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Happy birthday, Lincoln penny – thoughts on coins February 11, 2009

Posted by fetzthechemist in Uncategorized.
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Lost in all the talk of Lincoln’s 200th birthday is that it also is the 100th birthday of the Lincoln penny – 50 years of wheat ears and 50 with the Lincoln Memorial.

Dating myself, back when there were still silver coins, nobody paid much attention to change. You saw Indian head pennies sometime, along with Buffalo nickels, Mercury dimes, and Liberty quarters – the half dollar was still a Liberty one before John F. Kennedy was assassinated. You saw the occasional steel penny.

We are now in another time where people do not look at their change much, except those who got into the state quarters. I find, maybe once or twice a year, a silver coin. Most often it is a dime, but sometimes it will be a quarter. They look odd, almost whitish. The sound is not that dull clink, but a sharper ping.

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