Excited but torn

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Scubalou, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. Scubalou

    Scubalou Member

    Good Morning: As I probably mentioned before I collected when I was a kid, and now in semi-retirement have decided to do some coin roll hunting. Long story short, I was going through my old collection and came across a roll of bicentennial pennies. My first thought is to tear it open and see what I've got, but then it's in the original wrapping. The wrapping says Bicentennial 1976. I can see the date on both enders, and they are both 1975. Curious, what would you do?
     
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  3. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    The mint did give us modified designs for the dollar, half and quarter. But the cent remained unchanged. I am not a cent connoisseur, but I don't believe there was anything magical about the 76 cent. Unless there is some marketing value in the wrapper, I would probably open and enjoy them.
     
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  4. LaCointessa

    LaCointessa Supporter! Supporter

    Good morning.

    This seemed so strange to me that I went hunting around and I see that bicentennial pennies dated 1975 with Denver mint mark as well as 1976 cents may have been issued as bicentennial commemoratives bearing a liberty bell on the obverse in the opposite corner from where the date is?

    I do not know whether these were made up by people outside the US Mint or not. But I bet if you searched the Internet, you could find out.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1975-1976-Bicentennial-Penny-THE-SECOND-CENTURY-CARD-4-Cards/183679944652?_trkparms=aid=222007&algo=SIM.MBE&ao=1&asc=20131231084308&meid=b66b8a9fbe2446629dc7a43bd622d47c&pid=100010&rk=3&rkt=5&sd=183668653244&itm=183679944652&_trksid=p2047675.c100010.m2109

    Okay. I couldn't wait for you to search and find out so I did and here is the US Mint talking about their plan to issue on July 4, 1975, a bicentennial version of TWO of our coins and they talk about not wanting to disrupt commerce by changing the cent, dime and five cent piece or quarter. I don't know, though, whether later on they decided to release some quantity of us cents. Do the coins you can see at the ends of the roll look like proofs? I wish you could take a picture of the ends of your roll and the wrapping. Is the wrapping from a bank?

    https://www.usmint.gov/learn/histor...garding-plans-for-national-bicentennial-coins

    Very interesting and mysterious @Scubalou
     
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  5. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I think it will be worth more in the Bicentennial wrapping.
     
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  6. enamel7

    enamel7 Junior Member

    The cents with the bell counterstamp was done after they left the mint.
     
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  7. LaCointessa

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  8. I’d keep them wrapped. Can you post a pic?
     
  9. Scubalou

    Scubalou Member

    Sorry I couldn't respond, got called to work. I as yet haven't been able to post pics here. I have posted them elsewhere here's a link. https://www.coincommunity.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=340219
    There is no bell on the wrapper, just a flag with 13 start and the words freedom and justice on either end, also 1776-1976 on the ends with the word Bicentennial and some stars.
     
  10. Scubalou

    Scubalou Member

    Here's the pics.
     

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  11. enamel7

    enamel7 Junior Member

    They were simply a gimmick to sell face value coins for a profit. Just like the coins with state counter stamps, they never will actually have any added value.
     
  12. Scubalou

    Scubalou Member

    Here's the pics.
     

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  13. Scubalou

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    Here you go.
     

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  14. Scubalou

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    Here's the pics
     

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  15. enamel7

    enamel7 Junior Member

    Ok, now you've gone from not being able to post pictures to posting multiple ones.
     
  16. Scubalou

    Scubalou Member

    I just noticed the 9 and 7 on both enders seem to be hollowed out in the middle. What the heck is that.
     

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  17. Scubalou

    Scubalou Member

    Sorry, that was another coin site I wasn't able to post pics.
     
  18. enamel7

    enamel7 Junior Member

    I only see md on the date.
     
  19. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I little bit of MD (machine doubling) and a little damage from a hit. Nothing major. That is official government US Mint wrapping especially made for the Bicentennial. There was so much for the 200th Anniversary it makes me glad I won't be around for the 300th or I'll be too old to care.

    Leave them in the wrapper. It will be easier to sell and probably worth more. Once opened they are only worth face value. The chances of finding just one MS high enough to grade are very low.
     
  20. enamel7

    enamel7 Junior Member

    Well the 250th is coming up soon!
     
  21. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Yeah but no guarantees I make it. Probably but I'll have to wait and see.
     
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