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1942 penny

October 16th, 2012 at 01:34 pm

A couple days ago my daughter found a wheat back (US) penny. The date? 1942. She knows these are scarce now and is definitely saving it in her little coin collection. What was happening in 1942? In April, President Roosevelt made a radio (!) speech starting "MY FELLOW AMERICANS: It is nearly five months since we were attacked at Pearl Harbor. " Read the whole speech here

On her 13 birthday, Anne Frank writes in her diary June 12.

The Holocaust is occurring in Poland, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, and many more places.

Gasoline rationing begins in the US on Dec. 1

More 1942 history here

Just looking at this coin makes me take a few moments to think!

The wheat back was made from 1909-1958. Look in your change, do you have any old pennies? I in fact have a moderate coin collection (that's why my kid started one!). They didn't seem old when I was saving interesting coins in the 1960s and 1970s. But folks, it's half a century later.

More later!

3 Responses to “1942 penny”

  1. baselle Says:

    I had the same experience when I picked up a 1927S penny on the sidewalk. Oh the times it saw. My oldest is 1920. And I found a 1943 steel penny at Safeway and was given a 1936 buffalo nickel in their change cup. Oh and, the Coinstar machine is a great place to find the oddball coin. You don't find them often but when you do, Bingo.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    What a great way to spark an interest in history!

  3. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    Baselle that 1943 penny is very rare. Hang on to it!!

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