What’s the truth about the 1982 Small Date penny?

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by WendyGH, Aug 6, 2018.

  1. WendyGH

    WendyGH New Member

    I read an article online that said someone sold a small date 1982 penny for $19,000 and claimed it was very rare. So naturally I spent a whole afternoon searching my giant box of penny’s and I actually found two! Excitedly I emailed a coin dealer and he responded that it’s not worth anything. What’s the deal? Are they valuable or not? They don’t seem to be as rare as the internet makes them out to be. If my pennies really turn out to be the 1982 Small Date am I sitting on a small gold mine, or should I say copper mine?
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  3. rickmp

    rickmp Frequently flatulent.

    Post photos of your coins and their weight (use a gram scale that goes out to at least two decimal places, 0.00 g).
    Once you've done that, you will receive honest opinions on your coins.

    This is the difference between large and small dates.
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  4. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    They made 17 billion pennies in 1982. In the last 36 years, there is 1 single
    1982-D small date copper (which is the wrong metal, as it is supposed to be zinc).
    You don't have anything. They are worth 1 cent each.
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  5. Dave363

    Dave363 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to Cointalk
    It's a fun hobby but do alot research and don't believe everything you hear or see on YouTube.LOL
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  6. WendyGH

    WendyGH New Member

    I will weigh them tomorrow at work and repost with a picture. Am I understanding correctly that the only way it’d be rare is if it truly is copper and not zinc, and that the likelihood of that is very slim?
  7. rickmp

    rickmp Frequently flatulent.

    The odds of you having such a coin are slimmer than slim.
  8. alice Z

    alice Z Member

    Great question. I have some 1982 that weight 2.50 g and another one 20180806_200227.jpg 20180806_200227.jpg 20180806_200529.jpg 20180806_200430.jpg 20180806_200227.jpg 20180806_200529.jpg 20180806_200430.jpg 20180806_200227.jpg 20180806_200227.jpg 1982 penny that weight 3.11 g. When I weight the 1982 D penny the scales shows 3.13 g. I have no idea what to look for anymore. LOL. Any explanation or feedback will be appreciated it. Thank you.
  9. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    Don't bother to weigh it unless it has a D mintmark and the 2 looks exactly like the small date @rickmp posted above.

    BTW: Denver minted over 6 Billion (with a B!!) cents in 1982. In the last 37 years, only 1 1982-S small date on a copper planchet has been found. ONLY 1 out of 6 Billion. To put that into perspective, it's only 1 in 272 Million to win the Powerball lottery and that pays oy a lot more
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  10. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    Look at the post from @rickmp above. Does the 2 look like the large date or small date. It's pretty straight forward.
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  11. alice Z

    alice Z Member

    Thank you, is a little confusing since some collectors are saying that is possible that 1982 pennies errors can be possible just not known yet and has to be found. Do you believe this to be true?
  12. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    The mint made 7 business strikes by the billions

    1982 Copper LD
    1982 Copper SD
    1982-D Copper LD

    1982 Zinc LD
    1982 Zinc SD
    1982-D Zinc LD
    1982-D Zinc SD


    Only 1 1982-D Copper SD has been verified in the last 37 years. That's 1 of 6 Billion struck!!!
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  13. AnonymousCoinCollector

    AnonymousCoinCollector Reintroduce silver coins to circulation!

    Please take this advice: stop looking for the copper 1982-D cent. You will not find one. Spend your time on something with a chance of actually happening.
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  14. alice Z

    alice Z Member

    Thank you for all your response. I appreciate all your information. Have a great day.
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  15. Coinneseur

    Coinneseur Active Member

    Like so?
  16. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    @furryfrog02 Are you aware of this?
    We need to find one! :wacky:
  17. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Yeah but
  18. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Naw, about 50000 other people already found them this year...
  19. Clawcoins

    Clawcoins Well-Known Member

    They did. Wow. I guess I should start looking too.
    Can you guys come over and look through all my cents, I think it's too boring to …
    @paddyman98 can search my "Bi"-centennial quarters too .. you never know about those drummers boys …
  20. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I've got some nickles left if you wanna search those ;)
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    alice Z Member

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