He kept his finds in an old watch box. I don't recall the make of the watch and there are no markings whatsoever to identify the maker on the box. It's approximately 12 x 9 cm and about 5 cm in height with about half that as interior space for the contents. The box records what was available in circulation in the US in the last 30+ years of the 20th Century, at least in the geographic location we resided in at the time (East Coast US). Much of what he hoarded early on consisted of Lincoln Pennies (wheat variety), and silver dimes, quarters and half dollars as well as Bicentennial commemorative quarters, halves and dollars (all CuNi). There are also misc. foreign coins of which I am certain the Canadian 25c piece was picked up in change but the other pieces are of unknown origin as well as a sterling silver ring with the name "Regina" on it that he found on the ground as well as two troy ounces of silver bullion pieces, also of unknown origin.
Lincoln Pennies (wheat variety)  1909 VDB, 1920-D, 1928, 1934 (2), 1937 (2), 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943 (3), 1944 (4), 1945 (2), 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1950-D (2), 1950-S, 1952, 1952-D, 1955 (2), 1956, 1956-D, 1957 (4), 1957-D (2), 1958.
Buffalo Nickels  1929-S.
Jefferson Nickels  1939 (3), 1940 (2), 1941 (2), 1943-S, 1960.
Roosevelt Dimes  1947, 1957, 1964.
Washington Quarters  1944, 1964-D, 1976 (2).
Kennedy Half-Dollars  1964, 1965, 1966, 1967 (3), 1976 (5).
Eisenhower Dollars  1976, 1978.
S. B. Anthony Dollars  1979-P (5)
Sacagewea Dollars  2000-P (3)
Misc. Foreign Coins  1964 50 Lepta/Greece, 1969 25c/Canada, 1953 50FF/France, 1946 50 Groschen/Austria.
Misc. Silver items  Sterling Silver finger ring inscribed in raised lettering "Regina", Troy Oz. of Silver Bullion (2).
Photos of the inside of the watch box:
If a conclusion can be gathered from the information available in this hoard, which would be classified as a "collectors hoard" rather than a "savings hoard", it is that post the discontinuance of Silver in the majority of US coinage after 1964, that perhaps as much as 10-12 percent of the still circulating coins by 1967-1971 consisted of Silver coins, but Gresham's Law eventually removed even these items from circulation as is evidenced by this "hoard" collected during that time. Post-1971 there were some Silver coins still available but these were few and far between examples that were eventually completely removed from circulation.
There are no Lincoln Memorial Cents collected even though they continued to be minted in Copper until 1982. 1959, the first year of the Lincoln Memorial reverse was apparently the cut off my father used for his hoarding of Lincoln cents.
Other conclusions can likely be made from this small hoard, but I think for the most part hoards are small vignettes of the person creating the hoard be it a regular pastime or one of necessity. Unlike most hoards; this one was not forgotten (yet), was not buried except in the back of a dresser drawer and contains nothing of great value except memories of the owner. Thanks to my Dad, I also constantly look at my change (particularly when I am abroad) because something can always be learned from what's in your pocket about the people or culture producing the coins that circulate daily in every corner of the planet.