|MINT: A GAME
So I had an idea for a game. Here it is.
The object is to find coins that were minted before your birth. So, for example, I was born in 1972. If I find a penny that was minted in 1970, I get 100 points.
The scoring is not complicated, but does vary based on age.
0 – 20: 10 points
20 – 50: 100 points
50 – 80: 1000 points
If you’re over 80, don’t play the game… if you find a coin from before you were born, take it to a rare coins dealer and make some bank. Seriously, a 1935 Wheatback penny is worth $5, which isn’t chump change, y’know?
0 – 20: 50 points
20 – 50: 500 points
50 – 80: wwwwwwaiiiit a minute, do I really need to continue explaining? You get it, right? Nickels are multiples of 5, dimes are multiples of 10, quarters are multiples of 25.
Maybe it’s best to stick with simple examples. I’m 45 years old. If I sort through the change in my pockets, and find a 1970 penny, and a 1957 quarter, I made 350 points. They’d only be 35 points, though, if you’re an 18 year old. Sorry, kiddo. On the other hand, if you were born in 1960, you’d be looking at 2500 points for that quarter… and jack for the penny. If you were born in 1950, you’d get nothing!
The object is to play until you get 10,000 points, which is when you win the prize. The prize is whatever you decide it should be; I buy myself a new comic that I’ve been meaning to try.
Note: the 10,000 point goal is the winning score no matter *what* your age. That’s the only part of the scoring system that doesn’t slide one way or another, depending on whether you’re a boomer or a millennial. Because if you’re ten years old, most of the coins in your pocket are going to date to before your year of birth. With that in mind, it’s obvious you should need to collect a lot of change to make 10,000. Whereas if you’re 67, and you come across a nickel from 1949, daaaaamn, you deserve them 5,000 points. It will be so rare to score, it should really matter when you do.
There, I gave you a new way to stay entertained when you’re stuck somewhere with nothing but the sliver in your pocket. Don’t say I never did anything for you.