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As stated in almost every article I type, collecting coins from your change is coin fishing. I caught a nice fat wheat fish. It is a 1952-S Lincoln cent wheat ears reverse. The wheat ears are all visible, that makes the grade of the coin fine to very fine. Not quite excellent, because smudge marks exist on both sides of the coin. Still, that puts it in the two to four dollar value scale. Even a coin in bad condition is worth 15 cents for this year and mint mark. Since it was caught in the change of buying some merchandise it only cost me one cent. Nice return on my investment.

The US mint stamped 137,800,000 of this coin. One third of the amount of people in the country. So the odds are good you will find some in your lifetime. I got a kick out of the fact this coin is 3 years older than me. I will keep it in my collection till I cease collecting. I was happy it was in very fine shape. I may get it professionally graded down the road. I keep my fresh catches taped to an index card. Strapping tape, see through. I will transfer to plastic holders as time goes by. I am working on it. I have 2,000 coins I caught, and not enough resources to bag and tag all of them yet.

There are many lincoln cents that have low mintage or die strike mistakes. You should write the most prominent down and keep that with you in your wallet or purse till you memorize them. Like the 55 double die obverse. That one comes to mind easy, the most expensive of the jefferson nickles. In the cent, we all want a 1909 S vdb. they go for large fee, because there are only a few thousand..

The patina of the 95% copper coin should be a bland color. Do not clean the coin, it ruins the collection value. Keep fishing.