I am very new to coin collecting, but am getting on it after inheriting some old penny folders from a relative. I got a box at my bank and searched through it, but found no wheat, and very few older than 1982 so I am concerned about my searching. Did I likely just get some coins someone had already been through?
To CCF , Possible but not probable . A box of cents comes from a distribution center like Dunbar , Wells Fargo ,etc. There all pennies are mixed together in one bin and maybe a separate bin would have all uncirculated one date and mint . It's highly unlikely to go through a whole box without finding a single Wheat cent . Generally members find anywhere between 8 and 50 Wheaties in one box .
Welcome to the Community! Buying coin rolls from the bank is certainly fun. Maybe others can share their geographic centric advise. For me living in Northeast Ohio, I find it more successful to ask for $10 worth of penny rolls and I ask that they give me the ones someone brought in rather than those that come from professional services. You tend to get more pre-82 coins that way. I average 15 pre-82 per roll. I have a friend in California (San Diego area) who averages only 5 per roll. Perhaps he needs to go to a different bank. Good luck hunting!