Pennies in a jar, please help.

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Detecto92, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. Detecto92

    Detecto92 Well-Known Member

    I am attending an auction tomorrow night that has a jar of wheat cents. I love wheat cents and would like to buy the jar.

    Only problem do I know how many is in there? I do not want to bid thinking I'm getting 2,000 cents, and there is only 1,000.

    Here is a photo of the jar in question.

    I know some of the members hear have a bunch of cents, or like to hoard the copper ones. If you have a jar like this, please fill it and tell me the number.

    Or if your good at math....just guess. I'm thinking around 500. BTW it's a pint jar.

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  3. rickmp

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  4. What if there is a key or semi- key date or cool error coin in there? TC
  5. Detecto92

    Detecto92 Well-Known Member

    That's going to be the cool factor of it. However they all looked like common years and mint marks.

    People go nuts over stuff in a jar. Fill a jar with marbles or buttons and watch out.
  6. largecent37

    largecent37 Coin Collector

    I was able to get about 400 or 410 cents into a jar that I hope is close to yours in size. It was a little hard for me to judge the scale of your picture. I hope this was helpful!
  7. Detecto92

    Detecto92 Well-Known Member

    Thanks! It's a pint jar, about 4.5 inches tall.

    I have a bad feeling it will bring a premium...but you never know.

    I typically do not give over 5 cents each for common wheats. I will probably go $20-$25 but that's it.
  8. Johnvan

    Johnvan Member

    The bid is 410 times 21/2 cents or $10.25. Of course I am guessing it is
    all wheat cents and not a bunch of wheat cents surrounding a wad of tissue
  9. lupinus911

    lupinus911 Member

    Find a jar of similar size, fill it with pennies, count the pennies. Done.
  10. Lon Chaney

    Lon Chaney Well-Known Member

    That photo was taken in 2007. You sure it's the same jar?
  11. Detecto92

    Detecto92 Well-Known Member

    The date is off on the camera.
  12. DrunkNumismatic

    DrunkNumismatic New Member

    Agreed, with one last step: multiply the number of pennies that fit in the jar by about 4. Thats your max bid. Wheat cents in rolls typically go for 5 to 6 cents per cent, so in a larger bulk, you should get even a better deal. I wouldn't pay more than 4 cents per wheat cent.
  13. Hunt1

    Hunt1 Active Member

    If you can get em' for a good price, go for it, there might be a key date in there, or variety, or error. If you get it keep us posted! Good luck.
  14. wgpjr

    wgpjr Collector

    I bet it goes for an insane premium. Local auctions tend to do that, especially when it's something like this.
  15. quartertapper

    quartertapper Numismatist

    That is a good rule to stick with. But you know it's going to fetch way too much already, don't you?
  16. ikandiggit

    ikandiggit Currency Error Collector

    If I wanted to make some fast cash.... I'd put a bunch of wheats into a old sealer jar and stick it into an auction.:devil:
  17. bqcoins

    bqcoins Olympic Figure Skating Scoring System Expert

    I would say there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 600 wheats in the jar.
  18. Yacorie

    Yacorie Junior Member

    You better hope the people who bid up your morgan lots aren't interested in wheat cents too
  19. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    My brother used to be able to cram 5500 cents into a gallon pickle jar. Since there are 8 pints to the gallon figure 5500/8 = 687 as a maximum figure, and maybe 625 as an average figure.
  20. Detecto92

    Detecto92 Well-Known Member

    Well today I went over to a friends house who happened to have a pail of wheat pennies (not for sale, his own collection), and managed to fit about 600 in a jar.
  21. GreatWalrus


    Tell us how it goes! Hope you get it.
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