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 thewhole 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.