Unsearched Wheat Pennies - Buying Wheat Penny Rolls
If you are new to coin collector, or just want to have some fun filling up a coin album without spending a lot of money, buying rolls of unsearched wheat pennies can be a fun pastime. Actually, it is also a great way to introduce kids to the hobby of coin collecting. Most young numismatists will enjoy sorting through bags and rolls of wheat pennies looking for key dates.
You should also tell them to keep their eyes open for wheat cents returned to them in change. As coins like this can remain in circulation for many years and there were billions of them produced, it happens fairly frequently. Starting your young collector off with coins that are found in circulation is a very inexpensive way to introduce them to a fun hobby.
Young collectors will find it fun to put their newly discovered wheat pennies into these coin folders designed for the Lincoln cent.
The definitive guidebook to the Lincoln cent. Covers all coins issued year by year.
Buying rolls of pennies isn't just for kids either! Coin collectors love finding unsearched wheat pennies. Unsearched means that no penny has been removed from the lot, regardless of the value of the penny.
Just keep in mind that it can be difficult to come across a lot that is truly "unsearched". So be sure to check seller's feedback before using Buy It Now or placing a bid on any auctions. That will tell you if other buyers are happy with their coin purchases.
Collectors will find that eBay is a valuable resource for both unsearched pennies and individual Lincoln coins. If you are just looking to fill a coin album, such as the Lincoln folders or a Dansco type set, it is very easy to fill in your missing holes by searching for specific dates that you are missing. If you collect certified coins, you will find plenty of coins certified by PCGS, NGC and Anacs at great prices as well.
About the Lincoln Wheat Cents
Theodore Roosevelt was the man who decided the United States needed an artistic coin, such as the ones in use in Europe. The Lincoln cent design was created by bronze sculptor, Victor David Brenner, with the first circulation of V.D.B. pennies entering into circulation beginning in 1909. Twenty-five million pennies were released on August 2, 1909.
Certain people (at the US Mint) were not happy with the artist’s initials showing on the reverse of some of the coins. There were six different cents that were minted in 1909. Two of them were Indian Head cents (from the San Francisco and Philadelphia mints, respectively) and the other four were Lincoln head cents.
There are two with V.D.B., from the Philadelphia (no mint mark) and San Francisco mints (S mint mark) and two without. The San Francisco VDB coins, or S VDB pennies, are the rarest and so highly desired by collectors. The initials were subsequently removed by the end of the first year of issue, making these coins quite popular today with collectors.
The Lincoln head side of the coin (known as the obverse) has remained with us ever since. This is the longest running image on a coin in America. In 1959, the wheat image on the reverse was changed to the memorial design.
In 1942 and 1942, with World War II happening, the government had nearly all the tin removed due to a metal shortage. This changed the metal in pennies from bronze to brass.
By late 1942, they removed the copper, changing the penny into one made of steel coated with zinc, making is silver in color and easily confused with the dime. These pennies did not hold up well with use and in 1944, the mint went back to using brass alloy to manufacture pennies.
In 1955, there was a mistake made, which resulted in a double impressions on 20,000 to 24,000 pennies. This mistake lead to many people taking a new interest in coin collecting.
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