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    Skunked on a MWR box of pennies?

    How in the heck does this happen? I average about 20 wheats per box around here and about 20 - 30% of all pennies are copper. I hit these averages just about everytime, or close to them.

    Went through a box of pennies yesterday, NOTHING. no wheaties, 2 coppers out of the whole box. The funny thing is there were no 2012's, this was a solid mix of 1983's to 2011's. Even the 1982's were gone! I could see this out of customer wrapped rolls, but for a mint wrapped roll of pennies to be this skunked means someone dumped a HUGE amount of pennies all at once.

    Finally got a good box of halves, I needed it after the bad luck I've been having. first box, 11 40%ers. dang I forgot how good that feels Second box looks to be skunk but I ain't done yet

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    I've had that happen at least 4 times. Get a box of pennies and it's pure 1983 - Present. I'd put my money on a heavy copper hoarder dumping all his Zincolns somewhere upstream.

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    The first time that happened to me was a couple of years ago. I hand sort cents. As I proceeded through the box, I couldn't believe not a single copper had turned up. Towards the end of the box, I was so flustered that I asked out loud, "What sort of freak keeps every copper cent?"

    Then I realized, that I'm that sort of freak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diver_Down View Post
    The first time that happened to me was a couple of years ago. I hand sort cents. As I proceeded through the box, I couldn't believe not a single copper had turned up. Towards the end of the box, I was so flustered that I asked out loud, "What sort of freak keeps every copper cent?"

    Then I realized, that I'm that sort of freak.
    LOL

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    hahahaha that's great

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    I did a box last weekend that produced 119 coppers, balance was zinc.

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    I've been skunked twice on penny boxes.

    20 Wheats per box is a great average though! I get about 9-10 per box here.

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    The Penny Box Skunk is by far the worst of all skunks.

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    I got 3 or 4 boxes of those myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solid Rolls View Post
    The Penny Box Skunk is by far the worst of all skunks.
    If you search for copper, a box will only take 5 min. to search. I don't . Still, a skunk penny box isn't bad, the worst is a skunk dime box (4 boxes for me).
    Last edited by sagittarius98; May 25, 2012 at 07:13 PM.
    1/100 of an American dollar is a cent. It is NOT a penny. The word penny is used by several other countries, such as Great Britain, to denote their smallest denomination. In order to be numismatically correct, you must use the term cent to describe the American coin.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edmund Burke
    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

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    Sagittarius98, do you date search the copper by hand? It definitely takes more than 5 minutes to do a box.
    CoinFetcher likes this.
    "Those who fail to prepare are preparing to fail." -Benjamin Franklin

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    I hand sort boxes of pennies usually 2 boxes per week. I have never had this happen to me. Were they CWR'S?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dustywallen View Post
    I hand sort boxes of pennies usually 2 boxes per week. I have never had this happen to me. Were they CWR'S?
    In my case, it was a brinks box. It really is a surreal experience to hand sort every single cent and not find a single keeper.

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    yep I hand sort too. It takes awhile since I search for errors, probably about 3-4 hours. It's the pits man, I'm telling ya

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eldar11 View Post
    Sagittarius98, do you date search the copper by hand? It definitely takes more than 5 minutes to do a box.
    I don't search for copper at all. I said if someone does, it could take about 5 (maybe 10) minutes to search. I hand search to look for wheats, IHs, and Canadian.
    1/100 of an American dollar is a cent. It is NOT a penny. The word penny is used by several other countries, such as Great Britain, to denote their smallest denomination. In order to be numismatically correct, you must use the term cent to describe the American coin.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edmund Burke
    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

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    To properly search a box of pennies, it can take a couple hours. No way can it be done in 5 to 10 minutes. It takes time to hand sort, look for copper & other coins like Wheats, to roll up the copper, etc.. Of all coins, pennies are the most time consuming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Jersey DEvil View Post
    To properly search a box of pennies, it can take a couple hours. No way can it be done in 5 to 10 minutes. It takes time to hand sort, look for copper & other coins like Wheats, to roll up the copper, etc.. Of all coins, pennies are the most time consuming.
    I was talking about penny hoarders who just care about copper and use sorters. It takes several hours for me, too.
    1/100 of an American dollar is a cent. It is NOT a penny. The word penny is used by several other countries, such as Great Britain, to denote their smallest denomination. In order to be numismatically correct, you must use the term cent to describe the American coin.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edmund Burke
    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sagittarius98

    I don't search for copper at all. I said if someone does, it could take about 5 (maybe 10) minutes to search. I hand search to look for wheats, IHs, and Canadian.
    I believe you estimate is off, you should sort a box of pennies by hand and time it. Then get back to everyone who has the experience.

    I'm sorry for jacking the thread, I couldn't imagine being skunked on a box of pennies. That's a lot of effort to not have anything to show for it
    "Those who fail to prepare are preparing to fail." -Benjamin Franklin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eldar11 View Post
    I believe you estimate is off, you should sort a box of pennies by hand and time it. Then get back to everyone who has the experience.

    I'm sorry for jacking the thread, I couldn't imagine being skunked on a box of pennies. That's a lot of effort to not have anything to show for it

    Let's keep this discussion aside and no longer hijack the thread.
    1/100 of an American dollar is a cent. It is NOT a penny. The word penny is used by several other countries, such as Great Britain, to denote their smallest denomination. In order to be numismatically correct, you must use the term cent to describe the American coin.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edmund Burke
    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eldar11 View Post
    I believe you estimate is off, you should sort a box of pennies by hand and time it. Then get back to everyone who has the experience.

    I'm sorry for jacking the thread, I couldn't imagine being skunked on a box of pennies. That's a lot of effort to not have anything to show for it
    Thank you all for feeling my pain! It is a lot of time and effort to search a full box for coppers, wheats, and errors by hand.

 

 
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