Best Wheat find from pocket change

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Mad Stax, Sep 24, 2023.

  1. Mad Stax

    Mad Stax Well-Known Member

    Found this guy a couple of couple of years ago. Wasn't active on CT at the time so I figured I'd post it now.

    Anyway I work overnights and on this particular night not only were we very busy but we had a sick call as well. So my usual 9-5 instead became a 9-9. The silver lining (aside from the extra doe in my paycheck) was that Taco Bell would be open by that time of the morning. So I stop by for some tacos and a cheesy Fiesta potato.. good stuff! Pay with cash per the usual and upon receiving my change I immediately notice the reverse of a wheat cent! Based on the condition my assumption was that it was a fairly common date.. 40s or 50s. I happened to miss a little something something on the very bottom of the coin ;) Anyway I flip it over and...

    Upon seeing the date I flip it back over and..
    Sure enough it was a 1909 VDB! Forgive me for my crappy camera, but I assure you, there is a VDB down there.

    Comparing the condition of this coin to others I've found in that date range such as my second oldest Lincoln cent find..

    makes me think that the 09 VDB had been tucked away in a collection for a good many years before being sucked into the wheat cent black hole that is my personal orbit. I'm still missing most of the early dates in my Wheat cent folder but every time I crack it open and see that very first slot filled it brings a slight smile to my face :) So if there's a moral to the story, it's one that every member of this forum is already well aware of.. ALWAYS check your pocket change!

    Anyone else care to share their best circulation Lincoln cent finds have at it. I'd love to see them!
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  3. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    Nice Find!!
    Got this bad boy in change one day.... IMG_20220121_030300740-horz.jpg
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  4. Inspector43

    Inspector43 Celebrating 75 Years Active Collecting Supporter

    Here are a couple of mine found in change. Of course it was probably 1950 when I found them. My collection is primarily coins found in change or given to me by relatives from their change.
    1909 P Toned.jpg 1909 P VDB Toned.jpg
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  5. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    Doesn’t everybody? :) I check my wife’s when I can, too. :D
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  6. Mad Stax

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  7. Mad Stax

    Mad Stax Well-Known Member

    Nice! I could just imagine what was out in the wild circa 1950. No cruddy zincolns, that's for sure. The silver jingling in my pocket would be music to my ears! Most of my collection is from circulation, CRH and from friends and family finding coins in the wild as well. My mother works at a bank so that helps a bit. Starting to dabble in detecting as well. Can't say that I haven't bought a few pieces at shops and shows over the years but for whatever reason a coin always has greater meaning to me if I stumble upon it by luck or chance.
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  8. Inspector43

    Inspector43 Celebrating 75 Years Active Collecting Supporter

    Everything was out there. I even got a Twenty Cent Piece in change one day back in the 50's.
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  9. Inspector43

    Inspector43 Celebrating 75 Years Active Collecting Supporter

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  10. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    I'm not sure I can say that the coins I find have greater meaning to me, but the EVENT of finding a coin by luck or chance gives me a lot more of a charge than the EVENT of finding one by shopping for it.
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