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

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 Posted 03/16/2020  9:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Scott_holmes to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Another $75 in pennies down and 29 more wheats added to the collection. 2 1920's pennies were definitely the highlight of the hunt. Speaking of which, I think that I am long, long overdue for an Indian Head penny. I found my last one over 100,000 pennies ago, so I'm thinking I'll come across one soon. Stay tuned for updates. As always, thanks for the support!

So far: 326,950 pennies searched through
To go: 673,050

Finds
United States coinage
Total Wheat Cents: 1408 (29)
50's pennies: 763 (15)
40's pennies: 498 (11)
30's pennies: 78 (2)
20's pennies: 39 (2)
10's pennies: 19
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: 743 (6) total
Post 1965: 664 (5)
Young Head (1953-1964): 68 (1)
King George VI type II (1948-1952): 7
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
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: 28 (1)


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 Posted 03/19/2020  4:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tencentpenny to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is so cool that you are doing this project. Good luck to you in your future cent boxes.
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 Posted 03/21/2020  09:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mfhorn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I haven't been on the Coin Roll Hunting section for quite some time. I got interested in paper some 5-6 years ago, but on occasions I will pick up a box of cents for fun.
Just skimming through this thread, I see your not looking for errors and varieties. If I may make a suggestion, why not SLOW down with your goal? There is so much to look for, and some can be quite valuable. For most of us "Coin Nuts", it is a hobby that should also be enjoyed.
Just my opinion.
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 Posted 03/21/2020  10:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TNG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Congrats on your journey! It got me thinking.
My figuring might be off but still, the odds are astronomical.

For those who think that sellers who sell "unsearched" rolls of US One Cent coins with Indians showing on the end on eBay might be honest:
According to your experiment, and at this point,
the odds of finding an Indian Head cent in a roll is actually 1 in 81,737.5 coins or 1 in 1,634.75 rolls.

Since there are two ends to a roll of 50 coins making the ratio 1 in 25, finding one on the end of the roll is 1 in 2,043,437.5. coins.
1 in 1,021,718.75 on one end or 1 in 1,021,718.75 on the other end.
One Indian on the end of the roll, the odds are 1 in 40,868.75 rolls.
The odds of finding 2 Indians in one roll on the ends by pure chance, well, I can't begin to figure out.


The chances of that happening naturally are probably less than after becoming the president and winning the highest ever Power Ball you go out during a thunderstorm and play a round of golf, getting a hole-in-one on a Par 5 hole and being struck by lightning as the ball rolls into the cup.

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 Posted 03/22/2020  9:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add machine20 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I intend to write a small book documenting my finds in detail as well as the journey to 1 million pennies


corona adds some drama
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 Posted 05/03/2020  11:41 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ericalynn13 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Scott, we've now flipped the calender over to May and I realized this thread hasn't had an update in over a month. I know covid is slowing the world down to a crawl but just wanted to see how you are doing?
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 Posted 05/21/2020  11:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Scott_holmes to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hey Guys! So sorry that I haven't updated this in over two months now. My county has been hit pretty hard by Covid, so all of my banks have either been closed or haven't been open enough for me to order any coins. But, our mayor just signed a bill the reopen things, so I should start posting updates soon.

Thanks for the continued support.
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 Posted 05/22/2020  08:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for checking in. It is good to hear from you. Stay safe!
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 Posted 12/28/2020  01:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add carloscoria to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Started this goal up again. Fixed up the spreadsheet so it counts my wheats by years etc. Searched 2 $50 bags of pennies this month, only 17 Wheats... May have to try out boxes. Feels like a really low count.
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 Posted 12/28/2020  05:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great idea, I admire the ambition, it is great you have a coin type and size there that goes pretty much goes back to 1856.

Although I know finding Indian Heads is a big thing - the ultimate goal would be a Flying Eagle cent and at that an 1856 Flying Eagle cent, I am sure if you searched a billion or even 100 billion pennies, one may be found!
Loving Halfcrowns. British and Commonwealth coins 1750 - 1950 and anything Kiwi.
If it's round, shiny and silvery I will love it.
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