. Schneider said.

        He also has returned a couple of class rings to their owners, including a Coving ton Latin School ring that had been lost in the 1940s.

        “The good stuff is pretty well picked over,” he said. “But once in a while, you find something nice.”

        The former employee in the bottling department of the now-defunct Wiedemann Brewing Co. in Newport said he regularly walks playgrounds and parks, as well as fairgrounds and festival sites after events, in search of unusual finds.

        He said the two metal detectors he has purchased in pursuit of his hobby “have more than paid for themselves.”


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