Old Copper Pennies: Which Ones To Save & What They’re Worth

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I love collecting copper pennies. While some people may think that all pennies are made entirely from copper, virtually every one-cent coin made since late 1982 has a composition consisting of 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper. The coppery color of modern-day pennies is merely a thin plating of copper on a 99.2% zinc, 0.8% copper core. … [Read more...]

5 Money-Saving Tips For Collecting Lincoln Pennies

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I love collecting Lincoln pennies. Most collectors know "pennies" are officially called one-cent coins. But, let’s face it, the word “penny” is hard-wired into the vernacular of most Americans. Lincoln wheat cents were the first coins I ever collected when I jumped head first into numismatics as an 11-year-old boy in 1992. All these years later, I still enjoy collecting Lincoln pennies. … [Read more...]

Top 5 Old Coins Worth Money That You Can Find In Pocket Change

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I'm always on the prowl for old coins in my pocket change. Since I started looking for them in my change from cash transactions, vending machines, and even take-a-penny-leave-a-penny jars, I've been rewarded with many interesting finds. Of course, not every old coin I find is worth a lot of money, but it's still neat to pluck vintage coins from circulation. Here's a rundown of 5 types of old coins worth money that you can still find in pocket change if you look hard enough ...and … [Read more...]

How Much Is My Coin Worth? Here’s How To Find Coin Values

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When somebody asks me a question about coin collecting, they usually want to know about coin values. Specifically, they want to know what their coins are worth. I love answering these questions, because they give me the chance to help somebody understand more about their coins. And I even get to explain what makes their coins valuable -- or not so valuable, as is sometimes the case. I'm going to explain to you how you can find the value of a coin and all the different factors that go … [Read more...]

7 Penny Facts – Things You Probably Don’t Know About The One-Cent Coin

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Betcha these penny facts will turn you on your head – um, obverse? Yes, the good old penny. It’s a coin you probably don’t use much these days, though I’ll bet you have a small stash of pennies somewhere in your home tucked away in an old clothes drawer or perhaps in a jar. Pennies have inspired me as a coin collector. Finding a 1941 wheat cent in my allowance hooked me on the hobby when I was a child. As a penny collector, I spent 2 years and hundreds of dollars completing an entire set … [Read more...]

Why Collect Coins? Reasons For Collecting Coins In The Past & Present

Why do you collect coins? There are as many reasons as there are coin collectors in this world. Photo by

Have you ever asked yourself why you collect coins? I mean, really – what keeps you motivated to stay in the hobby? What do you like about coin collecting? And, when is it that you first realized you were a coin collector? For me, my foray into coin collecting began when I found a 1941 Lincoln wheat cent in some allowance money I was given when I was 11 years old in 1992. I was intrigued by that old coin, and wanted to learn more about it and find other wheat cents. Within a couple months, … [Read more...]

Lincoln Wheat Cents: Values Of Key Dates

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If there is one coin I have loved since I was kid, it is the Lincoln penny. This versatile little coin has been struck by the United States Mint since 1909, and over the years has become one of the most popular coins in the whole world. The values of many Lincoln cents far exceed their face value, making them highly demanded by both collectors and investors. Like many coin collectors, I especially pursue Lincoln wheat cents, which have two stalks of wheat on the reverse side of the coin … [Read more...]

Looking Through Penny Rolls Can Be Rewarding and Fun

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Ever since I first started collecting coins, I’ve been checking penny rolls from banks and grocery stores for scarce and old coins. I don’t honestly know what prompted me to start doing that, especially as I was only a kid and no one had told me that searching rolls of coins is one of the most efficient and successful ways to make interesting finds in circulation. From wheat cents to foreign coins and off-center coins, too, I’ve found all types of scarce, unique, intriguing, and valuable old … [Read more...]

What’s the Value of Wheat Pennies? Find Out How Much Yours are Worth!

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“What’s the value of my wheat pennies?” – that’s the main question I keep getting here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins, and I’m glad this is so, because Lincoln cents have long been my specialty. In fact, that’s the first coin I ever collected and the coin that I to this day still focus my coin collecting efforts on. When I was a new coin collector I, too, used to wonder what the value of wheat pennies was, simply because they’re obsolete coins that by the very nature of their being old were … [Read more...]