OCCC

2012 Lincoln Cent Search

The members of the OCCC  participated in a Lincoln cent search in Q1 of 2012. The search started during the week of January 22 and continued for ten weeks. The intent was to determine how many of the 2009 commemorative cents (and older coins) can be found in the general cent population. Approximately fifteen club members (adults and YNs) registered for the activity by acquiring 5 rolls of cents each week, searching through the rolls and noting the findings. Each participant was given a tally sheet on which to record their findings. The overall findings will be presented during National Coin Week (April 2012). Below are some of the notable findings:

  • Over 36,000 cents were categorized by 13 searchers
  • 1 Indian Head cent found (1904)!
  • Several early S-mint cents found (1920-S, 1939-S)
  • Very low number of 2009 Commemorative cents found (161 of 36,000+, less than 1/2%)
  • Low number of "Wheatie" cents found (215 of 36,000+) (They are getting rare!)
  • One "Steelie" cent (1943) found! These are getting rare, too!
  • Only a couple of 2012 cents reports.
  • Zinc cents (1982+) outnumber the older copper cents (1982 and earlier) by about 3-to-1.
  • Overall results consistent with findings from 2007 (5 years ago.)

Thanks to all who participated. The table below shows the summarized findings. The actual 2012 Cent Search Summary Spreadsheet includes additional analysis charts.

2012 Cent Search Findings Summary




G.C. T.S. N&J.C. B.M. A.G. I.W. C.D. M.J. T.H. M.C. Unk I.S. M.S.      
Year MM Style                             Total %
2010-2012 Any Shield 215 222 218 124 262 90 149 145 77 73 62 159 136   1932 5.27%
2009 Any 4-types 16 7 13 9 25 10 6 13 23 12 4 7 16   161 0.44%
1982-2008 Any Copper/Zinc 3471 1792 1537 1537 2499 1331 1728 1792 1677 1645 1732 1740 1676   24157 65.93%
1959-1982 Any Memorial 1267 649 701 798 1206 561 679 714 736 750 689 577 658   9985 27.25%
1909-1958 Any Wheaties 20 15 19 21 45 10 14 23 15 10 8 6 8   214 0.58%
1859-1909 Any Indian 0 0   0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 0.00%
1856-1858 - Eagle 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 0.00%
Foreign - - 14 4 12 8 10 5 12 8 7 10 0 12 13   115 0.31%
Other - - 0 0   3 0 0   0 3 1 0 0 2   9 0.02%
        66                         66 0.18%
Total     5003 2755 2500 2500 4047 2007 2589 2695 2538 2501 2495 2501 2509 0 36640 100.00%
                                     
S-mints S 1909-54,68-74 9 11 4 5 5 1 6 4 0 2 3 3 3   56 0.15%
Steelies Any 1943 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   1 0.00%
Unusual Any ??? 1939-S, 1959 (15), Canada (15) Canada (40, 1920-S     1969-S (5)   Indian Head Cent (1) error cents (5) Steelie cent (1)     dime in a cent roll 2 dimes in a cent roll      
                                     
                                     



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