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    OK, why keep the 2009 penny

    My daughter and I have started doing some pennies boxes this year. From reading other posts I see others are keeping 2009 pennies. So what should I be looking for on these. As we have not kept any so I am wondering if we should.......Thanks Matt
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    Re: OK, why keep the 2009 penny

    I think its personal preference. After hunting through 7500 pennies, I found only 19. The only reason I had that much was that one box had 14. The other 2 boxes had 2 and 3 of them. So they are rare, and personally I think they will be valuable some day.

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    Re: OK, why keep the 2009 penny

    I don't keep any 2009's but heard there are some error varieties. There are two ways people do penny boxes just like other coins.

    1.) Volume Hunting - Separate Copper and Zinc. Can do a bunch of boxes. That's it
    2.) Low volume hunting - Check all coins for errors and varieties. IE doubled dies, wide AM's, close AM's.

    Pennies have the most varieties identified compared to other denominations so one can spend a lot of time going through a box for errors. Other of the other members here have found a 1992-D Close Am which is a gem to me. I've tried to do a single box that way. It's a lot of work and my eyes hurt after a while but hey if you find one, it'd be awesome.

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    Re: OK, why keep the 2009 penny

    2009 was a low mintage year for all coin denominations - even quarters to a lesser degree. Also the 2009 cents had the one year 4 different reverse designs celebrating the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. The only thing is many of these 2009 cent coins are being hoarded by collectors (myself included) in unc. rolls so even though relatively few were minted - esp the last design which is the lowest minted cir. cent since the '55S cent - a large % of them are in unc. cond. But I save the cir. '09's that I find also (as long as they are in nice cond.) because they are so hard to find in cir.

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    Dollars ($150 searched): 1 silver Ike ('76S)
    Halves ($83,984 searched): 65 x 90% (17 Bens, 6 Walkers, 1893 commem), 443 x 40% (2 x '68S, '69S, '70D, '76S), 1 x 80% ('64 Canadian), 4 x '82P no FG's, 2 mag. coins
    Nickels ($2500 searched): 21 silver, 14 buffalos ('13 T1, '24, '26, '27, '28, '30S, '36, '36S & 6 nd's), '39S, '05P bison error
    Cents: 7 wheats ('36, '37, '39, '40, 2 x '41, '43 - all coin counter finds)

    Total silver: 90.8248 ozs

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    Re: OK, why keep the 2009 penny

    Quote Originally Posted by SilverFace
    2009 was a low mintage year for all coin denominations - even quarters to a lesser degree. Also the 2009's had the one year 4 different reverse designs celebrating the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. The only thing is many of these 2009 cent coins are being hoarded by collectors (myself included) in unc. rolls so even though relatively few were minted - esp the last design which is the lowest minted cir. cent since the '55S cent - a large % of them are in unc. cond. But I save the cir. '09's also (as long as they are in nice cond.) because they are so hard to find in cir.

    HH
    Really?.. there's 2009's in every box here. I just put them back. I do know that 2009 uncirculated boxes do sell for decent premium.

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    Re: OK, why keep the 2009 penny

    I find maybe a couple of decent '09 cents (on avg) in every box - about the same as I do '09 nickels. I have a small ziplock bag that is about half full of all the decent/nice cond. '09 cents I've ever found in cir. I do remember one cent box I had last year that seemed to have quite a few '09's (maybe just about 50 or so) but that was the only box I've ever found like that.

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    2014 results:
    Dollars ($150 searched): 1 silver Ike ('76S)
    Halves ($83,984 searched): 65 x 90% (17 Bens, 6 Walkers, 1893 commem), 443 x 40% (2 x '68S, '69S, '70D, '76S), 1 x 80% ('64 Canadian), 4 x '82P no FG's, 2 mag. coins
    Nickels ($2500 searched): 21 silver, 14 buffalos ('13 T1, '24, '26, '27, '28, '30S, '36, '36S & 6 nd's), '39S, '05P bison error
    Cents: 7 wheats ('36, '37, '39, '40, 2 x '41, '43 - all coin counter finds)

    Total silver: 90.8248 ozs

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    Re: OK, why keep the 2009 penny

    I keep ALL of the 2009's I find ... in nickels and dimes.

    NOt in pennies.

    they are rare in nickels nd dimes, but too many were made in pennies to make them worth keeping. IMHO

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    Re: OK, why keep the 2009 penny

    To add a twist to the 2009 cents, there are also 95% copper varieties that were only issued in mint sets.

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    Re: OK, why keep the 2009 penny

    Quote Originally Posted by jrf30
    I keep ALL of the 23009's I find ... in nickels and dimes.
    i would to with that error date.

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    Re: OK, why keep the 2009 penny

    The biggest problem with keeping 2009 cents is that it is really, really, hard to keep them in "gem" state due to their horrible composition. I've got a friend who got a bunch of them uncirculated from rolls unwrapped them, put them in a little container and sold them to people at a flea market. Within 3 months, the coins were all carbon spotted.

    Now, of course they most likely weren't stored/handled in the best way, (perhaps 2x2s would have preserved them for longer?) but storage is a big deal with zinc cents.
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    Re: OK, why keep the 2009 penny

    There's no shortage of 2009's here. When I open a roll of pennies the shields and 2009's are the first to go in the dump pile.
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    Re: OK, why keep the 2009 penny

    I only keep the fourth variety of the 2009 and only if it is in spectacular shape. At first I was keeping all of them but I ended up with so many that it was clear they weren't worth keeping. I see lots of the first three varieties in every box. The fourth variety only comes around every now and then. I doubt they will ever be worth anything. With the crappy composition and the abundance of people keeping mint state rolls, mine will never be worth a dime (literally).

    But I'll keep a few around to give to the grandkids some day.

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    Late but KEEP THEM

    Personally, I keep any 2009 pennies I find because it is the year where the obverse of the coin has 4 different designs that all commemorate our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. In 2010, the pennies received the new obverse design, the union shield. KEEP THEM. They may not be worth a lot right now, but in a decade they definitely will be. I am from Kentucky (hence my name) so I especially save the ones that have the "birthplace" design, his log cabin home in Ky.

    Sorry this is 4 years late XD. Just came across this today...

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    Hi; QUESTIONS: What is the 4th design ?? What are they worth now ?? What are they projected to be worth in time ?? I don't want to waste my time saving them if they are only worth a nickel after 10 years. That's not worth it to me ok. I await. PEACE:RONB

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    Question with the 09 one cent coins. What would be the best way to clean them and put in a vacuum bag?
    Marvin
    PS, I'm old so no value in my keeping but would like to give to a 12 yr. old Neighbor Kid.
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