1980's Pennies Coin Roll Hunting

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Gnobodyuknow, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. Gnobodyuknow

    Gnobodyuknow New Member

    I have a question about a bunch of coins I just came across. I was coin roll hunting pennies last night from a box I picked up yesterday. It was almost entirely customer rolled, minus about 5 bank rolls to fill out the box to $25. I noticed very quickly that when I opened a roll wrapped in a particular wrapper it was almost entirely 1980's and in amazing condition, with some easily MS quality. I ended up with about 50 - 100 that had no staining and looked to be possible worth grading. Most of these were 1982 - 1984 from Phili and Denver mints. I still need to look through them much more carefully and see if any are DDO or DDR.

    My question is, if I do find that one of these is a DDO or DDR is it worth it to send it for grading or am I better off just putting it in a sleeve or holder myself?

    I haven't taken pictures yet but will if I do find and error.
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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    1) Worry about actually finding something before you worry about send it in for grading/attribution.
    2) Take pictures if you have a question
    3) Unless they are almost absolutely perfect, those coins wouldn't be worth the money to get slabbed.
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  4. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    They are never worth grading.
  5. Azariana

    Azariana Member

    Hi, I am new here too! I went through a relatively long phase with somewhat OCD behavior with the 82 lincoln's (small date, large date, zinc, copper etc..) Not sure if I will get in trouble for even replying here but...I would consider using a scale to determine which 82's are copper and which ones are zinc....what the heck weigh your 83's too. "1982 was a transitional year" from Bronze to zinc and I believe there is 7 different types of 1982's & there is an 8th one that is super rare.....? I am sure I will get corrected. However I do love the 1982 varieties though!!!

    Check out this link https://www.pcgs.com/prices/detail/lincoln-cent-modern/47/most-active and it will tell you the highest grades known for the modern Lincolns, and you can also search record "slabbed" sales. There is some pics in there too... you can compare coins for grading. I have also enjoyed watching PCGS's youtube channel as well.

    Depending on which one *obviously* but.... grade 67plus or higher "could be of value" (again IMO)..MS67 / MS68 is damn near a perfect coin so, if they have any scratches or damage, then no grading. Happy coin roll hunting!!! Oh and if you happen to see one that looks like the coin attached.....be sure to weigh it!!! =D

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  6. Gnobodyuknow

    Gnobodyuknow New Member

    That you for the detailed reply. I will get the scale out and see what I come up with. There were a lot of '82's in these rolls also. Whats with the coins in the pic you attached? What makes it special? Thank you again.

    As soon as I can get a more detailed account of these coins I will post some pics. I am super new to this hobby so I am still learning what I should and shouldn't bother with.
  7. Azariana

    Azariana Member

    I have been collecting since I was a kid, just stuff my Grandpa would slip me from traveling the world. So, I have always been kind of a hoarder.. I would say =) The past 2 years though, I have really been spending an excessive amount of time, reading, watching videos, and learning as much as I can about all coins. That's the tough part, I should pick one and just go with it but, I can't..I want to know all about all lol

    Anyway, as you can see by the link there is lots of different types of 1982's The one in the picture is a 1982 D "small date" (you can research small date vs large date and get really nice detailed pics). If you can find one that looks like the photo (notice the small top of the 8 and the more angled/fancier looking 2) and weigh it, and find one that weighs 3.0 - 3.1 grams then you have found a super nice VERY sought after coin!!

    Personally, I would put all your 82's in one pile. (if they are as nice as you were stating above, try and keep them that way) Lay them all out.
    Then you can match up to all the different varieties, and weigh them all. Even though the 82D small date is extremely hard to come by, you just never know! *It is the search & hunt that is what makes it fun!* I will say that I thought I found one myself, only to be told the one I had was a large date. The photo I sent is you is the "look but not the weight"...the one in my pic weighs 2.5 grams... =( But, I still love the coin because I know I found it by searching. Personally it is the hunt that makes this hobby interesting and fun!!!
    Good luck, and I would love to see your pics!
  8. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not Activity Supporter

    @Azariana ...1982 had 8 business strike varieties...and a 9th proof out of San Francisco...if another is found of the small date copper, it would be the 3rd one known, only 2 at last tally...suffice to say “extremely hard to find” ...for this coin, really should be “practically impossible”...Spark
  9. Azariana

    Azariana Member

    Thanks Spark! I was guessing, and not counting the proof..I did have about a 2-3 month time lapse lol, that I spent going through hundreds and hundreds of 82 pennies. It was fun, and I found quit a few that I saved for my collection, the rest I just tossed back into the ole piggy bank.

    IMO~there is still some nice varieties in the 80's to look for, if pennies are your thing...especially in 5 unc bank rolls as he mentioned at the top, I would be having a blast with those rolls right now!!! =D

    So, with 8 different business strikes for 82, plus the around 8 ddo's & ddr's from 1983-1984 I reckon there is quit a lot one could look for.
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  10. Prez2

    Prez2 Well-Known Member

    As already stated, I'd probably just hold the 82's due to the many varieties of that year. Varieties could be worth grading if the condition warranted it (say 66+). The 'high dollar only' collector would probably say dump 'em all. I hold everything, hoping for...something?
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  11. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not Activity Supporter

    Quite a few forum members will tell you they absolutely abhor the copper plated zinc cent. I am one of those.

    Along this life’s journey you learn that what you thought you liked you now don’t. I learned a lot about Zincolns, even to the point of cataloging strike errors, and later for the shield type, the multitudinous, prevalent die cracks.

    Then, thanks to Coin Talk and all our resident experts, I discovered my notions of worth and value were sadly out of whack when it came to Zincolns.

    Agreed, there are plenty of Zincoln focal areas to pursue, like CAM/WAM, transitional dies and column doubling in the 2000s. They are a lot of fun, and I hope my viewpoint does not dissuade you from enjoying them.

    But, for the most part, after collecting for 57 years, I have returned most, if not all, of my Zincolns back to the wild...for you...to find and enjoy...Good luck coin hunting!...Spark
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  12. Azariana

    Azariana Member

    They were my first real love in searching for coins and will always have a special place in my heart! Now I am in love with the Morgans! However, I do still keep all pre 1982's and set aside. But, I do have a few thousand in 2x2's mostly all from UNC rolls that I haven't even checked for errors in books and books & more books ...Hoping to really work for about 4-5 more years and build a solar powered pontoon house boat =D Then I can just float away, and go through and take a look at them one day. ;)

    BU- 1958D, 59D, 60D, 61D, 62D 64P & 66P I must have 200-300 of each coin in UNC condition. The 64P I would say easy 500+ coins or more..
    I have a lot of other rolls never opened, and will one day when I have time to put them up properly. I have a few books of wheaties from 1910-1939 but average condition. There may be a few in nice condition mostly all brown but the ones above in BU are all bright reds. I finally bought a humidifier to put in my cabinet. Long over due. I will most likely do the same one day for others too enjoy but, I do want to check a few of those dates. I finally got an extension for my microscope to take pics and will post some here soon. You can never go wrong penny hunting lol it is not too expensive to start coin roll hunting =D Thanks & I hope you have a great weekend!!!
  13. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    You definitely want to weigh your 83's. I agree with that. Usually I can tell if
    they are zinc without weighing. But sometimes it's hard to tell.
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  14. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    I hear ya sister. Mine are the 72's
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  15. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Wow. Someone as lincoln crazy as myself. I too save all 82 small dates. P+D. Never weighed any of them. Have to 2 large peanut butter jars full. My daughter will have to deal with them when the time comes
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  16. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Why 1983's
  17. PassthePuck

    PassthePuck Active Member

    I recommend you use this as a guide. Hope this helps!

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  18. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not Activity Supporter

  19. Kevin Mader

    Kevin Mader Fellow Coin Enthusiast

    As a basic tenet, collect what you want and never feel you need to defend your decision. The joy is yours and shouldn’t be compromised.

    MS grade coins are worth considering. But for me, after a roll by date/mm I’m considering the space it takes up. Copper or zinc. Finding a variety in au/ms condition might tip the scale enough to get a coin slabbed. I found an 1982 LD DDO searching rolls and if it were in better condition I would slab it. I have a 1995 DDO that is MS but I stuck it in an airtight and called it a day. Probably a $40 find so it merits consideration. But to each their own. Bounce a thought of your CT fellow enthusiasts but do what you want. Enjoy the hunt!
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  20. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    1983 Lincoln cents are supposed to be copper plated zinc. However I've heard of someone finding a 1983 cent made of the copper alloy weighing 3.11 grams. I don't recall how many have been found so far but they are as rare as the 1982 D Small date copper cents.
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  21. Kevin Mader

    Kevin Mader Fellow Coin Enthusiast

    Unless you are looking for a particular ‘82 variety, there aren’t any real scarcities with the date/mm/composition. What has been discussed, however, is that a certain date/mm/composition is scarcer in your neck of the woods. Otherwise diligent CRH will produce rolls of each. Regarding the 1983 Coppers, last I read is that finding one is exceedingly rare. They are confirmed but a roll find would be a find of a lifetime. Good luck on the hunt!
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