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Ok, so on Monday I got a speeding ticket, with a $115 fine, and I called and asked if they take change in payment, and they said only if it's rolled. So next stop the bank to get 3 full mint bags of pennies (I am optimistic that I will get at least $35 face in keepers! LOL). So here are the results of the first mint bag ($50 face):

 

3,651 (73%) were US zinc cents, and man they do not wear well at all!

1 Bahama cent from 1995

66 Canadian cents of the following dates: 42, 52, 53 (2), 61, 62, 63 (3), 64 (5), 65 (3), 66 (2), 67, 68 (4), 69, 70, 71, 73, 74, 75 (4), 77, 78, 80 (3), 81 (2), 83 (3), 84 (2), 85 (2), 87, 88, 89 (3), 91 (3), 92, 93 (2), 97 (2), 98, 01 (2), 07

 

12 wheat cents of the following dates: 20, 39, 42, 44-D, 47-D, 50-D, 51, 51-D, 53-D, 56-D (2), 58-D

 

1,270 copper cent keepers (they just get thrown in a bag to pay for my retirement!)

 

I'll report on the next two bags over the weekend! Enjoy!

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Watch it JT, it is a slippery slope checking out cents - it becomes very addictive - particularly when you hit a jackpot of early birdie stuff. I searched the 18K of cents last week and they are still sitting on the table I used to sort them all out and are still unsorted out by dates. There were just so many keepers. Yesterday I bought $10 worth of nickels, five rolls. And through the first four rolls it was pretty much a bust. Then I broke open number five and hit the jackpot. An obsolete coin, with a cute little mintmark.

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Very cool, though I must admit, looking through cents is not as fun as it used to be, there is so little copper left. I just can't stand zinc cents, and it seems like out of a roll you might get 8 or 10 copper cents. Of course I could change my tune if I find my first IHC in this group!

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Indeed I am (though I am not sure what the greater motivation is, paying in pennies, or the thrill of the hunt!

 

Here is what I found in bag number 2:

 

3,717 zinc cents (74.3%)

 

63 Canadian cents of the following dates: 56, 59, 61, 62, 63 (3), 64 (6), 65, 66 (2), 68, 72, 74 (3) 76, 77 (2), 79, 80 (3), 81, 82 (3), 83 (5), 84, 85 (2), 86, 87 (2), 89, 91 (3), 94 (2), 95 (2), 97, 98 (5), 99, 00, 01, 02 (3)

 

21 wheat cents of the following dates: 30, 37, 44(3), 45 (3), 48-D, 53-D (2), 55-D, 56-D (5), 57-D (2), 58-D (2)

 

Bag number 3 tomorrow, hopefully I don't get zinc poisoning!

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Not one S?

 

 

Crazily enough there were quite a few S mints from 1942 on up to 1974 in my most recent 18K cents search. The whole pile is still on my dining table in the dining room and not counted or sorted out yet though.

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Well, mine are not laying on the table, they are all packed up and waiting to go be paid out tomorrow morning! Here is the report on bag #3 (and there were a number of S-mints here, not to mention there were likely quite a few from 68-74, but I just threw them all in a bag with the rest of the copper cents):

 

3,606 zinc cents (72.1% and the lowest total of the group)

 

56 Canadian cents of the following dates: 61, 62 (3), 64 (2), 65 (3), 66, 67, 69, 70, 73 (2), 75, 76, 80 (2), 81 (8), 82 (4), 83 (3), 84 (4), 85, 87, 89, 91, 92, 93, 94 (4), 97 (2), 01 (2), 02, 05 (2), 10

 

27 Wheat Cents of the following dates: 19, 20, 37, 38-S, 39-S, 42 (2), 44, 44-D, 45, 45-D, 46-D (2), 49, 49-D, 51, 51-D, 53-D (2), 55-D, 56, 56-D (3), 57, 58, 58-D

 

Overall, some fun finds and a nice way to vent fristration and prevent boredom!

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I don't save any post 1996 Canadian cents unless there are clip or other errors. The 1965-96 go in the copper bin, the 1967s and all earlier dates I roll up. I have some rolls of GVI, and a handful of GV's back to 1920.

 

Usually in my searches I find about 30-35% bronzers. After buying five rolls of nickels the other day, and finding a '38-D buffer - I think I am going to try to find a box of them tomorrow. I do find a fair amount of S'ers even from the 1940s and 1950s.

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