Found my first proof in circulation (I think)

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by talley, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. talley

    talley Member

    Found my first proof in circulation (I think NOT!)

    I have sorted all of my loose change by coin and decade. I saw a bright coin sticking out of my 1960's cents jar. Here it is:

    1968 S

    This coin is a proof, right?

    It doesn't look near as nice and shiny as it did under the magnifying glass. A lot more nicks and scratches than I initially saw.Nothing huge to brag about, but I thought it was cool. Cool enough for me to keep and throw in a holder.
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  3. Dollar1948

    Dollar1948 New Member

    Hhhmmmmm Im thinking its not..lets see what everbody else says..
  4. Magman

    Magman U.S. Money Collector

    yeah, it isnt.
    It would have to be 1975 or later for it to be a proof, for S mint coins.
  5. tmoneyeagles

    tmoneyeagles Indian Buffalo Gatherer

    Looks like a regular ole' penny to me... Just from circulation... Not a proof
  6. talley

    talley Member

    Dang. I was reading somewhere that since 1968, S mint coins were proofs. I thought that was even cooler, since it was the first year. I must have misinterpreted what I read.
  7. PennyGuy

    PennyGuy US and CDN Copper

    I agree w/ Magman In 1968 San Francisco produced 258,270,001 business strikes and 3,041,506 proofs. Looks like you got that odd 1 cent business strike. :smile
  8. Hobo

    Hobo Squirrel Hater

  9. Magman

    Magman U.S. Money Collector

    In addition, it LOOKS like a business strike.
    Try finding a picture of a 1968 proof, you'll see the difference.

    Lastly... I found one of these in change myself not too long ago - so it's not too unusual to find copper Red cents.

    it's still fun to find old copper though, especially S mints... and of course, it's better when they look new :D
  10. talley

    talley Member

    Well, did my picture come out okay at least?:rolleyes:
  11. tmoneyeagles

    tmoneyeagles Indian Buffalo Gatherer

    Good picture of the coin in my opinion.. :)
  12. BadThad

    BadThad Calibrated for Lincolns

    Not a proof, but still a keeper. The 1968-S is the lowest mintage Memorial cent produced.
  13. talley

    talley Member

    Well thanks BadThad. That makes me feel a little better!
  14. Leadfoot

    Leadfoot there is no spoon

    If that's a proof, I'm an elephant. :D

    Still a really cool coin that would look great in an album or 2x2. :)
  15. mgChevelle

    mgChevelle AMERICAN

    well, how much do you weigh? And is your nose abnormaly long? Jk:)

    Id keep that cent if I found it. Look at this as a learning expirience.
  16. CrustyCoins

    CrustyCoins Twilight Photographer

    Yes it came out perfect, everyone could tell exactly what you had. :)
  17. Danr

    Danr Numismatist

    I hear that the 1968 s from circulation is a rare (though not valuable) find.
  18. coinman0456

    coinman0456 Coin Collector

    it's proof , that you have a 1968 S penny.
  19. buyingsilvers

    buyingsilvers New Member

    not a proof.

    a proof could be pretty messed up, and you'd still KNOW it's a proof when you saw one. Especially for the newer coins.
  20. buyingsilvers

    buyingsilvers New Member

    think it depends on what part of the country you're from. S mint 1960s & 1970s are everywhere where I'm at.
  21. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    in 1968 they struck the Lincoln cent for both the proofs & circulation.

    This was a circ strike.
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