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Searching Through 1 Million Pennies. What Do You Guys Think I Will Find?

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 Posted 01/16/2020  11:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Scott_holmes to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Alright! Another $50 down and another 15 wheats found. This weekend I will hopefully be able to search through $100 to bring the total to just over 1/4 million pennies searched. Stay tuned! I will also post a video on youtube going over everything that I have found so far.


So far: 246,950 pennies searched through
To go: 753,050

Finds
United States coinage
Total Wheat Cents: 1065 (15)
50's pennies: 573 (7)
40's pennies: 385 (4)
30's pennies: 60 (3)
20's pennies: 28 (1)
10's pennies: 15
09 pennies: 2

Indian Head cents: 4 (1896, 1897, 1901, 1905)

Proof Cents: 2 (1979-S, 1990-S)
Philadelphia mint proof token: 1 (no date on it even though it's uncirculated)

Foreign Coins
Canadian 1 cent: 686 (2) total
Post 1965: 604 (1)
Young Head (1953-1964): 65 (1)
King George VI type II (1948-1952): 6
Kinge George VI type I (1937-1947): 12 (oldest: 1939)

2 Euro: 2
Bermuda 1 cent: 2
New Penny: 1
1 New Penny: 1
Un Centismo de Balboa: 6
Commonwealth of the Bahamas-one cent: 3
10 francs: 1
10 centavos: 1
1 Chinese Jiao: 1
Belize 1 cent: 1
South Africa 1 cent: 1

Unknown
Game token: 1

Dimes
Roosevelt: 26


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 Posted 01/18/2020  8:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Scott_holmes to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Before you read below, I want to emphasize that the results shown below are the result of a recount. Because I count through thousands of pennies a week, I am bound to make some errors. Thus, I need to do an official recount every so often to correct those errors.

With that said, below are the totals, including another $50 that I searched through today. Thanks for the support.

WE'RE OFFICIALLY 1/4 OF THE WAY THERE

So far: 246,950 pennies searched through
To go: 753,050

Finds
United States coinage
Total Wheat Cents: 1080 (14)
50's pennies: 586 (7)
40's pennies: 388 (7)
30's pennies: 58
20's pennies: 31
10's pennies: 15
09 pennies: 2

Indian Head cents: 4 (1896, 1897, 1901, 1905)

Proof Cents: 2 (1979-S, 1990-S)
Philadelphia mint proof token: 1 (no date on it even though it's uncirculated)

Foreign Coins
Canadian 1 cent: 688 (1) total
Post 1965: 605
Young Head (1953-1964): 64
King George VI type II (1948-1952): 6
Kinge George VI type I (1937-1947): 12 (oldest: 1939)

2 Euro: 2
Bermuda 1 cent: 2
New Penny: 1
1 New Penny: 1
Un Centismo de Balboa: 6
Commonwealth of the Bahamas-one cent: 3
10 francs: 1
10 centavos: 1
1 Chinese Jiao: 1
Belize 1 cent: 1
South Africa 1 cent: 1

Unknown
Game token: 1

Dimes
Roosevelt: 27 (1)


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 Posted 01/18/2020  9:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coin_CollectorGi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is so much! Good job! I never have good coins, but hope you have a great time with your new coins.
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 Posted 01/19/2020  02:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Scott_holmes to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I forgot to add the 5,000 pennies I already looked through to the "pennies searched through" totals. Here are the corrected totals.

So far: 251,950 pennies searched through
To go: 748,050

Finds
United States coinage
Total Wheat Cents: 1080 (14)
50's pennies: 586 (7)
40's pennies: 388 (7)
30's pennies: 58
20's pennies: 31
10's pennies: 15
09 pennies: 2

Indian Head cents: 4 (1896, 1897, 1901, 1905)

Proof Cents: 2 (1979-S, 1990-S)
Philadelphia mint proof token: 1 (no date on it even though it's uncirculated)

Foreign Coins
Canadian 1 cent: 688 (1) total
Post 1965: 605
Young Head (1953-1964): 64
King George VI type II (1948-1952): 6
Kinge George VI type I (1937-1947): 12 (oldest: 1939)

2 Euro: 2
Bermuda 1 cent: 2
New Penny: 1
1 New Penny: 1
Un Centismo de Balboa: 6
Commonwealth of the Bahamas-one cent: 3
10 francs: 1
10 centavos: 1
1 Chinese Jiao: 1
Belize 1 cent: 1
South Africa 1 cent: 1

Unknown
Game token: 1

Dimes
Roosevelt: 27 (1)


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 Posted 01/25/2020  3:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Scott_holmes to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Another $100 down and 32 more wheats found. Though I would wish for more wheats, we found a score of early dates, including 1911, 1923-S, and 1927, so I can't complain! I'm about to go pick up another $125 in pennies, so stay tuned!

So far: 261,950 pennies searched through
To go: 738,050

Finds
United States coinage
Total Wheat Cents: 1112 (32)
50's pennies: 599 (13)
40's pennies: 401 (13)
30's pennies: 61 (3)
20's pennies: 33 (2)
10's pennies: 16 (1)
09 pennies: 2

Indian Head cents: 4 (1896, 1897, 1901, 1905)

Proof Cents: 2 (1979-S, 1990-S)
Philadelphia mint proof token: 1 (no date on it even though it's uncirculated)

Foreign Coins
Canadian 1 cent: 700 (12) total
Post 1965: 616 (11)
Young Head (1953-1964): 65 (1)
King George VI type II (1948-1952): 6
Kinge George VI type I (1937-1947): 12 (oldest: 1939)

2 Euro: 2
Bermuda 1 cent: 2
New Penny: 1
1 New Penny: 1
Un Centismo de Balboa: 6
Commonwealth of the Bahamas-one cent: 3
10 francs: 1
10 centavos: 1
1 Chinese Jiao: 1
Belize 1 cent: 1
South Africa 1 cent: 1

Unknown
Game token: 1

Dimes
Roosevelt: 27 (1)


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 Posted 01/26/2020  7:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DiscoLover82 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Scott, do you have any idea what particular year and mintmark you're coming across the most in term of wheats? I got a huge container of pennies from my great-grandmother a few years ago and with the date/mintmark count job being about halfway done, the most common is 1956-D.

This thread is amazing by the way!
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 Posted 01/26/2020  9:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Scott_holmes to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi DiscoLover82! Thanks so much for the support. I would say the the most commonly found coin for me is probably the 1956-D as well, though I do find an awful lot of 1941-P's.
Your grandmothers penny jar sounds like a very interesting project. What's the most interesting thing you've found so far?
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 Posted 01/27/2020  6:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DiscoLover82 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've found a lot of 1941-P's as well, though it seems like in general there are more from Denver and very few from San Francisco, especially beginning about 1945. Most of them are from the 40s and 50s; there are a few from the 30s but only a handful from before then. There was one 1909 though if I recall correctly.

It also helps that the whole time period from about 1890-1950 is so interesting to me personally too!
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 Posted 01/28/2020  10:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lucky Cuss to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is a interesting project. At this point, wheat cents are being found at about a 0.4% rate, which is higher than I would have estimated.

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 Posted 01/30/2020  12:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Scott_holmes to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sorry for the delay, but I'm back! Another $75 in pennies searched and 26 more wheats found. Satisfied with this hunt but defenitley not happy. I'm going on a school service trip, so I unfortunately won't be able to do any hunting this weekend. I will, however, make sure to get back to the hunt next week. Stay tuned and thanks for the support! Totals below as always.

So far: 269,450 pennies searched through
To go: 730,550

Finds
United States coinage
Total Wheat Cents: 1138 (26)
50's pennies: 612 (13)
40's pennies: 411 (10)
30's pennies: 64 (3)
20's pennies: 33
10's pennies: 16
09 pennies: 2

Indian Head cents: 4 (1896, 1897, 1901, 1905)

Proof Cents: 2 (1979-S, 1990-S)
Philadelphia mint proof token: 1 (no date on it even though it's uncirculated)

Foreign Coins
Canadian 1 cent: 707 (7) total
Post 1965: 632 (7)
Young Head (1953-1964): 65
King George VI type II (1948-1952): 6
Kinge George VI type I (1937-1947): 12 (oldest: 1939)

2 Euro: 2
Bermuda 1 cent: 2
New Penny: 1
1 New Penny: 1
Un Centismo de Balboa: 7 (1)
Commonwealth of the Bahamas-one cent: 3
10 francs: 1
10 centavos: 1
1 Chinese Jiao: 1
Belize 1 cent: 1
South Africa 1 cent: 1

Unknown
Game token: 1

Dimes
Roosevelt: 27 (1)


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 Posted 02/02/2020  10:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TiberiusMA to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow just looking through this, impressive! Keep it up I will now be following closely!
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 Posted 02/07/2020  3:16 pm  Show Profile   Check BrandaBob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BrandaBob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Been a while since I've kept up with this but keep up the good work! You're making some great progress!
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