Source: The Secret Cycle

The next year, he bought several bags of rare Canadian pennies, which turned out to be even rarer than he thought. Within a year, they shot up in value: a roll of fifty was worth a thousand American dollars.

What does the bold part mean?

  • Fifty what? Twenty-dollar bills?
    – Mick
    Nov 16, 2016 at 17:24
  • I just got that line from the New Yorker magazine Nov 16, 2016 at 17:32
  • It means "X [a roll of fifty] was worth a thousand American dollars." As to what "a roll of fifty" means, we can only guess.
    – Mick
    Nov 16, 2016 at 17:34
  • Can you give more of the original quote?
    – John Feltz
    Nov 16, 2016 at 17:36
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    You're supposed to provide more details, like a larger portion of the text, a link if possible, and any research you have done to answer your own question. Also, include your own attempt or clearly explain which word or grammar confuses you.
    – Em.
    Nov 16, 2016 at 17:36

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In this case, roll refers to one of these: a coin wrapper filled with coins. Moreover, it is implied that the kind of coins were the rare Canadian pennies.

Within a year, they shot up in value: a roll of fifty [Canadian pennies] was worth a thousand American dollars.

In other words, the wrapper contained 50 rare Canadian pennies, and within a year, the value of these 50 Canadian pennies was one thousand American dollars—20 dollars per penny.

  • Max I am speechless the way you explained with figure.Awesome.Max Nov 16, 2016 at 18:13

It's referring to a roll of Canadian pennies. Pennies are rolled in quantities of 50 and they are saying that, at the time, a single Canadian penny was worth approximately $20 American dollars. This meant a roll of 50 was worth 1,000 American dollars.

  • Really appreciate your explanation,grealtly explained.Hank Nov 16, 2016 at 18:11

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